Behavioural Counselling Programme
CONNECTIONS (Because... Everyone Matters)
It is a comprehensive mental health program which ensures increased receptivity as well as understanding of overall health including mental and physical wellness. The aim is to provide a platform to both the students and their parents to overcome any behavioural, emotional and academic concerns and enhance their mental health and thus upgrading academic performance as well.
The major counselling concerns among students were identified using the Counselling Needs Survey. This survey was completed by the parents of all the students from class Pre Nursery to XII. The major concerns identified among the students were difficulty concentrating, distracting easily, and finding difficulty in establishing and maintaining a daily routine, declining interest in attending the virtual classes, feeling anxious or nervous and difficulties in managing emotions. The more specific concerns among the students of senior classes were peer pressure, low self esteem, anxiety and depression, clarity regarding stream or university selections and setting goals.
Based on the specific concerns individual counselling sessions were provided, where parents and students were encouraged to think about their problems and come to a greater understanding of the causes in order to enable them in taking appropriate action. Some of the counselling sessions specifically focussed on grief counselling related to covid deaths in the students families.
Individual counselling sessions are provided to the students, parents and teachers. Specific Psychological Interventions are provided to the students and their parents who are screened with any developmental delays, behavioural, emotional and/or academic difficulties. At Connections we provide
• Parental Counselling and psychoeducation
• Behavioural Modification and Cognitive Retraining to students with mild problems
• Remedial Education and Special Education to more severe cases
• The students with severe problems like neuro-developmental disorders, anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies etc. are referred to the outside agencies for psychotherapies.
With these individual counselling and special education sessions we aim to enable and encourage parents and the students to think about their problems, come to a greater understanding of the causes and to take appropriate action.
Group counselling sessions are also taken up by the counsellors on various topics like First aid of feelings, Mental Health of adolescents, Puberty and developmental changes, Online safety, Conflict management, Bullying, Charms and Challenges of Adolescence, Anger management and Time management
Multiple Intelligences Model of Learning
Apart from the individual counselling sessions we at CONNECTIONS also aim at upgrading the overall mental health and academic performance of each and every student by equipping them with the relevant information regarding the various aspects of mental health. One such means is the Multiple Intelligences Model of Learning. Multiple Intelligences is a concept given by Howard Gardner which has strong implications in the academic world. Linguistic, Logical Mathematical, Musical, Bodily kinaesthetic, Visual-Spatial, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal are the seven Intelligences which Howard Gardner calls “proclivities” (or inclinations) toward specific intelligences from a very early age. A good understanding of a students’s dominant intelligence is to know “what do they do when nobody is telling them what to do?” and this knowledge would significantly enable the students in upgrading the academic performance and thus enhancing the mental health and well being.
All the students from grade III to XII were assessed on the Free multiple intelligences tests based on Howard Gardner's seven-intelligences model. The data was collected, analysed and interpreted. The class reports and individual reports were generated and shared with the class teachers, which were further shared by the respective class teachers to their students individually.
Development based Model of Learning
The students in the early years need support to make sure they stay healthy and happy. Just like hearing and vision screenings assure that children can hear and see clearly, developmental and behavioral screenings assure that children are making developmental progress, in areas such as language, social, or motor development. The six developmental skills were assessed using Parent reported Developmental checklist separately for the separate age groups ranging from Pre Nursery to Grade II. The class reports and individual reports were generated and shared with the class teachers, students and the parents individually.
Some significant after effects of the knowledge about the dominant intelligences and developmental milestones for the students and teachers are
• Increased Self Esteem
• Boost Self Confidence
• Increased Student Teacher Connection
• Increased Self Regulation
• Decrease Behavioural Problems
• Better Understanding of The Concepts
• Gradual Improvement in Academic Performance
• Positive Attitude Towards Learning
• Happy Student and Happy Teacher
Face to face counselling sessions
Dr. Jitendra Nagpal Session on Self Harm
Mother Daughter programme for Class 8
CAREER COUNSELLING GRADE IX AND X
To make an effective choice, an understanding of the individual is required. One needs to understand his/her personality, interests and aptitude before making a career choice. Our school had tied up with Cogito Hub for classes 9 and 10 to aide and assist students to make informed career choices. Cogito Hub is a Career Decisions Platform that empowers students and young professionals to succeed by making the right decisions about subjects, college courses and careers. They give personalized recommendations on everyone’s strengths through an online assessment of behaviour, aptitude, motivations and interests. They use predictive analytics and advanced algorithms to create these contextual outcomes, envisioning a world where everyone is empowered to realize their true potential and make decisions that are relevant and right for them.
