Identity and Dilemmas of Growth (IDG)

For whom:

  • Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 years


  • To provide time and space to explore the inner world of feelings and gain deeper awareness / understanding of one’s self and one’s interfaces with the world, without shame and fear
    • To become aware of one’s patterns of behaviour and process of making choices. This includes looking at one’s blind spots, defences and hidden potentials
    • To experience the world of one’s feelings and understand / integrate it with one’s thought and action
    • To place one’s particular issues and concerns, feelings and struggles in the context of stages and phases of growth
  • To experiment with new behaviors / expression that may have hitherto been withheld, or denied
  • To build capability to learn through sharing (self disclosure) and reflection

How does this happen:

  • Learning is facilitated by encounters within the group
  • Facilitator creating safe conditions to promote self disclosure, dignity and mutual respect
  • Working with the ‘here and now’ data, individual and group patterns as they emerge

Expectations from the participant:

  • A willingness / readiness to inquire, question and explore
  • Willingness to share feelings, thoughts and experiences and act
  • Listening without making quick judgments

Some possible take aways for participants:

  • Ability to hold curiosity and compliance, adherence and experimentation, others’ expectations and one’s own dreams in balance
  • Ability to have a recalibrated perspective to act, take initiative, and relate with the family, peers, significant others, and institutions that one engages with
  • Ability to empathise with others, and to value subjective human realities beyond “objective” data


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