Sargodha: A two-day national conference titled “Psychology for Sustainable Community: Challenges and Trends” kick started at Sargodha University on Tuesday to discuss psychological contributions in Clinical and Behavioral Sciences and to promote a trans-disciplinary perspective for sustainable community.
The conference is aimed at developing synergy between the researchers and practitioners of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences so that the indigenous resources could be efficiently capitalized for the provision of solution to our aboriginal issues related to psychological well being and mental health of the society.
The event also provided a platform to bring together leading academic scientists, professional researchers and scholars and the community to interchange and share their experiences and knowledge about various pragmatic aspects of Psychology.
Around 800 students, faculty members, researchers and professionals from across the country including Punjab University, Comsats University, GC Lahore, GC Faisalabad, Bahria University Islamabad, Gujarat University, Hazara University and FJWU Rawalpindi attended the conference. The Vice Chancellor Sargodha University, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad also graced the event.
The conference is organized around different themes including applications of psychology in health and wellbeing, dilemmas of adolescents and adults, positive social relations and mental health, personality and individual differences, psychology for leadership, engagement and burnout, perspective of sports and educational psychology and psychology of gender and cross-cultural differences.
There were 6 keynote speeches from eminent research scholars, 60 oral presentations and 40 poster presentations were presented during the conference.
The research papers presented at the conference focused on the pragmatic solutions of the aboriginal issues of our masses and identified certain avenues where psychologist can play their instrumental role in paving the way to sustainable community.
Dr Rukhsana Kausar, Dean of Social Sciences, UMT shared her research study on “Applications of Psychology and Psychological Wellbeing in Pakistan.” She emphasized on the role of clinical psychologists to assess, diagnose and treat the psychological problems and the behavioral dysfunctions related to physical and mental health. She said that Psychology strives to understand biological, behavioral and social factors influence health and illness.
Dr Memoona Mushtaq, Principal, MAO College Lahore, presented his research on “Cross-Cultural Variations in Human Behavior.” She said that human social behavior varies immensely across a broad range of domains, including cooperation, fairness, trust, punishment, aggressiveness, morality and competitiveness. She explained the global variation have increasingly pointed to the importance of packages of social norms, or institutions.
Dr Najma Iqbal, Chairperson, Department of Psychology, Sargodha University said that all the speakers have empirically emphasized on the role of religion, mysticism and spirituality in preserving physical and mental health in the healing process. She said that the conference will also bridge the gap between academics and industries.