Arunachal: RGU hosts training in stress, anger management

Rono Hills: A two-day national training programme on “Enhancement of Quality of Life in Youth: Anger Management,” organized by the Rajiv Gandhi University’s department of psychology in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Tamil Nadu came to an end here on Wednesday.

The first technical session of the programme saw Miranda Yendrembam, a licensed clinical psychologist from Manipur speak on the topic ‘Self-Awareness and Quality of Life’.

Yendrembam emphasized on how having self-awareness gives us self-confidence as a result of which we can understand things from multiple perspectives.

“It also aids us in communicating with clarity and intention,” she said.

Paveine Paulina Y, also a licensed clinical psychologist, spoke on the topic ‘Coping with Stress and Anger’ and underscored the psychological component involved in it.

“Do not eliminate your stress and anger, rather acknowledge and control it by understanding the factors that affect both of them by applying the right strategies,” Paulina said.

She also demonstrated a deep breathing exercise and explained how it sooths our nerves and brings us to a relaxed state of mind.

The afternoon session saw Banaras Hindu University, assistant professor Tushar Singh, speak on two topics –‘Understanding the Psychological Consequences of Anger’ and ‘Enhancing Quality of Life’.

Besides stressing on the interconnected relationship between well-being and mental health, he also focused on mental health and illness determined by meanings given to experiences and feelings in the context of people’s culture.

Dr Singh also shared numerous practical exercises which help in regulating anger.

Day two of the programme witnessed Paulina Y chair the first technical session on the topic ‘Effective Communication: A resource for Anger Management’.

A discussion on the evaluation of being present for someone and being comfortable with the silence during communication gaps was also a part of the session.

The second session of the day saw Yendrembam speak on the topic ‘Strategies for Positive Interpersonal Relationship’ during which she highlighted the qualities of empathy and trust for building a healthy relationship.   

The last technical session was handled by RGU’s department of psychology head Dr Dharmeshwari Lourembam. He spoke on the topics ‘Knowing National Youth Policy 2014 & Sustainable Development Goals’ and ‘Interpersonal Well-being for Holistic Development’.

The relevance of being a responsible citizen, being empathetic and maintaining connection with people and the direct implications of sustaining a good social relationship were discussed at length during the sessions.

Earlier while addressing the participants during the inaugural session of the programme, RGU pro-vice-chancellor Prof Amitava Mitra said anger management is not only significant for the youth but also an essential life-skill for all.

RGNIYD coordinator Dr Kottu Sekhar spoke on how the systemic factors, if consistently occurring over a period of time, can deteriorate the components of quality life while RGU vice-chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha advocated that the content of the programme should be documented to make it accessible for the students.

Among others, RGNIYD director Prof Sibnath Deb, the institute’s training and orientation head Prof Vasanthi Rajendran and RGU assistant professors Dr Kakali Goswami and Dr Sandeep Panchal addressed the participants.

More than 75 persons from across the country registered and participated in the programme.

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