Workshop on Gender Sensitisation : Promoting Gender Equality and Preventing Gender Based Violence
The Department of Social Work organised a two-day workshop on, Gender sensitisation: Promoting gender equality and preventing gender-based violence”, on the 19th and 20th of March, 2021 for II MSW students. The workshop was conducted by Ms Mercy Kappen, Founder, Visthar, Bengaluru, Dr David Selvaraj, Co-founder, Visthar Bengaluru and Ms Asha, Gender sensitisation expert, Bengaluru.
The workshop commenced with an invocation song invoking the blessings of the Almighty and an introduction stating the objectives of the workshop by Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work followed by Ms Mercy Kappen, Founder, Visthar, Bengaluru giving an overview to the workshop as well as welcoming the gathering.
The workshop began with an interactive session on the topic of gender, what it constitutes, its variances, etc. The nature of and the differences between, “sex” and “gender” was also introduced. Gender is and always has been a socially constructed concept that has been culturally influenced through learned behaviour over a duration of time. Gender sensitization is a required tool in understanding the influence of internalized gender- based issues that exists within the confines of society was also addressed. Gender sensitization as often, how it has been misunderstood as sensitization of just women whereas in fact it is sensitization of all genders was spoken about in-depth.
The workshop also used theatre, titled, “Theatre of the oppressed”, to help students navigate and understand gender-based violence from real life experiences that were personal and intricate on several layers. The workshop also had various interactive activities that allowed the trainees to unlearn and question and more importantly discuss the various nuances of gender and its related concepts. The trainees understood on a much deeper and though provoking level that to bring about an actual change and awareness, it is extremely necessary to have a conversation, a conversation that is not fueled around fear primarily, but rather, one about equality, equality for all genders.
The integrated approach and efforts by the faculty members, under the successful guidance of Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work, helped the trainees in the continuous learning process, which the Department strives for. The trainees were grateful in having such an informative and engaging two day workshop, that would help them personally and professionally in the future. The conference collectively had a positive impact on the trainees and led to the strengthening of their abilities.
Training on MS Excel for Social Work Professionals
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru organized Training on, “Microsoft Excel for Social work Professionals” on 15th January 2021 to help the social work students.
In order to understand the significance of Microsoft Excel and it’s usage for Social Work professionals, training was facilitated by Prof, Vani Chakraborty, from Department of Computer Science, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore. She initiated the session with an introduction to MS Excel and then to the basic elements of Excel for the beginners. She highlighted how to format the worksheet and the presentation of data including conditional formatting. Ma’am also guided the students in the usage of formulas and functions. She briefed the students on the application of pivot, charts and graphs for the representation of data.
The entire session was well structured and was made interactive with the help of quiz and discussions. This hands-on training helped the students learn the basic functionalities of MS Excel and its usage.
Training on Grant Acquisition Strategies
Department of Social Work conducted a One Day Training on Grant Acquisition Strategies for Social Work Professionals for the MSW Students of Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science (KCLAS), Coimbatore on 30th January 2020
The Training program commenced with an inaugural program in which Dr. Rubavel M (Faculty, Department of Social Work, KJC) gave an official welcome and introduced the guests to the students from KCLAS. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work, KJC gave an overview of the training program and stressed on its importance for the budding social workers, followed by a presidential address by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel PJ, Director, Kristu Jayanti College of Law, in which Father quoted on the importance of Education and its priority in the current scenario. He further motivated and encouraged students to have good values and discipline for they will shape the life and career of each individual. The inauguration came to an end with a formal vote of thanks by Dr. Emmanuel Daniel, Faculty of Social Work, KCLAS.
Dr. Rubavel M handled the first session on “Need Analysis & Prioritization of the need of the Communities – Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Techniques” in which he shared the importance of understanding needs to solve real challenging problems. He gave an idea on what could happen if we fail to understand he necessary needs in the community. He further gave an overview on various tools for the PRA such as Transact walk, Social Map, Wealth Ranking, Health Problem Ranking, Venn Diagrams, Seasonal Calendar, Daily Activity Clock, Focus Group Discussion.
