The fourth and final webinar of the series was conducted on Friday 13th August 2021 by Department of Psychology, Faculty of SSH, on “During Covid-19, Uncertainty in Educational institutions, student’s mental health and coping strategies” in NUMS, PWD, Campus, Rawalpindi. Registered members were 52 for the webinar from across the globe and other participants also joined the webinar with the zoom link. Dean Faculty of SSH, Professor Dr. Azam Chaudhry chaired the webinar. Focal person of the webinar was Dr. Zakia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS). The first half of the webinar session was moderated by Muhammad Umar Fayyaz (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS) and the second half of the webinar was moderated by Ms. Halima Sadia Qureshi (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS). The panel consisted of renowned psychologists and speakers from across the country with vast experience and in-depth knowledge on the topic. Event started with recitation of Holy Quran. The event was formally commenced with the welcome note by the worthy Dean Faculty of SSH, Professor Dr. Azam Chaudhry.
First guest speaker of the event was Dr. Uzma Ali, Director, Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Karachi. Asserting on the topic the speaker highlighted the struggles of students with reference to the online educational system and the psychological stress that came alongside it. The speaker stressed upon the importance of updating online education system and providing ease to the students who belonged to northern areas of Pakistan and faced difficulty with connectivity during online classes. Second guest speaker of the webinar was Dr. Zainab Zadeh who is working as Professional Scientist and Head, Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Sharing her views on the topic, she spoke about building the bridge among parent’s, teachers and students. She also stressed upon role of teachers, that teachers need to keep improving their teaching methodologies with reference to online teaching by bringing in innovative method of assessment. The valuable panel continued with the talk from the worthy Chair Department of Humanities, Education, and Psychology Dr Uzma Masroor (Associate Professor, Air University, Islamabad). The challenges faced by the students were discussed along with the coping strategies to be utilized to deal with the situation. Moving forward, respected Chairperson Department of Psychology Dr. Najma Malik (Associate Professor) at the University of Sargodha shared and elaborated the discussed topic. Finally, the last speaker of the day, respected Chairperson Department of Psychology, Dr Muhammad Saleem, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, provided further elaboration on the topic. The webinar series was concluded with a question and answer session from participants, and closing remarks from faculty, Dr. Arif Mehmud (Associate Professor, Human Geography). Further, suggestions from the faculty of the Psychology Department were shared in the end by Dr Zakia Bano (Associate Professor), Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer) and Mr. Umar Fayyaz (Lecturer). Finally, a note of thanks from the moderator (Ms. Halima Sadia Qureshi) concluded the webinar series.
The Department of Psychology, Faculty of SSH, National University of Medical Sciences conducted a webinar on the widely debated topic and social issue we are facing in dealing with drug use and abuse. Webinar on Adolescent Drug dependence, intervention and prevention attracted the experts in the field of substance abuse and treatment and the attendees of all age groups from Pakistan and abroad participated. This Webinar focused on adolescents’ drug use, intervention and prevention strategies. A panel of three experts from international and national institutions broaden the horizon covering the national and international challenges faced in controlling the escalating issue. The event was 1.5 hours, which included an extensive interactive discussion between the valuable speaker panel and audience.
The execution of the event was made possible by the support of Dean Faculty of SSH Prof. Dr Azam Chaudhary and with the efforts of Dr Zakia Bano, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology. This event was chaired by Dr. Arif Mehmud Associate Professor, DSBS, and the focal person for this event was Dr. Zakia Bano Associate Professor, Department of Psychology. Anyone from around the world could join the event using the zoom link. The event started by welcoming worthy speakers and participants. Ms Halima Sadia Qureshi, Lecturer, Department of Psychology was the moderator for the event. The event started with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. The session was opened with the remarks from respected Dr Arif Mehmood (Chair). The Department launched the Program for an undergraduate degree in Spring 2021. The BS Program was introduced to the general public.
Initiating the Webinar, the first speaker was worthy Dr Simone Theirry, head of national psychological assistant service, national trainer of trainers on substance use intervention prevention in Cameroon. Dr Simone highlighted the importance of issues, types of substances, challenges, prevention techniques, and reforms to improve the situation. He discussed the risk factors involved in drug use and abuse, particularly in adolescents.
