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St. Catherine Orphanage – Workshops for Children

St. Catherine Orphanage – Workshops for Children

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Self-awareness for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home.
Date of the workshop was 5th July 2019. 
The workshop was conducted by Miss. Isha Sawant, Miss. Janhavi Kelaskar and Miss. Pranjul Somani who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS.

Objectives of the workshop included:
● Making them familiar with the concepts of private self-awareness and public self-awareness.
● Making them aware of others’ emotions
● Developing the ability to take actions based on other’s reactions
Summary of the workshop:
The workshop began by introducing the trainers and children. The trainers used a unique way to break the ice amongst the participants. All the participants were told to use an adjective (adjective that defines them really well for e.g. happy, smiling, helpful etc) before their names. The trainers also introduced themselves in the same way. After introducing, participants were told a story that aimed to throw light on private and public self-awareness. This story gave them certain insights into the topic of self-awareness and they were encouraged to share their experiences.
The story was followed by a role play. The objective of the role play was to make them realise that there are certain things that we do which affect our near and dear ones. If we don’t pay attention to how our actions or conversations are affecting the people in our environment, we might hamper the relationship that we have with them.
After the role play, an activity was conducted. This activity included certain questions which directed them towards self-reflection.
The session ended with summarising the entire session and discussing their personal experiences and doubts. They were also briefed on the next session.

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Emotional Management for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. Date of the workshop was 12 th July 2019.
The workshop was conducted by Miss. Isha Sawant, Miss. Janhavi Kelaskar and Miss. Pranjul Somani who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS.

Objectives:

● Making them aware of different types of emotions
● Teaching them how to manage negative emotions (anger, guilt, anxiety, helplessness)
● Building empathy Summary of the workshop:
The workshop began by asking the participants to share their experiences about the last session and if they had applied any of the strategies learned.
It was then followed by introducing them to the concept of emotions, and how emotions play an important role in our life.
They were also explained a model known as FLIP. This model focuses on managing negative emotions.
Participants were shown a clip from the movie Inside Out. This clip was shown with the intention of helping them understand certain emotions. They were shown certain scenarios and they had to guess which emotion is the character going through.
Once they understood the role, importance and management of emotions, they were made to do a mask activity. The mask represented their self. In this activity, they had to prepare a mask depicting all their current emotions. They had to choose different colors and were told that each color would represent some emotion. This activity gave the trainers insight into participants’
current emotions.

Followed by the mask activity was another activity called 6 corners. Each of the corners represented one of the primary emotions (anger, fear, happy, surprise, sad and disgust). They were given certain situations and were asked questions like, “which emotion is the person in this situation going through?” they had to then run towards the reciprocating corner. This activity was done to develop empathy and awareness of emotions in them.
The workshop ended by giving them homework of following all the emotional management tips given during the workshop.

St. Catherine Orphanage Home allowed ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Thoughts Management for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. Date of the workshop was 26th July 2019.
The workshop was conducted by Miss. Isha Sawant, Miss. Janhavi Kelaskar and Miss. Pranjul Somani who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS.

Objectives:
·  To help them manage disturbing/reoccurring thoughts
·  Help them understand what thoughts are
·  Making them aware of different types of thoughts
·  Introducing them to the difference between thoughts, emotions, and feelings

Summary of the workshop:
The session began with revising the FLIP model that was done in the previous session. Here, we encouraged all the participants to share incidents where they applied this model successfully.
Then we explained to them what are thoughts using a metaphor (stories).
Explanation of thoughts was followed by an activity where they were given three cards and each card represented either emotion, thought or behaviour. They were given certain situations. After listening to each situation, they had to pick up the corresponding card, for instance, if the situation consisted of some emotions then they had to pick up the card the represents emotions.
Similarly for thoughts and behaviors.
They were also explained a model called ABC (A- activating event, B-beliefs, C-consequences).
This model highlights how same event could trigger different thoughts in different people. This model was explained to make them understand the possible reasons (different experiences, social background, etc.) behind having different thoughts.
After ABC, they were made to do an activity called the control activity. In this activity, they were given plain sheets of paper and were told to draw one big circle on it. Inside this circle, they had to write whatever they think is in their control (e.g. my anger is in my control). Outside this circle, they had to write whatever they think is not in their control (e.g. seasons, time). The purpose of this activity was to give them visual understanding that there are certain things that
we humans can’t control and certain that we can. One should, therefore, focus more on things that are within one’s control.
The session ended by summing up whatever was done during the session.