Ms. Anurupa Bhattacharjee, Faculty, Department of Social Work, KJC, handled the second session on “Effective Collaboration with Funding Organization”. The session started with a question on how proper funds can equate great opportunities for the organizations. Ms. Anurupa shared an overview of various funding organizations, and its expectations in terms of a project proposal. She also gave insights on the need for collaboration in the field of Social Work
Dr. Jonas Richard A handled the third session on “Fundraising through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)”. The session started with an activity in which each student had to take some money in hand and 2 minutes were given to interact with the peer group to mobilize funds followed by a brainstorming session about the activity. Dr. Jonas then went on to explain various concepts for tapping CSR funds through another activity. He gave an overview about the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Companies Act, Schedule VII, etc. Dr. Jonas concluded his session by sharing the expectations of corporate companies.
Dr. Baba Gnanakumar, Faculty, School of Management, KJC, handled the fourth session on “Project Cycle Management”. Dr. Baba shared various articles from the media related to Social work, Life skills, Teamwork, etc. He explained the concept and stages of Project Management Cycle with an example of “Food for Thought”.
Dr. Birudu Raju, Faculty, Department of Social Work, KJC, handled the final session on “Project Monitoring and Evaluation”. Dr. Birudu shared the basic protocols, concepts, framework in monitoring and evaluation of a project. He further explained the various roles and responsibilities of a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and its importance for the organization.
The Training program came to a close by few closing thoughts by Dr. Emmanuel Daniel. Some students shared their feedback about the training program and their learnings for the day. Dr. Jonas Richard A gave the concluding remarks and encouraged each student to apply the learnings in the field to create positive impact in the society.
The One Day Training came to a close with the vote of thanks proposed by Ms. Aishwarya SNM, (1st MSW, KCLAS)
Workshop on Psychosocial Understanding of Children
The Social Work trainees of Kristu Jayanti College in association with Dream India Network organized a workshop titled Psycho-social Understanding of children in Foster Homes for care givers in foster homes, as a part of their community organization program at Kristu Jayanti College, on 5th November 2019.
The programme commenced with an Inaugural ceremony in which Mr. Anoop Kurian (1st MSW) delivered welcome address, followed by a prelude to the workshop given by Dr. Jonas Richard A. (Head, Dept of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College). Thereafter Fr. Josekutty P.D. CMI (Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous) and Fr. Edward Thomas SDB (Founder Director, Dream India Network) delivered presidential addresses and inaugural address respectively. Ms. Anu Abraham (1st MSW) proposed vote of thanks.
After the inaugural ceremony, three sessions on the topics Psychosocial Understanding of children, Child protection policies and Positive discipling of children were held. Ms. Shangmi Moyon (Research Scholar, NIMHANS, Bangalore), Mr. R.Manohar (Director, CARE, NGO) and Dr. Jonas Richard A took over the sessions respectively. The resource persons were successful in making the sessions interactive and informative. Sr. Princy (Person in-charge, Krupa Foster home) winded up the program by 4.30 with a vote of thanks expressing her gratitude towards the resource persons and Kristu Jayanti College
Workshop on Human Rights
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College in association with Indian Social Institute(ISI), Bengaluru conducted a two-day workshop on Human Rights for the students of Social Work on the 26th and 27th of September, 2019
The resource persons for the workshop were, Fr Alwyn Prakash D’Souza S J, Head, Human Rights Training Unit, ISI, Mrs Sagaya Shanthi, Head, Women’s Unit, ISI and Fr Joye James S J, Rector ISI.
The workshop commenced with an invocation hymn by the department choir followed by which b Dr Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work welcomed the resource team officially and gave an introduction to the workshop.
Fr Alwyn started the first session, with a need for knowledge of Human Rights for social work professionals and stressed how the rights that are intrinsic to humans and the moral and political views that exist in the current scenario. He also addressed in detail on the documents that are present in Human Rights. UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) was one such example. Development of Human Rights from the pre-war era to the post-war era was stressed upon. Various categories present in Human Rights such as Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and how they could be classified into first and second-generation rights were also touched upon.
During the next session Mrs Shanthi, in her inspirational and motivational talk addressed on the issue of female infanticide and the alarming sex ratio present in India and how traditions and cultures deeply rooted in India have caused this over generations together like son preference, the dowry system, etc. She also spoke in detail about the Domestic Violence Act and the Dowry Prohibition Act.
The third and final session was led by Fr Joye James, who mainly addressed the topic of child rights. He concentrated on the various acts that are present to protect children, especially the POCSO Act, 2012 and the impact it has on the society in general and children in particular. Fr Joye spoke about various adoption laws and the foster care systems present in India. He also shared his valuable personal experiences in working with the youth at risk.
The seminar came to an end by a vote of thanks by Ms Anjana (Social Work Trainee).