Next talk was delivered by Dr Salman Shehzad, Associate Professor, University of Karachi, certified addiction professional, in-charge research and training unit for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders at ICP, University of Karachi. Dr Salman Shehzad provided comprehensive and easy to understand information using pictorial assistance and sharing the indigenous data regarding the seriousness of the issue among adolescents. The models have been discussed, and the stages of change were discussed in detail.
Lastly, respectable Dr Noor Ul Zaman Rafiq (Addiction Prevention and Treatment Specialist, National Director, Institute of Living and Learning, Chairperson Phoenix Foundation for Research & Development) shared his insights on the topic and provided further elaborations on the framework for action, intervention strategies, life skills-based education, recommendations for prevention in Pakistan, and clinical strategies to be utilized.
In the end, Moderator (Ms Halima Sadia Qureshi) asked participants for the question and answer session, and valuable speakers provided comprehensive answers to the queries of participants. All the speakers and participants were thanked, and the session was successfully concluded.
The NUMS Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities held its 13th session of “Samaaj Khayaal”- a monthly series, which aims to transcend disciplinary boundaries, find connections and bring to light issues of social relevance. The session titled “Sociology of Knowledge”: The connection between the objective and culturally relative approach to knowledge was held on August 25th, 2021 at NUMS PWD Campus. Mr. Abdul Manan, who holds a Masters in European Philosophy from the Center for Research in Modern Philosophy, London was invited to talk about the subject. He is also the founder of ‘Sawal Sangat’, a philosophical society.
The session started with a 30-minute presentation by the guest speaker. Mr.Manan introduced the multidisciplinary audience of faculty and students of social sciences and humanities to the epistemic domains of philosophy i.e. sociology of knowledge. He shared that there is need to understand basics to know the derivatives of knowledge. Mr. Manan shed light on the intricacies of inseparable interactions between societies, their knowledge systems. He was of the view that this can help in recognizing certain epistemological traditions beyond the binaries of formal vs informal or legitimate vs illegitimate etc. The speaker also highlighted how historical forces i.e. colonialism have shaped our understanding of knowledge and its sources. Realizing the complexities of philosophical jargons and their ambiguity the speaker incorporated certain examples to unlock philosophical paradoxes as one (barber’s paradox) famously put forward by Bertrand Russell.
The talk also touched upon Plato’s advocacy of ‘sense of wonder’ as driving force behind most of the urge human beings have for inquisitiveness. To conclude the talk, the speaker wished that we deliberate the possibilities where an inclusive and open space can be created for multiple epistemologies as thought, desired and inculcated through need of time.
Following the presentation, the onsite and online audience asked the questions which were addressed by the guest speaker. It was a robust and engaging question/answer session where philosophical underpinnings were debated from different angles of social sciences i.e. anthropology, linguistics, geography and logic. This part of the talk envisioned certain subtle notions like ‘every thought as knowledge’, ‘cultural categories of legitimate and illegitimate’ and ‘religion as another evolutionary social system of knowledge’. These themes and some of the relevant questions like deceptive elements of knowledge as bone of contention remained under discussion till end of the session.
At the end of the interactive session, the guest speaker was awarded the NUMS souvenir, followed by a group picture and an informal interaction over tea.
“ONLINE NARRATIVE PAINTING COMPETITION” has been organized by Course Instructor Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer- Clinical Psychology DSBS/DP) from Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities on 13th August, 2021. A group projects have been displayed by students of BS Psychology from Semester-I, NUMS. Dr. Sawera Mansoor (Psychiatrist, Fauji Foundation Hospital, Rawalpindi) was invited as eternal examiner. Whereas, competition was intended by 75 online audiences among all 2 were international participants from South China Normal University. Five groups presented their handmade narrative paintings with real story lines which were applauded audience. All of the displayed projects have strong depiction of current issues faced by many in society along with psychological glimpse of conflict and coping.
