Department of Psychology Events/ Seminars/ Workshops

The students of BS Psychology semester II at NUMS Department of Psychology initiated their projects under the supervision of their course instructor Mr. Muhammad Umar Fayyaz, Lecturer, NUMS Department of Psychology. The projects were part of their course requirement for Social Psychology. Students conducted surveys and mini research on different social psychology topics, they made videos and presented them in the class. Creative videos were made with the purpose to inculcate the utilization of the social psychology topics in general public and to highlight the importance of psychology in our everyday lives.

Students also targeted different SDG’S in the making of their projects. One of the projects was gender stereotypes which targeted SDG 5: Gender equality, which is an effort to reduce the injustice, inequalities and, stereotypes in the society regarding gender. The project focused on two common stereotypes found in our society: smoking attitude towards women and association of specific colours with gender. Another project was submitted on Bystander effect (Helping behaviour) which targets SDG 3: Good health and wellbeing, SDG Indicator 3.3.5. Mental Health Support. Students highlighted the importance of altruistic behaviour and how it can lead to a progressive society. Students of NUMS Department of Psychology are enthusiastic bunch of individuals and believe in producing quality work with the aim to benefit the society at-large.

First experiment was about Gender Stereotype.Gender stereotypes are basically the beliefs about personal attributes of males and females. Gender stereotypes are present everywhere in world but particularly in Pakistan, they have a greater impact in shaping the societal behavior. We have conducted experiment on smoking attitudes towards gender and colour and toys specification towards boys and girls. Through experiment, it was observed that if a male is smoking then our society considers it as an acceptable behavior but if a female is smoking then it will be an unethical act. For men smoking is a “Bad Habit” but for women it is “Bad Women” The impact of stereotypes is so strong that such discriminative attitudes are also adopted in our coming generation.

Two experiments were conducted on gender stereotypes. In first experiment we have observed different smoking attitudes towards gender, and in second experiment we have observed that if boys’ and girls’ children are gender specific towards colours and toys. For these two experiments we interviewed and survey through a short questionnaire from   students of NUMS, PWD Campus.

Conclusion:

Smoking attitudes toward genders:

Gender

Male

Female

Ever smoke in life

50%

40%

No issue to be a friend of a smoker

70%

40%

Views about smokers

Open minded, quite normal

Bad person, spoiled

Peer pressure

40%

90%

Society gives us equal chances

20%

00%

 

Toys and color specification towards children:

Children were indeed specific toward the choice of toys and colors because this was taught through stereotyping though parents wouldn't have told them this but they learned it from society through socialization.


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Documentary screening on 'Life around Us: Visible Invisibilities' was organized by students from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (DSBS) on 8th of December, 2021. Students of Semester 6 and Semester 3 were mentored by Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) under the course title of Health Psychology (Semester VI) and Community and Medical Social Work (Semester III).

Prof. Dr Azam Chaudhary (Dean Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, NUMS), Brig (R) Shazia Sarwar Alvi (Director Planning Primary Health Care, NUMS) and Dr. Arif Mahmud (Associate Professor Geography, NUMS) was invited judges for the competition.

Total of 10 documentaries were screened with distinctive themes. Students put in their efforts in formulating the content of the research based documentaries by recognizing the significance of Sustainable Development Goals and produce short videos/documentaries. Students were also asked to suggest possible outcomes of the explored problem from the community keeping in view the implication model from health psychology and medical social work.

 Following are the chosen topics and covered SDGs by students.

 

S. No

Topics

SDGs

  1.  

Health Psychology in Early Life

4, 10 & 11

  1.  

Substance Use and Abuse

3,4, 12 & 17

  1.  

Health Psychology in Later life

3,10 & 17

  1.  

Health Psychology in Rural and Remote Areas

1,2,3,4,7 &17

  1.  

Muffled Scream: Child Abuse

5, 16 & 17

  1.  

Violent Behavior and Mental Health

3 & 4

  1.  

Unrecognized Heroes: Significance of Working Women Contribution

3,5,8 & 10

  1.  

Hope for the People with Difficult Abilities

3,11 & 17

  1.  

Thalassemia: Challenges and Social Responsibilities

3,7 & 12

  1.  

Transgender Community and Their Rights

1,3,4,5,10 & 16

 

This opportunity not only provided the students with a platform to exhibit their creativity regarding the theme but also to learn more about videography, filed work and had opportunity to convert their course work into practical work. All the documentaries were highly appraised and appreciated by the respectable faculty members from NUMS, worthy guests and audience on the basis of innovative and focused approach with effective implementation plans for community at large. Best two documentaries were selected from each semester as judged by the honorable judges who graced the event. From the course of Health Psychology (Semester VI) a group of students worked on the theme of Health Psychology in Later Life covered SDG 3,10 & 17 secured 1st position and second position was protected by group of students worked on Violent Behavior and Mental Health by covering SDG 3 & 4. Furthermore, couple of students who worked on Transgender Community and Their Rights by following the SDG 1,3,4,5,10 & 16 stood 1st in competition. However, couple of students through project on Unrecognized Heroes: Significance of Working Women Contribution secured 2nd position by covering SDG 3,5,8 & 10 from the course of Community and Medical Social Work (Semester III).