The event was formally concluded by a closing hymn. The workshop was coordinated by Dr Winnie Joyce and Dr Rubavel.
Positive Discipline Workshop for School Teachers
Department of Social Work in association with Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR) and World Vision India, Bengaluru organized a Workshop on Positive Discipline for School Teachers on 25th September 2019.
The workshop commenced with an invocation by the department choir. Dr Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, welcomed the gathering. Dignitaries officially inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp. Mr Vetriselvan John, Senior Manager- My City Initiative, World Vision India, briefed the objectives of the workshop.
Fr. Josekutty P D., Principal KristuJayanti College, in his presidential address welcomed Dr Antony Sebastian, Chairperson Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KSCPCR), and appreciated his efforts and selfless service. Dr Antony Sebastian was honoured traditionally by Fr. Josekutty P D and other dignitaries on the dais.
Dr Antony Sebastian, Chairperson KSCPCR, in his inaugural address highlighted the difference between positive and negative discipline. He highlighted the case study of a 14-year-old girl who committed suicide recently due to mobile addiction and pointed out that Positive Discipline is the need of the hour. He also appreciated the Social Work Department of the college and World Vision India for realizing the relevance of the topic and organizing the workshop. The formal session concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Benny, Program Manager World Vision India.
The Perspective Building session on Psychosocial Understanding of Children was taken over by Dr Ragavendra K, Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore. The session focused on Psychosocial Development of Children, their emotional development, self and social understanding, video deficit effect and impact of aggression, speed and action games on children.
Dr Jonas Richard A., Head Department of Social Work, in his session on Class Room Management and Positive Discipline highlighted the importance of utilization of available resource effectively. He highlighted the changing paradigms in education and the role of teachers. He also pointed out the challenges confronted by 21st-century children. He also detailed different types of discipline and its impact on students. He concluded the session by suggesting strategies to practice positive discipline.
The post-lunch, panel discussion was moderated by Dr Gopakumar A.V., Dean Faculty of Humanities, Kristu Jayanti College. Mr.Nagasimha G. Rao, Director, Child Rights Trust, pointed out the importance of teachers being aware of child protection acts like United Nations Convention on Rights of Children, Article 17 of the Right to Education Act Article 17, POCSO Act and Juvenile Justice Act.
Ms Preethi Jain, Principal, Chaitanya Techno School, detailed positive discipline techniques that would allow students to learn and adapt their behaviour and make better choices in their path to adulthood.
Ms Harmeet Bajaj, Career Counsellor and Academic Mentor, pointed out the seven areas of positive discipline and suggested strategies to discipline children during their development stages. Student representatives Ms Jeffine J Joseph, Ms Juby Johnson, Mr James Binu Chacko presented their views on positive discipline. The workshop came to end with the vote of thanks by Ms Shoby Shankar, Student Representative.
This one day workshop was well coordinated by the efforts of Dr Winnie Joyce A. and Dr Rubavel M, Faculties Department of Social Work and second-year social work students.
Training on Employability Skills
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Centre for Employability and Corporate Relations (CECR) organized Training on Employability Skills for Social Work Professionals for the III semester MSW students on 19th July 2019.
The session started with an invocation hymn and welcome note by Ms. Shailaja GV, Student Representative. Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head Department of Social Work, emphasized the need for the budding social workers to be more creative and smarter to seek multiple opportunities in building their career.
Prof. Sen B Mathews, Director of CECR, started the session with case studies of candidates who have acquired higher level of career growth with systematic hard work and patience. The discussion was more specific on skills needed for employability in social work settings. He highlighted the importance of acquiring skills to perform well in modern workplace. He stressed on topics like self-introduction, positive attitude, personality development and team work. He also pointed out the key skills that are essential for being successful at workplace. The session proceeded with group discussion and interactive games. After the group discussion, the floor was open for discussion where student’s queries were clarified.
The session came to a closure with a vote of thanks by Ms. Animol P M, Student Representative.
Workshop on Gender Sensitization
The Department of Social Work organized a workshop on ‘Gender Sensitization’ on 21st February 2019 for the II Semester MSW students. The resource persons for the workshop were Ms Mercy Kappen, Director, & Mr Nazar, Assistant Director, Visthar, A Non-formal Academy of Justice and Peace, Bengaluru.
Ms Jereena Jacob (MSW Student) welcomed the gathering and Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work highlighted the importance of training on Gender Sensitization for the Social Work Professionals.
