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XXXV Annual National Conference of

Indian Society of Professional Social Work

Chandigarh, 9th -11th February, 2017


(Thursday, Friday & Saturday)

Organized by


Department of Psychiatry


Government Medical College & Hospital

Level-V, Block-D, Sector-32, Chandigarh -160030

 0172-2601023, 2665545-48 Ent. 2402, 2405


Email: ispsw2017@gmail.com Website: www.ispsw2017.com

ISPSW Website: https://ispsw.wordpress.com


Conference Venue

Theme of the Conference


Social Stress, Resilience and Mental Health


Joint Secretaries

Indian Society of Professional Social Work

The Indian Society of Professional Social Work (ISPSW), the oldest Association of Professional Social Work in India, is working relentlessly to meet the challenges of present day social work practice and to create a platform for information exchange among fellow professionals. The Society was earlier known as Indian Society of Psychiatric Social Work established in the year 1970 by Dr. R.K. Upadhyaya and his colleagues of the Dept of Psychiatric Social Work, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi. The society was renamed as Indian Society of Professional Social Work in the year 1988 at Kolkata Conference, because of an increased representation of social work educators, practitioners and researchers of all specialisation of Professional Social Work. The society primarily focuses on uniting the professional social workers to debate, discuss and develop conceptual frameworks for evolving suitable interventions of social work practice in India. With this aim and objectives, the ISPSW has conducted 34 Annual National Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Symposia on various social issues at in different parts of India. Many Life Members of the ISPSW are representing and participating in the ISPSW conferences from reputed National and International Organizations from India and Abroad.


ISPSW Office Bearers


Prof. D. Muralidhar

Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work

NIMHANS, Bangalore

Vice – Presidents

Dr. N. Krishna Reddy

Dr. M. Ameer Hamza

Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work

NIMHANS, Bangalore

Hon. Gen. Secretary

Dr. R. Dhanasekara Pandian

Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work

NIMHANS, Bangalore

Dr. Sarbari sen

Dr. Sojan antony


Dr. N. Janardhana

Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work

NIMHANS, Bangalore

Executive Committee Members

Prof. K. Anuradha

Dr. Atiq Ahmed

Ms.Eliza Perira

Dr. Jahanara M. Gajendragad

Dr. Lakshmana. G

Mr. Nayan Roy Chaudhuri

Dr. B.P. Nirmala

Dr. Sijo George

Prof. Sonia Deouri

Dr. M.N. Vranda

Ex- Officio Members

Prof. K. Sekar

Former President

Mr. Amal Kumar Basu

Former Hon. Gen. Secretary

The Organizers


Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh was started for graduate i.e. MBBS and

postgraduate studies for the students belonging to Chandigarh in the year 1991 with the objectives of fulfilling the glaring deficiency of an undergraduate Medical College in the Union Territory of



The Department of Psychiatry in GMCH was started in February 1994 at Poly Clinic, Sector-22. The OPD services were shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector-32 in June 1995. The department got expanded after joining of Dr. B. S. Chavan as Prof. & Head in 1996 and introduction of indoor facility at GMCH. The community services were added in the year 1997 and Government Institute of Mentally Retarded Children (GIMRC) now named Government Rehabilitation Institute for Intellectual Disability (GRIID) came under the direct supervision of the department in December 1998.

The psychiatric social work section under the center of excellence scheme of National Mental Health Program of Government of India was started in the year 2012. The department currently has one Associate Professor, one Assistant Professor and two Psychiatric Social Workers. Besides this

department also has 8 Medical Social Workers, working in the section under department of psychiatry.


M.Phil in Psychiatric Social Work with 8 seats was started in 2013.


Organizing Committee

Patron: Dr. Atul Sachdeva

Organizing Chairperson: Dr. B. S. Chavan

Convenor: Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu

Organizing Secretary: Ms. Shikha Tyagi

Organizing Committee Members:

Sub Committee Chairperson Members


Scientific Dr. Priti Arun Dr. Archana Sharma, Ms. Chandrabala Mankotia,

Dr. Anadrika Debbarma

Accounts Dr. Ajeet Sidana Ms. Kamini Minhas

Registration Dr. Nitin Gupta Dr. Manreet Kaur, Ms. Rosy Arora, Dr. Mitthat Miglani,

Mr. Akshit Katoch

Accommodation Dr. Subhash Das Mr. Harrpal Singh, Dr. Gurmukh Singh, Ms. Jyotika Jakhar,

Ms. Sakshi Kaushik

Transport Dr. Ajay Kumar Dr. Jitender Singh, Mr. Chanchal Maurya, Mr. Jasvir Singh,

Mr. Abhishek Mahajan

Press & Publicity Dr. Shivangi Mehta Mr. Anil Kumar Moudgil, Ms. Navneet Kaur, Ms. Archana Kashyap

Catering Ms. Virtu Chongtham Dr. Sushmita Bhattacharya, Ms. Navneet Kaur,

Ms. Neena Rani Mahajan

Stage & Sitting Dr. T. K. Singh Dr. Karuna Singh, Dr Harneet Kaur, Ms Nishtha Kumar,