 

          


A seminar was conducted on "Societal Pressures, and Challenges Adolescents Face in Pakistan" on May 10th, 2022. It was open to the public and was attended by approximately ninety participants. The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Mowadat Hussain Rana (Psychiatrist). He is the chief editor of the Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, and he is also the chairman of the Healing Triad. He has been awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz. BS Psychology Semester II students organized this event under Ms. Halima S Qureshi (Lecturer, Clinical Psychologist. Dean Prof. Dr. Azam Chauhdry, HOD Department of Psychology Prof. Dr. Shazia Khalid, and HOD of Department of Social Behavioral Sciences Dr. Arif Mahmood graced the event. NUMS faculty and students were cordially invited, and they actively participated. The prime objective of this seminar was to know the reasons for the challenges and pressures adolescents face in Pakistan and how to tackle these problems easily.

The event started with a recitation of the Holy Quran, followed by an opening note from Dean Prof. Dr. Azam Chaudhary. After that, Dr. Mowadat was called to commence the session. He started the seminar with his anecdotes about adolescence. Proceeding with the event, Dr. Mowadat H. Rana talked about love for work and how it is essential to listen to children. He had an interactive session with the audience. Speaker also said that psychologists and psychiatrists are gifted because they have been trained to listen to people's problems. He also put light on the challenges and consequences. He talked about the real and virtual worlds created by children. In the question answers session, the audience interacted with the guest speaker very energetically, and they asked varied types of questions. During the session, based on audience enthusiasm and interest, Dr. Mowadat expressed his wish to conduct more talk sessions similar to this one. NUMS faculty was also a part of the healthy conversation with the guest speaker. The session concluded with a message that we need to listen to and observe children by that we can learn a lot.

          


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On World Kidney Day (10 March), Students from Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities under mentorship of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC) held an awareness followed by training workshop on the importance of Kidney Health and the related Renal Ailments under the umbrella of community services, NUMS Kindred Kinship (NK2): Kidney Care.

This session was initiated by the host Ms. Maria Saif (Student- DSBS), followed by Ms. Warda Waheed (Student DSBS) who give a brief introduction on the subject matter and highlighted the significance of kidney while Ms. Rabbia Zaheer talked about myths related to hemodialysis. Squadron leader Ghulam Abbas (Vice President Pakistan National Heart Association (PANNAH), General Secretary Information and Publication of Pakistan Kidney Patient Association (PKPA)) was invited as a Chief Guest. From importance of kidney care, to co-morbidity, prevention and prevalence of renal diseases in youth was a subject of talk.  Another panelist Dr. Erum Mounis (MBBS, MPH / AD QA, dte, NUMS) enlightened the audience on co-morbidity and how the organs are interconnected within a human being and problem in one organ can lead to other organ disorders as well. Also she shed light on misinformation regarding kidney treatments and how hemodialysis and peritoneal-dialysis are different and how one can cope with it. Prof Dr. Shazia Khalid (Head NUMS Department of Psychology) also graced the session and really appreciated the efforts of Ms. Saira (NDP) who has been working as advisory board member since 2013 at Pakistan Kidney Patients Association and in 2019 bring the idea of community services to NUMS and Transferred the energy of serving humanity as Nobel cause among students from faculty of social sciences and humanities. Students from NUMS Department of Psychology oath to raise funds for needy hemodialysis patients in coming month of Ramadan with the guidance of DSBS students, who already are deeply involved in community services activities. Furthermore, team efforts of NUMS Kindred Kinship were well acknowledged by audience which has been independently working with PKPA voluntarily, serving the humanity and spreading civic sense, community at large.

Lastly Head NUMS Department of Psychology presented NUMS souvenir to the Chief Guest- Squadron leader Ghulam Abbas as a token of gratitude, and certificates were distributed to the participating students who put their efforts in organizing the event and making it wholesome. Lastly, panelists were thanked for taking out their time and sharing their knowledge on the subject matter. The event ended fulfilling its mission of imparting kinship, together as a team which will make an unsaid relationship with a stranger through an act of virtue and righteousness which makes a world a better place to live in.

