International Guest Lecture
The Department of Psychology at Kristu Jayanti College had organized a highly educative International Guest Lecture on 15th February 2020. The session was led by Dr. Philip Laird from Trinity Western University, Canada who is specialized in Jury analysis, Juror decision making, Psychology and law, Psychology and theology, Self-deception (lying), Technology and education, Emotional intelligence, and Moral reasoning.
The session commenced at 10:00 am in Mini Auditorium II and was attended by both the 1st and 2nd-year postgraduate students of psychology. Dr. Laird, during his talk, focused on criminal and legal psychology by introducing the students to several key terminologies and their implications seen from both the perspective of psychology and law. He began his lecture by describing three prominent criminal cases in Canada, during which the defendants had claimed they suffered from a mental disorder. He then went on to explain a few legal terminologies like ‘Actus reus’, ‘Mens rea’, ‘Fitness to stand trial’ and a few others while highlighting the arguments in place like, ‘Not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder’ (NCRMD) and Automatism that come into play with regard to such cases, further elaborating on the topic of Automatism with the fourth and final case of Kenneth Parks. Although in his talk, he primarily focused on Canadian law, the concepts were in one way or another applicable in the context of the Indian legal system as well.
Dr. Laird summed up this highly riveting and informative session by asking the audience’s verdict for each of the cases mentioned in light of both the psychological as well as legal notions that had been explained. The session concluded at 11:00 am and received glowing feedback from the students who gained new insights into the field of legal and criminal psychology which was backed up by fascinating case studies that will definitely prompt them to further explore and dive deeper into this arena.
Department of Psychology - Psychology Exhibition and Career Fair “Manodharshan
Taking strides in Psychology along with Manodarshan 2020
Manodarshan, the much-awaited exhibition of Psychology department was held on 24 January 24, 2020 at main auditorium 1. The exhibition which was a joint venture of UG and PG department of Psychology. It was inaugurated by Rev.Fr. Dr. Augustine George, vice principal Kristu Jayanti College.
Manodarshan which aims at spreading awareness about psychology, in the minds of people through various Psychological assessments, vivid explanation of Psychological theories and concepts through working models and posters received critical acclamation from students and faculty members of various departments as the auditorium was flooded with curious viewers. The prominent factor that distinguished the entire exhibition was the Psychometric assessment Centre headed by the PG students of the department. The assessment Centre hosted a plethora of assessments in the areas of personality, intelligence and emotional balance. The paper pencil tests as well as the tests administered on the computers like the’ life satisfaction scale’, Emotional Stroop effect etc. helped the visitors of the exhibition to have an insight about their personality and emotional stability.
The center of attraction of the exhibition was Thanos, a 3 month old dwarf hamster which was used in giving the visitors a live example of the theory “Classical conditioning”. The experiment which received critical acclamation went on to win a special prize too at the exhibition. Thanos had conquered the minds of people by stimulating the interest in Psychology among the audience
There was a tough competition among the contestants of the working models in the exhibition; as 24 teams competed for the 1st three prizes of the exhibition. The UG students had effectively incorporated the essence of the various Psychological theories they have studied in their exhibits. The working models included in the exhibition to name a few are concept formation in which blocks of various shapes and heights are used to form a specific concept in the mind of a person whom the test is administered to , the amusing memory game which gives tips to memorize various information by connecting it to our daily life, Depth perception apparatus to test our perception and the list goes on…..
The poster competition was very vivid with its topics like stages in prenatal development, depression, various Psychological theories like Maslow’s theory of hierarchy, Mnemonic strategies etc.
The fest marked its end by the valedictory ceremony in which Fr. Emmanuel PJ, faculty department of Psychology presided the meeting along with Dr. Molly Joy, HOD, department of Psychology. The winners of both Working model and poster competition were felicitated.
National Girl child Day- Empowering Girls for a Bigger Tomorrow
When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.” -Michelle Obama “The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.” -Amy Tenny
National Girl Child Day in India is celebrated on 24 January to raise awareness about the rights of girls and to highlight the inequalities that they face in their lives.