The first session was handled by Ms Mercy Kappen in which she introduced the concepts of gender, gender roles, socially constructed behavior patterns, difference between sex and gender.
During the second session, Mr Nazar emphasized on how gender shapes the role of women and men in society including their relationship and the part in development. The session also had a group activity on socially constructed norms and behavior pattern related to specific genders.
In the third session, Ms Mercy Kappen stressed on how the social institutions such as family, religion, workplace, peer groups, religion, media, caste and culture influence the concept of gender. She further emphasized that gender is not something that is fixed forever; it varies within and between cultures. The session included documentaries, awareness songs and role plays. The valedictory session, witnessed highly encouraging feedback by the participants and a note of gratitude was shared by Ms. Maria Jose and thus the workshop came to an end with the National Anthem.
Training on Transactional Analysis
The Department of Social Work organized a Training program on Transactional Analysis for the MSW IV semester students on 31st January, 2019. Dr. Birudu Raju and Ms. Chaithra, from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS) were the resource persons for the training program.
The program commenced with the welcome address by Ms. Vaishnavi Rao (MSW II Year). Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work felicitated the gathering and gave an overview of the training program. The first session was handled by Dr. Birudu Raju in which he explained about the meaning of Transactional Analysis and also threw light on its applicability in the field of social work. The second session was taken by Ms. Chaithra in which she explained three ego states in which every person keeps switching it according to the situation. She further explained the types of transactional analysis and its application.
The training program was informative and had a lot of activities where the participates had to fill in a questionnaire in order to know their own dominant ego state. Few other activities were role play where the participants had to act on certain given situations depicting a particular ego state. In another activity the participants were asked to pin a piece of paper on to their back and everyone had to go n write something positive or inspiring about the other person. These activities triggered a sense of appreciation for one another’s talents and goodness and also made each one realizes their own talents and enjoy the appreciations from their fellow mates
Training on Employability Skills
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Centre for Employability and Corporate Relations (CECR) organized Training on Employability Skills for Social Work Professionals for the IV semester MSW students on 7th December 2018 The session started with an invocation hymn and welcome note by Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head, Department of Social Work in which he emphasized the need for the budding social workers to be more creative and smarter in building their career.
Prof. Sen B Mathews, the Director of CECR, started with the case studies of candidates who have acquired higher level of career growth with systematic hard work and patience. The discussion went on with the basic employability skills that are expected by today’s employers. The next level of discussion was more specific to employability in social work settings. The session proceeded with the basic resume writing tips and interview skills
Finally, the session ended with FAQs and the vote of thanks by Ms. Doibilla Mazarello.
Training on Identification of People with Intellectual Disability
The Department of Social Work in collaboration with MEE and Xtraa Netherlands conducted a two-day training on Identification of people with Intellectual Disability on 15th and 16th November, 2018. The resource persons were Ms. Wendy Langhout, Mr. Daan Koolijman and Ms. Fermke Scheffers.
The training program began with the inauguration on 15th November with Dr Emmanuel Daniel (Faculty, Department of Social Work) welcoming the gathering and highlighted the challenges faced by people with intellectual disability. Dr Jonas Richard A. (Head, Department of Social Work) gave an overview of the training and stressed the need for budding social workers to acquire skills in the area of intellectual disability.
This was followed by Mr Daan Koolijman (Clinical Psychologist, MEE) briefing the gathering about the objectives of the session and the expected outcomes. The inaugural program came to an end with the vote of thanks by Dr. Winnie Joyce A (Faculty, Department of Social Work)
The students were then divided into three groups and the sessions took place in three different venues. The training focused on communication of social workers with intellectually disabled people, understanding the thought process of people with intellectual disability, the difference of social and emotional development of people with such disability, and how to identify people with intellectual disability.
The program came to an end on 16th November 2018 with a valedictory ceremony. Ms. Maria Jose, welcomed the gathering. A token of appreciation then was presented to the guests. The students shared their experience about the training program and how each session benefited them. After the distribution of certificates Ms. Shoby P. S., proposed the vote of thanks and the program came to an end.
Workshop on Human Rights
The Department of Social Work and Brothers Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS), Bengaluru organized a two-day workshop on Human Rights for the MSW students on 4th & 5th October 2018. The resource team comprised of Bro. Albert Xavier SHJ, Executive Director, BIRDS and an eminent International Human Rights Educator, Ms. Ranjni Sonar and Ms. Teringwar Jangvei Lamkang (Program Coordinators)
The program began with a welcome address by Ms Riya Thomas followed by an introduction by Dr Jonas Richard A Head, Department of social work, in which he stressed the importance of this workshop for the budding social workers. This was followed by a small presentation about the overview of the workshop by Bro. Albert Xavier.
