The Chandigarh Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) Chandigarh organized a “Government School Counselor Training Program” of all public schools in UT Chandigarh to discuss the various roles and responsibilities of counselors on the 15 and 16 September at the Conference Hall, CCPCR, Administrative Block, Snehalaya, Chandigarh.
Mr. Chanchal Singh, RTE Consultant, CCPCR welcomed and presented the theme of the training program with the participants. Speaking on this occasion, Ms. Harjinder Kaur, President of the CCPCR, stressed that the role of counselors is of paramount importance for the well-being of children.
Therefore, it becomes more essential that as a counselor, one should play a role of partner with whom children can share things without any hesitation. Adopting a sensitive approach is essential to protect the mental, social and emotional health of children. The guest of honor on the occasion, Ms. Prabhjot Kaur, Deputy Director of Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, congratulated and acknowledged the Commission for organizing this training programme. Chandigarh District Education Officer Ms. Bindu Arora also honored the occasion and emphasized creating a positive bond with the students.
Ms. Monica Chawla, Principal, St. Joseph Sr. Sec, School District 44, Chandigarh and Dr. Niyati Chitkara, Principal, Chitkara International School Chandigarh shed light on “Counsellor’s Role: Issues and Concerns” as key providers. Ms. Monica discussed various aspects such as PCA i.e. the care and attention of the person in which we had to provide mentorship for connectivity beyond academics to the list of issues faced on the side of family and 2. Peer Fit Formulas, ie encouraging children who are not able to adapt to the academic session provided.
She had a lively discussion about the peace corner and the mindfulness corner. While Dr. Niyati talked in detail about the importance of career trajectory, open book review technique, etc. counseling: methods and techniques.’ She showed a conjunctive preoccupation with the very subject.
She also shared the scope of counselling, therapeutic alliance, behavior change. An important discussion was given on art as a therapeutic tool to help and support children at school level. She also shared insightful opinions on music, drama, dance and movement, and play therapy. Ankita, Consultant, CCPCR Chandigarh shed light on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act 2012 (POCSO) and said that if a case of sexual abuse occurs, school authorities must immediately report such an incident.
She further pointed out that failure to report any case of child abuse is a punishable offence. She talked about the various provisions mentioned in the law concerned. The Open House was very well conducted by Dr. Monica Singh and Ms. Pooja Punchhi, members of the CCPCR to answer and discuss questions from all participants. Mr. Kartar Singh, Legal Consultant, Mr. Arvind K Dhawan, Principal Assistant, CCPCR, and Mr. Shekhar, Registrar, CCPCR were also present during this training program.