PROGRAMS CONDUCTED UNDER PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
|26 OCTOBER 2017||WILD MIND (INAUGURATION)|
|4 JULY 2018||MOTIVATION CLASS FOR 2018-2021 BATCH|
|24 JULY 2018||ALOHA (FRESHER’S DAY)|
|18 JULY 2018||ORIENTATION CLASS FOR 2018-21 BATCH|
|25 SEPTEMBER 2018||ZEPHYR (ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION)|
|9 OCTOBER 2018||QUIZ COMPETITION(MENTAL HEALTH DAY)|
|11 OCTOBER 2018||MENTAL HEALTH DAY CLASS FROM PSYCHOLOGY CIRCLE|
|30 OCTOBER 2018||CHL HOSPITAL VISIT|
|6 NOVEMBER 2018||ABHAYAM ORPHANAGE VISIT|
|20 MARCH 2019||HAPPINESS DAY|
|25 JUNE 2019||ORIENTATION CLASS FOR FIRST YEAR BATCH|
|25 JULY 2019||AGORA (FRESHER’S DAY)|
|13 OCTOBER 2019||ELYSIAN (EXHIBITION)|
|13 JANUARY 2020||EUNOIA (ASSOCIATION INAUGURATION)|
|15TH AND 16TH FEBRUARY 2020||WORKSHOP ON ‘POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION’|
|9 MARCH 2020||BEI-BEI (FAREWELL PARTY)|
|7 AUGUST 2020||MENTAL HEALTH DURING AND AFTER COVID-19’|
|27 AUGUST 2020||VIBONAM 2K20|
|10 SEPTEMBER 2020||SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY|
|21 SEPTEMBER 2020||‘A TALK ON ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS’|
|23 SEPTEMBER 2020||WEBINAR ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY|
|10 OCTOBER 2020||NATIONAL WEBINAR ON “CHALLENGES AND BARRIERS IN THE FIELD OF MENTAL HEALTH: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE”.|
|1 DECEMBER, 2020||LET’S BREAK THE STIGMA|
|3 DECEMBER 2020||HOLA JUNIORS (FRESHER’S DAY)|
|18 DECEMBER 2020||FELIZ NAVIDAD ( CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION )|
|25 MARCH 2021||ALOHA- SENT OFF|
|21 MAY 2021||CAREER EXPO 2021|
The Department of Psychology of St. Mary’s College had a very prosperous time in the academic year 2020-2021. This year the department had ensured the overall development of all its students through different programs and events. Even in the situation of pandemic the quality of education has never been compromised by the faculty. The department conducted different programs like webinars, national conferences and celebrations through online platforms.
People around the world have been suffering from the COVID-19 -19 since December 2019. Taking into concern the necessity of a healthy mind, the Department of Psychology of St. Mary’s College, Puthanangadi have organized a webinar on ‘Mental Health During and After Covid-19’. The event was held on 7th August 2020, Friday from 11 AM to12.30 PM were privileged to have Dr. Abdul Salam, Head of Department of Clinical Psychology, IMHANS, Kozhikode as our resource person. The event began with the welcome speech was delivered by respected Principal, Fr. Denny Cholappalliyil. The session was inaugurated by Vicar Provincial Fr. Varghese. Dr. Abdul Salam provided us with a very interesting and thought-provoking session. He discussed a variety of psychological issues faced by a common man during lock down. He discussed topics ranging from anxiety to relationship issues during lock down. The element of humour in his presentation style was the icing on the cake. The students from different colleges participated in the webinar. The session approximately had 185 participants. At the end of the presentation a question-and-answer session was held in which participants were free to clarify their doubts.
The outbreak of COVID-19 -19 restricted any kind of celebration in college, but overcoming all these challenges and restrictions the department along with the college management conducted an online Onam celebration through the Google Meet. Onam celebration “Vibonam 2K20” on 27th August 2020 was conducted from 10AM to 12 PM. The event began with the welcome speech by the Head of Department of Psychology, Sister Arpitha. There were a wide variety of entertaining programs. We conducted games like Malayalam speech, Onam Quiz, tongue twisters and karaoke identification. This Onam programme was a very different experience for all the students. All the people are facing a tough time mentally financially due to COVID-19. In this situation this celebration provided a relaxation to all the students. We are happy to know that teachers from other department also joined with us to share our happiness. The programme ended with the vote of thanks.
As a part of celebrating the Suicide Prevention Day, the department has conducted an event with the moto of “Working Together to Prevent Suicide” on 10 September 2020. An effort to prevent suicide in a situation where the rates are rising high. Also, to spread awareness about rising suicide ratio and the efforts to prevent it. The students prepared a video emphasizing the importance of preventing suicide. The Department of Psychology also organized inter college competition of letter writing to suicide survivors and digital collage making. Winners were awarded with certificates.
