September 4, 2012

Class of July- Aug 2012

26 volunteers completed their Mentor Training across 4 days in July- Aug 2012. Certified Mentor Trainers from Dream A Dream, Suchetha Bhat and Nilisha Mohapatra led the training. The training was conducted at Mobilty India 's Rehabilitation center in J.P Nagar, Bangalore.
The training focused on child development, child psychology and skills practice relevant for mentoring vulnerable young people of the age group 14-18 years. The Mentor Manual authored by Dr. David Pearson and Dr. Fiona Kennedy helped the volunteers immensely through the training.
As always, the training sesssions were enriched by questions and debates about working with young people and using  validation, re-inforcements or punishment.

Role plays and case studies were hilarious and offered amazing amount of learning.

"The role play sessions were the most useful ones and also when members shared some experiences or perspectives. Despite being somewhat artificial, most of us tried to understand how to react to those type of situations. I liked the Mentor Manual's simple language, and not trying to cover too much of theory are the best parts", said  Dhinakaran, a participant.



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