As a part of Departmental Programme a seminar on life skill education and its implication held on 25/1/13. It was followed by an open discussion on the topic. Ms Lakshmi Vimala (Presentor) , Ms Parvathy V(Discussant) and Dr Renjith R Pillai (HOD, Dept of Social Work) was the Chairperson of the seminar. Mr. Rajeev M M (Senior Lecturer, Dept of Social Work), Mr. Kochukrishna Kurup (Senior Lecturer , Dept of Social Work), Mr. Nisanth(Faculty), Ms.Veena(Faculty) were present in the occasion.
Ms Parvathy V and Ms Lakshmi Vimala (S4MSW) presented the topic. The seminar was divided into two sessions and the topic regarding life skills and the importance of 10 life sills –critical thinking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, effective communication, interpersonal relationship, coping with stress and coping with emotion were taken by Ms Lakshmi Vimala. She told that life skill education is an effective tool in empowering the individuals and their area of study is mainly targeted in adolescents. She explained about the four basic components of life skills i.e., practical application, feedback, reflection and consolidation. She explained about the methods used for life skills and the basic steps of life skill education.
The discussion on the topic was conducted by Ms. Parvathy V. She explained different types of life skills and how life skill education is relevant in present scenario. She presented about the implications of life skill education as an intervention tool for social workers against different social maladies. She explained a model of life skill education and told that youth today are confronted with situation that requires knowledge and skills for retentive action and for enhancing their self esteem. She explained adolescents and youth awareness education and its importance in improving academic performance, emotional management, self motivation etc. She spotted out the difference between traditional education and modern education and the importance of soft skills for development of central human capabilities for developing reasoning and listening to be, live and do. She told how it helps professionals to impart confidentiality, empathy etc. she told that WHO recommended life skill education for attitude change and life skill education should be culturally sensitive. She explained different models and initiatives in India and life skill education programmes conducted in Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham.
Then the topic was put for an open discussion. Dr Renjith R Pillai, Ms Parvathy and Ms Lakshmi replied to the queries of S2 and S4 MSW students. Majority of the students asked different questions like the need of imparting life skill education among alcoholic and internet addicted adolescents and about the limitations of life skill education. They explained how we can use life skill education for a positive outcome among the above said categories.
The discussion was concluded by saying that life skill education can not only be used as an intervention but as a preventive approach also and life skill education is applicable to any field. It was an informative session for both S2 and S4 MSW batch.