The entire process of Career Counselling with COGITOHUB has helped students immensely by ensuring that they select appropriate subject stream. Initially the students were asked to assess themselves through an online test. Students received personalised recommendations based on individual strengths in the form of detailed profile of their personality, aptitude, motivations and interests. This was followed up with a group offline and online post assessment sessions for all the students of classes IX and X.
These sessions helped the students understand their personalised reports and solve queries about stream selection. These sessions were an insightful experience full of information for students. These sessions highlighted the critical aspects involved in selecting specific subjects of study and making an informed decision in choosing the right career in future.
CAREER COUNSELLING GRADE XI AND XII
School had a tie up with Univariety for classes XI and XII. UNIVARIETY, is India’s foremost Career Counselling, Guidance and College Planning platform. It helps students across India to be better equipped to make Career choices, because Career Planning matters more than anything else. Univariety Platform also helps students in finalizing colleges in India as well as abroad. Through this platform students are able to explore information about scholarships, get connected to alumni go through the psychometric assessments and explore various research tools like Career Deep Dive and course fee calculators etc.
Online career counselling sessions with Univariety for parents and students of class XII were conducted on 29 – 30 October 2020, and 9-10 November, 2020 for Grade XI. Students and parents were oriented to complete Student’s Profile and PACE form for the career counselling process. Online individual counselling sessions for the students were conducted later the basis of the completion of student’s profile and PACE form to provide further support and guidance in Career counselling guidance and college planning.
Session on SAT by Princeton Review
Mother Daughter Programme by Dr. Nidhi Sirohi for Class 7
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad organized a two-day Wellness Delegate Program on 11th and 12th of October 2021 themed ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World: Cultivating Communication’, in collaboration with Expressions India. Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Program Director of Expressions India graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The event spread awareness about the importance of ensuring mental wellbeing and emphasized that reducing mental health disparity warrants the most urgent and committed public health effort of our generation. The event highlighted various mental health inequalities present in the society, and how the process of communication helps in overcoming these inequalities. The wellness delegates of different schools presented their thoughts and perspective through different activities like Page turner, spoof, anecdotes, impatica, poesy and dodgers. School Counsellors Ms.Ria Yadav, Dr. Sumedha Lamba and their team of wellness delegates worked hard to make this event a huge success.
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Delhi Public School Ghaziabad, Meerut Road has always believed in equipping its students with the best of skills required for a successful career selection. We always believe that it is our responsibility to not just guide the young minds academically but also to help them make informed career choices. Career selection helps in forming our identity and deciding the way of living. School provides various career counselling sessions to students throughout the year in order achieve the career counselling objectives. career counseling comprises of four main components:
(a) providing assistance to the individuals to acquire greater self-awareness in areas such as interests, values, abilities, and personality style,
(b) linking individuals to sources so that they can become more well-informed about occupations and professions,
(c) involving students in the decision-making process so that they can choose a career path that is well suited to their own interests, values, abilities, requirements and personality style.
In order to ensure Scientific Career Counselling to be delivered to all students from grade 9-12, Delhi Public School Ghaziabad has collaborated with COGITOHUB which is one of the foremost organizations in career counselling in India. Cogito Hub's Career Testing Platform, It empowers Students to 'Succeed' by making 'Right Career Decisions' through Subjects, Courses Colleges.
Online Pre assessment counselling session are organized for all the students of Classes IX and X XI and XII in order to help them understand the whole process of career counselling. Through this session the entire process of taking assessments on the cogito hub portal was explained. It highlighted the critical aspects of assessment process and then selecting appropriate subject stream based on their individual strengths in the form of detailed profile of their Personality, Aptitude, Motivations and Interests. The sessions were an insightful experience full of information for students. After the completion of Online test students were called for Group Counselling session in order to make them understand their report and solve their individual queries regarding stream and career selection.
