ICHARS Support Foundation

Activity Report From Jan to Jun 2022

Below are the activity report which is organized by ICHARS Support Foundation under VISIT MHP initiative.

Talk it out session:

Today, though the awareness of the importance of mental health is on the rising, there is still a stigma attached to it. It is important to let people know that they aren’t alone and it is common for everyone to go through mental concerns. Even if a person wishes to express what they are experiencing there are several factors that stop them from doing so. Below are a few points of many which may not allow them to prioritize their mental health or mental well-being:

  • Social stigma
  • Lack of trust
  • Where do I start from
  • Whom do I approach
  • Confidentiality concerns

We at ICHARS strive to provide a platform where one can express his/her issues and concerns with like-minded people and not hold the fear of being judged. We do this by conducting online Talk it Out sessions, where one can login and talk about a specific issue which not only helps them vent but also gives an opportunity to listen to others who are experiencing a similar issue.

SUPPORT GROUP TALK IT OUT SESSION:

1. Anxiety-:

anxiety group

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. Some of the physiological symptoms are sweating, feeling restless and tense, and having a rapid heartbeat. It can be a normal reaction to stress. 

Anxiety is a natural human state and we all experience it to varying intensities. It is a vital part of our lives. So much so most of the time anxiety helps us to identify and respond to danger in ‘fight or flight mode. It can motivate to us face up to dealing with difficult challenges. The ‘right’ amount of anxiety can help us perform better and stimulate action and creativity. 

But there is another side to anxiety. Persistent anxiety causes real emotional distress and can lead to us becoming unwell and, at worst, developing anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, phobias, and obsessional behaviors. Anxiety at this level can have a truly distressing and debilitating impact on our lives and impact on our physical as well as our mental health.

The session was conducted by interns who were a part of the 6-month internship program of the Visit MHP initiative. 

Participants: The age group of the participants was 18-30 years

Duration : 1 hour /No. of participants: 12

Hosted by: Psychology Interns trained under Visit MHP initiative of ICHARS Support Foundation

2. Anger Management-:

Anger is an emotion characterized by active hostility or opposition towards someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. However, we cannot term anger as an out-and-out negative emotion or a bad thing. Anger can sometimes be a good thing too.

It can give you a way to express negative feelings or motivate you to find solutions to problems. However, excessive anger can cause problems both physiologically and psychologically.

The session was conducted by interns who were a part of the 6-month internship program of the Visit MHP initiative. There were a total of 9 participants. The session was very enthusiastic and everyone enjoyed it as they were able to freely express their anger issues and everyone was very comfortable after the session. 

Participants: The age group of the participants was 18-30 years.

Duration : 1 hour/No. of participants: 9

Hosted by: Psychology Interns trained under Visit MHP initiative of ICHARS Support Foundation

3. Procrastination-:

Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute, or past their deadline. Even though putting off the tasks can have potentially negative consequences some people are characterized by the irrational delay of doing tasks.

There may be many causes for procrastination like lack of motivation, low self-confidence, fear of failure etc. People who procrastinate may have tried many ways to fight their habit of procrastination. However, they are often not aware of the fact that they can seek help to combat this challenge which is limiting them in many ways. Through these talk it out sessions, we intend to bring people fighting the same cause together and give them a platform where they can vent out.

Participants: The age group of the participants was 18-30 years.

Duration : 1 hour/No of participants: 8

Hosted by: Psychology Interns trained under Visit MHP initiative of ICHARS Support Foundation

4. Self-Acceptance-:

Self-acceptance is defined as when an individual accepts all of his/her attributes with all the positives and the negatives. But unfortunately, people are always looking at satisfying others expectations and are constantly not wanting to fall prey to judgments from society.

More often than not in such situations people tend to find it difficult to accept themselves and may lead to a lot of disturbances in their day to day functioning. Through these talk it out sessions, one finds a common ground where they can pour their hearts and be sure of not being judged.

Participants: The age group of the participants was 18-30 years.

Duration : 1 hour/No of participants: 8

Hosted by: Psychology Interns trained under Visit MHP initiative of ICHARS Support Foundation

LIVE SESSIONS:

We firmly believe that in order to promote therapy for better behavioral and emotional well-being it is extremely critical to spread awareness about mental health and mental wellbeing.

