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Life Competencies for Adolescents

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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

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Devendra Agochiya has over three decades of rich and varied experience of working with national and international organizations engaged in the fields of youth and social development, training, empowerment and management. He has worked for about 12 years (1969-80), in senior professional positions, with an international NGO in New Delhi-International Youth Centre. He has worked for about 18 years with the Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat-first as the Regional Director for Asia and then as Head of the Division based in London, the headquarters of the Secretariat. He has been actively associated with the planning and delivery of a wide range of training programmes for a variety of target groups, including policy makers, senior government and non-government officials, business executives and young people in India and other Commonwealth countries. He is presently working as a freelance consultant with a number of national and international agencies in training and development and related areas.


[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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