Lahore: (December 05,2020): Centre for Clinical Psychology (CCP) hosted two days International E-Conference On the theme “Psychosocial Wellness & Rehabilitation: Challenges for Practitioners during Pandemic (ICPWR -2020)” on 2nd & 3rd December, 2020. Conducted through Google Meet, the conference was attended by hundreds of national and international participants and was broadcast through on Facebook official page of ICPRW-2020.
Centre for Clinical Psychology welcomed the researchers, mental health professionals, doctoral students and trainee clinical psychologists from all over the world to share their knowledge and latestempirical researches in the field of clinical psychology.
The inaugural session was graced by the worthy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Niaz Ahmad and Dr. Nosheen K’ Rahman (Former Director, CCP). Dr. Saima Dawood, Director, CCP welcomed all the National, International delegates, Professionals and Presenters. Conference was virtually joined by Dr. Farukh Z’ Ahmad and Dr. Rafia Hassan (Founder Directors of both Centres of Excellence of Clinical Psychology in Karachi & Lahore). Dr. Farukh Z. Ahmad shared the brief history of evolution of CENTRES in Pakistan when General Zia-Ul-Haq was the President of Pakistan. He considered the need to train individuals in the field of clinical psychology. Dr. Rafia Hassan also shared the academic structure of the CCP since its inception. Dr. Nosheen K. Rahman shared about her efforts to promote clinical psychology and its importance in health set ups. She shared about the achievements related to Research Projects, Clinical Training, Community Services and Psychological Assessment Services of CCP during her directorship tenure as a Director.
There were 6 keynotes delivered by eminent professionals: Dr. Jorg Huber, Director of Research Design Service South East (UK), Dr. Cecilia Essau, University of Roehampton (UK), Dr’ Karina Weichold, University of Jena (Germany), Dr. Ghazala Mir, Leeds University (UK), Dr. Nusrat Husain, University of Manchester(UK) and. Dr. Ghazala Rehman, Director Gazail Mental Health Service (UK)who covered topics related to psychosocial wellness during pandemic, pre and post COVID scenario, Youth development, Cultural adaptation of therapies and promotion of community services during crises.
A total of 135 papers were presented virtually in 16 scientific sessions and 4 parallel sessions were organized to complete the program in two days Out of these135Research Papers were presented orally covering a wide range of psychosocial issues emerged during pandemic. These sessions covered various themes of clinical psychology including COVID-19 and its challenges; Psychological and Social correlates of COVID-19; Marital and Family Functioning; Childhood and Adolescent Developmental issues; Impact of COVID-19 in Community; Predictors of Psychological Wellness in Community; Psychological Wellness among Professionals, Psychophysiological issues and their management, and Evidence Based Practice in Speech and Language Pathology. The scientific committee decided to print a special issue/edition of the Journal. Selective papers will be published in a special issue of the Pakistan Journal of Professional Psychology Research and Practice by Centre for Clinical Psychology. Before concluding session, Poster Competition was held and 30 posters were evaluated by two senior mental health professionals: Dr. Nashi Khan and Dr. Nighat Gillani and then best 3 posters were announced for 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions.
Dr. Aisha Sitwat, Assistant Professor (CCP) concluded the conference by extending gratitude on behalf of CCP to national and international experts, presenters and participants.. She also thanked and appreciated the faculty, students and stafffor their enthusiastic participation in organizing the conference. Furthermore, She appreciated the efforts of IT staff, University of the Punjab who showed commitment and worked hard to make this virtual conference a success.