The department of Psychology in association with the Women Empowerment Cell of Kristu Jayanti College Celebrated ‘National Girl child Day’ with the theme Empowering Girls for a Bigger Tomorrow;
The awareness programme focused on the challenges that girls face, it was an attempt to spread awareness among students about the lack of equality, which a girl faces in all spheres. The awareness program was dedicated to every girl who suffered from the challenges of life. At Kristu Jayanti College, Learning is not limited to just classroom, but our college believes in making every student of Kristu Jayanti to become socially responsible, sensitive towards societal needs and overall, becoming a responsible individual.
The program aimed at changing the mindset of people and increasing awareness about the importance and role of the girl in the society. A girl deserves equality among people in the society. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution of India has said, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” A country that empowers women empowers every individual! We have to start with protecting the girl child”
And this message was rightly conveyed by our students.
By empowering our daughters we empower their communities which mean empowering the nation! Spread awareness and change mindsets to ensure that communities and families welcome and celebrate daughters.
Student-Scientist Interaction at National Institute of Advanced Studies
On the 14th of January 2020, the students of 1st year M.Sc. Psychology and M.Sc. Counselling Psychology reported to the National Institute of Advanced Studies at 9:00am. The inaugural session began at 9:20 am, after the registration. The first session began at 9:30am in which Prof. Shailesh Nayak spoke about sustainability and climate change. It was enlightening to know about the Earth and that it is an interactive system which involves both the social and human system. He finished his session after which there was an interactive question and answer session. The second session was taken by Dr. V.S. Ramamurthy at 10:20am, he began his session on the topic Science and society by talking about how the 20th century has been the turning point in the history of technology. It was intriguing and a new perspective to the world in general, after which there was a question and answer session which was very informative. The third session began at 11:35am by Dr. Deepthi Navaratna, who spoke about music and cognition. The session was interactive, meaningful and thought-provoking. Some questions like “how do people memorise music?” “how does musical memory work?” helped in having a better understanding of the concept. The next session was addressed by Prof. Sindhu Radhakrishna, who talked about animal psychology and conservation. She began by talking about human and animal behavior by giving the case study example of monkeys. She also showed a video about an experiment conducted on capuchin monkeys. The next session was conducted by Prof. Nithin Nagaraj on the topic consciousness, causality and artificial intelligence. There were a lot of discussions on Neurochaos and artificial intelligence. Later, Dr. Vishwanath Varma in his session on Agent-Based Modelling of social cognition spoke about the various theories and about his current studies in the Lab. It was enlightening as there was a lot of information about behavior of fishes. The final session conducted by Dr. Binoy was about psychology, cognition and science communication. He spoke about how information is stored and also about how science has brought new knowledge to the society. It was indeed a pleasant experience to be in the midst of such great minds. The session was concluded with the question and answer session which was very interactive and there were numerous questions raised and each question was answered well by the speaker. It was indeed a fruitful experience for the students of Kristu Jayanti College.
Workshop on Play Therapy
Department of psychology has organized a workshop on Play therapy on 19th December 2019 in Main Auditorium, the main block from 09:00 am – 04:30 pm. The resource person Dr. Sherin Anthony, Acharaya college, gave a general overview of what is play therapy, play, game, the importance of choosing the toys. The goal is to help children and adults learn to express themselves in healthier ways, become more respectful and empathetic, and discover new and more positive ways to solve problems. This is done by providing the children with a comfortable environment where they can express themselves freely. The various decisions made by the children, their behavior and expression a carefully observed by the therapist.
The workshop helped the students to have first-hand experience of the various process involved in play therapy. It was indeed an enlightening experience.
Workshop on Qualitative Methods And Analysis
The workshop on ‘Qualitative methods and analysis’ was held for 168 postgraduate students of the psychology department on 10th December 2019. The workshop was divided into two sessions where the morning session was addressed by Dr. Sivanna, a professor from ISEC, Bangalore who enlightened the students by sharing his knowledge based on his previous works and experience which inspired the gathering. His talk mainly revolved around the theme of “Introduction to Social Science Research with a focus on different methods.”
He took examples from faculties about their past research works and gave a comparative analysis of the possible incorporation of qualitative methodology.
