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About the Conference

The Department of Clinical Psychology aims to offer high quality professional psychological services to clients from all walks of life throughout Kerala and outside. In 2009, Dr. Anita Rajah (Currently Prog. Director, Centre of excellence, Socio-Emotional Learning, Piramal foundation for Education Leadership),was instrumental in bringing together clinical psychologists working in various other departments in AIMS to function as independent clinical psychology department. At present, functioning as three major units- Child & Adolescent, Adult & Family and Neuropsychology,psychodignostic and psychotherapeutic services are provided by faculty specialized in these respective areas. Alongside, the department offers M. Phil. in Clinical Psychology – an RCI-accredited professional 2-year degree-the first in the state of Kerala. The program offers internship combining academic learning with supervised clinical practice and research in a multi specialty tertiary care medical college setting. The department regularly organizes workshops, awareness/training programmes and community services promoting mental health. The department has been an active partner in developing and establishing clinical psychology in Kerala

Conference Goals

The school is an ideal place to promote mental health of children and adolescents, providing an opportunity for their cognitive, emotional, social and behavioural development. Currently, school going children across the country face wide range of problems such as:

  • Emotional problems related to depression, anxiety, OCD, perfectionism, anger etc.
  • Behavioural problems like school refusal, disruptive behaviour, eating and sleeping problems, risk taking behaviours etc.
  • Neuro developmental disorders like autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD etc.
  • Addictive behaviours like mobile phone addiction, gaming, substance use etc.
  • Interpersonal problems among children, peers, parents, teachers etc.

While some are transitory, mild and moderate, others are serious causing distress, confusion, and lack of control.As per the report of Kerala State Health Programme, 2014, there is increasing incidence of stress, fatigability, drug abuse, and emotional imbalance among school going children.

A comprehensive action plan as envisioned by school mental health programme is essential to ensure that the children of our country grow into adaptively functioning and well adjusted adults. Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2018, emphasizes the inclusion of clinical psychologists in the early detection, assessment and management of Specific Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, Autism, chronic neurological disorders, mental illness and multiple disabilities. Since 2017, the SMHP has provision for a clinical psychologist in every district to design, train and implement psychological services for school children.

Towards understanding, equipping and delivering these roles and responsibilities efficiently, the theme of this conference is “Let’s come together to ensure that School Mental Health programme reaches every child; a promise for a better tomorrow”. The conference aims to critically analyse the current status of school mental health programme and explore barriers to effective implementation, and provide impetus to crystallizing and consolidating the school mental health programme.

About Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS)

In the fifteen years since its inception, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) has grown from a 115 bed specialty hospital to a 1450 bed super-specialty tertiary care health centre with an attached medical college hospital. On the 17th of May 1998, AIMS was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in the presence of Her Holiness, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. The Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is the adjunct to the term “new universalism” coined by the World Health Organization. This massive healthcare infrastructure with over 3,330,000 sq. ft. of built-up area spread over 125 acres of land supports a daily patient volume of about 3000 outpatients with 95 percent inpatient occupancy. Annual patient turnover touches an incredible figure of over 615,000 outpatients and nearly 54,800 inpatients.

The hospital has received the ISO 9001-2008 accreditation. It also enjoys accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) for its laboratories and the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) for the hospital overall. AIMS is part of the Health Sciences campus of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University). The University is accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the highest grade of A.


Keynote Address

  • School Mental Health Programme in India
  • School Mental Health Programme in Kerala: Current Scenario
  • Problems facing school children: Present scenario
  • PWD commission Assessment & Guidelines
  • School Psychologists: Need of the Hour
  • Learning Disability: Kerala State scenario
  • Addictive behaviours in school children

Panel Discussion

  • Ensuring Mental Health in School Children
    • Child Mental Health & Wellbeing
    • Life Skills Development Among Children
    • Clinical Psychologist in SMHP: Experiences
  • Disability to Ability
    • Learning and Teaching: Towards Higher Functioning
    • Education and Training Parents of Difficult Children
    • Inclusive Learning: Challenges at Present
  • Mental Health in a Changing World
    • Risk taking Behaviours in School Children
    • Deliberate Self Harm Among Children: An Increasing Phenomena
    • Cyber World of School Children

Themes for Paper Presentations

  • School Mental Health Programme and policies
  • School Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Risk Taking, Addictive and DSH Behaviour
  • Life Skills Development
  • Disability & Inclusive Learning
  • Assessment & Guidelines
  • Psychotherapy & Interventions
  • Effective Parenting
  • Technology and Cyber World
Abstract Submission

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for paper presentation, posters and symposium relating to the theme of the conference

Format for Abstract Submission

  • Type in MS word format (not exceeding 250 words)
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Line spacing: 1.5
  • The abstract should include the Title, Objectives, Methodology, Results and Conclusions.
  • Mention the name of the author and Co-authors along with department/institution affiliation (Name of the presenter to be underlined).
  • Kindly mention the preferred mode of presentation (symposium/ platform/poster).*
  • The authors should attach the scanned copy of the undertaking that the paper submitted for presentation at the conference has not been submitted for presentation /publication elsewhere.