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

          


On December 1st, 2021, a seminar on the topic “Work-Life Balance” was conducted by students from Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.  The seminar was coordinated by Ambassador of Youth Club from NUMS, Maida Arif (BS.SSH-VI), under the guidance of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC). The Guest speaker of the day was Raja Zia-ul-Haq, CEO of Youth Club. Youth Club is a non-Profit Organization that works to inspire Youth, being the torch-bearers of the nation. Currently, Youth Club is conducting “Winds of Change Tour 2021’, a month-long tour in which different teams from of youth club are visiting different institutions of the country. The seminar was attended by the students of all departments of NUMS, PWD Campus. Total participants of the event were 98.

The event proceeded as Ms. Maida, presented a welcome note and introduced the speaker and his organization and recitation was presented by Hafiz Maaz Abdullah (BS.PH-II). Through his knowledge, experience and eloquence, the speaker was able to engage the audience. He began his talk by invoking the thought of philosophy and purpose of life and afterlife among the audience. In order to lead a worthy life an individual should strengthen Mind, Body and the Soul. Mind should have intellectual strength, body should be physically strong, for which one should look what he/she is eating and in what quantity and also if the person engages in physical exercise. Soul, he said could only be strengthened through the Remembrance of the Almighty (Zikr). The balance of use of examples relatable by the audience as well as the references from the Holy Quran kept the students tied up with the speaker.

The event concluded as Ms. Warda Waheed (BS.SSH-VI), thanked the speaker as well as the departments of NUMS, who made the event possible. The Guest was presented with the souvenir from the university by Ms. Saira Javed on the behalf of Prof. Dr Azam Chaudhary (Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities)

        


On 13th April, 2022 a Focus Group Discussion on topic of “Infertility” was undertaken by one of the group of students (Mahnoor Khattak, Ahmad Yousuf & Abeeha Batool) from BS-Psychology Semester III (NDP). They took an initiative to educate youth regarding causes and consequences of "Infertility" among male and female as part of their course assignment from Public Health and Social Work, under the supervision of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, NDP/ Incharge Psychologist, N-TRC).

Health Professional Dr. Erum Monis (AD, QA dte, NUMS) was invited to educate students on the taboo associated with altered fertility or infertility, sharing actual facts from a scientific perspective. The discussion proceeded with the question, ‘what is infertility? followed by the misconceptions related to infertility. The aim was to achieve maximum knowledge regarding infertility which is also closely related to PCOS as it is one of the leading causes of infertility. Furthermore, a healthy discussion took place between the students who had participated with the expert. She mentioned that 90% of people from rural areas don’t know how to copulate due to a lack of knowledge and associated taboo of discussion. The misapprehension is that if a married couple can’t conceive in the first two years of marriage, they are labeled ‘infertile’. It is rare for women in Pakistan to know about personal hygiene and sexual education.

According to Dr. Erum Monis, the advice is to seek a doctor only if there is any dysfunction in the male’s reproductive parts. Even the gender of the child is depicted by the male partner because females have X chromosomes only and it’s the male with Y chromosomes. Youth is kept unaware of the situation. Our societal and cultural norms do not allow us to talk about sexual education openly. They don’t even allow us to talk about infertility. Even the couples hesitate and keep this private. She further highlighted the issues of reproductive health of both men and women in Pakistan. She stressed upon the solution to the problem which is healthy life. Progress should be made to improve life and focus on mental and physical health. If the couple is unable to conceive in the first 2 3 years of marriage, take it normally.

In second phase of focus group discussion Dr. Sawera Mansoor (Psychiatrist, Foundation University, Islamabad) was invited to enlighten youth on the mental stress faced by couples facing infertility or sub-fertility, by family and society at large. In most cases bigger burden and blame game is born by females. She also guides audience about basic coping strategies in such stressful situation. Both guest speakers addressed this sensitive topic very effectively by answering questions posed by the students. They emphasized on students on gaining correct knowledge, empathetic behavior and how to maintain good reproductive health. mental health of women who suffer from infertility was also played at the event in which Dr. Sawera explained the effect infertility causes on the physical and mental health of women.

        


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On World International Women’s Day, Students of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities felt the need of donating blood for women and from women as humanitarian cause. Women are strong and equally capable compared to male counterparts to donate blood, to serve the humanity which not only benefits the recipient but also serves the donor, both physically as well as psychologically.

On March 3rd, 2022, Under mentorship of Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, NUMS) students of Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (DSSH) organized an event on the significance of blood donation for women under the umbrella of community services of “Red Ray”. The team of NUMS Red Ray independently have been working on blood donation in collaboration of other organizations such as Pakistan Kidney Patient Association, Jamila Sultana and general population since 2019.