There were different sessions focusing on various dimensions of human rights like The United Nations Universal Declaration of human rights, Importance of human rights, Human rights and basic needs, Limitations of individual human rights, Ways to combat abuse of human rights, promotion and protection of human rights and its relevance in today’s context.
Through this two-day workshop, the students were provided with the capacity to identify human rights issues and problems relating to the realisation of human rights, and strengthened the ability to contribute to the resolution of human rights violations. The valedictory function came to an end with a vote of thanks by Ms Jeena Elizabeth Rajan
Training on Employability Skills
The Department of Social Work in association with the Centre for Employability and Corporate Relations (CECR) organized a Training on Employability Skills for the III Semester MSW students on 13th July, 2018. The Resource Person for the training program was Prof. Sen B. Mathews, Director, Centre for Employability and Corporate Relations, Kristu Jayanti College.
The inauguration started with the welcome address by Ms. Jenis Kurian (III Semester MSW). Dr. Jonas Richard A, Head of the Department of Social Work, in his address stressed the importance of employability skills in today’s fast pacing and competitive world. Ms. Sruthi Mariya Jose (III Semester MSW) introduced the resource person of the training program.
Prof. Sen B. Mathews gave an overview about the placement cell and the various requirements needed in order to help the students for their career growth. He further explained about the various steps involved in the interview process like the aptitude test, group discussion and the interview. Moreover Prof. Mathews advised the students to spend adequate time in polishing their aptitude skills as every interview has an aptitude test at its first level.
After explaining about the various steps involved in an interview process, Prof. Mathews divided the students into two groups for a group discussion and briefed about the body language, how to start a discussion, observation and grabbing the opportunity. The students actively participated in the discussion where each one shared their opinions and thoughts. Mr. Melbin Johny (III Semester MSW) proposed the vote of thanks.
Workshop on Transactional Analysis
The Department of Social Work organized a two-day workshop on Transactional Analysis on 16th and 17th March 2018. The facilitator for the workshop was Dr. J. Henry Rozario, Director, Exodus Research & Development Pvt Ltd, Tirupattur.
Ms. Shruthi G.K Bhat, student of II MSW welcomed the gathering and Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work introduced Dr. Henry and highlighted the importance of Transactional Analysis in Social Work profession.
The workshop began with the concept of transactional analysis which is a theory of human behavior based upon Dr. Eric Berne’s discovery that a normal person has three states of behavior namely Parent, Adult and Child ego state (PAC). Dr. Henry further differentiated the concept of Transactional Analysis with Sigmund Freud’s three elements of human personality that is Id, Ego and Super ego.
Dr. Henry also explained the classifications of PAC ego states and the presence of each ego states in a human being. Subsequent to each section, the students were divided into small groups to ponder upon the questions associated to the theme. Other topics like Analysis for transactions which included complementary and crossed transaction, Human hunger for strokes which comprised of positive and negative strokes and the elements of hunger for time were also covered in the discussion.
The second day of the workshop commenced with the methods to strengthen the nurturing parent and natural child by highlighting different ways that can be practiced in life after which the students were divided into a group to reflect upon the questions on PAC ego states. The further topic of discussion was on ‘Stamp Collecting’ which is also known as collecting feelings where the expert spoke about the different types of stamps, trading of stamps and the three dimensions of stamp collecting which includes a victim, rescuer and a persecutor. Dr. Henry also highlighted the concept of ‘Psychological Games’, the four types of games which an individual play to fill up time, provoke attention, reinforces opinions about self and others and the three elements in a game namely ongoing series of complementary transactions, the ulterior message and predictable pay off.
Visual presentations on the PAC ego states, Stephen Karpman’s drama triangle, the reasons for playing psychological game and the reason behind Eric Berne’s idea of Transactional Analysis were also presented to get a deeper understanding on the theme. The subsequent topic was on the ‘Psychological Scripts of an individual’ and also discussed the three types of psychological scripts namely the script of lovelessness, the script of mindlessness, the script of joylessness.
The students had an opportunity to share their feedback about their learning and knowledge acquired in the two days. In the valedictory address Dr. J. Henry Rozario highlighted the relevance of Transactional Analysis in the Social Work profession and appreciated the students for the active participation in the workshop. The two-day workshop drew to a close with the note of appreciation by Ms. Christina Daniel, student, II MSW.
