Department of Psychology Events/ Seminars/ Workshops

The City School invited Ms. Halima S. Qureshi to give a talk to the faculty of The City School PWD campus on 3rd November 2022. The talk was related to the individual's self-awareness and helping them improve their personal and professional lives. This talk has given the opportunity to the teachers to understand their maladaptive thoughts leading to unfavourable reactions in daily life. The target of the talk was to teach the required knowledge to the teachers to be self-aware of their emotions, feelings and behaviours to control their consequences.

Participants of the talk had an open opportunity to discuss, which helped the attendees to understand the mechanism involved in self-improvement. Also, the awareness regarding emotional intelligence helped them understand the components of being aware of themselves and utilize their knowledge to understand others. Participants also learned ways of coping and improving their emotional intelligence and situational coping. The positive feedback from the participants at the end of the talk was terrific. The event was concluded with the thank you note and appreciation followed by souvernir to the speaker by the head of the institution

          


World Mental Health Day 2022 was celebrated by Students of Allied Health Sciences, Semester II of AFPGMI under the mentorship of Ms. Saira Javed ( Lecturer Clinical Psychology/NDP, Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC).

The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, was 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

In this regard students from the course of Behavioral Sciences (Semester II) at AFPGMI displayed their projects in form of roll plays.

Prof. Dr. Shazia Khalid (Head, NUMS Department of Psychology) was invited as Chief Guest of the event and Ms. Taskeen Mansoor (PhD Scholar, Quaid-i-Azam University) was invited as judge of the event. Total 55 participants took the part in today's event. Whereas, 9 projects where displayed on various burning psychosocial issues which includes:

1. Defamation

2. Broken family

3. Post traumatic stress disorder 

4. Neglected transgenders 

5. Smiling depression

6. Gender discrimination

7.  Bulling

8.  Cyber Harassment and

9.  Gas lighting

Chief guest and judge highly appreciates the efforts of students and mentor. They extended their gratitude to all teams for highlighting such sensitive issues so gracefully and swiftly delivered a message on importance and seriousness of mental health. At the end of the event, certificates were distributed among top three best projects and souvenir were presented to guests and supervisor.

The day was celebrated and projects were displayed in compliance to SDG 3 “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 4 “Quality Education”, SDG 5 “Gender Equality” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

            


Awareness Seminar on Her invisible illness was conducted by the students of Psychology Semester III (Roman Jalil, Ifrah Arshad & M. Mukaram Bin Afzal) on 12th May 2022.

Guest Speaker for the event was Dr. Erum Monis (Deputy Director Quality Assurance & Public Health Practitioner, NUMS).

An interactive session took place with students and questions, queries, myths and misconceptions were addressed regarding the 

“Poly cystic ovarian syndrome". PCOS is a hormonal issue and quite common in girls these days. were discussed. 

It was elaborated how a girl faces stress of dysmenorrhea, PMS, depression, weight gain, eating disorders, mood swings alone. She feels embarrassed with symptoms like Hirsutism (excessive growth of dark or coarse hair in a male-like pattern — face, chest and back) and sometimes delayed menarche.

Through this talk an effort was made to spread factual and scientifically correct information regarding the issue which has actually become a taboo. 

Possible options for control of symptoms and various treatment modalities were discussed too. But most importantly the need for peer and family support was highlighted to lessen the psychosocial stressors of the condition on girls.

It was reiterated that generating a discussion around this topic and making more and more people aware of the situation is the only way to normalise behaviour of society towards the females suffering from PCOS. For better biological and psychological wellbeing it is really important to talk about such issues at college and university level for factual guidance. 

This icebreaking seminar was conducted under supervision of Ms. Saira Javed ( Lecturer Clinical Psychology/NDP, Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC).

This program was held in compliance to SDG 3 “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 4 “Quality Education”, SDG 5 “Gender Equality” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

        


Keeping the ritual alive of conducting series of training workshops for completion of psychological research projects of  Mid-Career Course of Army Student Officers (Psychologists) Personnel Administration Directorate, AG's Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi had invited Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) from National University of Medical Sciences on 20th September, 2022 as Resource Person to deliver a Training Workshop on "Psychological Research Writing and Publication". The workshop was held at Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical institute, Rawalpindi. The participants of the workshops were Army Student Officers (Psychologists) from Mid-Career Courses (MCC) batch 09. In the first half of this current training workshop student officers had covered all segments of scientific writing followed by understanding of research ethics in the field of psychology. Since the participants were expected to do their own research project as part of their course a thorough discussion on synopsis of officers and hands of training has been provided to them to fill the gaps of lacking proportion in their proposed research projects. Whereas, the second half of the training workshop was all about article writing according to author guidelines of targeted journals, duties of corresponding author and other elements of article publication.