THE WORLD OF EMERGING CAREERS
A virtual event on “THE WORLD OF EMERGING CAREERS” was organized by Delhi Public School Ghaziabad, Meerut Road. Mr. Sumer Broota from Pratham Institute and our school alumni Mr. Adhikansh Sharma a Geospatial Data Analyst, Ms. Aprajita Dutta a Visual Merchandiser, Ms. Preya Bhagat a Print Maker and Mr. Deepansh Bathla a Risk Analyst came together to enlighten the students with their own experiences and knowledge of the innovative careers they have chosen. They shared the information and knowledge about the innovative careers that are emerging in the current times. The session focused on the various aspects of the careers in various innovative fields like Data Science, Financial Technology, Actuarial Science, Econometrics, Cyber Security, Industrial Robotics, Corporate Social Responsibility and many more. It was an informative and enlightening session for all the students which provided them with an opportunity to make informed career choices.
ROUTE TO CAREER FAIR
Route to Career Fair a Virtual event was organized where various national and international universities came together to equip the students with the information and knowledge about variety of courses and university placements.
STREAM COMPENTENCY WEBINAR
The world has seen a plethora of changes, specifically during the pandemic times, new career options are emerging every day and so does the confusion in young minds. A student who is self-assured and has ample guidance is in a better position to make choices aligned to one’s Personality, Interest, Ability, Motivation and Values. With this thought in mind the Webinar on the Stream Competency was organized in collaboration with PRATHAM INSTITUTE and COGITO HUB
Mr. Binit Binod, Deputy General Manager-Marketing and Academic team Pratham and Mr. Kunal Sandhu, Founder & CEO Cogito Hub addressed the audience. It was an enriching event which provided students with an opportunity to take appropriate career decisions. The question-and- regarding proper career planning and decision-making answer session at the end helped students in resolving their individual concerns and queries.
WEBINAR ON STUDY ABROAD
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad, Meerut Road has always believed in equipping its students with the best of skills required for a successful career and stream selection. We believe that it is our responsibility to not just guide the young minds academically but also to help them make informed choices. Extending students’ knowledge about various study abroad options and exploring diverse career options globally will surely let them find their true potential.
With this thought in mind the Webinar on Study Abroad was organized on 19.1.22 in collaboration with COGITO HUB to equip the students with right skills and information .
The topics covered in the session were:
• College selection approach
• SOP writing
• CV building Country wise parameters.
INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FAIR
Our Career is a large part of our identity that replicates our unique personality and life values. It provides a direction and purpose in our lives. Taking an appropriate career decision complements one’s personal attributes and realization of the true potential influencing one’s direction, personal satisfaction, and fulfilment in life.
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad organized the International University fair for students of classes XI and XII on 11 Feb 2022 to enable them to take skill-based decisions towards selecting their career in various International Universities. The fair witnessed the participation of ten International Universities. The participating universities were
• University of British Columbia, Canada
• University of Essex, UK
• University of Kent, UK
• Leeds Art University, UK
• Ohio University, US
• University of Strathclyde, , UK
• University of Toronto, Canada
• Tokyo International University, Japan
• UP Grad, India
• University of Victoria, Canada
The University representatives informed the students about the course and university specifications. The university fair proved to be very informative and interactive. It was indeed an insightful experience full of knowledge for the students and their parents and also highlighted the critical aspects involved in selecting specific fields of study and choosing a particular profession.
CAREER AND UNIVERSITY FEST
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad collaborated with Campus Coach and organized a Career and University Fest on 4 Feb 2022 in order to enable the students to take skill-based decisions towards selecting their Career. The fest witnessed the participation of twelve Domestic Universities. The participating universities were
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Ecole Intuit Lab
BML Munjal University
Arch College of Design and Business
The University representatives informed the students about the course and university specifications. The career fest proved to be very informative and interactive. It was indeed an insightful experience full of knowledge for the students and their parents and also highlighted the critical aspects involved in selecting specific fields of study and choosing a particular occupation or profession.