The Department of Psychology of St. Mary’s College and IQAC conducted a webinar ‘A Talk on Alzheimer’s Awareness’ on September 21, Monday at 5 PM on World Alzheimer’s Day. The theme of world Alzheimer’s Day 2020 is ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’. The webinar was aimed at spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s, age of onset, causes, symptoms and treatment. The webinar started with an introduction about Alzheimer’s and the importance of World Alzheimer’s Day. The welcome speech was delivered by Mrs. Athira Das, Assistant Professor of Psychology. The programme was inaugurated by Vicar Provincial Varghese Kochuparambil. We were privileged to have Rev.Fr.Dr. Dave Augustine Akkara, MBBS.MD, Psychiatry, Senior Resident, Government Medical College Thrissur as the resource person. His style of presenting the webinar was clear, precise and simple. The targeted participants for webinar were parents, teachers, students and mental health professionals. The webinar included almost all the important information about Alzheimer’s that is, symptoms, causes, how to diagnose and treatments. The discussion about different cases about patients with Alzheimer’s made it clearer and more interesting. The session concluded with a vote of thanks by Fathima Gilsha.
The Department of psychology in association with IQAC of St. Mary’s College, Puthanangadi organized a webinar on research methodology for the final year students of Psychology department on 23 September 2020 from 11.30AM to 12.30 PM. It was wonderful to have Ms. Anita Sharon Joshua, research scholar from Central University of Tamilnadu as the resource person for the day. The program began with the welcome speech by Megha R.K, one of the students from the final year. The class was aimed at providing the final year students with more knowledge about how to conduct a research. The session was very significant in the sense that the final students are preparing for their final year project submission. In the beginning of session an idea was given about how to choose a topic for the research. This part was extremely helpful for the students because most of the students were in a dilemma of how to choose and what to choose as topic for their project. There were almost 26 participants including students and teachers. The program was concluded by a question-and-answer session in which students were free to clarify their doubts. The vote of thanks was presented by Jalseena.M. K.
The department observed Mental Health Awareness Week from 5th of October 2020 to 10th October 2020. On every day of the week a competition or program was conducted by the department for the students of the college. The different competitions conducted were story writing, mobile photography, cartoon drawing and let’s speak up. The students of the Department also created videos on stress reduction techniques and importance of mental health which were uploaded on the official YouTube page of the college. The winners of the competitions were announced after keen evaluation by different committees formed for evaluation and all the winners were awarded e- certificates. The observation of mental health awareness week ended by a National Webinar on the topic, “Challenges and barriers in the field of Mental Health: an Indian perspective”. The webinar was conducted on 10 October from 6 PM TO 7PM through the platform of Google Meet. It was great to have Dr. Tony P Jose, Assistant Professor of VIT University Vellore as the resource person. The event started by a welcome speech by Ms. Aneesha Antony, followed by the presidential address by Fr. Denny Cholayil, the Principal of St. Mary’s College. The webinar concluded by the Vote of thanks by Shreya Warier.
A webinar “Let’s Break the Stigma” on 1 December, 2020, World AIDS Awareness Day. On this day people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness the main objective of the programme was to abolish the prejudice and stigma that exist for AIDS and to spread the right information. The event started by a welcome speech by Megha D, a third-year student. The event was inaugurated by Fr. Varghese Kochuparambil, Vicar Provincial and the administrator of St. Mary’s College. The resource person for the webinar was Sr. Rose Maria CMC, Programme Co-ordinator of DISHA Charitable Society, Thiruvambady. The webinar had students, teachers, health professionals and parents as its participants. In the webinar Sr. Rose Maria shared her experience of serving the HIV positive patients as a part of working in an organization. She also shared the basic information about AIDS like the cause, the way spreading, its after effects, how it affects body, diagnosis and precautions. Her experience in the field was very helpful in providing the real-life situations of HIV patients and the difficulties faced by them in the society. The webinar was concluded by a vote of thanks by Fathima Hansiya, a student from Second year. The webinar had almost 141 participants.
A Fresher’s Day Party, “Hola Juniors” was conducted for the first-year students who recently joined the college. The event was held on 3 December 2020 at 10. AM by the final year students. The event started by a welcome speech by Sr. Arpitha, Head of Department of Psychology. The program was inaugurated by our beloved principal Fr. Denny Cholappalliyil. This was followed by a felicitation by Fr. Varghese Kochuparambil, Vicar Provincial and the administrator of St. Mary’s College, Puthanangadi. The teachers of the department Mrs. Athira Das, Ms. Vanessa Beatrice Isaacs, and Ms. Aneesha Antony also addressed the students and welcomed the first-year students to our family. Then it was the turn of the first-year students to introduce themselves. They were also given entertaining activities as an attempt to break the ice. All the freshers participated in the activity with at most enthusiasm and spirit. The event also included cultural programs by the students of final year as a gesture of dedication for the new members of the family. Inorder to introduce the first years with the programs conducted by the department in preceding years and welcome them once again, the students were shown a video that was a compilation of photographs and videos of the prosperous progress of the department from its beginning. The program was concluded by vote of thanks by Febina Farha. This Fresher’s Day conducted through the platform of Google Meet is a true evidence of how we have learned to overcome the obstacles in our way and tried to be happy whatever be the surrounding environment.
