The Indian Institute of Counselling has developed specialized modules for training in various areas. Training of automobile drivers in soft skills has won the Institute recognition and awards. More than 6000 drivers of heavy duty and passenger vehicles have been trained by the Instituteâ€™s faculty under the auspices of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and the Eicher Motors.
The Institute also conducts workshops at the invitation of corporates, educational institutions, defence personnel and others in the following areas:
Barriers to Communication
Being an effective communicator
Motivation at work
Designing motivating jobs
Different types of Time
Peak time and performance
Types of Stress
Causes of Stress
Stress and Performance
Techniques of de-stressing
How they are maintained
How to change attitudes
Personal and situational factors in leading
Effective presentation skills
Overcoming negative self-talk
Better study methods
Being an effective examinee
Suggestions for business interactions and social exchanges.
India and other countries â€“ a cross-cultural comparison
Soft Skill Training Program
Soft Skill training Program for Drivers of Heavy Transport and Passenger Vehicles:
The Institute has a tie-up with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers to provide Soft Skill Development training to the drivers of heavy passenger vehicles. Over 3000 drivers of public transport vehicles have been trained so far by the faculty of the Institute. The Chairperson of the Institute is a consultant with SIAM and is a recipient of the IRTE & Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for the year 2003.
The Institute also provides consultancy to other individual heavy vehicle manufacturing and operating companies. The customer service division of Eicher Motors is among those that have commissioned the Chairperson to make presentations aimed at training Eicher vehicle drivers all over India in soft skills. The training module is available in various major Indian languages as well.
Managing Road Rage!!
Road rage is a frequently reported phenomenon of today in the nationâ€™s capital, Delhi. It is a response to bad driving, parking and other related issues. It is violent and sometimes results in death and injury.
Road rage can range from the mild expletives or rude gestures between angry motorists finding fault with each otherâ€™s `wrongâ€™ driving or their coming to blows or using firearms to settle the scores. The frustration that leads to road rage is almost similar to the frustration that one experiences in another situation. For example, you did not get that promotion or the loan for the purchase of a car, etc., or your breakfast was lousy and so on. This means that some progress towards a goal is blocked. Thus creating a stress reaction â€“ muscles get tightened, blood circulation is constricted, pressure rises, pupils dilate and the digestive system shuts down. Thoughts and language become aggressive and the motorist, who feels power in his hands, directs his/her pent up anger towards those he/she perceives as coming in the way. This is when the `road rageâ€™ takes over, resulting in one of the drivers starts abusing the perceived offender or in extreme cases, crashing the vehicle into the otherâ€™s personâ€™s car or scooter.
Wise Counsel For The Motorists
How to manage the anger?
One must recognize that a bad driver would drive badly or park poorly and that your calling names or screaming or making obscene gestures are not going to change him/her into a better driver. Also, one must realize that his/her anger is bad for himself/herself. Oneâ€™s energy is lost in a futile activity. One cannot control things that make one mad, but one can certainly control the way one reacts to such situations.
A bad driver will move on leaving the rule-minded driver seething in anger. The `correctâ€™ driver must understand that the only alternative left for him/her is to minimize the impact of the anger on himself/herself. He/she should recognize that the muscles in the face, neck, legs, etc., are tense and try to relax them as a way of lessening the anger.
Here are some tips for the aggrieved driver:
Take several deep breaths, focusing on those muscles that are tensed in a conscious manner. In case they donâ€™t relax, then consciously tighten them, one at a time (first the leg, then the neck and finally the facial muscles) and then relax them. When you are focusing on this physical activity, the anger/stress reactions would become less intense.
Another way to control your mental focus is to turn on the radio or tape recorder or CD player in the car to music or news, again consciously attending to it. It can be a favourite chant or a passage from a book, etc. This would help your mind be taken away from the earlier bad driver episode.
If, in spite of these, you still find that you are becoming very angry or highly stressed while driving, there may be other bigger issues that are bothering you. You may need to consult a professional counselor for training in relaxation and/or stress management. This could convert you into a happier and less stressed and safe driver.
Counseling Tips For Building Self-Esteem
Follow these simple suggestions:
- Never take an extreme position on any issue. Be moderate, always.
- Remember that you control the image that others see of you
- Set realistic goals for yourself. Goal attainments are big motivators
- Resolve your conflicts. Conflicts reduce your feelings of self worth.
- Manage your time effectively. This is the surest way to stay on course.
- Engage in some activity outside of your family concerns. This helps in gaining a better perspective of life.
- Exercise regularly. This is important for physical well being.
- Do not let others set standards for you. You should determine your own norms.
- Take charge of your life. Avoid feeling hopeless and helpless, most of the time.
SELF ESTEEM is the worth or value, we place on ourselves. The higher the self-worth, the better is the ability to cope. A positive self-esteem is a powerful psychological charger!