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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 283-284


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. Workshops. Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2019;35:283-4

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. Workshops. Indian J Soc Psychiatry [serial online] 2019 [cited 2022 Jan 24];35:283-4. Available from: https://www.indjsp.org/text.asp?2019/35/4/283/271110

  WS 1: Anti-stigma interventions: Strategies for low and middle-income countries Top

Santosh Loganathan, Anish Cherian1, Debanjan Banerjee2

Departments of Psychiatry,1Psychiatric Social Work and2Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. E-mail: [email protected]

Topics and Speakers

Introduction: Dr Santosh Loganathan and Dr Anish Cherian.

Audience segmentation and targeted approaches: Dr Santosh Loganathan.

Social Contact/ Group Activity: Dr Anish Cherian & team.

Critical evaluation of short films/ Group Work: Dr Debanjan Banerjee & team.

Case vignettes/ Group work:

Learning Objectives: The participants attending the workshop will understand the following

-What mode of interventions work best and why

-What type of intervention works best for stigma reduction

-Dos and Don't's of making content for films on stigma reduction

-Real life scenarios of stigma

Introduction: Most anti-stigma intervention research has been done in the developing countries. Relatively fewer instances of the same are from Low and Middle Income countries like India. Several promising starts and ideas have been published from LAMI countries. This workshop will review some of the strategies that can be applied in LAMI countries and discuss the various issues surrounding stigma of mental illness in various LAMI countries.

Audience Segmentation and Targeted Approaches: Effective strategies to increase awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental health are sparse and have not been evaluated in among low- and middle-income countries. Systematic reviews of studies among developed countries have proposed that targeted approaches to mental health literacy are not only more effective, but also more cost-effective than general population approaches. Using audience segmentation to target distinct population sub-groups is a well-established best practice in health communication, is recommended for low resource settings and in situations with a limited budget. These strategies will be discussed.

Social Contact and Group Activity: Social contact is the most effective type of intervention to improve stigma-related knowledge and attitudes in the short term. However, the evidence for longer-term benefit of such social contact to reduce stigma is weak.Group activity in a creative format involving various modes and methods of social contact would be discussed and / or enacted.

Critical Evaluation of Short Films: Selected videos would be shared for group work. Groups would view short films on mental illness and have the critically evaluated with a discussant for each group. Case vignettes based on several scenarios would be shared with the groups. Discussion on the various issues of stigma would be moderated by a discussant for each group.

Keywords: Anti-stigma interventions, audience segmentation, social contact, targeted approach

  1. Thornicroft G, Mehta N, Clement S, Evans-Lacko S, Doherty M, Rose D, et al. Evidence for effective interventions to reduce mental-health-related stigma and discrimination. Lancet 2016;387:1123-32.
  2. Couture SM, Penn DL. Interpersonal contact and the stigma of mental illness: A review of the literature. J Ment Health 2003;12:291-305.
  3. Kolodziej ME, Johnson BT. Interpersonal contact and acceptance of persons with psychiatric disorders: A research synthesis. J Consult Clin Psychol 1996;64:1387-96.
  4. Loganathan S, Kreuter M. Audience segmentation: Identifying key stakeholders for mental health literacy interventions in India. J Public Ment Health 2014;13:159-70.

  WS 2: Applying micro skills of active listening during psychotherapy sessions Top

V. Sayee Kumar

Department of HRM, D G Vaishnav College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. E-mail: [email protected]

Learning Objectives

  • To sensitise the participants of the therapist's verbal and non-verbal behaviours during psychotherapy
  • To offer a training opportunity to our mental health professionals to develop skills through experiential learning
  • To explore various nuances of therapist – patient communication in Indian context.

Background and Need: Among many therapeutic interventions, psychotherapy is unique in addressing the most personal concerns of people in close quarters. We know that good listening is a basic requirement to be a Therapist, but it is equally important to refine and develop it as a core competency for an effective psychotherapist. Because we have limited facilities for systematic Psychotherapy Training in India, our graduates in mental health come out either untrained or under-trained in psychotherapy. This is true especially in mastering specialized skills like active listening, advanced empathy and many others. But the expectations from our patients in this regard from the practitioners are rising to listen well. Methods: It is planned to conduct this workshop with a format which includes brief presentations, lecture, impromptu reflections, discussion, interaction, demonstration, role play, evaluation and exercises. A care is taken to make the content and process relevant for Indian setting. At the end there will be a feedback and reflection from the participants. It is an attempt to share the knowledge and build a competency in therapeutic listening of the participants. Scope and Significance: In the new millennial India, it is very important to ensure required human resource development in the mental health. The fast expanding patient population expects effective non-pharmacological therapeutic interventions and psychotherapeutic solutions. But we do not have enough number of trained and skilled man powers to offer specialised services like psychotherapy. So one such alternative could be, is to offer short term and specific competency building exercise in psychotherapy skills as part of professional conferences. Who can Attend this Workshop? This workshop is best suited for residents, in-terns in psychology, counseling, psychiatric nursing, faculties in medial / psychiatric institutions and budding professionals in mental health disciplines who will find it useful. Mid and senior level practitioners may find it interesting to update themselves.

Keywords: Active listening, microskills, psychotherapy

  WS 3: Integrating family-based interventions with the treatment of substance use disorders Top

Renjith R. Pillai, Bino Thomas1, Shinjini Choudhury2, Abhishek Ghosh

Department of Psychiatry, Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh,1Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka,2All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.

E-mail: [email protected]

Topics and Speakers

Bidirectional link between family and substance use disorders: Shinjini Choudhury and Abhishek Ghosh.

Assessment for family-based interventions and the steps for conducting family therapy: Renjith Pillai and Bino Thomas.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding the link between family and substance use disorders
  2. Understand the principles of family-based interventions
  3. Assessment of family-based interventions in substance use disorders
  4. Sensitization on the family-based management of substance use disorders.

Integrating family-based interventions with the treatment of substance use disorders: The bidirectional relationship between family pathology and substance use disorders has been well established. However, the focus of the treatment for substance use disorder is mostly individual-based. In the workshop, we would like to impart skills required for the family-based assessment and management of substance use disorders. We would use a problem-based and participatory approach of learning.

Substance use Disorders and Family: The Vexing Relationship: Substance use disorders (SUD)leave no family life cycle stages unaffected.Studies say that SUD could influence attachment patterns and mood regulation in addition to its increased propensity of substance use (through modelling) in the other family members and exposure to violence. The affected family members might resort to “reversal of dependence need”, denial, and enabling behaviours. However, these coping strategies would further help in maintaining the pathological homeostasis of the family. Both the attachment theory and the family systems theory could be invoked to understand the family dynamics and the bidirectional impact of SUD and family. Traditionally, substance use treatment was mostly individual centred and better outcome is expected, when family-based therapy is incorporated in the treatment.

Basics of Family-Based Interventions and Family Therapy in People with Substance use Disorders: Renjith Pillai and Bino Thomas: There is a need for shifting the focus of interventions from individual to family perspectives as family plays an important role in the development and maintenance of SUD. Family based interventions mostly focus on developing healthy family, couple and parent structure, enhancement of role and functionality, education to handle person with SUD and assistance to recover from the trauma due to negative effects of substance use. Understanding the pathological dynamics in families and circular causality is an essential step towards planning and implementing family based interventions. Indian families seem to be well helped through an integrated systemic family intervention approach. With a participatory approach, this workshop intends to develop understanding about family perspectives in SUD, brief family assessment techniques and family based approaches while intervening with families of persons with SUD.


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