A Christmas celebration, Feliz Navidad was organised by the department through the online platform of Google Meet on 18 December 2020. The program began with the welcome speech by Sister Arpitha, Head of Department of Psychology. This was followed by the inauguration by Rev.Fr. Denny Cholappalliyil, the principal of St. Mary’s College. After the official function ended, different games and cultural programmes was organized. The games conducted for students online were Christmas Quiz, Karaoke identification and emoji guessing. The competitions conducted offline were Christmas card making, A voice mail to Santa, and Song Translation. The students also exhibited their skills in singing and dancing. The winners of the games and competitions were also announced. The students also organized a game for teachers. As a whole the program was filled with fun, enthusiasm and energy.
The Psychology Department is one of the best departments of St.Mary’s college because of its enthusiastic students and teachers. The co-ordination and understanding of teachers and students is the key element that facilitate the smooth working of the department. All the programs conducted by the department are result of hard work and effort by the stuents and teachers. These programmes proved to boost the knowledge and experience of the students.
The year 2019-2020 was a blooming year for the Psychology Department of St. Mary’s College, Puthanangadi. It was a journey of valuable experiences. This journey was made more special by the co-operation and support of all the teachers and students of the department. The department attained a sense of completion by the arrival of the third batch of students, thus completing the department.
The very first program organized by the department was an orientation class for the first-year students on 25 June 2019 by the second-year students of the department. The program aimed at providing a small awareness about the subject and the syllabus as well as providing a knowledge about Psychology Association of St. Mary’s College. A brief description about various programs conducted in the association in the academic year 2018-2019 was provided along with a presentation including the photographs of the events. Inorder to cheer up the fresher’s certain games were also conducted.
The department always had the aim of development of the students not only in academic but also the overall personality and their skills. Keeping in mind this purpose, ‘Self Development Programs’ were conducted in three groups of students – first year second year and third year. The SDPs were conducted one day a week in which each group took its turn one after the other. Various programs were arranged by choosing a topic for each day such as public speaking, menstruation, adolescence, cyber bullying etc. to name a few. This aided in boosting the student’s knowledge, helped in breaking several stereotypes in the students, as well as enhanced their skills.
In association with the Mental Health Day the department organized an exhibition, “Elysian” on 10 October 2019. The event was inaugurated by Fr. Jose Mathew Parayil, the Principal of St. Mary’s College in the presence of the HODs of different departments, the teachers and students. The exhibition possessed still models, working models, charts videos, games as well as psychological tests from the laboratory. The models exhibited were related to general psychology, abnormal psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, para psychology etc.
The celebration of Mental Health Day was not restricted to exhibition. There was a broadcast presented as FM which was presented from 1st 0ctober to 9th October and emphasized the importance of mental health. An innovative step taken from the part of department in order to break the stigmas and silence on certain topic, named “Vociferous- a stage to express”. It was done by arranging a board with articles related to issues discussed every day. A box was provided near the board for the students to insert their opinion about the issue and gifts were given for the innovative as well as appreciable thoughts of students.
The inauguration of the association for 2019-2020 named “Eunoia” was conducted on 13 January 2020. The event started with the welcome speech by Mrs. Athira Das, Assistant Professor of Psychology Department followed by the presidential address by principal Rev Fr. Denny Cholappalliyil. The inauguration was done by Mr. Shiyas. K, the chief guest of the function. The annual report of the functioning of the association in academic year 2018-2019 was presented by Shahariya, the former Secretary of Psychology Association and the charge was handed over by her to Megha. D the newly elected secretary for the academic year 2019-2020.The event had different cultural programs conducted by the students.
The second-year students from Department of Psychology, St. Mary’s College had participated in a National Conference in Evolving Trends of Psychology held in Lissah College, Kaithapoyil. The session was held on 10th and 11th of January 2020. The seminar consisted four sessions which include Forensic Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Organizational Behaviour and influence of media. The session was very much useful in developing a better insight over various fields of psychology. The Department has conducted a two-day seminar on ‘Polygraph Examination’ which was held on 15th and 16th February 2020. the resource person for the seminar was Mr. Mebin Wilson Thomas, Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology in Jain University, Bangalore. The event started with an inaugural function. The welcome speech was given by Athira Miss, assistant Professor of Psychology. The presidential address was delivered by Principal of the institution Fr. Denny Cholayil. This was followed by inauguration by the chief guest. Later on, the seminar was held on ‘Polygraph Examination’. The session was successful in providing a wide range of information to the students. In the evening session we had a discussion on case studies of different criminal cases. Altogether it was an informative and interesting session. A camp fire and cultural programmes was also head to cheer up the students. The event ended with a feedback session and vote of thanks on the second day. Participation certificates were provided to the students who participated.
The last program of this academic year was a sent off party “Bei-Bei” for the third-year students who were the first batch to pass out from the department. The seniors were first invited to the program. There was a small official session at the beginning of the program. Later on, each student from the third year were invited to stage to share their experience of their life in the college and they were also given small fun tasks to complete. All the teachers from the department also shared their memories with the students. At the end of the program a small gift was presented to all the final years as a token of love.