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capacity Building Assistance to School Teachers and Counselors in the state-Nomination of teachers

 National Initiative & Integrated Resource for Child Protection, Mental Health, and Psychological Care ”Supported by MoWCD,GoI-NIMHANS proposed capacity Building Assistance to School Teachers and Counselors in the state-Nomination of teachers for the above said programme @ 4 each district-Orders issued –Reg 

REF: Letter Received from NIMHANS, Bangalore

All the District educational officers in the state are hereby informed that as per the reference cited above NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences), a central Government tertiary care facility/service under the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, is an academic Institution and a teaching hospital. In recognition of needs and gaps in specialized services for children and adolescents, the Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS, recently completed the implementation of a community based child and adolescent mental health service project, that provided preventive, promotive and curative mental health services to children and adolescents.

In this connection the department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS are now started a National Initiative & Integrated Resource for Child Protection, Mental Health and Psychosocial Care., supported by The Ministry of Woman & Child Development, is located in the Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS. 

As a part of above initiative NIMHANS is inviting applications from teachers through Department of School Education for capacity building. Sri CH.V.S.Ramesh Kumar,Faculty, SCERT,Andhra Pradesh has been deputed as Nodal officer for this entire programme.If any query pl contact-7993345678. 

In view of the above All the District Educational Officers in the state are requested to Nominate eminent and interested teachers @4 per District to the undersigned on or before 10.12.2020 without fail. 


❏ Understanding children, childhood, and the basics of child development. 

❏ Building counseling and communication skills. 

❏ Identification of emotional, behavioral, and learning problems in children through screening and assessment. 

❏ Understanding the signs, symptoms, and management of child and adolescent mental health disorders. 

❏ Developing first-level responses to assist children with mildto-moderate mental health problems.  

❏ Addressing special concerns in the school setting—such as inclusion, discipline, and bullying.

Training Content In accordance with our mandate and the field needs as we know them to be, a tentative curriculum of 17 sessions has been designed for the potential roll-out of training programs Other issues and topics may be incorporated, based on schools’ recommendations and needs.

This series of sessions will be conducted through a combination of methods that are synchronous (live sessions) and asynchronous (i.e. through elearning). The NIMHANS National Initiative & Integrated Resource for Child Protection, Mental Health, and Psychosocial Care Each has established a virtual knowledge network (VKN) set-up, and this platform will be used for the implementation of the proposed training program. Given that the sessions are currently being conducted online, participating teachers/counselors are requiredto have a device (such as a smartphone or computer/laptop) to enable them to avail of the training and participate effectively in the online sessions.

Each session will be held for 3 hours— tentative schedule is fixed on Friday and Saturday at 10am to 1pm 2 days. While the live sessions though VKN are scheduled. A plethora of creative, participatory pedagogies will be used, to enable participants to bring in their experiences and reflect on adolescent issues and methods for use in their work. Such methods will range from video/film viewing to case study analysis and group discussions and roleplays— particularly to enable the translation of conceptual knowledge into skills for use in the field.While the program would last for a finite period(3 Months) i.e. until the requisite sessions are completed, capacity building support will continue beyond the initial training period. The training program will also include periodic follow-up sessions with case conferencing and ‘hand-holding’ support as required.  

Certification and Evaluation of Participants’ Performance 

At the end of the training program, the participants will be provided with a completion certificate— this is incumbent on fulfilling all requirements of the program, including live and e-learning sessions, and submission of assignments. Evaluation of participants’ performance will use the following methods: 

  • ❏ Pre and post-tests at the beginning and end of the training program, respectively ,primarily to assess knowledge on adolescent mental health issues. 
  • ❏ Case presentations, following the completion of requisite fieldwork, to assess skills and translation of knowledge into field practice.




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