Human Resource Development
The department conducts 2 year M.Phil. (Psychiatric Social Work) Course. Not more than 18 to 21
candidates per year may be admitted for the course. Of these, 3 seats are for foreign nationals /
Deputed candidates from State Government / Government of India. Ph.D. guidance facilities are also
available in the department. [For the course details, please see:
Prospectus ]. In addition to M.Phil and Ph.D. programme in
Psychiatric Social Work, the staff members of the Department collaborate in the teaching assignments
of MD, M.Phil (Clinical Psychology), M.A., MSW, M.Sc., DPN and such other allied programmes.
The department also trains the Post Graduate students undergoing M.A. / MSW programmes from other
Universities in Karnataka and other States for period ranging from 2 weeks to 6 months. Not less
than 400-600 students get exposure to Psychiatric Social Work activities every year. The department
has also been involved in the training of social workers from several counties like Nepal, Bangladesh,
Srilanka, USA, UK, Canada, Tanzania, Yemen and Burma including WHO Fellows. The members of the
Department have been associated with other governmental and non-governmental organizations under
administrative / policy making levels. They also serve as members of the Board of studies and Board of
Examiners for various Universities in the Country for Doctoral and Post-Graduate Programmes.
Research projects are undertaken in the areas related to Social and Psychological aspects of mental
health and mental illness. Staff members undertake either independent or collaborative research projects
sponsored by Government of India, Welfare Ministry, Health Ministry, ICMR, WHO, CAPART etc. Every year
18 M.Phil, research dissertations are submitted to the University, in addition, to one or two Ph.D
thesis. So far 65 Ph.D theses have been successfully completed. These researches focus on areas like -
- Marital and Family Systems, efficacy of family therapy models, families
of mental patients, group intervention.
- Family life education
- School mental health
and Community mental health.
- Adolescent Sexuality
- Social work aspects of Child
and Adolescent problems.
- Life skills education and prevention of problem.
- Social supports, coping.
- Spirituality aspects
- Resource mobilization for
- Deaddiction, Mental retardation.
- Psychiatric Social work in
Neurology/ Neurosurgery settings.
- Issues related to welfare and development.
- Psychosocial aspects of disaster management
- Psychosocial care for women and children in
- Children in difficult circumstances
- Enriching counseling skills for
counselors in HIV/AIDS
Hand Book of Psychiatric Social Work has been edited. In addition, manuals, work books related to
Psychosocial care in disaster management, care of institutional children and women, children in
difficult circumstances, Counseling training program in HIV/AIDS, sexual minorities, Life skills
education, Family enrichment programme, Effective parenting, Research issues in psychiatric social work,
community mental health, women and mental health, Field work training, Clinical social work, Stress
management and student enrichment. Tools for measurement of Family Burden, Child rearing protection,
Family interaction and Life skills have been standardized.
- Consolidation of the developments that have occurred in different areas of psychiatric social
work and their documentation.
- Incorporating the essential elements of psychiatric social
work services in the programs of welfare agencies for children, youth, women and the aged.
- Amalgamation of psychiatric social work programs with programs of labour welfare and personnel
management in industrial settings.
- Strengthening community efforts to organize rehabilitation
services in community like half-way homes, day care centres and special schools.
social service support from student service organizations and other volunteers for the welfare of
mentally disabled persons.
- Organizing periodical in-service training programs to social
workers in mental health centres as well as teacher working in schools of social work.
- Development of models of training in psychiatric social work.
- Broadening the field
work placements for M.Phil trainees to include community agencies in addition to the present
- Helping / guiding schools of social work to start M.Phil / research programs.
- Developing specialized fields like psychiatric rehabilitation, social work with children,
family psychiatric social work, social work in community mental health, social work with neurologically /
neurosurgically disabled, and social work emergency services.
- Conducting systematic
research - exploratory, descriptive, experimental and evaluation studies -on issues related to
psychiatric social work and development of indigenous models.
- Development of the department
into a centre for advanced studies and research in social work, thus making it as an apex body for
psychiatric social work programs for welfare agencies and Universities.