Students of Faculty of SSH NUMS, aimed to aid the individuals who needed blood for their survival or sustenance since its inception. They played their part either through direct donation or through networking and now aims to maximize its outreach to the general population. Students from Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Mr. Hassnain Khalid, Ms. Warda Waheed, Ms. Maria Saif, Ms. Adeena Tariq, Ms. Maryam Naeem, Ms. Maryam Bibi, Ms. Madeha Ilyas, Ms. Meesha Rao, Ms. Unaiza Rehman and Ms. Hareem Fatima) and Department of Psychology (Mr. Ahmed Yousaf, Ms. Abeeha Batool, Ms, Mahnoor Khattak, Ms. Farba Khan, Ms. Nimra Tariq and Ms. Samaha sehar) has facilitated the organization of this event and other previous many activities for blood donation for general public.

As the program proceeded, a student of Department of Psychology (DoP), Ms. Abeeha Batool, come forward fighting off her fears and shared her experience on the Self-Management of a health condition (Thalassemia minor), which requires Blood transfusion at later stage. For the opinion of professionals, a panel session was set. Panelists included, Dr. Rehma Gillani (Gynecologist-Department of Public Health), Prof Dr. Shazia Khalid (Psychologist-HOD Dept. of Psychology) and Lt Col Tauqeer Abbas (Retd) who is the project Director of Jamila Sultana Foundation. It was a holistic session with such different disciplines where Dr. Gillani talked about the physiological aspect of blood donation; encouraged to get routine screening test done which is crucial for early onset detection or diagnosis related to a wide range of conditions and diseases. On the other hand, a psychological point of view especially the fear attached with prick of needles and related issues were very well explained by Prof Dr. Shazia Khalid. Last but not the least, Lt Col.Tauqeer (Retd), shared his perspective on daily basis with thalassemia patients in his organization Jamila Sultana. Prof Dr. Azam Chaudhry (Anthropologist -Dean-Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) graced the session with his presence and shared his take on the subject matter with reference to cousin marriages and genetic issues.

Furthermore, souvenir was presented to Lt Col. Tauqeer Abbas (Retd) and as a token of acknowledgment, certificates were distributed to the participating students. Furthermore, Ms. Maryam Naeem from DSBS (7th semester) was appointed ambassador of Jamila Sultana at NUMS for upcoming blood donation camps and other related sessions.

At the end, panelists were thanked for taking out their time and sharing their knowledge on awareness of blood donation for and from women. The event ended leaving a ray by motivating everyone specially women to donate blood after approval from doctor (Physical Examination).

This program was held in compliance to SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-being”, SDG 10 “Reduced Inequality” and SDG 17 “ Partnerships for the Goals”

 

          


The webinar series started by Department of Psychology, FSSH, NUMS from 4th August, 2021. This webinar series is focused on the mental health awareness and coping strategies to be utilized by general public to improve their emotional wellbeing. The first in the series webinar was conducted on Psychological First Aid/ Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The participants registered themselves from all over the world. The registered member for the webinar was around 190 individuals, while anyone could join through the Zoom link. Dean FSSH Prof. Dr. Azam Chaudhary chaired this Webinar, focal person was Dr. Zaqia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS), and moderated by Ms. Halima Sadia Qureshi (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS).  The panel of accomplished speakers shared their in-depth knowledge on the topic. The event started with the recitation of verses from Holy Quran, moving forward with the opening remarks by Worthy Dean FSSH Prof. Dr. Azam Chaudhary.

The first speaker was Honorable Vice Chancellor FATA University, Prof. Dr. Jahanzaib Khan. Currently he is President Pakistan Psychological Association, and served as Vice Chancellor Swat University as well. The valuable information regarding the limitations and challenges community is facing in particular part of Pakistan along with the mental health concerns and strategies to deal with them were shared. Moving forward Worthy Dean Institute of Clinical Psychology Prof. Dr. Uzma Ali shared her knowledge and experience along with three other experts in the field of Clinical Psychology, Dr. Sobia Aftab (Associate Professor, UOK), Dr. Salman Shehzad (Associate Professor, UOK), Dr. Hina Imran (Associate Professor, UOK). The practical management strategies and complete layout to provide Psychological first aid was shared. Then Head of Department Psychology, Karakoram International University Dr. Sadiq Hussain (Associate Professor) comprehensively taking the discussed points forward and added suggestions to the existing knowledge. Finally, the last speaker, Dr. Qaisar Abbas (Assistant Professor) GC University, Faisalabad, concluded the webinar points by adding information from his experience.

The significant points taken from this webinar regarding psychological first aid/ Child & Adolescent Mental Health is to properly channel youth's energies in a positive productive way. As well as ways to properly observe, listen, and connect with the individual in trauma to stabilize them using different techniques. The eight core actions for psychological aid were discussed. The techniques for dealing an individual in traumatic situation by understanding the individual through active listening, social engagement ensuring the safety and security. The attendees were quite active in their participation and participated from around the world as well. The success of webinar measured by the consistent full-house in zoom room, and further participants contacting the department privately to show their interests in the future for such activities. This webinar will be followed by three other webinars of the same nature but dealing with diverse topics.

          


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