Pre-Seminar

Tentative schedule (All workshops are in English)

  Day 1 (May 3rd, 2017) Day 2 (May 4th, 2017)
Room 1 Dr. Amit Sen Dr. Rani Raote Adhiya
Room 2 Nidhi Goyal Dr. Anja Kovacs & team

Paving the path to healing: responding sensitively to child survivors of sexual abuse by Dr. Amit Sen

 

Workshop details:  09:00 - 17:00 at YMCA International House 
Workshop fees: INR 2200 Register here. 
Maximum number of participants: 30
Suitable participants: Mental health professionals, psychotherapists, counsellors and social workers working with children in caregiving capacity.

About the workshop:

The daylong interactive and activity based workshop will help participants gain confidence in the practical application of the theories in working with child survivors of sexual abuse. Some of the areas which will be covered are:

  • Working with children who have experienced trauma with special focus on sexual abuse
  • Consequences of trauma in children
  • The important factors that aid recovery/healing
  • Using the 'Signs of wellbeing' model
  • How to communicate with very young children who have gone through CSA
  • Difference between forensic interviewing and therapeutic assessment when dealing with child survivors of sexual abuse

 

About the facilitator:

Dr. Amit Sen is a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Delhi. After finishing medicine from AFMC Pune, he went on to do his MD in Psychiatry from NIMHANS Bangalore. Post a longish stint in Newcastle, UK, he added two more qualifications, one of them being in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Sen has been practicing child psychiatry for nearly 20 years now. Over the years he has developed strong empathy and connect to children and their families. Dr. Sen is the founder director of Children First, a multidisciplinary institute that provides clinical & community based services, training and research in child and adolescent mental health. He is the founder of the ever evolving mental health programme in Salaam Baalak Trust, an organisation looking after thousands of street children in Delhi. He has also presented in various international and national conferences, written and spoken in popular media, written chapters in books and published scientific papers in peer reviewed journal.
Hear Dr. Sen speak at ASCCSA 2014. 

Disability, Sexuality & Sexual Abuse: A Practitioner’s Perspective by Nidhi Goyal

Workshop details:  09:00 - 17:00 at YMCA International House 
Workshop fees: INR 2200 Register here. 
Maximum number of participants: 30
Suitable participants:  Mental health professionals, psychotherapists, counsellors, teachers, special educators and social workers. Or any other stakeholder working with children.

About the workshop:

Sexuality is complex for any child but it becomes much more complex for children with disabilities. Children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse due to their inability to get out of situations. Their abuse goes unreported and is often persistent. Sexual abuse amongst children with disabilities is even more shrouded in secrecy due to their dependency on their primary caregivers who maybe the abusers themselves or may not want the abuse to be reported. Thus, it is imperative for children with disabilities to understand their body, what is safe and unsafe touch, to learn how to express alternatively, to handle the guilt—all in an accessible format.  Furthermore, it is important for professionals working with children to understand the unique vulnerabilities of children with disabilities. In this workshop, along with exchanging experiences, we will understand the needs of children with disabilities, how the needs are peculiar like nondisabled children yet different. We will explore areas of sexuality, sexual rights, what they mean to children with disabilities and what ending abuse means.

About the facilitator:

Nidhi Goyal is a disabled activist working at the intersection of disability rights and gender justice through research, training, advocacy and art. The Sexuality and Disability Program Director at Point of View, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, and faculty at CREA Institutes on sexuality, gender and rights, Ms. Goyal advocates at policy and legislative levels in India and internationally. She is the co-author of sexualityanddisability.org. Ms. Goyal serves on the civil society advisory group of UN Women Executive Director, sits on the board of AWID, advises the “Voice” grant facility of the Dutch Ministry; and and is the founding trustee of 'Standing Tall' a Handicap International Affiliate. As a standup comedian, she uses humor to expand discourses around disability, gender and sexuality. you can follow her work @saysnidhigoyal

Understanding and applying trauma theory in practice by Dr. Rani Raote Adhiya

Workshop details:  09:00 - 17:00 at YMCA International House 
Workshop fees: INR 2200 Register here. 
Maximum number of participants: 25
Suitable participants: Counsellors, psychotherapists and social workers who are currently working with survivors in a therapeutic and supportive capacity.  Beginners with basic knowledge of psychology and counselling will also find it helpful.

About the workshop:

This daylong session will give an overview of the trauma theory in the following areas:

  • Trauma and its effects on the brain, bodies, emotions, behaviours, attitudes, and social relationships.
  • The importance of early attachment relationships and how they can predispose one to trauma as well as resilience.
  • The mechanisms of dissociation which accompany traumatic experiences.
  • Encoding of trauma in our memories.
  • Components of effective trauma therapy.

Each theory component will elaborate on how to use this theory in ongoing therapeutic and healing work with survivors of trauma. These interactive components will help participants to gain confidence in the practical application of the relevant theory.

About the facilitator:

Dr. Rani Raote is a practicing psychotherapist in Mumbai since 1992. She pursued MS & PhD (Counselling Psychology) in US. In 1999 she developed, supervised and conducted an internship programme for counsellors in training along the guidelines of American Psychological Association.  She is a celebrated expert in trauma theory and treatment, including CSA. Dr. Raote has worked with NGOs such as Dignity Foundation, Arpan, as well as Forum Against Child Sexual Exploitation (FACSE).  She wrote a popular column, Mindfields, for the Times of India and worked with a psychologically based radio programme on TIMES FM - Heart to Heart.

Hear Dr. Raote speak at ASCCSA 2015

Young people in a hyper connected world: beyond do's and don'ts for online safety by Dr. Anja Kovacs & team

Workshop details:  09:00 - 17:00 at YMCA International House 
Workshop fees: INR 2200 Register here. 
Maximum number of participants: 25
Suitable participants: Practitioners, parents/guardians, counsellors interested in digital security and young people’s safety online

About the workshop:

Young people are said to have an intuitive familiarity with the Internet and new technologies. Yet, how can guardians rest assured that they are capable of using the internet safely? In this workshop, we will take a rights based approach to address young people’s safety online, rather than one focused on restrictions or generic do's and don'ts. We will first explore young people’s aspirations and behaviours in the digital sphere. We will then examine differences in how young people and adults see online threats, by using threat frameworks to learn to identify and assess threats that are encountered in the use of ICTs. Building on this understanding, we will finally explore relevant behaviours and tools which can help young people and their guardians in navigating the Internet and the wider digital realm more safely- because we are all vulnerable to threats and staying safe need not equate to staying off the internet, for young people or adults.

About the facilitators:

Dr. Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project in Delhi, India, which works for an Internet that supports free speech, democracy and social justice in India and beyond.
Nayantara Ranganathan is the Programme Manager for Freedom of Expression at the Internet Democracy Project.
Smita Vanniyar is Second Lead, Digital Projects at Point of View, and works at the intersection of gender, sexuality and technology.