The afternoon session was addressed by Dr. K R Santhosh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Christ (Deemed) to be University, Bangalore. Dr. Santhosh focused his speech on various methods and analysis techniques in qualitative research such as Thematic Analysis, Content Analysis, Grounded Theory, Narrative Analysis, Phenomenological Studies, etc. The techniques were explained with appropriate examples which helped the students to have an in-depth understanding of the various ways in which the techniques could be applied in research.
It was indeed an enlightening and enriching experience for the students as they got to know the need, relevance, and techniques to apply qualitative methods in research.
2 day Workshop on Cognitive behaviour Therapy
CBT, short for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most advance therapies, used to treat a wide range of Mental Illnesses, CBT is a therapeutic approach that revolves around emotional and behavioural disturbances in an individual by working with their Physical-Sensory, Cognitive and Behavioural responses to both internal and external events.
The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy workshop conducted by the Department of Psychology was held on the 26th of July, 2019. The enriching workshop was headed by resource person Dr. M. Manjula, Professor and Mrs. Sayma Jameel, PhD Research scholar, NIMHANS. Bangalore.
This workshop on CBT, was an enlightening one where it helped the students to widen their spectrum of knowledge about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Sixty eight final year Post Graduate students from the Department of Psychology had the opportunity to be a part of this delightful workshop. Dr. M. Manjula, a cheerful resource person, led the students from the basic theoretical concepts of CBT through the different models used for the formulation of a case.
The second day of the workshop the students were divided into 3 batches, Clinical , Industrial and Counselling. The focus and aim of the sessions were to throw more light on the practical structure of CBT through various activities and case studies. The Sessions were facilitated in different venues by Dr. Rema M.K., Mr. Vigranth Bapu and Ms. Soumya Simon for clinical, industrial and counselling students respectively.
The sessions began with a short recap of the previous day, after which the students were given an exercise where they had to appropriately identify and classify thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.
Three case studies were given to each group and they were asked to find the precipitating factors, predisposing factors and protective factors from the given case study. After that the flow chart for CBT structure was followed to find the core beliefs, assumptions, triggering situation, problems which included thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical sensations. Each group was given time to discuss among themselves. After that the facilitator provided a platform for every group to share their views on the case studies.
“Second day gave us much learning and it was joyful to do the activities. Practical knowledge gave the students much deeper understanding on how we build core beliefs and how it effects our assumptions that are activated by triggering situations. I take this opportunity to thank the facilitators for all the support and the department for conducting the workshop which gave us more insight on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.”-Lydia John, 2nd year M.Sc. Psychological Counselling.
Industrial Visit to BEL Academy for Excellence
The batch of MSc. Psychology (HRDM) students (18) and Professor Dr.Krishnan Bhatt visited the BEL Academy for Excellence at. This is a globally competitive company in defence electronics and in other chosen areas of professional electronics.
Mr. Sushant, Manager HR, addressed the students and gave them a brief about their sprawling complex spread over six acres. The academy of Excellence is envisaged to address the training needs of people. The training programmes have been structured around three core areas: Quality, Technology, and Leadership. After the presentation we then stood in attention while the BEL Anthem was played.
Later Mr.Anand , Head of Leadership addressed the students and gave an insight to several topics and introduced us to various aspects in the HR field right from how the hierarchy works to how collaboratively they work as a team to facilitate continuous learning and developmental orientation. He mentioned that in an organization we may find people with various attitudes while coming to work such as: Prisoners, some on vacation, Interrogative and the real learners but the strength and knowledge lies in how collaboratively they work to bring out the best in all for them individually and as a whole for their organization.
Mr.Anand listed several psychometric tests which will be useful for the students in their future endeavors. Some of the notable tests were MBTI, PAPI, Hogan Development, PPA. He then asked them to constantly read books and increase their knowledge in the chosen field of interest which will take them a long way. Some of the books he referred were Michelle Armstrong’s Human Resources and Labor Laws and Stephen Robin’s Organizational Behavior.