Invitation Dr. Manoj Bajaj Ms. Aarzoo Gupta , Ms. Priyanka Pandey, Mr. Rajnish Mishra

Souvenir Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu Mr. Avinash Verma, Mr. Kuldeep Singh, Ms. Rupinder Kaur

Cultural & Photography Dr. Natasha Sharma Ms. Rajni Suri, Ms. Taranjit Kaur, Mr. Tibbin T. Joseph

Fund Raising Dr. Nidhi Malhotra Dr. Jyoti Mishra Pandey, Dr. Priyanka Bhatia, Mr. Narender Gupta



Dear Colleagues


With great pride and privilege we are pleased to invite you to attend the 35th Annual Conference of Indian Society of Professional Social Workers (ISPSW) at Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) sector-32, Chandigarh on 9th -11th February 2017.


The name of Chandigarh ‘the city beautiful’, is derived from Goddess of power ‘Chandi’ whose temple (Chandi Mandir) is on Chandigarh-Kalka road. Situated at the edge of Shivalik Hills and planned by famous French architect Le Corbusier. Today Chandigarh is pioneer in many respects and is making steady progress in all directions. It is fast emerging as a hub of socio economic growth, as a knowledge city, a tourist attraction with social and physical structure. The theme of the conference, ‘Social Stress, Resilience and Mental Health’, is expected to benefit academicians, students, Social work and professionals irrespective of the area they are working in The deliberations by the eminent professionals on the theme are expected to enrich our knowledge and provide directions to develop resilience of people in times of adversity which is crucial to prevent mental health problems. The award papers and free papers will further strengthen the whole scientific program. There will be plenary lecture, Workshop, and Symposium on current social, health and mental health issue. Poster session, social event, book release will be organized to make the conference live.


We are sure that the rich scientific program and the Beautiful City will encourage you to attend the conference and participate actively.


We eagerly look forward to welcome you.


Please feel free to contact us for more details.


Dr. B.S. Chavan Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Sahu Ms Shikha Tyagi

Chairperson Convenor Organizing secretary

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How to Reach Chandigarh

Chandigarh is well connected by road and luxury buses provide an important transport link. There are services from various states such as Haryana, Punjab, Himachal and Delhi. It is a gateway to Himachal Pradesh as one can reach hill stations like Kasauli, Chail, Shimla etc. within a few hours drive. The hill stations Kullu & Manali with Rohtang Glacier are accessible from Chandigarh. The Union territory of Chandigarh is well served by an excellent network of roads. The national Highways No. 21 (Ambala-Kinnaur) and 22 (Chandigarh-Leh) are the chief road arteries linking Chandigarh with the rest of the country. The city is within motorable distance from a number of popular towns and pilgrimage centers.


The airport is 11 km from GMCH. Taxis are available for airport transfer. Indian Airlines, Jet

Airways and Air Deccan connects Chandigarh with New Delhi the National Capital. Chandigarh has well maintained Tourist Information Center at the Airport.



Chandigarh has good number of quality hotels both in private sector as well as under


Chandigarh Industrial & Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO). We are not in a position to provide free accommodation. However, paid accommodation in hotels or guest house can be arranged by the organizers on prior request.



Pick up and drop facility will be provided from Airport/Railway Station and Bus Stand to the conference venue by the organizers on arrival and departure depending upon the arability of vehicles.



Three breakfasts, three lunch, one dinner and tea would be extended to all the participants of the conference on all the days.


Special Event

1.Cultural Programme on 10th February 2017 evening will be organized in the campus by our cultural committee. Participants willing to take part in the cultural events can kindly request the organizing secretary in advance for their participation.

2.The ISPSW Annual General Body Meeting will be held at 5.00 PM on 10th February 2017.

3.Visit to GMCH, MHI and GRIID will be arranged during the conference.

4.Delegates will be assisted in local tour of the city.


Conference Theme

Social Stress, Resilience & Mental Health

Stress is anything that challenges a person, requiring some kind of adaptation. In the current social milieu social stressors have become part and parcel of individual life cycle. It is impossible for anyone to live a life that is free from stress. As per stress vulnerability model stress in the environment can worsen biological vulnerability, worsen symptoms, and cause relapses in a person having mental health problems. However, there are many ways people can learn how to deal with stress more effectively, and to protect themselves from the effects of stress. It has been recognized that developing resilience is one key factor in preventing mental health problems and is also one of the key components of promoting good mental health. Thus the theme of the conference has beenHowever,chosen wekeeping don’t wantin mindto limitthe importancetheprofessionald demato conferenced of the theme issues. inTherethe current scenario. are various sub themes where scientific papers and presentations can fit in.


