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Fortis Hospital, Anandapur conducts Pro-Social Peer Moderator Programme for School Students


• The program is aimed at imparting life-skills among school children to weather through social influences for a healthy and adaptive behavior

• The module for this year’s workshop is Risk Behaviour Management

Press Release/Kolkata: Fortis Hospital, Anandapur conducted Pro-Social Peer Moderator Programme for students. It is aimed at imparting life skills among school children to weather plethora of social influence for a healthy and adaptive behaviour in their formative years. The module for this year’s workshop is Risk Behaviour Management. The interactive session was conducted by Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Science, Fortis Healthcare and Dr Sanjay Garg, Senior Consultant, Psychiatrics, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur, Kolkata. The Pro- Social Peer Program are based on social learning theories in psychology. It is an attempt to channelize this compelling aspect of peer influence. The aim of this initiative is to utilize the influence of peers to teach adaptive life skills for healthy all round personality development and to reduce and prevent the occurrence of problems such as, risk taking behaviours, aggression and violence, substance abuse, delinquency. To help school children combat Risk Behaviour experience in schools, the Fortis Mental Health team conducted this innovative workshop, which is created in self-sustaining format requiring minimum support from the external experts for its continued application. More than 70 students from 14 schools in the city participated in this programme.

The topics covered in Risk Behaviour Management workshop include:
• Identifying , analysing and reviewing skills
• Strategies to prevent and reduce negative consequence of risky behaviours
• Skills to engage in healthy risk taking alternatives

“Students are under immense pressure today. With the help of this programme, we believe we will be able to instill a cooperative sense among peers. As become competitive, it is important that we don’t lose our focus from the old world values of friendship that ensures a solid foundation for a healthier life,” said Dr Samir Parikh.

Speaking about the programme, Dr Sanjay Garg said, “The Pro-Social Peer Moderator program involves groups of two students, two from 9th grade and two from 11th grade, along with a teacher moderator. In every session, one such team is trained on one of four topics to equip them with necessary life skills. They further use these skills to disseminate their knowledge and coping strategies to their peers, who benefit from their learning. Activities like role plays, art, interactive discussions and Q&A were held for quick adaptation. They were also trained how to conduct workshops and activities for peers in school.”

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