Fostering Strengths: A Certificate Course in Psychosocial Work with Adolescents and Young People
Fostering Strengths is a training program initiated by iCALL, TISS in collaboration with Vishakha, an NGO in Rajasthan. Fostering Strengths caters to helping professionals engaged with issues of psychosocial wellbeing of adolescents and young people. The course aims to equip helping professionals with knowledge, perspectives and skills that are contextualized, evidence-based and multi layered.
Informed by a participatory, empowerment-oriented approach, the course is guided by a uniquely designed curriculum which combines intervention skills along with a rigorous research component. The course is application-based, draws from research and theory contextualized to Indian settings and is facilitated by a team of experts specializing in different areas of work concerning adolescents and young people.
- To help professionals develop a deeper understanding of psychosocial issues faced by adolescents and young people
- To acquaint professionals with perspectives and frameworks for conceptualizing psychosocial issues of adolescents and young people
- To help professionals learn psychosocial skills and interventions to work directly with adolescents and young people
- To help professionals build programmatic skills for engaging in preventive as well as interventive work with adolescents and young people
The course comprises of an on-campus residential institute & an off-campus practicum mode:
- 10 days of on-campus residential workshop mode
- 3 months of practicum component initiated within the professional’s organization/ setting which works towards psychosocial wellbeing of adolescents and young people
- Weekly supervision during the practicum component
- 3 days of follow-up contact class (on campus residential)
The course delivery will be in Hindi & English.
Course Thematic Areas:
- Background & perspectives for working with adolescents and young people in India
- Strengths-based counselling frameworks and techniques
- Gender & sexuality
- Interpersonal relationships: Peers, romantic relationships and family
- Academic and career-related concerns
- Substance abuse & addictions
- Self-care of helping professionals
- Suicidality and self-harm
- Project development and documentation
Bachelors in any Applied Social Sciences discipline* + Min. 3 yrs. of direct work towards psychosocial well-being of adolescents and young people
Masters in any Applied Social Sciences discipline* + Min. 1 yr. of direct work towards psychosocial well-being of adolescents and young people
*Applied Social Sciences disciplines include: Social Work, Psychology, Human Development, Education
Note: Preference will be given to individuals with experience and to those associated with an organization working towards psychosocial well-being of adolescents and young people.
Course Brochure & Dates:
What previous participants had to say about the course:
“The course helped me realize the difference between just working and being a professional and that’s something I have understood now – the purpose and the benefit of documentation.” – 26 y.o, School Counsellor, Mumbai
“Knowledge wise, I got to learn a lot of hands on activities, so my bank of (activities) increased. In skills, research and documentation case management skills were enhanced. My perspectives changed, because almost all of us were from different work backgrounds, so it was interesting understanding everyone’s perspectives.” – 27 y.o., School Counsellor, Pune
“Although we received training from our organizations, the kind of detailed training that we received here was amazing, with detailed attention to every point.” – 28 y.o. RashtriyaKishorSwasthyaKendra Counsellor, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh
“The best part about the whole group was diversity in fields of issues they had been working on, different people from various states worked on issues like violence against women, addiction, sexual abuse, female education, teen depression, suicides etc… The course was enlightening for our personal as well as professional lives.”- Counsellor working in Kota
iCALL is a field action project initiated by the School of Human Ecology, TISS, which provides immediate, anonymous and professional counselling services over telephone and emails to individuals in psychosocial distress. iCALL also undertakes mental health outreach activities, capacity building and consultancy for corporates, educational institutions, government agencies, and NGOs along with generating research and publications with respect to concerns of adolescents and young people as well as for mental distress and counselling in general.
Founded in 1991, Vishakha has been a part of the Women’s movement in Rajasthan and has been working towards empowerment of Women, girls & youth through mobilization, capacity building & community led advocacy in rural & urban communities. Identifying gaps in psychosocial support available to young people, in 2013, Vishakha developeda “youth pertinent”, empowerment oriented counselling framework, delivered through a youth resource centre & counselling services in educational & training institutes, reaching over 1000 youth.
For any queries, contact:
Program Co-ordinator, iCALL
Contact: 022-25525600/ 022-25525599
Senior Research Officer, iCALL
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