In view of the growing affliction of common mental disorders, lifestyle-related diseases, psychosocial agony, violence and trauma in societies today, there is an urgent requirement for developing models of mental health interventions which are trans-disciplinary, relevant in both clinical and non-clinical contexts, as well as aimed towards health promotion and intervention. CBT interventions are acknowledged worldwide for their effectiveness and evidence base in a variety of physical and mental illnesses and conditions.
The ICCBI 2018 was a three-day conference organized by the faculty of Behavioral Sciences, SGT University, Gurugram and the Indian Association for Cognitive, the theme of the conference was “The rising burden of psychosocial distress: the need for Trans-disciplinary CBT.
Interventions, It had under its umbrella various sub-themes such as CB approaches to health and fitness, culture, family community, delinquency, aggression, criminality, eating disorders, common mental illnesses, pro-environmental behaviors, child and adolescent mental health, etc.
PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS – DAY 1 (25-09-2018)
The first pre-conference workshop was facilitated by Dr Michael Townend (Registered CBT therapist and Supervisor at University of Derby, UK) on the topic CBT for OCD and the second one by Dr Sujata Satapathy (AIIMS, New Delhi) on the topic Trauma-Focused CBT for sexual abuse in children. These workshops had good attendance.
The workshop began with the felicitation of resource persons followed by an ice breaking activity. During the workshop Dr Michael Townend shared his in-depth experience by sharing case studies, role plays, updated CBT interventions, new diagnostic criteria of OCD, therapists subjective reaction to OCD, and other latest techniques of treatment.
On the other hand, Dr Sujata Satapthy threw light on various terminologies, myths and facts, consequences, assessment and intervention and with Legalities involved with childhood sexual abuse.
PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS – DAY 2 (26-09-2018)
Dr Fredrike P. Bannink, Amsterdam, the Netherlands with participants
Day 02 of the pre-conference workshop of the International conference on behavioural interventions (2018) held at SGT University, Gurugram was mesmerizing and insightful. Various parallel workshops were held by eminent speakers who hold expertise in respective areas.
Two full-day workshops and two half-day workshops were conducted. Resource persons included significant people with established name in CBT like Dr. Michael Townend (Registered CBT therapist and Supervisor at University of Derby, UK), Dr. Fredrike P. Bannink (Clinical Psychologist and Master of Dispute Resolution, Amsterdam, Netherlands), Dr. G.S Kaloiya (Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, AIIMS) and Dr. Ritu Sharma, Associate Professor and Head, chairperson, Board of Studies, Dept. of Psychology, PDPU, Gujrat).
The workshops were attended by students, professors, academicians, and clinical psychologists from various organisations and institutions PAN India. Dr Michael Townend brilliantly demonstrated various signs and symptoms of stress caused due to trauma, new interventions to deal with it using role plays, videos, and discussions. On the other hand, Dr Fredrike P. Bannink dealt with the changes and transition from traditional CBT to Positive CBT. The workshop combined theory and applications with a wide range of examples, stories, practical exercises and studies offering groundbreaking insights on this new approach of CBT. Dr G.S. Kaloiya discussed various substances, its abuse and impact sharing his wide practical wisdom through case studies and discussions. He answered all the queries of the audience.
Dr Ritu Sharma was exceptional in her delivery on a new concept in CBT ie. CBT with Corporates. She beautifully explained with a lot of activities the role of cognitions in hiring, recruitment and relationship management incorporates.
DAY – 1
27th September 2018
The first day of the ICCBI international conference started with the pious ‘Saraswati Vandana’, seeking her grace and requesting showers of knowledge on her children performed soulfully by Faculty of Behavioural Sciences students- Simran, Muskan and Payal.
The guests were invited to be seated on the dais. The Chief Guest of the Inaugural ceremony was Prof. Jitendra Mohan, Professor Emeritus, Punjab University and the Guest of Honour was Dr R.K. Chadda, head, Dept. of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Among the University officials present were Dr Daleep Singh, the Pro VC who is also the acting VC, Dr T.D. Dogra, Director IQAC, Dr Kamlesh Kohli, Director, Medical Sciences. The seating and greeting of guests was followed by lamp lighting by the University dignitaries and the Special Guests
Lamp Lighting by dignitaries
University dignitaries with the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour
Foreign experts at the Inauguration ceremony
The felicitation of the chief guests was done by Dr Daleep Singh and Dr T.D. Dogra.
This was followed by the release of the Conference souvenir and the Conference Publication by all the dignitaries.
This was followed by an engaging and insightful inaugural address Prof. Jitendra Mohan, Professor Emeritus, Punjab University graced the occasion with his presence and shared his views during Inaugural Speech on “Mindfulness, Yoga and Health: Bridges Across Concepts”.
Prof. Mohan’s Presentation was relevant and apt in the rapidly changing socio-economic-political environment where everyone among us is looking for practices and intervention strategy for a healthy mind towards excellence. His presentation has brought new insights to the concept of Mindfulness and the relationship with Health and Yoga. The organizers of the Conference recognize his contribution and would like to thank him for his invaluable sharing of knowledge and support.
Foreign guests enjoying the program
The Guest of honour, Prof. R.K. Chadda, Head, Dept. of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi, spoke on the importance of mental health interventions such as CBT. The ceremony ended with the vote of thanks by Dr Sujata Satapathy, Associate Professor, AIIMS and General Secretary, IACBT.
Post the High Tea, the first Scientific Session was a Keynote Lecture by Dr. Fredrike Bannink from Amsterdam, Netherlands on the topic of ‘Positive CBT’. She explained how positivity has been seen as a by-product of symptom reduction or a luxury that the clinicians could not afford up until sometime back. She went on to talk about Positive CBT assessment, conceptualization and research.
Dr Bannink’s Keynote was followed by more omnifarious lectures on the topic of Positive CBT by epistemic speakers like Lynnette Johnson, USA; Ms Pratibha Anand Singh, NIU, Noida; Dr Dipti Joshi, Surat and Dr Vibha Sharma, IHBAS.
The post-lunch session included Invited lectures on CBT in various chronic and lifestyle diseases by eminent speakers such as Prof. Urmi Nanda Biswas, MS Univ. Baroda; Prof. Nov Rattan Sharma, MDU; Dr Saurabh Mehrotra, Medanta Medicity, invited lectures on CBT and Neuro-Psychology by Dr Manisha Jha, Delhi; Prof. Rejani Gopal, Amity Jaipur, Dr Meena Osmany, JMI.
The last session of day 1 was a symposium on CBT for chronic illness and disability presented by Ms Rashmi Pandey, Ms Sonia Puar, Dr Swati Kedia, faculties at AIBAS, Noida.
No event can end with the flattering, hustling feet of the crowd!! That’s how we witness an energized ending by beautiful performances as part of the Cultural program presented by Mr Bose, faculty of Mass Communication. SGT and his accomplices Ms Priyanka and Ms. Aishwarya. They enthralled the guests – both Indian and foreign by their brilliant performances of classical Indian dance.
Organising Committee members with the foreign guests