INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2016
The Department hosted two day international conference and Expo to mark the international day of the differently-abled. Marking the International Day of persons with disabilities, the United Nation’s in its Envision disability 2030 has set its goals to ensure the inclusion and development of persons with disabilities throughout the world.
Dr.Jaclyn Fowler, Professor and Director, Canadian University Special Needs Center in Dubai & a staunch believer that each child deserves a customized learning programme by which joy and success thrive. Ms. Premila Chandrasekaran, Consultant in UAE on implementing features of the UAE Disability Act stressed how inner happiness and positive orientation can bring about total inclusion. Mr. Helmut Gensler from Schule am Hofgarten, Germany demonstrated how the motor impaired need not wait for the ramp to arrive at public building, but easily carry their wheel chair with little aid from others.
Rev. Bro. Sebastian FSP, Mr. Narasiman, Fr.George and Mr. Anirudh from Paris and Mr. Amarnath of NIEPMD, Dr. Gunavathy Fernandez, Autism by Anirudh , France, Mr. Mohamad Zafarulla, Community development officer, Slum Clearance Board, T.M.N.Deepak, Disability rights activist, Bro. Sebastian of St. Patrick Society, Mr. Murali representing the corporate community, Ms. Muthuselvi (visually disabled), Manager, Allahabad Bank and Bro.I. John Xavier, Director of St. Louis Institute for the deaf and the blind, Ms. Zubeida Ahamed, Journalist, Ms. Meena, Special Education professional from ‘We Can’ and Mr.Anirudh, Research Scholar from Paris Centre for Child Studies elaborated the various modes of inclusion and shared several success stories.
INSTITUTION INDUSTRY INTERFACE 2016
The department of Social Work, Patrician College of Arts and Science, Adyar recently organized an Institution Industry Interface on 2ND March 2017 at the college campus. The participants were from Accel Frontline, Chrysalis, IRDRP-TRUST, Arunodhaya Centre for street & working with children, PAADHAI, M.V.Diabetes Centre, alaiselvi Karunlaya, Bhumi trust, Bajaj Alliance General Insurance, PCVC and Candles. Effective interaction and communication between an academic Institution and Industry/NGO is essential for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders and is the need of the hour. Field work inculcates a healthy environment for the students and they gain vast industrial exposure. The department has been networking with different industries, consultants, and NGOs for their field work experience and placements. The objective of the Interface was to Bridge the gap between the academia and field work agencies. Interface is an annual programme that helps in strengthening the ties with industries and strengthens the field work component through the sharing of field work experience and possible areas of collaboration.
The 2015-16 students went to Hyderabad from 09-10-2015 to 17-10-2015. Students visited different industries and NGOs in all these places. The exposure gave students a larger networking and an idea of social work interventions in other areas. Institutions like Heritage foundation an NGO working for the elderly, Manasa Foundation an NGO working for the mentally disabled, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Dolphin Foods Manufacturing at chocolate manufacturing sector, Angel Plastic Industry a manufacturing sector at Cherappally and University Grants Commission regional office were visited.
BSW II year students (44 students) had their rural camp from 19/08/16 to 23/08/16.They had 5 days camp. The BSW students had conducted a sports competition for Government school students of Nallambakkam and prizes were distributed. Ms.Sindhu Sivan was the faculty coordinator. The BSW II year students went for a study tour to Trivandrum and had an interaction with the Heath Minister Ms. Sailaja and also visited NISH and other organizations.
Rural Camp is an Integral part of the Field Work Curriculum which helps the students to understand the concepts of Social Work and to apply the theories into practice. for a Rural Camp at Elathigiri Village, Krishnagiri District from 02/10/2016 to 03/10/2016.
The MSW students completed the observation visits to IMH ,Chrysalis “Center for Holistic Development of Children with Autism”. Arunodaya “center for street and working children, Visranthi , the old age home, MRYTLE social welfare organization, St. Louis Institute for Deaf and Blind.
Dr, Mary Angeline, Ms. Usha, Ms. Divya, Ms.,Sindhu have published papers in the International Journal of Advanced Research with impact factor 5.33.
SOWERS THE SOCIAL WORK FORUM
SOWERS the Social Work Forum was inaugurated between 12.30PM -1.30PM at the auditorium. The chief guest of the day was Dr. Ravichandran , Principal of Patrician College. This was followed by a Photo Exhibition & Signature Campaign to Commemorate “International Day of Trafficking of Persons".
International Human rights day was commemorated by SOWERS on December 10th 2016 . The guest for the day was Mr. M.L. Joseph who spoke by introducing the theme for the year for Human Rights Day - I shall stand for someone's right today, tomorrow and forever. Human Rights is not related to Racism, Religion, Discrimination.
REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON CBT
A one day Regional Workshop on CBT was organized on 12.08.2016. Dr. Ravi Samuel, Psychotherapist UR Clinic inaugurated the workshop and in his inaugural message highlighted the difference between common sense counselling and professional counselling.
Mr. Veerapandiyan, Assistant Professor of BALM was the Resource Person. Four sessions on CBT was organized where he addressed on thinking errors and how it affects our behaviors and feelings.
The department initiated the Movie Review club for PG students HORIZONS which review the movie SPLIT.
Patrician Tribal Empowerment Cell
As part of the Patrician Tribal Empowerment Cell which is our extension unit the students visited the storm affected area and distributed relief material. The students also conducted Cardiac camp, skin health camp and Cancer screening camp for the community. The cell also has approached NABARD who will be working with the department in development works from the next academic year.
EXTRA CURRICULAR TRAINING:
The puppetry training is a compulsory component and helps the students to use this mode to create awareness in the community on social issues.. The training will be beneficial to a great extent where in the students will be able to write a script and do a performance on their own.
STREET PLAY TRAINING
Street theatre is a form of theatrical performance and presentation in outdoor public spaces without a specific paying audience. These spaces can be anywhere, including shopping centres, car parks, recreational reserves and street corners. The undergraduate and post graduate students are trained on street play and address the community on common issues like, importance of education, health and hygiene etc.
TRAINING ON MIME
Mime is one of the most ancient forms of theater, in which the actors pantomime a series of stories using only their bodies, without speaking.
Outbound Training is a training method for enhancing organizational performance through experiential learning. Such programs are often also referred to as outdoor management development. Outbound Training generally revolve around activities designed to improve leadership, communication skills, planning, change management, delegation, teamwork, and motivation. Participants are divided into teams and assigned tasks or activities for completion in a specified time. The post graduate students are sent for this training according to their specialization.