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Pre Conference workshop

IConS Pre Conference workshop

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Protecting The Physical Health Of Persons With Mental Illness

Research on the physical health of people with mental illness suggests an increased morbidity and the mortality from physical health conditions in people with long-term mental illnesses. Lifestyle, behavioral risk factors such as lack of exercise, and smoking, poor dietary habits have been cited to make significant contribution to poor physical health. There is an urgent need for intervening to protect the physical health of patients. This calls for building capacities of clinicians and other mental health professions to deliver interventions focused on physical health. This workshop will focus on the various aspects of physical health interventions that a mental health professional can deliver.

AIM: The aim of this workshop is to build skills, of clinicians and professionals working with persons with mental Illness to focus on a more holistic treatment plan.

TARGET POPULATION: Mental health professionals and other clinicians (physical therapists, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists)


The workshop will consist of:

  • Evidence based lectures
  • Small group discussions
  • Skills training modules and discussions with experts in the field. Focusing on skills such as motivational interviewing, how to plan physical activities across different settings and populations and overcoming implementation barriers in the Indian context.

30 participants will be grouped together in small group discussions facilitated by physical health and mental health experts to supervise their skill building and assess requirements of various settings with relevance to the Indian scenario.

DATE: 25th August 2022

TIME: 9.00 AM– 1.00 PM

Cost: Rs 2000

Note: We hope to create opportunities for supervision with the resource persons over 6months to follow up on the skills learnt.


  • Simon Rosenbaum, Scientia Associate Professor, School of Psychiatry - UNSW Sydney
  • D. Vijaya Raghavan, Consultant Psychiatrist - Schizophrenia Research Foundation
  • B. Suhavana, Clinical Psychologist - Schizophrenia Research Foundation

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Mental health of young people – working in academic settings

Adolescents and young adults spend nearly a third of their day in academic institutions such as schools and colleges. The academic environment has a huge bearing on the emotional health and wellbeing of youth both immediately as well as in the future. This period is also fraught with difficulties including the onset of most mental health issues while experiencing multiple transitions. Evidence supports the enhancing of mental health literacy to reduce stigma about mental health issues and increasing help seeking. While the authorities in India have been recommending the incorporation of mental health into the curriculum of school children, there have been no directions as to how mental health professionals can engage with academic institutions in providing information and care for the youth.

Through this introductory half a day (4 hours) workshop, we hope to assist mental health practitioners in providing meaningful interventions to promote mental health and provide care for children and youth in academic settings.

Who need to participate in the workshop:

Mental health professionals (Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychological social workers) with an active interest in working with children and young adults.

Workshop Content

The following topics will be covered in a case discussion and vignette based fashion by various experts in the field with experience sharing by current providers.

  • Evaluating the various models of mental health delivery in academic settings – the pros and the cons.
  • How to create systems of evaluation and referral as needed for children and young adults in academic settings with mental health difficulties
  • Barriers and facilitators for the implementation of an academic institution based mental health program

Other materials to be provided

The participants will also be provided with the following:

  • Sample templates of evaluation and referral forms to and from academic settings
  • Sample templates of materials for mental health literacy
  • Creation of a moderated peer support group through social media to engage in discussion about implementation challenges and solutions

Please note:

  • The number of participants will be restricted to 30 individuals on a first come first served basis.
  • The preconference workshop will be held on 25th August 2022 between 9.00 AM - 1.00 PM M
  • Pre-Registration is mandatory for the workshop
  • Registration cost for the workshop is Rs 2000


  • Shiva Prakash Srinivasan, Consultant Psychiatrist - Schizophrenia Research Foundation
  • A Pavithra, Consultant Psychiatrist - Schizophrenia Research Foundation
  • C. Sangeetha , Project Co-ordinator - Schizophrenia Research Foundation
  • Syed Rabiya Ahmad, Psychologist & Care-coordinator - Schizophrenia Research Foundation

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