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Join Sannam S4 on the second episode of the High School Counselling Excellence Network – Kindness in the Time of COVID.

The session aims to inspire with stories of kindness as well as a discussion about the efforts their institutions have made to encourage kind communities It has been a difficult year for all, our discussion hopes to give hope, inspiration and perhaps add some insights into how we can all make the spaces in which we work and live. Our discussion will offer insight into counselling students with kindness.

“Schools all over the world are emphasising these 4 C’s as essential for 21st Century learners. Indeed, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication are very important skills. An army or corporation cannot sustain itself without them. But the 21st century presents new challenges, few of which can be “won” with battle strategies. What hope does the future hold if we don’t encourage our children to also cultivate the wisdom of love and compassion.”
~Christopher Chase

About the Speakers

Dr. Susan Woodhouse, Associate Professor Lehigh University

Dr. Susan S. Woodhouse is an Associate Professor at Lehigh University in the Department of Education and Human Services, Training Director of the Counselling Psychology Program, and director of the Caregiving, Attachment, and Regulation of Emotion (CARE) Lab. Dr. Woodhouse earned her doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the University of Maryland and conducts research on attachment and the development of children’s emotion regulation. She co-developed the Lehigh University certificate program in Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Wellness and teaches a course for educators, school counsellors, and school leaders on Foundations of Social Emotional Learning.

Robert Graham, International Faculty Officer, University of Strathclyde

Robert Graham is currently Faculty Officer (International) at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde. Robert has worked in the international student recruitment and partnership development sector for over twelve years. He has travelled extensively across the globe. Countries visited to develop strategic partnerships and counsel students include China, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Russia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Singapore and of course India.

His role within the Faculty involves working with the eight distinct Departments across the biggest Engineering Faculty in Scotland. Internationalisation is a key objective for the Faculty and University and Robert plays a large role in moving the strategy forward and developing new ideas. This involves working alongside the Head of International Development and Recruitment, in-country members of staff and the Executive Dean of the Faculty.

Robert is involved in all the parts of the student journey from initial counselling sessions, engagement during student’s programmes, and communication after graduation.

Akshay Jain, Senior Associate Director, Student Life

Growing up in the narrow bylanes of Old Delhi, Akshay got an opportunity to study abroad at an impressionable age of fourteen. He received a scholarship to pursue his pre-university as well as undergraduate education in Singapore. While he majored in Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS), he also explored myriad other disciplines and travelled to more than ten countries. Following his passion for education, he came back to India to work with the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government on the groundbreaking AP Private Universities Act, 2016. Recently, he received a Master’s in International Education Policy from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education. Now he is back in India and helping build Krea University’s partnerships and student life. When not at his desk, Akshay enjoys reading, travelling and thought-provoking conversations.

Meenu Arora, Assistant Director-Outreach, Krea University

Meenu Arora is Assistant Director Outreach in Krea University with a passion to counsel students to make informed career decisions and how to be prepared for industry 4.0. She is a Counselling Psychologist and Life Skill Trainer having experience of more than 20 years in dealing with students, parents and teachers. She has received “Life Empowerment Award -2018” from Centre for Educational Development and “Innovation in Guidance and Counselling-2018” from ASEAP. A trained counsellor from NCERT and having done a Masters in Education, Masters in Psychology, Diploma in Training and Development, she specialises in Psychometric testing, personal, parental, educational, career and college counselling. Along with conducting workshops for counsellors, students, parents and teachers, she also conducts Counsellor’s Training Workshops and designed curriculum for various counselling courses.

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