Department of Psychology
Report of Activities
NATIONAL SEMINAR ON FUNDAMENTALISM: IDENTITIES UNVEILED
The Psychology department organized a National Seminar: ‘Fundamentalism: Identities Unveiled’ on 10th March 2015. The speakers were Dr. SudhirKakar (psychoanalyst and renowned writer), Professor T.K Oommen (Sociologist), Professor Ashok Nagpal (School of Human studies, Ambedkar University) and Professor Gurpreet Mahajan (C.P.S, J.N.U). Fundamentalist identities, as manifested in communalism at best and terrorism at worst, were the center of discussion. The eminent speakers explored the boundaries and nature of fundamentalism that has migrated from its original narrow religious reference band to other domains such as extreme form of nationalism, casteism, gender issues, certain socio religious movements, and other extremist ideological expression. The seminar was an intellectually stimulating experience for the faculty members and students of the entire college. Later in the day, an online photography competition with the theme ‘marginalized identities’ was also organized and prizes were given for top 3 photographs .
Photo: Seminar ‘Fundamentalism: Identities Unveiled’ at Psychogenesis 2015
Photo : ‘Marginalized Identities’ Photography Competition at Psychogenesis 2015.
STUDENT FAREWELL AND FRESHER’S PROGRAM
The psychology association organized a farewell program for the outgoing batch (2012-2015) in April 2015. Fresher’s get together was organized for the newcomers to the department on 20th August 2015. The theme for the fresher’s party was ‘Mismatch’. It was an ice-breaking session involving casual interaction between juniors and senior students in the presence of the esteemed faculty of the department. The program was thoroughly enjoyed by all students and teachers.
Photo : Fresher’s Party Psychology Department 2015
TALK: ‘WHAT DSM DOES NOT TELL YOU: A FAMILY’S JOURNEY WITH AUTISM’
Mrs. Mukta Shukla, a mother of an adolescent with autism along with her husband and daughter addressed the students of the department on 3rd September 2015. The focus of the talk was to gain an insider’s perspective of a psychological disorder and by effect generate deeper insight and empathy in the future practitioners. It was an emotionally charged session that narrated the struggle of the family. Not only did Mrs. Shukla narrate her personal journey, she also discussed innovative treatment techniques that she had developed over the years.
CERTIFICATE COURSE: ‘THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS AND STRATEGIES FOR WORKING WITH ANXIETY DISORDERS & DEPRESSION’
A certificate course onchild and adolescent mental health care organized by Children’s First from 7-14th September 2015 was held in the department. A by team of experts from the organization including Dr. Amit Sen, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. SheljaSen child and adolescent psychologist and Family Therapist, Dr. Kavita Arora, child and adolescent psychiatrist, MsAnkita Khanna, Counselling Psychologist, Ms. Lavina Nanda, developmental psychologist and play therapist, MsRitu Shree, expressive arts therapist delivered the lectures. This certificate course was geared towards undergraduate students who are keen on exploring and building therapeutic skills for working with children and adolescents with Anxiety Disorders and Depression. The course was completely “hands on” (80% skill building and 20% theory) and the main tools for learning will be role-plays, case discussions, story telling, play, group discussions and video/movie clips.
TALK: 'FAULT-LINES AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS’ BY GERALD MONTES
Mr. Gerald Montes gave a lecture to the students of psychology department on 23rd September 2015. A Ph.D. scholar, Mr. Montes’s talk focused on social dynamics and the use of mindfulness.
TALK: ‘THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CLINICAL INTERVIEW’ BY DR. POOJASHIVAM JAITLY
Dr. PoojashivamJaitly is a clinical psychologist in Moolchand hospital. She addressed the students of 3rd year regarding the conduction and use of clinical interviews with parents of children with special needs on 17th September 2015. Dr. Jaitly discussed with the students many cases from her practice to illustrate the art and science of clinical interviewing.
WORKSHOP: DANCE AND MOVEMENT THERAPY
A one-day Dance and Movement Therapy Workshop was held on 19th September 2015. Ms. Nishtha Agarwal, director/co-founder of Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI) facilitated the workshop that gave students a hands-on experience of dance therapy. The workshop consisted of four broad segments namely, (1) warm up aimed at introducing participants to and making them comfortable with movements, (2) movement activities using music, props, body preparatory exercises, movement energizers and relaxation techniques interspersed with verbal dialogue related to our bodies, its potential, conflicts and needs, (3) cool down, participants in this segment went through relaxation activities based on breath work and deriving from tai chi and yoga to cool down their bodies and minds after the intensive movement activities, and finally (4) reflection i.e. exploration of the participants’ experience and helping them relate participants were also given certificates for attending the one-day workshop. The experiential workshop for thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.
Photo : Dance and Movement Therapy Workshop
Photo : Dance and Movement Therapy Workshop
WORKSHOP: ‘COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY’ BY MS. GAGANDEEP KAUR
Ms. Gagandeep Kaur, clinical psychologist and head at UniPsychological Services organized a workshop on ‘Cognitive Behavior Therapy’ for the students of the department on 17th September 2015. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most widely practiced forms of psychotherapy worldwide. This workshop focussed on familiarizing participants with CBT concepts and techniques along with their application to generalized clinical problems. Ms. Kaur illustrated theoretical concepts with practical cases from her clinical experiences, bringing clarity and depth to CBT for the students of the department.
FAREWELL PROGRAM FOR MRS. KIRAN KHURANA
The psychology department organized a farewell program for Mrs. KiranKhurana, an esteemed faculty member of the department on 4th November 2015. The program involved cake cutting, dance and song performances by students. Also, several students and teachers made heartwarming speeches about Mrs. Khurana’s unforgettable contribution to the department.
Photo : Cake cutting at the Farewell program for Mrs. KiranKhurana