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1st National Conference of APSWP

Jointly Organized by

Department of Psychiatric Social Work,

Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) , Kozhikode, Kerala


Association of Psychiatric Social Work Professionals (APSWP)

Mental Health for All:  Transcending Boundaries

DATE : 7th – 9th  February 2024

Venue : IMHANS, Kozhikode, Kerala

Programme Schedule 

Book of Abstracts

Ms. Philia Varghese 

 + 91 8289847899


Welcome from the organisers

It gives us immense pleasure to invite you to the First National Conference of the Association of Psychiatric Social Work Professionals (APSWP), being hosted by the Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Institute of Mental Health And Neurosciences, (IMHANS), Kozhikode, Kerala and jointly organized by the IMHANS and APSWP,  from 7th  to 9th  February 2024.

The theme of the conference is Mental Health for All:  Transcending Boundaries,  with sub-themes encompassing a wide spectrum of mental health practice, service, and training. The conference would be a platform for students and professionals from Social Work, Psychiatric Social Work, and other mental health professionals to enrich and share their knowledge and fine-tune their skills. We look forward to meeting you at the conference.

About   IMHANS

IMHANS is an autonomous institution under the Government of Kerala established in the year 1982. It is one of the Centres of excellence in mental health in the country. We now have full-fledged Departments of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Social work, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatric Nursing. The Child Development Service (CDS) of the institute is a unique one in the Malabar region of Kerala, with a multidisciplinary team of experts catering to the needs of children and adolescents. IMHANS is also an academic institute affiliated with the Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS). The institute now conducts M.Phil & Ph.D.  programs in Psychiatric Social Work, Clinical Psychology, and running Post-Basic Diploma course in Psychiatric Nursing. IMHANS could make our mark in the mental health scenario of Kerala in teaching, training, research, and clinical services. 

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APSWP is the only national association for Psychiatric Social Work Professionals in India. The association was born out of the collective need expressed by professionals across India for a body that takes up the cause of the profession and the professionals.  Psychiatric Social Workers are valuable members of the Mental Health team with   expertise in preventive, promotive, curative , and rehabilitative aspects. APSWP makes concerted efforts to protect professional interests, facilitates in setting standards for professional practice and propagates the ethical values intrinsic to the profession. The  Association is also engaged in activities to protect the interest of people with mental illness and their family in par with  other associations. 



Mental Health of Toddler, Child and Adolescent


Interventions in addictive disorders


Physical illness and Mental Health


Mental Health in Educational Settings


Family Mental Health


Palliative Care and Mental Health 


Indigenous Population and Mental Health


Gender, Sexuality and Mental Health in the Contemporary World


Psycho-Social Support and Mental Health Care in Disaster


Suicide prevention


Media and Mental Health


Community Mental Health


Tele Mental Health


National Education Policy and Professional Social Work


Disability and Rehabilitation


Mental Health Social Work in Correctional and Forensic Settings


Environment, Urbanization and mental health


Maternal Mental Health


Psychotherapy, Private Practice and Psychiatric Social Work


Policy, Programme & Acts in Mental Health



Dr. Anish P.K.

Director in Charge, IMHANS


Dr. P Krishnakumar

Former Director, IMHANS


APSWP Office Bearers

Dr. Sobhana H., President, LGBRIMH, Tezpur

Dr. Manisha Kiran, Vice President, RINPAS, Ranchi

Dr. Aravind Raj E., Secretary, NIMHANS, Bangalore

Dr. Renjith R. Pillai, Joint Secretary, PGIMER, Chandigarh

Dr. V. Sayee Kumar, EC Member, Chennai

Dr. Satabdi Chakraborty, EC Member, IHBAS, New Delhi

Dr. Kavita V. Jangam, EC Member, NIMHANS, Bangalore

Dr. Upasana Baruah, EC Member, Formerly at IHBAS, New Delhi

Dr. Mary Tariang, EC Member, Christ University, Bangalore


  • Dr. Rajaram S., Executive Director, Basic Needs India, Bangalore

  • Dr. Prakashi Rajaram, Retd. Addln. Prof. Dept. of PSW, NIMHANS & Psychosocial Consultant, Green City Multi Specialty Hospital, Bangalore

  • Dr. Rameela Sekhar, Mental Health Professional and Trainer at Manashanthi Counselling , Research and Training Centre, Karnataka

  • Dr. Shalini K. Sharma, Counsellor, & Freelance Trainer

  • Dr. Kalpana Sarathy, Professor & Dean School of Social Work -TISS, Guwahati 

  • Dr. Anita Rego, Founder & CEO,PEARLSS 4 Development Pvt. Ltd. & AMITA care counseling and psychotherapy services, Hyderabad.

  • Dr. Tara Chacko, Partner & PSW Consultant, Zeitgeist

  • Dr. Sonia Pereira Deuri, Prof. and Head, Department of Psychiatric Social Work,  LGBRIMH, Tezpur,Assam

  • Dr. Srilatha Juvva, Professor, Centre for Equity and Justice for Children and Families, School of Social Work - TISS, Mumbai Campus

  • Dr. Dipanjan Bhattacharjee,  Head & Associate Professor, Dept. of  PSW, CIP, Ranchi

  • Dr. Bornali Das, Senior Lecturer of  PSW, Dept. of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College, Assam.

