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Life Competencies for Adolescents
Training Manual for Facilitators, Teachers and Parents

First Edition


September 2010 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This training manual serves as a practical guide for adolescents, equipping them with the skills to face the present and future challenges of life effectively. It advocates and seeks active involvement of all sections of society-educational institutions, voluntary organisations, and civil society-in the holistic development and growth of adolescents into confident, responsible and productive citizens of the country. Some of the salient features of the manual are:

- Wide scope: The manual covers a wide range of life competencies for the holistic growth and development of adolescents

- Modular approach: Though the programme proposed by the manual is a holistic, comprehensive package, each module can also be used independently. The user agencies can, thus, choose any number of modules that are applicable for their target group.

- Ready-to-use format: The manual is inclusive in all aspects. It has notes for facilitators and other users, special exercises and instruments and step-by-step approach for the conduct of these exercises.

- Notes on the modules: The manual includes detailed notes on each module that cover wide-ranging sub-topics and issues.

- CD companion: The manual comes with a CD that contains all the exercises along with supplementary material.

Apart from the key users, who would be secondary schools and voluntary organisations working for adolescents, this manual will also serve as an insightful read for parents, adolescents themselves and professionals working in related fields.

Foreword

Dr S Y Quraishi
Introduction

 
The Programme and the Training Manual

 
Using the Manual for the Delivery of the Programme: General Guidelines

 
 
MODULE 1: ADOLESCENTS AND THE NATION
Introduction

 
Constitution and its Salient Features

 
Some Important Aspects of Indian Life

 
Three Pillars of Democracy

 
Challenges before the Nation

 
 
MODULE 2: GROWING UP OF THE ADOLESCENTS - PROCESS AND DIMENSIONS
Introduction

 
Key Areas of Concern and Action

 
Adolescents and Peer Groups

 
Adolescents and Family

 
Media and the Adolescents

 
 
MODULE 3: GROWING UP IN THE FAMILY
Introduction

 
Adolescents and Changing Dynamics of the Family

 
Tensions and Conflicts in the Family - Causes and Management

 
Parental Discords / Expectations from the Children

 
Parenting

 
 
MODULE 4: INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
Introduction

 
Understanding Communication

 
Five Components Contributing to Effective Interpersonal Communication

 
Engaging in Conversation

 
Barriers to Effective Communication

 
Management of Anger

 
 
MODULE 5: BONDING WITH PEOPLE- INTERPERSONAL COMPETENCIES
Introduction

 
Understanding Bonding

 
Acceptance as a Prerequisite for Establishing Relationships

 
Interpersonal Communication and Bonding

 
Types of Bonding of an Adolescent

 
Trust and Interpersonal Relationship

 
Personal Qualities that Influence Relationships

 
Working in Teams

 
 
MODULE 6: DEVELOPING PRESENTATION AND WRITING SKILLS
Introduction

 
Planning a Presentation

 
Delivering the Presentation

 
Evaluating your Presentation

 
Developing Your Writing Skills - Some Guidelines

 
 
MODULE 7: SELF-AWARENESS AND BUILDING A DESIRE FOR SELF-GROWTH
Introduction

 
Understanding Self

 
Self-awareness

 
Self-growth and Self Improvement

 
 
MODULE 8: ROAD TO A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY LIFE - DEVELOPING YOUR SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-CONFIDENCE
Introduction

 
Self-concept

 
Self-esteem

 
Self-confidence

 
Assertive Behaviour - Concept and Dimensions

 
Your Fears and Concerns

 
 
MODULE 9: SETTING GOALS FOR LIFE AND WORKING FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENT
Introduction

 
Integrating Dreams and Thoughts to Create a Vision for Life

 
Individual Decision-making - Elements and Process

 
Goal setting - Elements and Process

 
Perseverance - a Multi-dimensional Concept

 
Integrating Your Values into Various Life Dimensions

 
 
MODULE 10: LIVING LIFE IN A POSITIVE AND AFFIRMATIVE WAY
Introduction

 
Understanding Positive Thinking

 
Adolescents and Positive Thinking

 
Manifestations of Positive Attitude

 
Evaluating and Fighting Negative Thoughts

 
Engaging in Self-talk

 
Concentration - Meaning and Dimensions

 
Will Power

 
Self-discipline

 
Success and its Implications for Your Life

 
 
MODULE 11: MANAGEMENT OF STRESS
Introduction

 
Stress and People

 
External Stressors in Adolescents

 
Self-made or Internal Stressors

 
Day-to-day Stresses

 
Changes and Stress

 
General Strategies to Manage Stress

 
Things You Can Do to Avoid Stress or Release Tensions

 
Role of Parents and Teachers

 
 
MODULE 12: DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURIAL COMPETENCIES AND ATTRIBUTES
Introduction

 
Problem solving

 
Decision-making

 
Process of Problem Solving and Decision-making

 
Conflict - Its Meaning and Dimensions

 
Understanding Risk-taking

 
Proactive Behaviour

 
Procrastination

 
Management of Time

 

[This book] is a training manual meant to train adolescents in developing certain skills and understand some important concepts which can help them in tiding over the rough patches of life in a smooth and dignified manner. It can be used by teachers, parents or trainers for planning workshops for teenagers on 12 different modules addressing issues such as interpersonal competencies, communication skills, stress management skills, developing self-esteem, etc. Each module includes a brief introduction, expected outcomes, a detailed point-wise explanation of the theme and exercises. Each exercise is further elaborated with information on materials required, steps to conduct exercise and time allocated for the exercise, making it a readymade support material for the trainer. A free CD accompanying the book makes the job of preparing PowerPoint presentations and taking printouts for group workshops even easier… The book fulfills a vacant niche and caters to an urgent and acutely felt yet apathetically ignored need of the Indian society…if these training ideas can be incorporated into our rigid school/college curricula to provide our adolescents some real and usable education, this book will fulfill its noble agenda.

The Tribune

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