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



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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