The group that amazed everyone and got 1st position by their artistic skills used the title of “VICTIM BLAMING” with an artwork so close to the reality, this is the reason that compelled everyone to admire them. 2nd position holder presented a project on “DOMESTIC ABUSE ON CHILDREN”. No doubt, domestic abuse exploits personalities, it needs to be eradicated from roots of our society and this issue was raised in the event wisely. 3rd position holder group presented narrative painting with the title “I HAVE MY OWN WORLD”.Attention of the audience was on its peak from the very first presentation because of the social issue raised by it, is an existing curse that is about status of transgenders in the society. It is bitter truth that transgenders are not given their rights and opportunities to express themselves like others, despite of their competencies a message was conveyed magnificently. Students sketched the famous poetry of Allama Muhammad Iqbal with the feelings of motherliness by using title of “UMM” and depicted their ideas excellently. Whereas last painting was on title of “EMBRACING YOUR EMOTIONS”. Their work portrayed different emotions with different colors that made it different from the others. Both the groups hold 4th position in competition.
Audience actively participated in answering the following questions asked by moderator on display of each painting:
At the end, honorable guests delivered their valuable remarks and appreciated the department on successful conduction of the event. Dr. Sawera Mansoor (Judge) specifically appreciates the handling of question answer session and quality of presented narrative paintings. While acknowledging student's efforts Dr. Shazia Khalid (Assistant Professor Psychology, NUMS) and Ms. Taskeen Mansoor (Lecture – Anthropology, NUMS) highlighted the importance of art and pictures in psychology. While concluded, Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer - Clinical Psychology) thank worthy audience and faculty members and acknowledge remarks and suggestions by other faculty members for making such activities a regular part of learning to enhance critical and logical thinking pattern of students.
The Department of Psychology, Faculty of SSH, NUMS, started the webinar series on 4th August 2021. This webinar series focused on the mental health awareness and coping strategies to be utilized by the general public to improve their emotional wellbeing. After the success of the first two webinars on "Psychological First Aid/ Child and Adolescent Mental Health" and "Role of Social Support in Mental Health Issues", the third Webinar was conducted on the topic of "Psychological Dependancy in Interpersonal Relationships" on 11th August 2021 at 2 PM -4 PM. The participation in the event was from a worldwide audience using the online virtual services. The registered member for the Webinar was around 200 individuals, while anyone could join through the Zoom link. Dean Faculty of SSH Prof. Dr Azam Chaudhary made it possible to conduct the event while Dr Arif Mahmood chaired this Webinar (Associate Professor, DSBS, NUMS). This Webinar focal person was Dr Zaqia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS), and Ms Halima Sadia Qureshi (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS) was the moderator for the event. The expert panel gave their talk and shared their in-depth knowledge on the topic. The event started with reciting verses from the Holy Quran by Ms Azka Riaz (BS Psychology), moving forward with opening remarks for the session by respected Dr Arif Mehmood (Chair). The Department of Psychology was introduced to the general public. The department launched the Program for an undergraduate degree in Spring 2021 of BS Psychology. BS Psychology announced admissions for its second intake in Fall-2021.
Initiating the Webinar, the first speaker was worthy Prof. Dr Shazia Hassan Head of Department, University of Central Punjab. She is having vast experience in teaching, administration and clinical practice. Speaker gave a detailed overview regarding the topic, sharing the practical experience and professional terminologies to deal with the relationship and cope with dependency. The idea was that relationships work as a safety net for an individual and balance their lives to make them productive. The next speaker Dr Khawer Bilal Baig, Associate Professor, Bahria University, Lahore, shared his opinion on the topic from his years-long experience in several institutions in Pakistan. Speaker highlighted the critical issues in maintaining and sustaining the relationships. Adding the roles of relationships, and the types of interdependence, by providing real-life examples. Participants were interested in the talk and were inquisitive to know more, and asked questions from the speakers. Dr Salman Shehzad delivered the next talk (Associate Professor, University of Karachi) certified addiction professional. He is in charge research and training unit for the prevention and treatment of SUDs at ICP. Speaker highlighted and further elaborated on the points discussed and followed by Dr Salman Shehzad, Chairperson Department of Psychology, Dr Muhammad Saleem Islamia University of Bahawalpur to share his knowledge on the topic. Dr Mazhar Iqbal Bhatti (Assitant Professor, Acting Chairman, Department of Psychology, International Islamic University, Islamabad and Dr Syeda Razia Bukhari (Assistant Professor, SZABIST, Islamabad) concluded the Webinar by giving their elaborations on the topic under discussion.