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Communication for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. Date of the workshop was 2nd August 2019.
The workshop was conducted by Miss. Isha Sawant and Miss. Pranjul Somani who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS. 

Objectives of the workshop included:
To help them understand the importance of communication.
> Developing the abilities to understand themselves and others through verbal and non-verbal communication.
> Making them aware of alternative ways to communicate with each other.

Summary of the workshop:
The workshop began by asking the children what do they understand from communication. Then finally they were made aware of what exactly communication means. Along with the definition of communication, it was mentioned through examples and metaphors that not only verbal communication is important but non-verbal as well.

After this, one activity related to the topic of communication was done. In the activity, two rows were asked to form. The first participant of both the rows was shown one picture and was asked to share it with the next immediate person about it. Then the next person had to pass the information to the person next to her. It ended with the last person telling us what information did they receive. The story which the last person received was totally distorted from what first-person passed or from the picture. This proved the importance of verbal communication.

Then the importance of communication was explained to them. Post this again one another activity on the importance of non-verbal communication was done. In that activity, one action was shown to the first participant and then was asked to pass that to the next one without uttering a word. 

Finally, one more activity was made to do which include dance and movement to express their emotions and be free with the held emotions for a long time.

The session ended with summarising the entire session and discussing their personal experiences and doubts. They were also briefed on the next session.

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Self-awareness for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. Date of the workshop was 9th August, 2019. 
The workshop was conducted by Miss. Isha Sawant, Miss. Janhavi Kelaskar and Miss. Pranjul Somani who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS. 

Objectives of the workshop included:
To help them prepare for the external difficulties when they go out to shop something.
> To help them understand the importance of money and how & when to use?
> To help them understand concepts like bargaining, expiry date checking, borrowing, sharing, saving, etc.

Summary of the workshop:
The workshop began directly by giving them the practical experience of how to buy things through an activity. They were handed a few pieces of paper in which value in terms of money was mentioned. The amount which was distributed to each of them was 200 bucks. Then all the items that they could buy were written on the board with their cost. Items included eatables, clothes, cosmetics, etc.

Then they were asked to look at the board and decide what they wanted to buy. They came one by one and started buying the items which they needed by handing out the right amount of money. It was observed that some borrowed from others in case the items they wanted to buy exceed 200 bucks. Some saved the money to invest, others bargained and took care of buying only the essentials.

The session ended with summarising the entire session and discussing their personal experiences and doubts. They were also briefed on the next session.

 

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to the ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Self-awareness for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. The date of the workshop was 27th September 2019.
The workshop was conducted by Miss. Pranjul Somani, Miss Rupali Shingade and Mrs Gunjan Dalal who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS. 

Objectives of the workshop included:
> To brush up all the topics that were covered earlier after the break.

Summary of the workshop:

The workshop began by taking the self -awareness as the first topic to revise. They were asked questions based on the situations as to what they will do in that case and why self-awareness is important. Along with this, we also discussed the role play that was done in that particular session. They replied very enthusiastically. 

Then the discussion moved further with the emotional management. They were asked about the basic emotions that we have and why is important to understand and have these emotions. Finally, explained the flip model to help them understand what they can do with this awareness of emotions.

After this, the topic of thought management was taken up. They took part in the conversation and shared their thoughts which are functional and dysfunctional. They told us how their actions are directed by their thought. Then the importance of having thoughts and how to manage the thought was discussed. There were metaphors used during the previous thought management session which they remembered and reverted.

7th Session

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Self-awareness for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. Date of the workshop was 4th October 2019. The workshop was conducted by Miss. Pranjul Somani, Mrs. Arshiya Qazi and Miss Rupali Shingade who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS. 

Objectives of the workshop included:
> To help them understand the deeper underlying emotions behind anger
> To help them to be better able to manage their anger.

Summary of the workshop:

The workshop started by handing them the iceberg picture and asking them which part of the iceberg can they see if it is half under-water. Then explaining to them the concept of underlying emotions behind anger as on the surface we only see anger but there are underlying emotions as well. Then they were asked to get in touch with the last incident when they felt angry. Then they observed the underlying emotions behind and wrote on the part of the iceberg which was underwater.

After getting awareness about the underlying emotions present behind anger, they were explained the importance of this understanding. Finally, they were explained IF-THEN model to be better able to deal with these emotions that arises due to certain thoughts. They were divided into 3 groups and were asked to write the thoughts or the triggers that disturb them and results with anger. And then the replaced thought which they would want to have in order to change the particular emotion.