He listed the three main aspects the HR focuses on developing – The Cognitive aspect, the Behavioral aspect and the Expertise we have in our chosen Domain. He introduced the students to various Adult Learning Theories, David Kolb to name one and explained in brief the process of Recruitment.
During the session, students interacted with the Head of Leadership effectively. Particularly about the core values essential for an individual to excel in their respective filed.
The students then proceeded to have a sumptuous lunch and were later taken on a campus tour showcasing their infrastructural excellence. The visit was highly insightful for the students in terms of practical exposure and knowledge in the field of Human Resources.
Industrial Visit to Alimco
Department of Psychology, Kristu Jayanti College organized an industrial visit to the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India ALIMCO, Bangalore, on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 18 students from Industrial Psychology 3rd semester were accompanied by the faculty member Dr. Krishnan Bhatt. The objective of the field visit was to observe and learn how ALIMCO functions and to study the structure of the organization.
Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) is a Schedule ‘C’ Miniratna Category II Central Public Sector Enterprises, registered under Section 8 (Not for Profit motive) of the Companies Act 2013, (corresponding to Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956) is functioning under the Administrative Control of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. It is 100% owned by Govt. of India Central Public Sector Enterprises with an objective of benefiting the persons with disability to the maximum extent possible by manufacturing Rehabilitation Aids for persons with disabilities and by promoting, encouraging and developing the availability, use, supply and distribution of Artificial Limbs and other Rehabilitation Aids to the disabled persons of the country. Profitability is not the motive of the operations of the Corporation and its main thrust is in providing better quality of Aids & Appliances to larger number of disabled persons at reasonable price.
The Corporation started manufacturing artificial aids in 1976. It has four Auxiliary Production Centres (AAPCs) situated at Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jabalpur (M.P.), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Chanalon (Punjab) and Ujjain. The Corporation has four Marketing Centres at New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, & Hyderabad and one Outreach Centre at Guwahati. The Corporation is the only manufacturing company producing various types of assistive devices under one roof to serve all types of disabilities across the country.
For the first session Mr. A. Siva Kumar Senior Manager Marketing briefed the students about the products manufactured in the unit namely The Mobility Aids including Wheel Chair folding standard model (TD 2C 51), Detachable Tricycle, Joystick Operated Wheelchair and Motorized Tricycle.
Students were also shown the working model of Walking stick, Smart Cane, Braille Cane Folding (Deluxe), Clutch elbow adjustable TD 1N 37, Smart phone, Tablet, Multi-Sensory Inclusive Educational Kit, Digital hearing aid.
After the briefing session the students were given a complete tour of the manufacturing factory by Mr. Abhay Pratap Singh, General Manager Production. During the tour the students were exposed to different types of machinery namely Horizontal Drilling Machine, Boring Machine, Powder coating machine, Lather scrapping machine etc. used for the manufacturing of the wheelchair used by specially abled people.
Mrs. Jagruti Gamit (employee) explained the students the diagnosis of various disabilities and the functioning of the Camps held by ALIMCO.
The session ended with the interaction with an interaction with Mr. Anupam Prakash, Unit Head In charge where he spoke about the vision and mission of the organization along with the short term and long term goals. The students were further advised to spread awareness about the cause.
Intra-college psychology exhibition and assessment fair
Department of Psychology had organized an intra-collegiate psychology exhibition and assessment fair “Psychofair 2k19” on 21st of February 2019 at Main Auditorium from 10 am to 4.30 pm. The exhibition was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Josekutty PD, Principal, Kristu Jayanti College. Rev. Fr. Principle, who visited each and every stall of the exhibition gave a feedback at the end where he said that he was very happy with the way students had thought about the concepts and the clarity in their explanation.
The exhibition was divided into three sections; the first section was the display of the working models by students pursuing UG in different areas of general Psychology such as Learning, Memory, Perception, etc., they also had stalls where they got their hand writing analysis, test their hand eye coordination and to check the level of impulsivity. The second section comprised of display of equipment used in the psychology experiments such as Minnesota Rate of Manipulation Test (MRMT), Depth Perception box, Mulley Lyer Illusion, Tachistoscope, Bilateral Transfer of Learning and Weber’s law. The third section of Psychofair was the Assessment Centre where teachers and Students had an opportunity to get their various cognitive abilities, personality and aptitude checked. The assessment centre had various paper-pencil assessments, performance tasks and also computer based cognitive assessments. The reports of all the assessments were prepared and mailed on the same day.
