Library has a collection of 3347 books in the subjects’ education, special education, psychology, clinical psychology, anatomy, physiology, medicine, psychiatry, paediatrics, community medicine, nursing, research, statistics, social work, project management etc. Library is automated.The collection includes:
The SANTHWANAM counseling centre working in the School offer mental health consultancy services to the child and adolescent clients referred from medical colleges, Institute of child health, District hospitals, schools, colleges and so on. The services of an expert clinical psychologist is provided for psychological testing and assessment (Assessment of attention, concentration, intelligence, personality, memory and assessment of psychological disorders), diagnostic evaluation, and various psychological interventions (counseling, psycho education, Individual and family psychotherapy, Family therapy, Behaviour modification and behavior therapy and other appropriate management procedures).
The centre also issues certificates regarding Intellectual disability and learning disability and is accepted as a competent authority in this regard by the Department of Education and Government Medical colleges. Guidance and counseling services also are provided in this centre. Counselling and guidance to the students and parents of the Vocational Training Centre of School of Behavioural Sciences and their assessment have been carried out in the clinic at regular intervals. All the services of this centre is extended free of cost to enable better access to the needy population.
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The rehabilitation centre functioning in the School of Behavioural Sciences is unique in the country as it is attached to a state university and extends service to the intellectually challenged adults and their family.
Presently the various skill training programmes of the centre are coordinated in 2 clusters. Each cluster has strength of 12-14 members.
A file making unit functions in one of the cluster under the supervision of a special teacher (and supported by the students attending postgraduate and MPhil programme in disability studies and special education) which trains the students in office file making. Each file board is sold at a rate of Rs.14/unit. The services of the unit have high demand.
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The second cluster of students is trained to operate tea vending machines, Photostat etc. The profit obtained from these activities is distributed among the students as their remuneration. In addition to this, 4 students are employed in the School of Behavioural Sciences itself on daily wages basis to help the house keeping work.
Parent Teacher Association is an important part of the school which has a major role in the matters related to discipline, values and extracurricular activities.
A laison office has been established by the University under school of Behavioural Science based on the Uo.No.4090/A1/2013/Admn date 22/7/2013.University Grant Commission(UGC) has urged the University to appoint Laison Office to monitor the effective implementation of reservation policy for person with disabilities in employment and admission university and collages.University has appointed Dr.Muhamead Mustaffa as the Laison Officer for differently abled to monitor the effective implementation of reservation policy.
The innovative practices started during 2015-16 in the area of extension activity are given below:
The department conducts life skills training programme for high school and higher secondary school students studying in various aided schools in Kottayam district. The programme is organised involving students undergoing MPhil psychology programme. A basic assessment of the perceived stress status of the students was done before the training and students were given orientation regarding stress management etc.
There are many legal rights and social security measures for the mentally challenged. The quality of life of the intellectually disabled population and their caregivers can be significantly improved if they are educated on these issues. The Department organised a one day seminar for the parents and caregivers of mentally challenged on legal guardianship. In addition to this the department also organise regular PTA meetings for the parents of mentally challenged adults attending the vocational rehabilitation centre
Regular awareness classes are organized in the outpatient department of primary health centres to disseminate information regarding the problem of disability causes prevention and management of disability.
Regular awareness classes are organized in the Kudumbasree groups of neighbouring panchayats to disseminate information regarding the problem of disability causes prevention and management of disability. Renowned persons with disability or persons working for the rehabilitation of people affected with disability are invited for these sessions.
The department conducts a child development clinic on every second Saturday collaborating with the Indian Association of Paediatrics involving a team of paediatrician, clinical psychologist, counsellors, audiologist and physiotherapist. The activity of the centre is facilitated with the active involvement of Indian Academy of Paediatrics and District Early Intervention Centre. Children of different age groups attend the clinic and are evaluated for the presence of varying disabilities. Based on the diagnostic evaluation done, the team discuss and plan the necessary rehabilitative and habilitative services to promote quality of life and to empower the person. The centre is an attempt to prevent disability and to disseminate information regarding disability which is still an underexplored area.