This workshop was facilitated in compliance with SDG  4 “Quality education”, SDG10 “Reduced Inequality” and SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”

  


Since August 2019, the Social Sciences Lecture Series at NUMS has been run under the professional guidance of Professor Dr. Azam Chaudhary, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Whereas, Professor Dr. Shazia Khalid (Head, NUMS Department of Psychology) and Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) are members of the organizing committee. The prime objective of the series is to engage academicians, practitioners, and visionaries in an intellectual discourse on diverse global and indigenous challenges and discuss effective mechanisms and strategies for social change and transformation.

The 1st seminar under the umbrella of Social Sciences Lecture series were delivered by Dr. Malik Hammad Ahmad (Director, Implementation of Action Plan for Human Rights, Ministry of Human Rights, Pakistan)  on the topic of “Role of Human Rights in Implementation of SDGs 2030 in Pakistan”.

Whereas, 2nd seminar of Social Sciences Lecture series had through light on “Nanoscience and Technology and its Societal Impact” by Pro. Dr. N.M. Butt (Chairperson, Preston Institute of Science and Technology, Islamabad).

This program was held in compliance to SDG  “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 4 “Quality Education”, SDG 16 “Peace Justice and Strong Institute” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

      


Session was organized by the students of Department of Psychology Semester III (Jannat Shakir, Mehroosa Shireen, Fizza Rehman) on 9th May 2022, Monday.  

Dr. Saqlein Malik (Doctor of Pharmacy & CRCP, currently working as a lecturer of Clinical Pharmacy at Yusra Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacist in Westridge Hospital) was invited as Guest Speaker. The event started with the Recitation of the Holy Quran by Nimra Tahir followed by Jannat Shakir’s hosting & having a question-answer session with Dr. Saqlein to shed light on this issue. Dr. Malik explained to the audience that more than 88% of people were on self-medication during the Covid Pandemic and the majority comprised of females. He said that Self-Medication starts with Self-Diagnosis. People look up their illnesses online and diagnose their illnesses themselves. He explained that if a person takes a specific painkiller every time they feel pain, they will eventually build immunity to that painkiller and the medicine will no longer work for their body. According to Dr. Malik, a painkiller has three properties; Anti- Inflammatory, Analgesic, and Non-steroidal. Prof. Dr Shazia Khalid (Head NUMS Department of Psychology) also graced the event and informed audience about potential risks of self-medication practices include: incorrect self-diagnosis, delays in seeking medical advice when needed, infrequent but severe adverse reactions, dangerous drug interactions, incorrect manner of administration and incorrect dosage

At the end of the session, all the students thanked Dr. Saqlein Malik and got a group picture together. The event was organized under mentorship of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist N-TRC).

This program was held in compliance to SDG 3 “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 4 “Quality Education”, SDG 5 “Gender Equality” and SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”

          


In compliance to SDG 3 "Good health and wellbeing", 4 " Quality education", 5 "Gender Equality", 16 " Peace, justice and strong institutions" and 17 " partnerships for the goals". Prof. Dr. Shazia Khalid (Head, NDP) and Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) has successfully completed 05 Days certified training workshop on "Professional Trauma Counselling" Dr.Lyn Westman who is a licensed psychologist and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Westman provides training for trauma healing to US Army and Airforce Officers and has been actively involved in mental health programs all over the world. The training workshop was organized by The International Leadership Training Institute, Islamabad Pakistan.

          


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On 22nd July 2022, Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) from National University of Medical Sciences was invited by (PA dte, AGs Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi) as Chair Person on One Day Symposium on "Suicide Predictors and Intervention" which is followed by Viva of Mid-Career Course batch 8 of Army Officers (Psychologists). The event was held at the Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical institute, Rawalpindi. In total 06 research papers were presented. According to the World Health Organization, Suicide accounts for around 800,000 deaths globally each year. The focus of the symposium was to identify Predictors of suicide in Pakistan and propose intervention plans in order to promote "mental health and wellbeing ", " Gender Equality ", ' reduced inequalities ' and look for " Partnerships for The Goals ".

          


An Awareness Session followed by a brief training workshop was organized by the students of Department of Psychology Semester III (Momenah Tanveer, Tayyaba Jahangir & Noor Fatima) on 25th April 2022, Monday. The session went successful due to the efforts of students who were continuously mentored and guided by Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology/ Incharge Psychologist). 

The event started with the Recitation of the Holy Quran by Fakiha Baloch followed by Hosting done by Nimra Tahir. The students planned a presentation through which Momenah & Noor briefed the audience about Domestic workers & their Rights. Domestic workers come under the work done in the Informal Sector and make 50% of it out of which, female domestic workers constitute 29%. After the Presentation, Students participated in a lively Role Play activity which engaged them into learning and gaining insight about the awareness and rights of Domestic Workers. Students really appreciate the role plays and case presentations on the domestic worker's rights, domestic violence, right to refuse and reporting criminal cases.

