Saturday, May 7, 2016

National Conference @ Department of Social Work, Central University of Tamil Nadu

1st National Conference
Social Work&Mental Health

Organised by
The Department of Social Work
Central University of Tamil Nadu,
Thiruvarur – 610 101

10thMay 2016 (Tuesday)

Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN) was established by an Act of Parliament, 2009 and started functioning in Thiruvarur from 2nd March 2009.  The CUTN was inaugurated on 30th September 2009. The mission of the CUTN is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.
The Central University of Tamil Nadu established the Department of Social Work in July 2014. The Department offers 2 years Master of Social Work Programme (with Medical & Psychiatry and Community Development Specializations) with a focus on creative approaches to critical thinking for leadership in diverse social work practice. Our Master of Social Work Programme signifies achievement of professional competence in Social Work.

Mental health problems are amongst the most important contributors to the global burden of disease and disability. The Global Burden of Disease world over (measured in DALYs), due to mental health concerns is greater than that expected by tuberculosis, cancer or heart disease. Mental and neurological conditions account for 12.3% of disability adjusted years lost globally and 31% of all years lived with disability at all ages and in both sexes according to 2000 estimates. In India, about 20 to 30 million people appear to be in need of mental health care. Research studies indicate that mental disorders were higher in urban areas, among women, in the age group of 35-44 years and in the lower socio-economic strata. In India nearly 1.5 million people suffer from severe mental disorders and 5.7 million suffer from various psychiatric disorders require immediate attention.Compared to this huge need, there are about 3500 psychiatrists, 1000 psychiatric social workers,1000 clinical psychologists and 900 psychiatric nurses in the country. The recent Atlas project of the WHO reports that all countries in South East Asian region and nearly all countries in Africa have less than one psychiatrist for a population of one lac. The population of India exceeding one billion people has access to less than four thousand psychiatrists as compared to the nearly eighty thousand psychiatrists for eight hundred and forty million in Europe.In India there exist the gap between magnitude of mental health problems and the lack of services and trained professionals to address it. Thus a training/teaching program with the knowledge and skills to understand individual and interpersonal distress and problems is a need of the hour. To meet the needs and demands of mental health services is quite complex with respect to Indian context, a conference on it would enable us in furthering our understanding of the complexities involved.  Thus it is essential to call for papers on related themes for a thought provoking and stimulating exercise by preparing substantive research papers for further academic pursuits and making the needful dent in effective policy making.

The themes and Sub-themes of the proposed conference include but not limited to
·         Adolescent Mental Health
·         Women and mental health
·         Child and mental health
·         Old Age and mental health
·         Strengths based practice in mental health
·         Human rights and mental health
·         Spirituality and mental health

Abstract Submission:
Paper presenters who wish to submit papers are requested to send an abstract not exceeding 500 words which should reach us by 3rd May 2016 (Tuesday) to the email id:
Full paper submission:
Maximum length of the full paper should be 3000-4000 words. 12-point Times New Roman font and A-4 size paper. The full paper should be accompanied by the Abstract on the first page. Abstract and full papers to be sent to:
Submission of Abstract                               : 3rd May 2016 (Tuesday)
Notification of acceptance of Abstract      : 5thMay 2016 (Thursday)
Last date for full paper submission          :7th May 2016 (Saturday)
The manuscript shall be subjected to a blind review process. The best paper shall be selected by a panel experts constituted for the purpose.
·         No Registration Fees
·         Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for Travel & Accommodation.
Prof. A.P. Dash, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Central University of Tamil Nadu
Dr. S. Bhuvaneswari, Registrar, Central University of Tamil Nadu
Dr. A. Ragupathy, Controller of Examinations, Central University of Tamil Nadu
Prof. P.Ilango, Dean of Arts, Department of Social Work, Bharathidasan University
Prof.F.X. Lovelina Little Flower, Department of Social Work, Bharathiyar University
Dr. R. Nalini, Associate Professor in Social Work, Pondicherry University

Dr. Krishna Reddy Chittedi, Coordinator, Department of Social Work, Central University of Tamil Nadu

Dr. P.Udhayakumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Central University of Tamil Nadu

Dr. M. Arivanandan, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Central University of Tamil Nadu

Ms. B. Sathyabama, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Central University of Tamil Nadu


M. Mathan Raj, II M.A Social Work, CUTN
SabikAhamed, II M.A Social Work, CUTN
T. Dharmendra, II M.A Social Work, CUTN
V. Vinetha, II M.A Social Work, CUTN
R. Meenatchi, II M.A Social Work, CUTN
A. Latha, II M.A Social Work, CUTN


Organising Secretary
Assistant Professor,
Department of Social Work,
Central University of Tamil Nadu,
Kangalancherry Post,
Thiruvarur – 610 101.
Ph: +91- 9942465604

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