School of Behavioural Sciences, established in 1988, is one of the rare university departments in India that conducts higher education programmes, research and extension activities on mental health and Disability Rehabilitation. The school was selected as a centre of excellence by NACO in 2006.
Rehabilitation is a Multi-disciplinary process. School of Behavioural Sciences is an interdisciplinary department having the branches:- Medicine, Nursing, Special education, Psychology and Rehabilitation Sciences.The school aims to bring out professionals and researchers who has a holistic view and integrated approach to work in the area of mental health and disability rehabilitation.
- To impart Advanced Training in all areas of disabilities.To treat various disabilities in a comprehensive way
- To conduct Research projects on mental health and disability rehabilitation.
- To extent counselling/psychotherapy services to the weaker sections of the society.
- To make the clinic as a service center and resource centre for academic programmes.
- To provide training for NGOs, Schools, Colleges and other organizations on mental health, learning problems and disability rehabilitation and empower them on employment and disability care.
- To act as a nodal centre for disseminating information and giving training to other institutions working in the area of mental health and rehabilitation.
1. Effect of intervention training on the management of precipitatory factors in alcoholic relapse funded by UGC (coordinator Dr Razeena Padmam)
2. Effectiveness of integrated education on self concept, adjustment, social maturity and academic achievements of handicapped children- UGC sponsored (coordinator Dr Razeena Padmam)
3. A study of Psychological resources and Psychological needs of destitute women in Kerala. Funded by CDS. Tvm (coordinator Dr Razeena Padmam)
4. Community enrichment program for the prevention of disabilities and Rehabilitation of disabled in Athirampuzha Panchayath. Funded by Commina for person with disabilities (coordinator Dr Razeena Padmam)
5. Psychological well being, locus of control and suicidal ideation of adult population in the districts of Waynad and Ernakulam UNDP sponsored programme. (Coordinator Dr Razeena Padmam)
6. GFATM 7 project (Saksham)
The GFATM 7 project (Counselling component) was initiated in India in the September 2008. This project was the beginning of a new era; 41 institutions of higher learning spread across 25 states of the country coming together for a common social cause. The MoU of the project was signed by the Registrar of our University with the project authorities in April 2009.
Inclusion in “Saksham” project had been one of natural progression for the centre. The project not only provided us with able staff, it has also helped us in harnessing and sharpening the skills of our resource persons in HIV/AIDS counsellor training. The inputs from “Saksham”, both in economic front and in human resource development, had been a great bonus for us in carrying forward the good work our centre had already initiated in 2006. After the initiation of the project till June 2010, we have trained 231 counsellors working in the filed of HIV/AIDS in Kerala.
Inter University Centre for Disability studies
The inter university centre for disability Studies is proposed to function along with the school of Behavioural Sciences. The objectives of the centre and the objectives of the school are one and the same, hence enabling to accomplish the objectives for which the school of Behavioural Science was established.
Major areas of disabilities to be focused
Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Physical Handicaps, Autism, Hearing, impairments, Visual Impairments, and Learning Disability.
Service areas identified
Prevention and detection of disabilities, Education, Employment, Research and man power development, Special education, Assessment, Vocational training, Sheltered workshop, Home based rehabilitation, Community based rehabilitation, Residential care, Training and research, Legal guidance, Medical service and, Certification.
Proposed programs of the centre
Facilities to carry out PhD research works in Disability studies and rehabilitation will be provided to teachers as well as students. The centre will promote interdisciplinary research collaborating with National and international Universities/Colleges.
Short Term Training Program
The Centre will impart short-term training program and will conduct certificate courses for students, teachers of schools, health workers, special educators and health professionals.
Unit for tool development
The centre will establish a unit for developing Screening and Assessment tools for assessing various disabilities.
Visiting students programs
The students, both Post Graduates and Research Scholars can visit the centre and avail the facilities. Interested students can be given short-term training programs on various aspects of disabilities.
Regular and adjunct faculty will be encouraged to take up individual or joint research projects funded by National and International agencies.
Literature Development and Publications
The Centre will promote literature development and publications related to various disabilities both in English as well as in regional languages.
Extension activities with the involvement of community will be one of the major activities of the centre. Community education, awareness creation seminars related to service availability, community based rehabilitation etc will be taken up by the centre.