Unfortunately, there still revolves a stigma around this topic, and due to misconceptions about mental health and mental fitness, people often suffer in silence and their conditions only go from bad to worse. We at ICHARS believe that Mental health awareness is an important social movement to both improve understanding and increase access to healthcare.

To spread the word around and create awareness our interns conduct live sessions on various topics related to mental health. In the past month, there were two live sessions conducted one a general discussion on the topic of mental health and another addressing the concerns that are faced as a part of the rejection. 

  1. Topic: Mental Health

Participants: The age group of the participants was 18-30 years.

Duration : 1 hour

Hosted by: Psychology Interns trained under Visit MHP initiative of ICHARS Support Foundation

  1. Topic: Rejection

Participants: The age group of the participants was 18-30 years.

Duration : 1 hour

Hosted by: Psychology Interns trained under Visit MHP initiative of ICHARS Support Foundation

FREE COUNSELLING DRIVES

This is a Free ongoing therapy for trained therapists under our CHCP Program for enabling them to set up their own private practice and build their brand. As a part of this program, the registered mentees are also assigned various activities which are a part of our Visit MHP initiatives like Support Groups, Live Sessions, and Various Drives (Anxiety, Procrastination, etc). As of May 31st, we have 10 coaches/therapists who have registered for this program

 1. Anxiety Counselling Drive

anxiety counselling drive

A Free Anxiety Counselling drive was conducted as a part of the Visit mhp initiative of the ICHARS support foundation during the month of May 2022. A total of 10 registrants are being offered free therapy to combat anxiety by 4 of our trained therapists who have completed all four levels of the diploma program, i.e Cognitive Hypnotic Coaching, and Psychotherapy – CHCP. As a part of their weekly therapy sessions helping them combat mild to severe anxiety, we enable the clients to identify their symptoms, understand the triggers and equip them with certain self-help tools

Objective – Help people battling with anxiety. Especially those who can’t afford counselling & therapy or are contemplating the same.

No. of people who enrolled – 10

Sessions conducted by – ICHARS certified Coaches & Therapists

Duration – 1 hour weekly sessions for 6 weeks.

PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS:

Eclectic Psychotherapy Internship program-:

eclectic internship

A free 60-hour (6 weeks) online internship program on conceptual understanding of the eclectic approach to psychotherapy program is offered on a monthly basis for psychology students and aspiring practitioners. As a part of this online internship program, the interns understand the concepts of 50+ techniques to address any kind of presenting problems by the client. This is a self-paced internship program with pre-recorded videos and a weekly live Q&A discussion with the lead mentor, the CEO and Founder of ICHARS – Mr. Nitin Shah. This year in a span of six months 78 interns have successfully completed this internship program.

Program – Free online internship to conceptual understanding to eclectic approach to psychotherapy

No of interns – 78 interns between the period January to June 2022

Duration – 60 hour internship program (i.e for a period of six weeks).

We have new batches that are commenced during the first week of every month.

ACTIVITY REPORT OF STRUCTURED COUNSELING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM-:

ACTIVITY REPORT OF STRUCTURED COUNSELING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

ICHARS is dedicated to enabling coaches and mental health practitioners to create a happier, healthier, more fulfilling world by helping them develop advanced coaching and therapeutic skills with comprehensive, step-by-step training. This enables them to serve their clients better and meet their professional and personal goals.

Owing to the pandemic a lot of practitioners have been finding it difficult to transition their therapy practice from an offline setup to an online mode of functioning.

Through this Structured Counseling Certification Program, we have been able to coach/train 60 professionals with a structured step-by-step process of meeting clients online and conducting effective therapy sessions.

No of workshops conducted – 5

No of beneficiaries – 120

PSYCHOLOGIST SUPPORT GROUPS

Topic: Case discussions

We as an institute strongly believe that our role as a trainer does not end when the training session ends. There are many times practitioners need help with certain clients and to help our trained professionals on that front we have case discussion meetings twice every month.

This platform enables our students to get in touch with us and discuss the various cases that they have been handling and get their doubts and queries clarified.

Topic – Case discussions (doubts and session flow details clarified for coaches & therapists who seek help with their ongoing cases)

Beneficiary – Practicing psychologists

No of participants – 40 (per session)

No of sessions – 4

Duration – 1 – 1 & half hours (monthly one session)