        


To conduct a thorough psychological research followed by article writing is one of the basic requirements of Mid Career Course Army Student Officers (Psychologists). In every batch, to meet the requirements of the course and learning more about emerging psychological research trends, number of training workshops has been arranged by Personnel Administration Directorate, AG's Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi under the supervision of Chief Psychologist Brig Dr. Shoaib Kiani SI (M) (DPA dte, AGs Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi).

On 13th May, 2022, Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) from National University of Medical Sciences was invited  by (PA dte, AGs Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi) as Guest Speaker to deliver a Training Workshop on "Psychological Research Design and Methods". The workshop was held at Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical institute, Rawalpindi. The participants of the workshops were Army Student Officers (Psychologists) from Mid Career Courses (MCC) batch 08. The current training workshop covered the quantitative and qualitative research method and designs including the introduction of appropriate tools and procedures to analyze data generated from them. Since the intended participants were expected to do their own  research, a thorough discussion of the techniques, coupled with hands-on exercises, for these quantitative and qualitative research designs and Methods were taken place. The taught applications of these techniques shall be illustrated using a wide array of research problems considering that the participants belong to a broad range of areas of specialization from the field of Psychology.

At the end of the training workshop, the participants were directed to develop a framework of their research with focus on their objectives/hypotheses with a keen knowledge of the situations/conditions under which they will conduct their research and generate scientific articles for submission/publication.

This workshop was facilitated under compliance of SDG  4 “Quality education”, SDG10 “Reduced Inequality” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

      


To learn about advanced statistics analysis for data analysis during service is one of the benchmarks of Mid-Career Course Army Student Officers (Psychologists). In every batch, to meet the requirements of the course along with the field. A  workshop on contemporary data analysis tools and their use has been arranged by Personnel Administration Directorate, AG's Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi under the supervision of Chief Psychologist Brig Dr. Shoaib Kiani SI (M) (DPA dte, AGs Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi).

On 14th June 2022, Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) from National University of Medical Sciences was invited  by (PA dte, AGs Branch, GHQ, Rawalpindi) as Guest Speaker to deliver a Training Workshop on " Mediation and Moderation Analysis using Process Macro". The workshop was held at Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical institute, Rawalpindi.The participants of the workshops were Army Student Officers (Psychologists) from Mid-Career Courses (MCC) batch 08.  The goal of this workshop was to provide attendees with an understanding of the 

underlying principles and practical applications of mediation and moderation analysis. The basis of this workshop was centered around how to partition effects into direct and indirect components, and how to quantify and test 

hypotheses about indirect effects. It was illustrated when specific causal analysis techniques are appropriate and provide examples of how to compute techniques such as simple mediation and moderation as well as more complex mediation models involving multiple mediators (i.e., parallel and serial mediation) and categorical 

variables. Participants left this workshop with a working knowledge of how to use the PROCESS macro in SPSS to run a variety of mediation and moderation analysis techniques as well as Iacobacci's step-by-step approach to conduct mediation analysis regardless of whether X, M/W and/or Y variables are continuous or categorical.

This event was attended in compliance to SDG 3 “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 4 “Quality Education” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

  


Awareness Campaign: Freedom of caged birds was organized by the students of Department of Psychology Semester III (Amna Malik & Maheen Jamali) under the supervision of Ms Saira Javed (Lecturer clinical psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) on 12th May 2022 to educate people about the birds rights and and how their mental and physical health affected by caging them.The Guest Speaker for the event was Dr. Muhammad Awais Sultan. He has done DVM from University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He has been working as a pet practitioner and dairy farm manager for the last 2 years. Dr. Sultan told us about the feeding schedule for birds and as pet owners we should make sure that we are giving them clean water, enough space in the cage to fly and breed because birds are very expressive in nature and they need full attention and care for appropriate growth. Dr. Sultan also thought light on psychological consequences faced by caged birds and they tried to show it in their physical symptoms. He said that mainly lonely personalities want to cage birds and then a question answer session began where our guest and participants collaborated to design some interventions for this thoughtful topic.

At the end of the session, students thanked Dr. Muhammad Awais Sultan and took a group picture.

This program was held in compliance to SDG 10 “Reduced inequalities”, SDG  15 “lives on land”, SDG 16 “Peace, justice and strong institutions” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

        


Students of National University of Medical Sciences(NUMS) Department of Psychology organized a training workshop on “Suffer  سڑک  (travel and road) on May 9 to train their fellow students in signs of  traffic, its basic rules  and the requirement of  putting on seat belts for the motorists safety while driving.        