National Level Faculty Development Programme on “Dealing with Transition: Childhood to Adolescence”
Department Of Psychology had organized a national level Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on the topic of Dealing with Transition – Childhood to Adolescence” for higher secondary school teachers, student counsellors from various schools, and school counsellor trainees from varied institution on 14th December, 2018 at Mini Audi 2 from 9.00 am onwards. The faculty development programme started with the inaugural address by Fr. Emmanuel, P.J. who spoke about the growth of the college and the department. He ann
Dr. Roopesh B N, Additional Professor from NIMHANS, Bengaluru conducted the morning session of the FDP on the topics of Transitions during adolescence and various counselling skills and techniques required to handle adolescent children. He started talking about the varied domains of changes that are set to happen during adolescence and what is its impact on the behaviour was covered. Post the tea break he started off with an activity where he divided the participants into various group and asked them to come up with some children who have been very difficult to handle during this transition phase. As the participants started to share their case, the resource person added on to his valuable suggestion on how to handle such children and also shared some of his own examples from his vast clinical experience.
The second half of the FDP was handled by Dr. Molly Joy, Dr. Alka Ranjan, Dr. Rema, M.K. and Mr. Vigraanth Bapu, K.G. The Session started with the method of case history collection where the required step for understanding the child’s problem was explained in detail. Following which there was a discussion on the need and necessity for having an assessment being done for further clarification in the symptomatology. The last session was an activity session where participants were divided into five groups and all were given one detailed case study. The participants read the case study, presented it to the other groups who later came up with the required assessment and management for the case.
Participants who attended the event felt that it was productive and were commenting on the practical approach followed throughout the sessions. They were suggesting having a more for elaborate session on the management strategies in specific.
Worshop on Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Department Of Psychology had organized a workshop on Solution Focused Breif Therapy on 22nd of September, 2018 at Mini Audi 1 from 9.00 am onwards. Mr. Maxim Pereira, Assistant Professor & Counsellor, Montfort College, Bengaluru conducted the workshop with the objective of introducing students to the therapeutic & counselling process and to introduce knowledge and skills of SFBT. The session traced the development of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy which is a post-modern approach. The reasons and the phenomenon of development was outlined. Being a post-modern approach, it was explained that how the focus is on solutions rather on problem solution. It was also demonstrated that how it is a brief therapy. Skills used in SFBT were also demonstrated. Examples from counselling sessions were given to explain the concepts.
34 students from M.Sc. Psychological Counselling and M.Sc. Psychology (Counselling Specialization) attended the event and most of the students felt that it was productive though suggesting for more experiential learning.
Two Days Workshop On Advanced Counsellor Training
The two days’ workshop on Advanced Skills Training in Counseling was held on 11th and 12th September 2018 in the Department of Psychology, Kristu jayanti College. Dr. Romate John, Head of the Department of Psychology, Central University of Karnataka Gulbarga was the resource person. The workshop was started with an inaugural function in which the welcome address was done by Professor Rajalakshmi, Department of Psychology. The participants of the workshop were the students of I. M.Sc. Psychological Counseling and II. M.Sc. Psychology.
On 11th September, the topics of Observation and Judgment were taught, an activity was conducted in which each students were asked to list out and then classify the feelings which they know into two categories namely Satisfied and Unsatisfied and then the needs of the client were taught to be classified under various categories. Whenever a client is being helped out in his/ her problem, the counselor should always ask questions which should be as a request and not as demands that ultimately leads to a very good relationship between a client and a counselor. A role play has been demonstrated in which how to allow the client to get involved in story telling was taught. A new concept of Blind spotting was taught to make the doubts of the counselor to be clarified after the story telling part of the client. Many refreshing activities were done to make the students involved in the session. The process of counseling has been presented with the help of the power point. Feedbacks after each session were taken in order to refine the session much better according to the expectations of the students participating in the workshop. Time for questions were also given to help students to clarify their doubts here and then.