The session ended with summarising the entire session and discussing their personal experiences and doubts. They were also briefed on the next session.

8th Session

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Self-awareness for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. Date of the workshop was 11th October 2019. The workshop was conducted by Miss. Pranjul Somani, Mrs. Arshiya Qazi and Miss Rupali Shingade who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS. 

Objectives of the workshop included:
> To help them understand the deeper underlying emotions behind anger.
> To help them to be better able to manage their anger.

Summary of the workshop:

The workshop began by revising the points of the earlier session. Then I went ahead with completing the IF-THEN concept. 

Finally, we did group anchoring for the emotion of anger and the replaced emotion being happy. They were asked to remember 1 happy situation and 3 triggers where happy emotion could be replaced with anger.

The session ended with summarising the entire session and discussing their personal experiences and doubts. They were also briefed on the next session.

 

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on The Importance of Rules for the children of Cottage Karunankur. Date of the workshop was 8th November 2019.
The workshop was conducted by Mrs. Arshiya Qazi and Miss. Dhwani who are Psychotherapist at ICHARS.

Purpose of the workshop:
This workshop was designed after analysing the behaviour of the children towards the rules of the Orphanage Home. After having conversations with the children, it was noticed that the children disliked being in the orphanage Home due to various rules that does not make them feel at home and/or makes them miss home which in turn makes them feel sad and/or upset. 

Objective of the workshop included:

> Making them familiar with the concept of Rules.
> Making them aware of the importance of Rules.
> Developing the ability to accept and follow important Rules.

Summary of the workshop:
The workshop started by asking the participants a few questions about ‘What rules are? Do we need to follow them and How do they help us?’ All the participants eagerly answered correctly which in turn helped them have a self-realisation about the existence of rules.

After a brief explanation on the topic a game was played to help explain the phenomena better. The game was called “Guess the rules” where the participants were divided in two groups and were made to play a simple game of throwing a ball across a drawn line. No participants were told what the rules to score points were but they would only score if they played by the unknown rules. The game was clearly a chaos at first as none knew what the rules were. The trainers then played the same game with the rules and the participants guessed the rules. The game was then played with the rules by the participants. When being asked as to which game was more fun, the participants all agreed that the game with the rules was more fun thus agreeing that rules do help.

Metaphors and story-telling were used to throw light on the questions like why rules are set and how they help us. It gave them insights on situations that could go wrong if rules are not followed. Awareness was also spread about the fact that some rules could be wrong, example Sati, and that they can be put across in the rightful way to the rightful person to be changed into socially acceptable ones.

The session ended with the trainers sharing and encouraging the participants to share their experiences with following rules that helped them in a good way.

 

St. Catherine Orphanage Home gave an opportunity to ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on The Importance of Rules for the children of Cottage Karunankur. The date of the workshop was 22nd November 2019.

The workshop was conducted by Mrs. Arshiya Qazi, Miss. Rupali Babaso Shingade and Miss. Shreya Hitesh Vyas who are Psychotherapist at ICHARS.

Purpose of the workshop:
This workshop was designed to Motivate the children to work hard towards a better future and live satisfied as the children often depicted a lack of motivation to carry on tasks and showcased feelings on being low and thinking negative about life and the future. This workshop was also designed considering the behaviour of the children towards other children in their Orphanage home which was often to ridicule one another.

The objective of the workshop included:
● Motivating the participants to work towards a better future.
● Encouraging them to set goals.
● Developing the ability to believe in one’s self, to trust and overcome hurdles.
● Encouraging them to dream big and to treat everyone with respect and kindness.

Summary of the workshop:
The workshop was started by conducting a small activity by handing out an A4 sheet to each participant. The A4 sheets all had a little black spot in the middle. The participants were told to study the paper and explain what they can see. All the participants enthusiastically explained the black spot in the middle. This exercise was used as a metaphor to explain that this is how we all generally tend to see life i.e. we tend to see the small black spot that represents the bad times ignoring all the good in our life which is represented by the rest of the white paper. This was followed by a motivational talk on how one should dream big and believe in their dreams, work hard towards it and trust in them while overcoming setbacks by learning from them rather than letting the setbacks demotivate them. Storytelling and real-life experiences were shared that helped the participants understand the concepts better. 
Awareness was created about the fact that every individual is important and is contributing to the world in some way or the other. An example of a jigsaw puzzle was given as to how the bigger picture stays incomplete if even a single piece of the puzzle went missing. Each piece of the puzzle representing every single individual and the bigger picture representing the world.
The participants were then encouraged to set goals as small as smiling at someone every day. The participants were told to practice and work towards their goals by following the If-Then model until the next workshop session after which a puzzle activity will be done where each participant will be given a few pieces from a jigsaw puzzle behind which they will write their names and the task they did or the goal they achieved. The puzzle will then be put together and framed as a token of trophy for completing the set goal. This is to encourage the participants that if one goal could be achieved lots more can be achieved as well.