  • Dr. B. P. Nirmala, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore

  • Dr. Jahanara M. Gajendragad, Professor & Head, IHBAS, Delhi

  • Dr. Kamalesh Kumar Sahu, Department of Psychiatry Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh

  • Dr. Sateesh Kaujalgi, Associate ProfessorDept. Of Psychiatric Social Work, DIMHANS

  • Dr. Bhupendra Singh, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Institute of Mental Health, UHS, Rohtak, Haryana.

  • Dr. S.N. Sahu, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Post Graduate Institute of Behavioural & Medical Sciences (PGIBAMS), Raipur, Chattisgarh.

  • Dr. Soyuz John, Department of Psychiatry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Medical College, Manipal, Udupi

  • Dr. Nand Kumar, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Gwalior Mansik Arogyashala, Gwalior,  M.P.

  • Dr Praful Kapse, Assoc. Professor & Head, Dept. of PSW, MIMH, Pune

  • Ms. Sunita K., Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Center for Excellence in Mental Health, ABVIMS & Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi.

  • Dr. Ketki Ranade, Asst. Professor, TISS, Mumbai. 

Organizing Secretary:

Dr. Seema P Uthaman (Head, Department of PSW)

General Convenor:

Dr. Jobin Tom (Assistant Professor, Department of PSW


Dr. G Ragesh (PSW, IMHANS).

Ph: 9964494585

Ms. Philia Varghese (PSW, IMHANS).

Ph: 8289847899

  • Dr. Pradeepkumar P. C., Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College and Hospital, Mysore

  • Ms. Mamtha Swain, Assistant Professor,  Mental Health Institute (C.O.E) SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack

  • Dr. A. Thirumoorthy, Professor, Dept. of PSW, NIMHANS, Bangalore.

  • Dr. R Dhanasekara Pandian,
    Professor of PSW
    NIMHANS, Bengaluru.

  • Dr. Susheela, Former Associate Professor in PSW, Govt. Medical College,TVM

  • Mr. Tomy Mathew, Lecturer in PSW, Govt. Medical College, Kottayam

  • Dr. Chandramukhi Kotian, Senior PSW, MIMS, Calicut

  • Dr. Radhakrishnan V K, Secretary General WAPR &  Immediate Past President WAPR IC

  • Dr. C. J. John, Member, Kerala State Mental Health Authority. 

  • Dr. Nagalingam. M, Head, Dept of Social Work, Central University of Kerala

  • Prof. Jose Antony, Head, Dept of Social Work, SSUS, Kalady

  • Dr. Kiran Thampi, Head, Dept. of Social Work, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Cochin

  • Dr. Treesa T.P, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Social Work, Vimala College, Thrissur,

  • Dr. Sheelama, Teacher in Charge, Dept. of Social Work, SSUS, Thuravoor

  • Dr. Anitha A., Teacher in Charge, Dept. of Social Work, SSUS, Payyanur

  • Dr. Anas M. K., Teacher in Charge, Dept. of Social Work, SSUS, Tirur

  • Ms. Beena, Head, Dept. of Social Work, Calicut University Regional Centre Sulthan Bethery

  • Mr. Jijish M, Principal In-charge, Sree Sabareesa College, Mundakkayam, Kottayam

  • Mr. Nibin Paul P., Treasurer, APSWP, Kerala Chapter

  • Dr. Harish M T, HoD, Dept of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Kozhikode

  • Dr. Geetha Govindaraj, Director, School of Family Health, KUHS, Kozhikode

  • Dr. R. Chandni, Professor, Head of Emergency Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode

  • Dr. Sheethal, HoD, Dept of Pediatric Oncology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode

  • Dr. Jyothi Ramesh, HoD of OBG, Institute of Maternal and Child Health, Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode

  • Dr. Anvar Hussain, Director, Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kozhikode

  • Dr. Jose Mathew, HoD, Dept. of  Social Work, Holy Cross, College

  • Dr. Aneesh, HoD, Dept. of Social Work, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Kozhikode

  • Dr. Vincy, HoD, Dept. of  Social Work, LISSAH College, Kozhikode

  • Dr. Ashalatha P. J., HoD, Dept. of  Social Work,MES College,Vadakara, Kozhikode

Mr. Ratheesh S. R. (Head, Department of  Clinical Psychology) -

Dr. Reena George (Head, Department of  Psychiatric Nursing )

Dr. Fathima Hanan (Consultant Psychiatrist, Tele Manas, IMHANS)

Dr. Neeny P. M. (Medical Officer, IMHANS CDS)

Dr. Shabeesh Balan (Scientist D, CIBS, IMHANS)

Ms. Reshma T. (Project Coordinator, Recovery Facilitation Project, IMHANS)

Mr. Vivyn Mathew (Project Director, TMHP, IMHANS)

Ms. Anjana M. T. ( PSW, Tele Manas, IMHANS)

Ms. Arsharani P. T. (PSW, RFP, IMHANS)

Ms. Neethumol Xaviour (Ph.D Scholar, IMHANS)


Awards and Norms

1. Best paper award for the B.S.W. STUDENT

2.  Best paper award for the M.S.W. STUDENT

3. Best paper award for the M.Phil., PSW SCHOLARS

4. Best paper award for the Ph.D. Scholar of Psychiatric Social Work

5. Best paper award for the Psychiatric Social Work Practitioner

6. Best paper award for the Psychiatric Social Work Faculty Presentation

7. Best Paper award for the Behavioural and Social Science professionals.



8. Dr. R. S. Bhatti Memorial Award.  Please see the details

A cash award of Rs. 5000/- will be given to the winner.