* Final decision about the mode of presentation is at the discretion of the scientific committee.

Abstracts are Invited on Following Themes Related to School Mental Health

  • School Mental Health Programme and policies
  • School Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Effective Parenting
  • Risk Taking, Addictive & DSH Behaviour
  • Disability & Inclusive Learning
  • Assessment & Guidelines
  • Psychotherapy & Interventions
  • Life Skills Development
  • Technology and Cyber World

The papers will be reviewed and selected articles will be published as an edited book volume with ISBN.

Executive Council
  • President
    • Dr. Sany Varghese
  • Vice-Presidents
    • A. Sreelal
    • Sharikka Sham
    • A.G. George
    • Jomon K George
    • Mahesh M M
  • General Secretary
    • Dr. Gitanjali Natarajan
  • Joint Secretary
    • N. Vipin Chandra Lal
    • V. S. Dhanya
  • Treasurer
    • Barsleeby Alex Daniel
  • Executive members
    • Dr. E. D. Joseph
    • Dr. Satheesh Nair
    • Dr K.V.Anoop Kumar
    • S.S. Sarath
    • Soney Thomas Olickan
  • Patrons
    • Dr. E. Mohammed
    • Dr. Jagadambika

Last Date of Early Bird Registration: 31-may

Last Date of Registration without Late fee: 15-june

Last Date of Registration with Late Fee: 30-june

Last Date of Submission of Abstracts: 25-may

Last Date of Submission of Full Paper: 30-june

Program Schedule

Day 1 July 12, 2019

8.30 – 9.30 am Registration
9.30 -10.15 am School Mental Health & Well-being: Present Scenario Dr Malavika Kapur  Visiting Professor National Institute of Advanced Studies Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
10.15-10.30am Tea
10.30 am – 1.00pm Inauguration
School Mental Health Services in NMHP Dr Indu Garewal CMO ,NPCB&VD, Directorate General of Health and Services Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India
Addictive behaviours in school children Dr. RishiRaj Singh IPS Excise Commissioner, Excise Dept of Kerala, Trivandrum
1.00 – 2.00 pm Lunch Break
2.00- 3.30 pm Topic: Mental Health in a Changing world
Violence against children: Safety at Home Dr. C J John  Sr Consultant Psychiatrist, Medical Trust, Kochi
Cyber world of school children Dr Nitin Anand AssociateProfessor, NIMHANS, Bangalore
Deliberate self harm among adolescents: An increasing phenomenon Dr. Gitanjali Natarajan Associate Professor& HOD, Dept of Clinical Psychology, AIMS, Kochi
3.30 – 3.45 pm Tea
3.45 – 5.00 pm Concurrent Sessions: Paper Presentation

Day 2 July 13, 2019

Time Activity Speakers
8.00– 9.00 am Poster Presentation
9.00-9.45 am Target Interventions under DMHP: Role of Clinical Psychologists Dr Indu Garewal  CMO ,NPCB&VD, Directorate General of Health and Services Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India
9.45.-10.30 am School Mental Health Programme in Kerala: Current Scenario & Challenges Dr Kiran P S Nodal Officer, District Mental Health Programme
10.30-10.45 am  Tea
10.45 am – 1.00 pm Ensuring Mental Health in School Children
Life Skills Development Among Children: WHO Perspectives Dr. Atreyi Ganguly
National Professional Officer,World Health Organization
Country Office, India
School Psychologists: Need of the hour Dr. Nithya Poornima
Assistant Professor, NIMHANS,
Clinical Psychologist in SMHP: Experiences Ms. Athulya
Clinical Psychologist, General
Hospital Ernakulam
Clinical Psychologist
SMHP, Calicut
Socio-emotional Learning: The Way Forward in Education Dr. Anita Rajah
Programme Director, Centre of  Excellence – Socio-Emotional Learning, Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership
1.00-2.00 pm Lunch
2.00-3.00 pm School Mental Health Programme: International Practices Dr. Balan Rathakrishnan Associate Professor Faculty of Psychology and Education, University Malaysia, Sabah
3.00 – 4.15 pm Concurrent Paper Presentation
4.15-4.30 pm Tea
4.30 – 6.00 pm General Body Meeting
6.00 pm Cultural programme
7.00 pm Banquet