On 12th September, the session started with an action song demonstrated by few volunteers from the students attending workshop. Then the models of counseling were started. Three models of counseling namely Ivey’s Intentional Interviewing Counseling Model, Egan’s Skilled Helper Model of Counseling and Cormier’s Professional Counseling Models were taught. The skills in counseling a client were rated as low, medium and high based on the influence of those skills on the client. In addition to the above three models listed, Carkhuff Counseling Model was also taught in which the counselor and client terms were replaced by Helper and Helpee terms respectively. Egan’s model was very much concentrated in terms of three stages which contained nine steps totally. In the afternoon session, the Egan’s Model was completely demonstrated in a role play and then each and every step in the counseling process was clarified and made the students understand much better by giving a very good presentation of the problems faced by the counselor and at the same time the feeling of the client was also been brought into consideration. Then the two day workshop was ended with a feedback session by the learning experience of the students who volunteered themselves. The vote of thanks was given by Professor Rajalakshmi and Professor Naavya Patel and finally a small memento was presented to the chief guest by Dr. Molly Joy, Head of the Department of Psychology. The two days workshop was ended with a rich learning experience and was extremely beneficial to all the students participated.
Department Of Psychology Workshop On Indian Psychology
On September 11th, 2018, Department of Psychology conducted a 1-day workshop on Indian Psychology. Ret.Prof. Mukunda Rao, Head of Department of English, Bangalore University was the resource person on the topic “Self Realization – Indian Perspective”.
He spoke on varied topic such as Consciousness, Self, Ideal Self, Spirituality, Religion and interacted with all the students on the same. He also gave us an impactful insight on Buddha and his teachings. Where he spoke about living a skilful life as one of Buddha’s main agendas. He further spoke about meditation and different aspects of meditation that help us through life. He mentioned that meditation is not only through certain postures but can be done at any time of the day, anywhere as long as your mind is at peace.
The class was then divided into 5 groups, given a topic each and asked to present their topics and what their learning experience was. Students acquired a lot of information from Prof. Rao the most important learning was that spirituality is a very personal attainment. He thoughts the students that they see various aspects of life everyday and spirituality is there in every aspect knowingly or unknowingly. Students also understood how to live everyday more peacefully and channelize our energy in a healthy manner. On the whole, the workshop was very fruitful and it helped us learn a lot.
2 Day Outbound Training Workshop On “Mental Health Volunteering” At Nimhans: Centre For Well-Being
Department of Psychology had sent the final year M.Sc. Psychology students (Counselling and Industrial Specialization) for a two day outbound training workshop on “Youth Volunteering for Mental Health” organized by National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS), Bengaluru supported by Rajiv Gandhi National institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur held on 19th and 20th of July, 2018.
The main objective was to make the learners aware about the need for mental health awareness, youth volunteering for spreading the awareness and to carry out an Action project. The two day workshop began with understanding the level of awareness the students had about mental health and henceforth proceeded to psycho-educate them about common mental health disorder with its symptoms and epidemiology. The final session of day one covered a variety of topics such as pyramid framework of pathways to recovery, self-care, self-empowerment and evaluation of negative thoughts.
The second day started of with the importance of listening, supporting someone in distress and do’s and don’ts, continued by explaining about support, common errors in supporting, impact of support enhancement and showing a peer support video by NIMHANS titled “Push”. In the next session the students were divided into various groups and were instructed to work on a project where instructions were given separately. The workshop concluded with an oath taking to volunteer for the awareness of mental health.
The two day workshop was very practical, thought provoking and informative. The rich experience of the resource team helped the students to have a lot of knowledge and helped them in updating various information and unknown facts about mental health. The workshop also galvanized each participant to go ahead with the action project with zeal.
Workshop On “Applied Behavioural Analysis”
Department of Psychology had organized a 2 day workshop on “Applied Behavioural Analysis” for the final year M.Sc. Psychology students (Clinical Specialization) on 19th and 20th of July, 2018. With the main aim of making the students aquatinted to the nuances of behaviour therapy, the students were trained by Ms. Kinnari Bhatt, a Board Certified Analyst and Director, DAKSH ABA & Autism Services.