Workshop on Gender Sensitization
Gender is the socio-cultural phenomenon of the identification of people as male and female with each having associated characteristics, clothing, roles, stereotypes etc. Issues like disparity, discrimination, prejudice and so forth based on gender were predominant in the society of mankind. The irony of the present era of digitalization and globalization where the society is advanced in every aspect is that, injustice and discernment based on gender is still rampant. With this perception, the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a workshop on Gender Sensitization on the 9th of March, 2018. The beneficiaries were the second year MSW students and they were 31 in number. The resource person for the workshop was Ms. Shanthi S., Program coordinator at VISTHAR, Bangalore – a secular civil society organization committed to social justice and peace. At the outset, the students were clarified on the term ‘gender’. Though women are portrayed as weaker beings compared to men, Ms. Shanthi developed insights highlighting how women are not inferior to men through various gender sensitive examples and homour. The resource person also emphasized the various violence committed against women like rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dowry, female feticide, child marriage, human trafficking, to name a few and their struggle for equality in the society.
As part of the training, students were divided into five groups for role plays on the discrimination of women in five areas namely the education system, family, media, religion and society. A ‘fishbowl debate’ was also held among the participants on the topic ‘commercial sex work’ wherein the students came up with various opinions on the flesh trade and eventually concluded with a thought that if commercial sex work is to be considered as a ‘normal work’ then those sex workers should be entitled to receive incentives, maternity leave, other emoluments. The debate also stressed that if commercial sex work is prohibited, then the right to freedom of choice of an individual (if the individual is practicing it willingly) is questioned. A visual illustration of the numerous ways in which the commercial media portrays a women was also played. The topic of feminism that refers to the identifying male dominion in the society and taking necessary action in order to bring equality to both genders in all aspects of public and private life was also underscored by the resource person. The curtains of the workshop were closed with a special note of appreciation by Dr. Winnie Joyce A., Faculty member, Department of Social Work
Educator’s Workshop on Social Media Addiction: Psychosocial Challenges of Millennial Teenagers
The Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College organized a Educator’s Workshop on Social Media Addiction: Psychosocial Challenges of Millennial Teenagers on 23rd September, 2017 in the college.
In recent years the mental health community has become progressively concerned about the impact that modern technology has on our lives, both positive and negative. Many young people especially the adolescents spend excessive time on social media and they at the very least can be described as “obsessed” if not addicted. The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the school educators and administrators on the internet addiction, signs, risk factors, treatment and prevention of social media addiction. Participants from various schools, colleges and NGOs were in attendance. The workshop commenced with an inaugural program wherein the impact of social media in the present times was highlighted through a visual media presentation. Dr. Jonas Richard A., Head, Department of Social Work, welcomed the gathering. Rev. Fr. Josekutty P.D, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College, in his presidential address appreciated the Department of Social Work for organizing the workshop and further emphasized on the need for awareness on the social issues concerning the state and the country as a whole. This was followed by the inaugural address by Shri. V. Samuel Henry, Deputy Chief (Traffic), Bangalore City, wherein the limitations and benefits of social media in the context of Police service were stressed. The inaugural program concluded with a note of appreciation by Dr. Winnie Joyce A., faculty member, Department of Social Work. The workshop included five sessions with various resource persons for each session from diverse fields namely, Dr. A. Nagarathna (Professor and coordinator, Advanced Centre on Research, Development & Training in Cyber Law and Forensics, National Law School of India University, Bangalore), Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma (Professor of Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore), Shri. Na Vijayashankar (Founder, Naavi – Cyber Law educationist and e-bussiness consultant, Bangalore), Dr. C. Satheesh Kumar(Professor in Social Work, Pondicherry University, Puducherry) and Shri. Mathaikutty John (Senior Manager, My City Initiative, World Vision India, Bangalore).
Dr. A. Nagarathna, spoke on the various security related concerns of Social media such as ‘ishing websites’, stenograph files’, ‘plagiarism’, to name a few. Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, spoke about the risk factors involved in social media addiction. He further elaborated the reasons for excessive use of social media which include boredom, free time activity, loneliness and stress management. The diverse remedial measures for excessive use of social media and the main objective of SHUT clinic (Service for Healthy Use of Technology) were brought to light in his session. Shri. Na. Vijayashankar, elucidated on the various laws involved with social media, the limitations of these laws and the solutions to reduce cyber crimes. Eventually, Dr. C. Satheesh Kumar, elaborated on the need for social work practice in diverse settings among teens who are addicted to social media. To conclude, Shri. Mathaikutty, spoke on the numerous duties and responsibilities of NGOs, CBOs and other educational institutions in order to bring control and balance in the use of social media.