In the end, all the speakers were thanked for their valuable time and efforts, as well as the participants, were thanked for their participation by Moderator (Ms. Halima Sadia Qureshi). The closing remarks were given by Dr. Zaqia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS).
The second webinar of the series was conducted on Friday 6th August, 2021 by Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH), on “Role of Social Support in Mental Health Issues” in NUMS, PWD, Campus, Rawalpindi. Registered members were 72 for the webinar from across the globe and other participants also joined the webinar with the zoom link. Dean Faculty of SSH, Professor Dr. Azam Chaudhry chaired the webinar. Focal person of the webinar was Dr. Zakia Bano (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, NUMS). The webinar session was moderated by Muhammad Umar Fayyaz (Lecturer, Department of Psychology, NUMS). The panel consisted of renowned psychologists and speakers from across the country with vast experience and in-depth knowledge on the topic. Event started with recitation of Holy Quran. The event was formally commenced with the welcome note by the worthy Dean Faculty of SSH, Professor Dr. Azam Chaudhry.
First speaker of the event was chief guest, worthy Vice Chancellor, Rawalpindi Woman University Professor Dr Anila Kamal. Dr. Anila had served as Director, National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Speaking on the topic, Dr. Anila emphasized how timely social support can prove instrumental in the mental health issues and how critical it can be with reference to psychosocial issues faced by masses. Next speaker of the webinar was Dr. Sadia Saleem, Dean, School of Professional Psychology, University of Management and Technology, Lahore. Speaking on the topic, she highlighted the role of institutions in extending social support to the students and also emphasized on the role of parents in providing adequate social support to the youth. Moving on with the webinar, Next speaker was Dr. Rizwana Amin, Associate Professor at Bahria University, Islamabad campus. She emphasized on the role of stigmatization of seeking social support in the society which needs to be minimized while seeking support from society should be enhanced. However, she also maintained that too much support may create dependency among individuals so a balanced approach may be taken in terms of social support. Next guest speaker was Dr. Saima Riaz who is an experienced clinical psychologist and has vast experience in the field of clinical psychology, currently working as Lecturer at Department of Psychology, University of the Gujrat. She elaborated the role of social support and how it strengthens the bond of trust between individual and society and plays a role of bridge when individuals are growing up. Our last guest speaker was Dr. Razia Anjum, another well-known clinical psychologist with tons of experience to her credit, currently working as Lecturer at Government Women University, Sialkot. She highlighted the importance of balanced social support and was of the view that too much support at the end of parental figure might spoil the children in the longer run. Question answer session was initiated by the moderator at the end of webinar and students asked some valid questions from the experienced faculty who were present to answer the queries. Senior faculty of Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences contributed and addressed the questions and queries of students. Worthy dean also contributed at the end with his valuable remarks about the role and importance of social support and made comparison between the type of social support given in west to that of societies like Pakistan where collectivistic culture is prominent and social support is only considered valid if it is coming from a collectivistic bunch within the society. Worthy dean extended his gratitude towards Department of Psychology, especially focal person of the webinar Dr. Zakia Bano for organizing such fruitful webinar with renowned speakers in the field of Psychology.
The NUMS Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities held its eleventh session of “Samaaj Khayaal”- a fortnightly series, which aims to transcend disciplinary boundaries, find
connections and bring to light issues of social relevance. The session titled “Sensitivity and Inclusivity of Persons with Disabilities” was held on July 7th, 2021 at NUMS PWD Campus. Mr. Asim Zafar, who is CEO at Saaya Association of Persons with Disabilities had kindly consented to be the chief guest. His organization has contributed to advancement of opportunities for persons with disabilities where they can realize their full potential. It has executed numerous wheelchair distributions, accessibility audits of infrastructure in public spaces and training sessions for the community.