In the morning session of day 1, students were briefed about what Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) is and also explored the various applications of ABA. She briefed about the role of data in ABA and how it adds on the scientific flavour to ABA. She also addressed the various myths and misconceptions in the field and also spoke about the history of ABA. In the second session she started with the basic principles (Operant conditioning) applied in ABA. She was giving a lot of practical examples to clarify the hairline differences among the six different types of reinforcement. The session ended with an ASR Quiz.
The second days’ session, started with information required to register and get certified in ABA. This was followed by detailed discussion on topcs such as Reinforcement, usage of language in ABA, ways of using language (paraphrasing) and measurement of language in behavioural analysis and a group activity was conducted on Antecedent, Behaviour & Consequence (ABC). The final session was about Classification of Language, the reasons for behaviour, functions of behaviour, replacement of behaviour and methods of dealing with problem behaviour.
By the end of the two days students found the program to be very useful and practical. The students had a good idea about how an ABA based intervention could be administered on clients.
With the motive to enhance the hands on experience of the students to use different softwares in research two day workshop on Research and SPSS Applications were conducted on 7-8 March 2017. The workshop was very educative and provided further practical tips on methods of using SPSS and other software’s like G power. The workshop focused on both the theoretical and practical aspects of research. Few students got the opportunity to analyze their research data in the workshop using SPSS. The workshop ended with the feedback session which was held during the valediction.
1. Dr. Jayashankara Reddy, Professor in Psychology, Christ University, Bangalore addressed the undergraduate students on 29 August 2016. He spoke on the basics of biology and behavior; it refreshed the division of the nervous system and then moved on to the brain the functioning of brain and its further divisions. The lobes and their functioning were also discussed and the lecture went interactive with students clarifying their question with regard to the topic.
2. Department of Psychology organized a guest lecture on 3 February 2017. Dr. George V Mathew the Founder of the new branch of Psychology called the Holigarative Psychology spoke on the history of parapsychology. He also explained that the parapsychology is very much a part of psychology like any other branch.
The postgraduate students of Psychology department organized a field visit on 2-3 March 2017 to the Manasa Neuropsychiatric Clinic at Shivamoga, where the students attended sessions on Psychotherapy and also demonstrated various equipment and other facilities in the institution.
The department of Psychology, Kristu Jayanti College, organised a panel discussion on 15 December 2016 in commemoration with the observance of International day for persons with disabilities, themed “A partnership that enables”. A panel of three vibrant speakers lead by moderator Dr. S.K Tripathi, Deputy Director NICC, Bangalore, actively discussed and rendered new insights to overlap the stigma of disability and assist them.
Dr. Cathy Fernandes, Program Leader, MSc Genes Kings College London addressed the psychology students on 11 November 2016. The lecture stressed on the recent trends regarding the debate of Nature Vs Nurture where though it was introduced as a debate later on was explained as an interdependent phenomena which interacts with each other to evolve itself. Dr. Cathy highlighted the recent research in the field of genetics, which further proved that there is a strong influence of the environment on how the gene is expressed. She also stressed on the need to conduct further research on the environments role on how it influences interacts with the genetics of the organism.
As part of the Extension Service activity students of M.Sc. Psychology have been involved in teaching learning practices; on 20th May 2015 Personality development classes were conducted for the BBM students of Kristu Jayanti College.
On 18 July 2014, Dr. Anima Nair, Director, Kaleidoscope had an interaction with the psychology students of Kristu Jayanti College. The intention of the workshop was to understand Autism and was very useful to the students to deal with the autistic children. The speaker clearly gave the complete information on Autism and care for autistic children. Sense Kaleidoscopes is a vocational training center for children (over the age of 12) and young adults on the autism spectrum founded with the aim of ultimately getting them to become employable according to each individual's ability.
Mr. Anantho, Therapist at Athama Shakthi Vidalia addressed the Psychology students on 18 July 2014 about the therapeutic alliance between the client and the therapist also explained how it can help the client to improve in his/ her life.