The workshop drew to a close with a valedictory program. The special guests for this program were Shri. John Thomas (Former editor, Deccan Herald. Bangalore) and Dr. Gopukumar A.V (Dean of Humanities, Kristu Jayanti College). The program began with a welcome note by Dr. Winnie Joyce A. Shri. John Thomas in his short speech spoke about the role of parents and teachers in educating their children about social media. The program ended with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Jonas Richard A.
The participants had an enriching experience as they were guided through the various psychosocial challenges related to social media addiction and the intervention strategies with a specific reference to Social Work practice.
Workshop on Personal Branding and Employability
“Employability is the ability to enthrall employers with undisputable capabilities to optimize personal development and growth” - Terence Chiew
The Department of Social Work organized a workshop on “Personal Branding and Employability Skills” for the III Semester MSW students on the 30th of June, 2017. The Resource person was Prof. Sen B Mathews, Director, Centre for Placement and Corporate Relations, Kristu Jayanti College.
The workshop focused on the general and employability skills required for the professional social workers. It also highlighted on the basic expectations from the mployers from the candidates. These expectations include Communicating with others at work; working with others, Team working, Planning and reviewing learning and tackling problems
Project Formulation and Fund Raising Strategies
A two day workshop on ‘Project Formulation and Fund Raising Strategies’ was organised by the Department of Social Work on March 30-31, 2017. Mr. Tom Jose, Manager- Training and Development, Karl Kubel Institute, Coimbatore organised the workshop to equip students with the fundamentals of Proposal and Fundraising.
Sessions on Project Cycle Management, Proposal and Fundraising, Project planning, Contents of Project Proposal, Project Monitoring and Monitoring Indicators, Project Budgeting and Rationale & Valediction were conducted on the two days. The workshop helped students to understand the fundamental concepts of Project Cycle Management, fundraising and good qualities of a fundraiser. It provided clarity on ‘Asking matters’ and on the different styles of asking and classification of personality.
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised a two day workshop on ‘Gender Sensitivity’ from 24th March to 25 March 2017. Ms. Asha V, Co-ordinator Rural Women’s Collective & Bandhavi, Visthar and Ms. Sagaya Shanthi, Program Co-ordinator, Visthar conducted the workshop to enlighten the students on the basic concepts of Gender Sensitivity.
Through group activities and discussions the session enabled students to derive the differences between the basic concepts of Gender Sensitivity namely; sex and gender, gender equality and equity & gender discrimination and gender biased discrimination.
Further, the students were divided into four groups and were directed by the trainers to present a role play on gender discrimination in various walks of life. The core areas depicted by the four groups were gender discrimination in the family, gender discrimination in the community, gender discrimination in media and gender discrimination in education. The role plays enacted by the students helped them realize the dire need for gender sensitization in the present scenario.
Psychosocial Intervention & Counselling Skills for Social Work Students
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organized a two day workshop on Psychosocial Intervention & Counselling Skills for Social Work Students from March 1 to March 3, 2017. The workshop aimed at enlightening the intrusive minds on various therapies, interventions and settings within Psychiatric Social work. Experts from Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS gave in-depth insight to the topics.
The first day of the workshop dealt with topics like Solution Focussed Therapy, Marital and Family Therapy & Psychosocial Intervention and School based Interventions among Child and Adolescents. : Sessions on Motivation Enhancement Therapy, Psychosocial Interventions among persons with Neurological disorders, Dignity to the Dead and Neurosurgical issues & Psychological Interventions in Psychiatric Rehabilitation were discussed on the second day. The last day of the workshop had discussions on the topics Psychosocial Disaster Preparedness & Children in difficult situations.
The use of demonstrations, role plays, games and activities broadened the knowledge domain of the participants on the various discussed therapies, interventions and approaches in Psychiatric Social Work.
Transactional Analysis for Social Workers
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organized a two day workshop with the aim of introducing to the budding Social Workers the well- known concept of Transactional Analysis on 7th & 8th December 2016. Dr. J. Henry Rozario Head, Department of Social Work, Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu gave an adequate perspective on the theory of Transactional Analysis to the participants.