Sub Themes

Stress and Social Support

Resilience in Community

Everyday Life Stressor

Resilience and Health

Social Stress and Mental Health

Resilience and Mental Health

Social Stress and Health

Prevention of Health/Mental Health Problems

Social Stress and Wellbeing

Resilience and Social Work

Social Stress and Coping

Caregiver Stress and Social Work Practice

Social Stress and Mind Fullness

Social Determinants of Health

Social Stress and Social Work

Social Factors and drug and alcohol abuse

Stress and Burnout

Preventive / Promotive Social Work Interventions

Social Stress and Resilience

Capacity Building Initiative in Social Work Practice

Stress and Substance Misuse

Disaster and Mental Health

Stress Management

Social Work Advocacy and Policy Initiatives

Stress Management at Workplace

Disability and Social Work

Social Work Interventions for Stress Reduction

Social Work Education & Practices


Call for Scientific Papers

Scientific papers are invited for presentation in free or award category. Full papers submitted will be copyright of ISPSW/organizers for publication in conference proceedings/journal. The presenters will be given 10-12 minutes for presentations and 2 minutes for clarification. The presentations can be made by the power point, LCD projectors will be provided. For contesting in various Award Papers, separate guidelines are provided.

Abstract Submission: The abstract should not be more than 300 words in MS word file with

one inch margin on all sides on a single A4 size page; the formatting should be Times NewnamesRo anof12thepointauthorssingle. Presentingspace. Mentionauthor’stitlenameof themusttudy in top center with bold followed by be indicated by underlining. The abstract

should be organized in, a brief introduction, methodology, results and conclusion with 3-6 key words. The names, email, phone numbers and institutional affiliations of the authors must be mentioned at the footnote. Abstracts of original and unpublished work for presentation in the conference must be mailed to the Chair Person scientific committee at ispsw2017@gmail.com on or before 31st October 2016. Abstracts thus submitted will be published in the Conference Souvenir and full paper will be published either in reputed journal e.g. NJPSW or an edited book with ISBN.

Submission of Abstracts and Full Papers for Award

Those who are willing to present their paper in various awards categories have to submit abstract first and on acceptance of full paper should be submitted with APA 6 referencing style. Abstracts and full papers not following the norms will be rejected. Scientific papers to be considered for Award should accompany a covering letter with personal details fulfilling the criteria for award and mentioning the option of Award category. Abstract / full paper must be mailed to the Honorary General Secretary, ISPSW at ispsw1970@gmail.com on or before 15th December 2016

AWARDS for Best Papers

1.ISPSW Award for the Best Paper Presented by a Social Work Faculty

2.ISPSW Award for the Best Paper Presented by a Social Work Practitioner

3.ISPSW Award for the Best Paper Presented by Pre-Doctoral & Doctoral Scholars of Social Work.

4.ISPSW Award for the Best Paper Presented by the MSW/MA Social Work Student/s

5.ISPSW Award for the Best Paper Presented by a Social Work Practitioner in the field of Disabilities

6.Roshini Nilaya, School of Social Work Award for the Best Paper Presented by the MSW/MA Social Work Student/s in the field of Child Mental Health

7.Dr. G.S. Uday Kumar Memorial Best Paper Award for Paper Presented by a Social Work Practitioner in the field of Family Related Issues

8.Dr. M. Chandrasekar Rao Memorial Award for Best paper on Research by M.Phil./Ph.D. Scholars.

Norms for Submission and Adjudication of Papers for Award

1.All ISPSW Life members are eligible to contest for various Awards with an exception to the students of MSW course.

2.The paper consideration for Award must reach the General Secretary of ISPSW on or before 15th

December 2016.

3.Both Hard and Soft copies have to be submitted with a covering letter mentioning clearly the category under which the paper should be considered for Award.

4.A member who has already received an Award is not eligible to apply under any category for a period of 3 years.

5.The first author only has to make the presentation and he/she should be the Life Member of ISPSW.

6.The paper to be considered for any award must be research based. The first author has to declare that the paper has not been published in Journal/Magazine or presented in any of the Conferences/Seminars, either in part or full.

7.There should be a minimum two entries and two presentations for contesting the award. In case there is only one paper under any category, the author will be allowed only to make presentation and the award will be differed.

8.A three member committee consisting of ISPSW senior members and professionals from allied disciplines suggested by the Executive Committee of ISPSW, will evaluate the merit of each paper under the categories of different awards. However, the Executive Committee will take care in choosing the experts who are not authors (either first or subsequent) of the contesting papers.

9.The evaluation proforma includes the following components :

a.The importance of the study– undertaken in the present context -20%

b.The materials and methodology adopted- 20%

c.Presentation of results - 20%

d.Conclusion and recommendations - 20%

e.The method of presentation and discussions followed - 20%

10.The decision of the Judges will be final, however the Society has the right to decide about the presentations of an Award with quoting the reason thereof:

a.Faculty Members Faculties working on full time/ regular/contract basis in any recognized College/– University.

b.Research Scholars Pursuing M.Phil or Ph.D. on fulltime / part time basis.

c.Students First or Second year fulltime MSW students from Colleges/Universities.



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