The interactive session was attended by online and onsite faculty and students of different academic departments at NUMS. Dr. Shazia Khalid (Assistant Professor) and Ms. Saira Javed (Lecturer-Clinical Psychology) moderated the session. It started with the guest narrating his story of how, despite being affected by polio, he managed to complete education, receive scholarships and represent Pakistan in international sports arena. He then sensitized the audience on the lifestyle of a person with disability elaborating that it is not a disease, curse or ‘azaab’, rather it is a different lifestyle. It was discussed that as a community, we should strive for promotion of basic human rights principles of respect for autonomy for persons with disabilities that will enable them for independent living in Pakistan. The need is to remove barriers (physical, mental and environmental) that create discrimination.
At the end of the session, the guest speaker was awarded NUMS souvenir, followed by networking over tea where possible future collaborative projects were discussed.
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.
Students of BS-Social Science of Health (BS-SSH), NUMS Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences organized a three-day workshop titled “Health and Lifestyle” from 2nd-4th August at Pakistan Kidney Patient Association. Students Ms. Maria Saif and Ms Hareem Fatima, hold key positions in the Rotaract Club of Rawalpindi City and collaborated with different community service organizations to schedule this workshop.
The guest speaker for the workshop was Squadron Leader (R) Ghulam Abbas, who currently holds distinguishing positions at philanthropist organizations like Pakistan National Heart Association (PANAH) located at MH Rawalpindi and Pakistan Kidney Patient Association. He has also authored four books on chronic conditions especially related to kidney and dialysis, which reflects his passion for raising awareness regarding pervasive health conditions. The workshop aimed to give insight to the audience regarding the importance of maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. In attendance were students from NUMS Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Public Health, Fatima Jinnah Women University and Riphah International University.
The workshop opened with the guest speaker narrating his journey of experiencing health issues and probing into its etiology and prevention, which eventually lead to the publication of his first book. He went on to highlight a number of humanitarian organizations and their contributions that he was affiliated with. The speaker introduced the audience to infectious and non-infectious diseases and lifestyle changes required for protection against preventable diseases. The students were specifically sensitized about the heart related maladies, kidney issues and diabetes, as these are quite common and are spreading rapidly. He then moved on to explain that lifestyle medicine revolves around adopting habits which prove beneficial in long term. These particularly include active lifestyle, taking balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, taking proper sleep, keep one’s body mass index in check, conducting through physical checkups and maintaining good mental health. During the workshop, the participants were given a tour of the Pakistan Kidney Patient Association (PKPA) which is a Non-Profit Organization which performs free dialysis of patients with renal failure. It has its own laboratory and OPD service which operates at a very subsidized rate. The organization, established almost 13 years ago, conducts more than sixty free dialysis per day. After letting the students know about the operation of the organization, the students were taken to visit the dialysis ward. The ward was meticulously maintained along with providing maximum ease to the patients.
At the conclusion of the workshop the CEO of Pakistan Kidney Patients; Association Col. Younus Bhatti also addressed the students and awarded appreciation letters to students for their active participation. Sqn. Ldr. ® Ghulam Abbas also gave the participants a copy of his book. The students showed a keen interest in volunteering for community service activities and resolved to contribute to the health sector. The faculty at NUMS Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences acknowledged the effective management and leadership skills of its BS-Social Science of Health students in organizing the workshop.
The NUMS Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in collaboration with NUMS Environment Committee conducted a session titled “Environment Friendly Practices” on July 1st, 2021 at NUMS PWD campus. Representatives from Davaam which is an organization working on energy, sustainability and environment had kindly consented to give an interactive talk to students and faculty from Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Biological Sciences and Public Health. The guest speakers included Mr. Salman Tariq (CEO) and Mr. Omer Ghaznavi (MD) who introduced the online and onsite audience to concepts of energy efficiency and obsolete technology, current status of waste management practices in Pakistan and innovative projects. It was discussed that waste management proactive measures start before waste is created.
The guest speakers appreciated the presence of multidisciplinary audience and emphasized that “environment” is an interdisciplinary domain which thrives on ideas from engineering, design, social sciences, biological sciences, quality assurance, finance etc.
The students and faculty were encouraged to conceptualize socially relevant projects that could contribute to environment related issues. With majority audience being female, the guest speakers acknowledged that it is a high time for women entrepreneurs with key funding and mentorship available. The session ended with a hope that future workshops on entrepreneurship and waste management may be planned to accelerate environment related activities.