Dr. Rozario introduced the theory of Transactional Analysis through the definition derived by Dr. Eric Berne. Further the various ego states namely Parent, Adult and Child Ego states were introduced along with their types; Parent (Controlling &Nurturing), Child (Natural & Adapted). The first day of the workshop concentrated on the Structural Analysis and Analysis of Transactions. On day two Dr. Rozario shared insights on the Concept of Strokes and its types (Positive and Negative) and on how positive strokes are preferred to maintain meaningful relationships and for individual satisfaction.
The students learned about the productive exchange of knowledge which would be handy in their personal and professional lives acknowledged that the workshop on Transactional Analysis.
CHILD RIGHTS ADVOCACY FOR CHILD FRIENDLY SOCIETY
The Department of Social Work organised two day workshop on “Child Right Advocacy for Child Friendly Society” in coordination with Child Rights Trust on 18 -19 September, 2015. Mr. Vasudeva Sharma, Executive Director of CRT and Mr. Narasimha resource member of CRT were the guests for the day.
Mr. Vasudeva Sharma expressed his views on children being the vulnerable section in the world and our country hasn’t been considering children as the citizen of its society as a result they have been treated as subjects to follow instructions. The topics touched during the session included introduction to child rights and information on the United Nation Child Right Conventions (UNCRC), on how it had been evolved, status of children in India, what needs to be done at policy and on the field level for bringing change would be discussed along with few case studies.
The workshop helped to generate awareness of Child Rights through Educational Institution, Collecting Information, getting into research, etc. It also enlightened students to take responsibility for implementations that helps to promote child development, develop legislation, and encourage affirmative action to eliminate discrimination against girl child.
PARTICIPATORY RURAL APPRAISAL
A workshop on Participatory Rural Appraisal was conducted under the initiative of Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College from 18 April to 21 April 2016. Fr. Riju, FIDES India and Mr. Annachar, FIDES India were the resource persons for the workshop.
The course on Participatory Rural Appraisal concentrated on various tools to gather information form the community. Semi structured Interview, Social mapping and Resource Mapping, Labour schedules and Daily routines, Wealth ranking and Venn diagram were some the topics covered during the workshop. More than 26 students benefitted from this workshop.
A three-day workshop on Gender Sensitization was organized by the Department of Social Work, Kristu Jayanti College from 11th April 2016 to 13th April 2016. The Ms. Unopa Makanayaka, followed by Mrs. Asha V and Mrs. Shanti S, from Visthar, an organization that works for social justice and peace, were resource persons for the workshop.
The session gave valuable insights on the existing stereotypes of gender, difference between gender and sex and the entire objective was to make the students challenge their thought processes and deconstruct their current understanding of gender. The sessions had various activities such as drawing, role plays, debates etc.
The three day workshop discussed various topics like how media affects gender and the concept and power of patriarchy. Ms, Unopa used theatre of the oppressed to make the students analyse various forms of violence done on women.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Social Work Department of Kristu Jayanti College organised one workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on 19th March 2015. Mr Neelkant Pandhare, CSR co-ordinator for UTZ Certified, India was the resource person.
Mr Neelkant Pandhare talked about how CSR is emerging in today’s era, the importance of CSR and its implications. He also talked about the various do(s) and don’t(s) while practising CSR. He shared the various challenges that a company undergoes while carrying out CSR project. During the workshop, students were able to provide an idea on framing the policies for CSR projects. The participants were divided into four groups and were asked to prepare charts on the topics. The informative, interactive session helped students to understand corporate social responsibility in a better way.
Legal Literacy for Women
The Department of Social Work organised a workshop on Legal Literacy for Women from 6th August 2014 to 8th August 2014. The three-day workshop on Constitutional and legal provision for women conducted by Indian Social Institute (ISI). The workshop aimed to create understanding about the social legislation for women, legal resources for women and different provisions from the government for the welfare of women.
On the first day, Mr Manohar discussed the constitutional and legal provisions for women in India and also about laws related to marriage, divorce and property. Mr Robin Christopher discussed the U D H R uniform civil code and its effects on personal law at first discussed the meaning of law constitution right freedom and ideology.
Mr John Shanta Kumar spoke on the topics of on Dowry Act, Medical termination of pregnancy Act and sexual harassment of women at workplace Act 2013. In this session, the resource person spoke about the penalties under this Act and about the marital rape, etc.
The workshop helped students to know more about the laws and also trainee learnt about the rights of the women and about the acts. This workshop was useful to know about different Acts for the protection of women.