Centre for Counselling & Positive Psychology

Introduction

Mental health and well being are the fundamental human rights and worldwide social goal. Mental Health is the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for an individual and for a community. Generally, it is the state of mind in which the individual can experience sustained joy of life while working productively, interacting with others meaningfully, and facing up adversities without losing the capacity to function physically, psychologically and socially. Unfortunately, the mental health problems – juvenile delinquency, maladjustment, drug addiction and crime involvement of the individuals are gradually increasing among the community people. In the face of rapidly evolving challenges of social dynamics, new socio-economic system, life style, globalization, developmental priorities, etc. students, employees and community people are facing host of problems for desired quality of life and well being. A large number of population suffer from stress, anxiety, hypertension, depression, mental disturbances with serious associative impairments including learning problems, disabilities, cognitive dysfunctions, health problems etc. Considering the gravity of problems and potential loss to the society, role -effective management of mental health problems is extremely important from the personal, social and economic point of view.

With nations moving towards commitment of health for all, academic institutions are required to expand their roles by providing the appropriate curriculum, teaching, awareness programs and counselling etc. to deal with the mental health problems of the community people. An important prerequisite for implementing this new strategy is the large skill mobilization and utilization of knowledge, experiences and services of the school, college and university teachers, researchers, academicians, academic administrators, students, and community people. Accordingly, the Centre is interested to provide psychological assessment and counselling services and to undertake research programmes, training, extension activities, institution and community based support services etc.

The Centre for Counselling and Positive Psychology of Kazi Nazrul University has been officially functioning from 25.07.2018. The Centre focuses on providing clinical services (Psychological assessment and Psychotherapy) to patients and clients referred from Government and Private set-up and also to KNU fraternity. The services are going to be on Out Patient Department (OPD) basis. It also aims at conducting research works, training programmes, seminars/ conferences/ workshops and other academic activities.


Composition of the Centre

Patron- Professor Sadhan Chakraborti, The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
Advisory Committee-
  • Professor Jayanti Basu, Professor and Head, Department of Applied Psychology, University of Calcutta (as External Expert),
  •  Professor  Jitendra Nath Roy, Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
  • Professor Vijay Bharti , Dean, Faculty of Arts, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol 
  • Professor Susanta Mitra , Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management and Faculty of Law (Addl. charge), Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
  • Dr Parimalendu Bandopadhyay , Coordinator, Department of Commerce and Development and Planning Officer (Addl. charge), Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
  • Dr Sougata Chakrabarti , Finance Officer, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
  • Shri Sitangsu Kumar Guha , Registrar (OSD), Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol 
  • Dr Rahul Mazumdar , Secretary, College Council, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
  • Dr Anindya Sekhar Purkayastha , Associate Professor, Department of English, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
Coordinator-Ms Urbi Mukherjee , Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
Joint Coordinator- Ms Anannya Paul, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol

Objectives and Thrust Areas

The Centre focuses on providing clinical services (Psychological assessment and Psychotherapy) to patients and clients referred from Government and Private set-up and also to KNU fraternity. The services are going to be on Out Patient Department (OPD) basis. It also aims at conducting research works, training programmes, seminars/ conferences/ workshops and other academic activities in near future.


Mental health services

  • Psychological assessment
  • Psychotherapeutic services
  • Counselling services
    • Child Psychology and Counselling
    • Community counselling (including community outreach programme)
    • Counselling services to School and other Educational institutes, Career guidance
    • Counselling and rehabilitation programme
    • Geriatric counselling
  • Employee counselling and Human Resource Development
  • Marital counselling
  • Career counselling

Whom to serve

  • KNU fraternity (Students, Teaching and Non- teaching staff , Officials and their close relatives)
  • Referred cases from Government and Private Medical set-up

Procedure and cost of services

  • Registration (one- time) is mandatory for everyone.
  • One-time registration fee (only for clients outside KNU fraternity): Rs. 50.00 only

Separate charges for different psychological assessments and counselling session are as follows

Type of service Charges (in Rs.)
Psychological assessment I.Q. assessment 800.00
Detailed psychological assessment (Psychometry) 1500.00
Therapy/ counselling session 500.00
Note:Complimentary cases from Government Hospitals will be free of cost

Where to come

  • Centre for Counselling and Positive Psychology, Administrative building, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol

Service provided on OPD basis

Name of Consultant Day Time
Urbi Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, KNU Monday 11.30a.m. - 1.30p.m.
Shuvabrata Poddar, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, KNU Wednesday 11.30a.m. - 1.30p.m.
Dr. Roshan Lal Dewangan, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, KNU Friday 11.30a.m. - 1.30p.m.

Psychiatric consultation facility will be available as per requirement.

Official collaboration with Department of Applied Psychology, KNU was done to facilitate the clinical and upcoming research and academic activities of the Centre. The faculty members of Department of Applied Psychology would attend the patients/ clients in the OPD and provide supervision to students and help out in the research activities of the Centre. Students of the Department would do internship in the Centre.


International collaboration


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Programmes/ events:

Programme Date/ Time Venue
Inauguration of Centre for Counselling and Positive Psychology and Symposium on ‘Stress and Vulnerabilities in Young Adults’ jointly organized by Centre for Counselling and Positive Psychology and Department of Applied Psychology 20th September, 2018 at 11a.m. Seminar Hall of Administrative Building, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol

Future plan

  • Community outreach programme and Awareness programmes
  • Conducting training programme/ workshops in the area of psychological assessment tools and techniques, psychotherapy/ counselling skills etc.

Course

  • The Centre is planning to offer courses on the following areas:
    • Mental health and community psychology
    • Mental health and positive psychology
    • Mental health and rehabilitation
    • Counselling

  • Research

    • Mental health and cognitive psychology
    • Mental health and neuroscience