One Day Workshop for TEACHERS
On 8th July 2016 9 am -4.30 pm @ Mrs Williams Rotary Hall, Thrissur
ATMA CADC (Child & Adolescent Development Centre) organized a one-day workshop for Teachers on ‘Mentoring Adolescents’. The workshop was attended by 84 delegates – including teachers from 25 schools, helping professionals, educators and ATMA volunteers.
The programme was inaugurated by Smt Radhika Krishnan, President of Inner Wheel Club, Trichur, by handing over saplings to the dignitaries on the dais. The inaugural session was presided by C K Suresh, Director ATMA Foundation. Smt Kalyani Balakrishna, Principal, Paramekkavu Vidya Mandir, offered felicitations. Ms Sangeetha N and Mr P K Krishnankutty, ATMA Volunteers, gave the welcome address and Vote of Thanks respectively.
The first workshop session was lead by Dr Sailaja Ramkumar, noted Neuropsychiatrist. She gave the delegates a wide overview of the challenges faced by children and adolescents during various stages of development, and the attitudes and approaches that a teacher should adopt in dealing with them.This was followed by a session on Learning Disabilities – identification and Remedial Techniques. The session was handled by Smt Sreedevi Haridas, an expert and experienced LD Remediator.
After the session, Ms Parvathy G, ATMA Volunteer, gave a presentation on the activities of ATMA Foundation, with special mention of the ATMA CADC – its concepts and programmes. The presentation was followed by a discussion guided by Sri C K Suresh, on the relevance and impact of such interventions in addressing the issues faced by children. Participating in the discussion, Sri Ajith Kumar Raja, Director and Principal of Sakthan Thampuran College of Mathematics and Science, said that initiatives like ATMA CADC were a boon to teachers and students alike – in ensuring the overall development of youth, and in preventing them from resorting to negative options in life.
Post lunch, Dr Deepa Deepak, expert in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, gave a very effective presentation on two most common disorders in children – LD and ADHD. She educated the delegates on the physiological aspects of the disorders and the different levels of support systems available to them.
The final session by C K Suresh, Founder -Director of ATMA Foundation, and an expert Counsellor, was on Empowerment of the Teacher as an individual. In his typical humour-coated style, he urged the teachers to make every moment a celebration, and to be a High –Tech as well as High- Touch Teacher.
he workshop concluded with Vote of Thanks by Ms Anusree Balachandran, ATMA Volunteer.