 

St. Catherine Orphanage Home allowed ICHARS Support Foundation to conduct a workshop on Personality Development for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine Orphanage Home. The date of the workshop was 6th December 2019.
The workshop was conducted by Miss. Rupali Shingade, Miss. Shreya Vyas and Miss. Arshiya Kazin who are Psychotherapists at ICHARS.

Objectives:
● To help them understand Personality
● How it’s developed
● What is personality Development
● How we can shape our personality

Summary of the workshop:
The session began with what’s their understanding of personality. Then we explained to them what is Personality as its not a single unit or not about only physical aspect but a combination of our thoughts, emotions, behaviour, attitude, morals, ethics and many other things. Then how Personality is formed by using stories and metaphors Then we took an activity “Draw yourself” to understand their own Personality, where they have to draw themselves using metaphors and then explain why you choose that object and how does that represents yourself. Then we moved on to Personality Development, we explain what is personality development and why it is important. how we can develop our personality through making changes in our certain behaviour, by learning new skills, through observation, implementation

St. Catherine orphanage home gave an opportunity to ICHARS support foundation to conduct a workshop on Team building for the children of karunakar, St. Catherine orphanage home. Date of the workshop was 13th December 2019.
The workshop was conducted by miss. Shreya vyas miss. Rupali Shingade and Pranjul Somani who are counsellor and psychotherapists at ICHARS.

Purpose of the workshop
This workshop was designed after analyzing the behavior of the children towards each other when they work together to perform some task. There is something lacking which holds them to work in a team.so the purpose of this workshop is to develop such skills that can help them to work in a team and prepare them for their upcoming events

Objective
● Make them understand about team building with Brainstorming activity
● Activities that cover Important skills required for team building like communication
skills and medium of communication and have reflection on that
● Activities that cover leadership and motivation with realisation of How to
manage failure Everything is possible, Inspire others and make them capable to
have their own dreams rather than making them believe in their others dreams, Never give up, Problem solving skills in tough time and Believe in own self and
team

Summary of the workshop
The workshop started by asking the participants a few questions like What you all mean by team building? Why it is important to work in a group? If not then what happens?Can you give me an example where you all work in team? ’ All the participants eagerly answered correctly which in turn helped them to have a bit of realisation about teamwork. After a brief explanation on the topic a game was played to help explain the phenomena better. The game was called “ Magic carpet” where the participants were divided into two groups and were made them to stand on that carpet after sometime I reduced the margin and increased the difficulty level after that we had a discussion and Explained communication with an example of their life like evening snacks and school project and discussed the other component of communication skills like Listening, channel or medium of communication, Respect.

St. Catherine orphanage home gave an opportunity to ICHARS support foundation to conduct a workshop on Time management for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine orphanage home.
Date of the workshop was 27th December. 
The workshop was conducted by miss. Shreya vyas, Miss Pranjul Somani. She is counsellor and psychotherapists at Ichars.

Objective 
● Make them understand about personal hygiene with Brainstorming activity 
● Activities that help them to realise the importance of hygiene
●  Educate them with other information and experience about hygiene.

Summary of the workshop
The workshop started by asking the participants a few questions like what you all mean by personal hygiene? Why it is important? If not then what happens? All the participants eagerly answered correctly.
After that a brief explanation on the topic was given and the children were divided into groups for an activity. Each groups got areas from body part like face, legs, private part in that they have to write challenges and what they are doing or they can do to maintain hygiene.
After the activity we had a discussion through which we came to know about their approach and solved certain misconception they have regarding hygiene. Along with that we educated them regarding hygiene especially when they are in periods

St. Catherine orphanage home gave an opportunity to ICHARS support foundation to conduct a workshop on Time management for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine orphanage home.
Date of the workshop was 3rd Jan 2020. The workshop was conducted by miss. Shreya vyas and miss. Rupali Shingade who are counsellor and psychotherapists at ICHARS.
Purpose of the workshop 
This workshop was designed after analysing the behaviour of the children towards each other when they work together to perform some task. There is something lacking which holds them to manage their time effectively. So the purpose of this workshop is to develop such skills that can help them to manage their time and prepare them for their upcoming events.