The workshop was organized at the initiative of the students of Psychology who included Nimra Tahir, Farba Khan and Smaha Saher.        

A group of students who worked as trainers were initially trained by the National Highway Authority on traffic laws and the importance of observing traffic signs while behind the wheels. The mentoring of the instructor Ms. Saira Javed, Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC helped make the event more useful which also covered the Sustainable Development Goals as set by the UN. Ms. Taskeen Mansoor (Lecturer Anthropology DSBS/ PhD scholar from the Quaid e- Azam university) was the guest of honour on the occasion.           

During the course of the workshop, regulatory, informative & mandatory traffic signs were discussed. The participants were informed that mandatory signs were normally in circle shape except for one sign which was mandatory but in the shape of an upside triangle. Regulatory signs include Stop Signs, Speed Limit Signs, Do Not Enter, Handicapped & one-way Signs.          

Informatory signs provide information, help, and direction, for example, parking in the left direction. Informatory signs, normally in rectangular shapes may be in different colors. The participants were informed about the Safety and Precautionary measures they should take while driving.     

The trainers explained the purpose & mechanism of seat belts & airbags for keeping the motorists safe during accidents. They also referred to gender based myths and facts regarding driving skills.      

In her concluding remarks Ms. Taskeen  Mansoor ( Lecturer  Anthropology DSBS/ PhD scholar from the Quaid e- Azam university) appreciated the knowledge and efforts of students, saying," Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow".

This program was held in compliance to SDG  “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 11 “ Sustainable cities and Communities” SDG 16  “Peace justice and strong institutions” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

          


An awareness session, *Daring not Deprived* was organized by the students from NUMS Department of Psychology, Semester III (Salwa Nadeem, Sana Sabir & Aamna Zaman) on 25th April 2022, Monday. The session went successful due to the efforts of students.  Students from others departments also participated in session

To talk on such an important issue, Mr. Asim Zafar, who is CEO of Saaya Association of Persons with Disabilities had kindly consented to be the guest speaker. He was invited to talk about emerging challenges faced by people with different abilities and how they are helping them to lead quality of life. Mr. Asim particularly talks about polio individual's hardship and suffering of their families too. His organization has contributed to the advancement of opportunities for persons with disabilities where they can realize their full potential. It has executed numerous wheelchair distributions, training workshops for families and persons with disabilities, accessibility audits of infrastructure in public spaces, and training sessions for the community at large.  It started with the guest narrating his story of how, despite being affected by polio, he managed to complete his education, receive scholarships, and represent Pakistan in the international sports arena. He then sensitized the audience to the lifestyle of a person with a disability elaborating that it is not a disease or curse, rather it is a different lifestyle. He also thanked NUMS for building a ramp facility for wheelchair individuals, which usually lacks in universities and many organizations.

The take home message of the session was " we all are special in our capacity, the only gap in between your goal and achievement is your will to explore".

This program was held in compliance to SDG “Good Health and Wellbeing”, SDG 4 “Quality Education”, SDG 8 “decent work and economic growth” and SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”

    


A group of Students (Kinza Maryum, Zil-e-Haram and Fakiha baloch) from semester III, NUMS Department of Psychology took a great initiative to revive family values by educating people about the importance of healthy family relationships and how it influence our individual as well as community well-being as their course assignment thought seminar under the supervision of Ms Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC). Guest speakers were Prof. Dr Shazia Khalid (HOD of NUMS Department of Psychology) and Dr. Abdul Qadar (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, DSBS).

Both guest speakers thought light on the significance of family ties, role of Z generation followed by addressing the problems behind weak family bonding and informed the audience about creative ways to find innovative healthy and comfortable family environments. In the Question Answer session, the audience interacted very energetically to find ways to overcome the communication gap with our parents and also talked about ways to strengthen family ties. After the session, everyone acknowledged the shared vision by guest speakers and requested to carry forward this session by teaching family style and effective coping skills among family ties. The session concluded with the quotation "Family is not an Important thing but everything".

This program was held in compliance with SDG “Good Health and Wellbeing”.

      


Saaya Association, Pakistan Sports Council of Persons with Disabilities and HANDS Pakistan jointly organized an event for Women with & without disabilities and the general public to celebrate International Women Day. They arranged an event titled “Observance of International Women’s Day 2022 “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” on 8th March, 2022. Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/Incharge Psychologist N-TRC) from National University of Medical Sciences was invited as honorary guest to receive recognition and appreciation award on world international women’s day for her meritorious dedicated services to persons with disabilities by targeting SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-being”, SDG 10 “Reduced Inequality” and SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”

        


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