A Webinar on ‘Mental Health on Trial: Forensic Psychologist as Expert Witness’
The fourth webinar in the national level webinar series organised in commemoration of World Mental Health Day was held on Wednesday 9 December 2020, from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm. Shri Sunny Joseph, Consultant Clinical and Neuro-Psychologist, Bengaluru, spoke on ‘Mental Health on Trial: Forensic Psychologist as Expert Witness’.
Shri Joseph oriented the viewers on the role of Forensic Psychology in the process of criminal and civil trials. He started by listing out various rights of citizens as per the Indian constitution and explained the role our civil and criminal justice systems are playing in protecting these rights. In this context, he explained how psychology as a behavioural science discipline using its refined techniques and tools can facilitate the functioning of the criminal justice system.
He also motivated students to take up forensic psychology as their specialisation but added a warning that they have to think well before opting for this as their professional practice as it is not as dramatic as shown in the movies. He also highlighted the difference between the practice of forensic science and the practice of forensic psychology.
The session sparked the curiosity of the participants who asked a lot of questions. Shri Joseph addressed almost all their doubts related to the practice of forensic psychology. Shri Sarin Domnic, Assistant Professor from CVV’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage, introduced the speaker and Dr. Satheesh Varma, Assistant Professor of the School delivered the Vote of Thanks.
Perspectives of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation-A Webinar on Mental Health
The third webinar in the National Level Webinar Series in connection with World Mental Health Day was held on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm. This series is an initiative of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth’s School of CVV’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage (PPSH).
Well-known neuropsychologist, Prof. Bhasi Sukumaran, who is Head of Department of Clinical Psychology at SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai, spoke on ‘Perspectives of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation’. He explained the fundamental principles of neuropsychology and explained the process of neuropsychological rehabilitation and the mechanisms underlying recovery. He also explained the brain-behaviour relationship and the complexity of neural processes involved in showcasing human behaviour.
During his talk, he dispelled many of the myths associated with the brain and behaviour. Prof. Bhasi also spoke about various neurological disorders and shared his experiences in treating individuals with different types of neurological ailments. He invited the audience to think upon the psychological needs of the neurologically impaired and explained how they can be addressed through cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy.
There were 192 participants, mostly students and professionals from the field of Psychology. They asked several questions about cognitive functions, brain disorders and rehabilitation. Prof. Bhasi patiently answered the questions and invited the participants to take up more clinical studies in neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Prof. Sreevalsa Kumar, Head of School of PPSH, introduced the speaker and Shri Sarin Dominic, Assistant Professor of the School, delivered the Vote of Thanks.
Entrepreneurial Journey—The story of Stallion Group
The second webinar in the National Level Mental Health Webinar series was held on Wednesday 28 October 2020, from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm. Shri Rajeev Nair, CMD, Stallion Group of Companies, spoke on ‘Entrepreneurial Journey—The Story of the Stallion Group’.
Shri Nair shared his experience of developing a business enterprise from scratch, stressing that people should dream differently to become a successful entrepreneur. A successful entrepreneur is not only a person who has tapped available opportunities and managed the systems effectively but also a person who handles himself and the stressors in life. He also pointed out the importance of Psychology in the work world, opining that it is highly challenging to deal with the psychological diversity of human beings. He also discussed the importance of corporate social responsibility.
Prof. Sreevalsa Kumar, Head of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritageintroduced the speaker while Dr. Satheesh Varma, Assistant Professor of the School delivered the Vote of Thanks. Over a hundred participants from various colleges, universities, different practising areas of psychology, and the general public attended the webinar.
Mental Health Promotion Activities—A Webinar on Mental Health and the Paranormal
On World Mental Health Day, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage launched Mental Health Promotion Activities 2020, one of them being a National Level Webinar series.
The webinar in this context was held on 21 October 2020 from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm. Prof. V. George Mathew, Former HOD of the Psychology Department, University of Kerala, a well-known Parapsychologist, spoke on ‘Mental Health and the Paranormal’.
Prof. Mathew introduced the participants to the concept of parapsychology and explained various parapsychological concepts like telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, apparitional experiences, synchronicity, etc. He also educated the participants on various differential factors to consider while identifying paranormal experiences which are not an expression of mental disorders. He mentioned in his speech that our mind or spirit is not a material substance but is a collection of vibrations, and it has great potential. Any individual can get connected or communicate with other minds or spirits as overall all individuals are part of a larger whole. Even though all of us have this capacity, people with higher psychic powers have more paranormal experiences. Materialists may misunderstand paranormal experiences to be mental disorders, but according to Prof. Mathews it is not a disorder but a different level of consciousness.
The session triggered great curiosity in the participants. Prof. Mathews addressed all their doubts related to various parapsychological concepts. Prof. Sreevalsa Kumar, Head of the School of PPSH, introduced the speaker, and Dr. Sarin Domnic, Assistant Professor of the School, delivered the Vote of Thanks. Two hundred and fifty-three participants from various colleges, universities, different practising areas of psychology, and the general public, from across the country attended the webinar.