Objective 
● Make them understand why it is Important to have Time management skill with
Brainstorming activity.
● Make them understand about the Importance of goal setting.
● Activities that cover Important skills required for team management like planning, How to prioritise task and art of balancing along with reflection on each activity  
● Other tips for time management and take time-management as a fun and have some flexibility in your timetable also.

Summary of the workshop

The workshop started with an ice breaker activity in which we ask them about how many hours they have in a day and told them to multiply with 365 and then asked them to subtract the time they utilise for sleeping, food, study and so on. After that we had an Interaction with children by asking few questions like what you all mean by time management? Why it is important? If not then what happen? Can you give me an example where had you done any work on time or before the time? Why we are not able to manage our time? All the participants eagerly
answered and had fruitful discussion regarding what is time management, importance and the Effects if we don’t have this skills which in turn helped them to have a bit of realisation about importance of having time management skills.
After a brief explanation on the topic a game was played to make them understand about the phenomena better. Explained them a list of task (each person 3 task) which they have to perform and gave them a time limit that is 10 min after the activity we had a reflection & I
explained them about what is smart planning, How to prioritise and importance of patients for making wise decision. After that I did second activity in which I told them to write down all their commitments and deadlines or tasks after that told them to give number on the bases of priority and Identify Distractions that holding them to do that task and what can they to do to deal with that and then final step Break It Down: now, soon, and later.

St. Catherine orphanage home gave an opportunity to ICHARS support foundation to conduct a workshop on skills and attitude for the children of Karunakar,
St. Catherine orphanage home. 
Date of the workshop was 10th January 2020.
The workshop was conducted by miss. Rupali 
Shingade and miss. Shreya Vyas who are psychotherapists at Ichars.

Objectives of the workshop
● Understanding of Skills of self and others
● Development of skills
● Understanding Attitude and its importance

Summary

The session started with an ice breaker activity of Blindfold where we put some dots one board and one person has given chalk to connect it but she is blindfolded and other peers are instructing her. This activity is done for reflection of the previous session and introduction of skills. Then we explained to them what is skill? How it can be developed? How the same set of skills can be used everywhere? What different skills we need to learn according to the task or profession we are choosing? Further, we explained Attitude and its importance. Attitude is not constant and can be changed and how keeping a positive attitude helps them to build relations and achieve their outcome. Then we explained to them how skills and attitude are related and how one can become successful by developing their skills with a positive attitude. We explained to them a triangle of knowledge, skills, and attitude. In the end, we took an activity of Profession in which we divided them in a group of 3 each, we gave them one profession like Doctor, Teacher, etc. they have to tell us the skills they required to be in the profession, how their attitude should be towards people and their work and give us at least one situation where they have applied all the skills with positive attitude.

St. Catherine orphanage home gave an opportunity to ICHARS support foundation to conduct a workshop on skills and attitude for the children of Karunakar, St. Catherine orphanage home. Date of the workshop was 24th January 2020. The workshop was conducted by miss. Rupali Shingade and miss. Pranjul Somani who are psychotherapists at ICHARS.

Objectives of the workshop
>  Get the understanding of assertive behaviour
>   How they can be assertive and its usefulness
>   Help to acquire the skills to become assertive

Summary
The session started with introduction of aggressiveness, passiveness and
assertiveness and their differences. How being assertive will help you in your life to maintain relationships which is based on balance and winning.
 Then we started with exercise called as Fists, to help people draw the line between assertiveness and aggression. Where we split the group into pairs. Half the members received instructions that opposite group member will make a fist and You MUST get that fist open; the other half a different set of instructions that make a fist, opposite member is going to get you to open your fist. You must NOT open your fist unless she asks you politely and assertively. Exercise helped them to learn that being assertive takes practice and patience and how different ways they can use to be assertive and what not to do to be assertive.
Then we started with the second exercise where they were divided in two pairs of each and they have given different situation like banker, ticket checker etc. they have to enact a role play where one be aggressive and other assertive and how they handle the situation in better assertive way. Then we ended the session with learning of the exercise.