Day 3 July 14, 2019

Time Activity Speakers
8.00 – 9.00 am Poster/ Paper Presentation
9.00-10.45 am Disability to Ability
Inclusive Learning: Challenges at Present Dr. Thomas Kishore
Additional Professor, NIMHANS, Bangalore
Learning and Teaching: Towards Higher Functioning Mr. V V Joseph
General Secretary,Association for Learning Disabilities (India) Thrissur, Kerala
Educating and Training Parents of Difficult Children Dr. Thressiakkutty
Retd. Faculty of National
Institute of Empowerment of
Person with Intellectual Disability,, Secunderabad
10.45 – 11.00 am Tea
11.00 am – 1.00 pm Valedictory
Disability Certification and the Clinical Psychologist: Current Concerns Dr. Sany Varghese
Clinical Psychologist General Hospital, Kottayam
RPWD  Guidelines for evaluation & Procedure for certification: Challenges in implementation in Kerala Dr. Hari Kumar
State Commissioner & Govt Secretary for Person with
Disabilities, Govt of Kerala
1.00-2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 pm Practical Guidelines on Assessment & Certification in Disability Dr. Sany Varghese Clinical Psychologist General Hospital, Kottayam
3.30 pm Tea

Address for NEFT:

Account Name : Amrita Consultancy, M.A.Math, Vallikavu, Amritapuri P.O, Kollam, Dhanlaxmi Bank

Account No : 026005300006900

Type of Account : Current Account

MICR Code : 690048801

IFSC Code : DLXB0000260

Delegates and Students Registration


  • Invitation to the inauguration, banquet and valedictory
  • Registration kit, and conference material
  • Certificate
  • Lunch & Tea for three days & One day banquet

Accompanying Person

  • All accompanying persons (children above 8 years) must be registered

Registration Fee

Category Early Bird Without Late Fee With Late Fee Spot Registration
Delegate 3000 3500 4000 5000
Student 1500 1500 2000 2500
Accompanying Person 2000 2000 2000 3000
Foreign Delegates $150 $200 $250 $300
Accompanying Person (Foregin Delegates) $100 $100 $150 $200

In case of cancellation the amount will not be refunded


  • Payment for accommodation has to be made at the guest house reception during the time of conference
  • Accommodation reservations are made on a first come first serve basis
  • Those who require accommodation outside the campus have to arrange on their own, (List of nearby hotels attached)

Accommodation Arranged at Amrita (Subject to Availability)

Category Room Type Rate ( in Rupees)
A 1 double bed + 1 single bed 450 (3 beds)
B 2 double beds (with TV) 800 (4 beds)
C 2 single beds (with TV, sofa, hot water facility) 1000 (2 beds)
D 2 single beds ( better furnished) 2200 (2 beds)
E Suite ( 2 rooms with 2 single beds in each room, fridge) 5000 (2 beds)
Luxury Hotels
Marriot Hotel 1.7km
The Renai Cochin 3.4km
Sidra Pristine Hotel 4.5km
Gokulam Park Hotel 4.3km
Nihara Resort & Spa 3.3km
Budget Hotels
Ghala Residency 0.2km
Omnest 0.4km
How To Reach


Participants are requested to make their own transport arrangements from:

  • Airport to hospital-25.3km (44minutes)
  • Railway station to hospital-North:9. 4km (25minutes); South: 12.2km (30minutes)
  • Easily accessible from airport and railway station

Places to Visit in Kochi

Tourist Spots

  • Fort Kochi
  • Mattanchery Palace
  • Jewish Synagogue
  • Museum of Kerala History
  • Hill Palace
  • Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
  • Pallipuram Fort
  • Kerala Folklore Museum
  • Wonderla
  • Vagamon

Beaches & Backwaters

  • Cherai Beach
  • Fortkochi Beach
  • Andhakaranazhi beach
  • Willingdon Islands
  • Marine Drive

Religious Spots

  • St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar
  • Cathedral Basilica
  • Dakshina Mookambika Temple
  • St Francis Church
  • SantaCruz Cathedral Basilica
  • Chottanikkara Temple

Malls & Shopping Centers

  • Lulu Mall
  • Nucleus Mall
  • Baypride Mall
  • Central Mall
  • Broadway

Places Near to Kochi

  • Aleppey Backwaters & Beach
  • Kumarakom & Wagamon
  • Munnar
  • Athirapally Water Falls


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