9. Dr. R. Parthasarathy Memorial Award. Please see the details

A cash award of Rs. 5000/- will be given to the winner.

BEST Department Awards

10. Best UG Social Work Department Award By IMHANS

11. Best PG Social Work Department Award By IMHANS 

Please see the details.

A certificate and a rolling trophy will be given to the winning Department.

General Norms

  • Only registered participants can contest for awards and receive a certificate

  • Life members can contest in various award categories except those meant for  UG, PG, M.Phil scholars, and Behavioral Sciences.

  • The presenting author should be the first author in the award paper and he/she will be receiving the award

  • Soft copies of the full paper must be submitted with the cover letter to the organizing committee of the conference through an email:,  clearly mentioning the award category on or before the 15th January 2024

  • Original research articles/case reports (with psychosocial intervention and discussion) that have not been published in any other journal would be considered for the award category.


Last date for Abstract submission: 15th December. 2023

Last date for full paper submission: 15th January 2024


Guidelines for abstract

  • Abstracts are invited for free paper presentations, Award papers, Poster presentations , Symposia and Workshops.

  • The abstract should NOT be more than 250 words with headings such as introduction, methodology, results, conclusion and keywords (3-5 keywords)

  •  The abstract should contain the title of the paper, name, designation and institutional affiliation of authors, and contact details (e-mail ID & phone number) of the presenting author at the end of the abstract.

  • Registration is mandatory for all the presenting authors.

Guidelines for full papers

  • Full paper should NOT be more than 3000 words with headings such as introduction, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion.

  • A maximum of two tables and one figure can be appended separately

  • Referencing style: APA 6th Edition

  • Declaration of conflict of interest

Guidelines for presentations (please see the guidelines)


  • Paper must contain title of the paper, name, designation and institutional affiliation of author(s), contact details (Email ID & Contact address) of the presenting author

  • • Times New Roman style, font size 12, 1.5 spacing in a single file in MS Word format.

  • • Abstract and full paper should be sent to:


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 Registration  entitlements

  • Plenary/Technical Sessions

  • Abstract Book   and conference kit

  • 2-day Lunch and 1-day Dinner, tea and snacks 3 days 

  • Cultural Activities 

  • Certificate of Participation

Note: The conference kit for the spot registration will be subject to availability. Fees, once paid, will not be refunded. 

 Payment details: A/C Number: 42319409782

                           IFSC: SBIN0002206

                           UPI ID: nca2024@sbi

 For registration queries contact: Ms. Ayana K P - Ph: 8075251036

 Link for registration:


Accommodation shall be provisioned on prior payment (exclusively for accommodation). The arrangement for comfortable accommodation on reasonable and subsidized rates shall be made on the first-cum-first serve basis in nearby places (please inform us on or before 31st January 2024). Participants must bear the travel expenses independently as our side has no travel support.

Contact: Ms. Krishna S - Ph: 9746390104

How to reach the conference venue :

IMHANS Google Map :

IMHANS is situated in the Govt. Medical College campus (near Institute of Chest Diseases and Institute of Palliative Medicine), Kozhikode. IMHANS is around 10 km away from the KSRTC bus stand and Kozhikode Railway station and around 30 km away from the Calicut International Airport


Conference mode: Offline

Conference Workshops / Pre-conference Workshops

Proposals are invited for the Conference and Pre-conference Workshop. Please see the format 

Interested persons may send their proposals to the Organizing Secretary by 30th November 2023

Date for Pre-Conference workshop: 7th Feb 2024

Contact: Ms. Neethumol Xavier  - Ph: 7034056654

Important dates :

Last date for Abstract submission: 15th December. 2023

Last date for full paper submission: 15th of January 2024

Last date for Early bird registration: 30th November 2023

Image by ar.sanjana marrapu


Kozhikode District (Approximate distance from IMHANS)

  • Kappad beach (23km)

  • SM Street (10 km)

  • Pazhassi Museum, East Hill (10km)

  • Thusharagiri waterfalls (42km)

  • Sargaalaya- Kerala art and craft village (47km)

  • Regional Science Centre and Planetarium (8.3km)

  • Beypore fort (18km)

  • Kakkayam Dam (58km)

  • Kakkad (35km)

  • Kozhikode Beach (10km)

Wayanad District

  • Kuruvadweep (98km)

  • Edakkal cave (89 km)

  • Banasura Dam  (80 km)

  • Lakkidi  (49 km)

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