The Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists (IACP) is a premier organization formed with the aims and objectives of advancing the concepts of mental health and the advancement of profession of clinical psychology. The Indian Association of Clinical psychologists was formed in the year 1968 and registered under the societies registrations XXI for 1890 Reg. no. 3694
(Presented at the 39th Annual General Body Meeting of the IACP held at New Delhi on Feb 19, 2013)
It is my proud privilege to present the annual report of the year 2012 of our prestigious association.
1. Obituary: Dr. Reeta Peshwaria Menon, passed away on 14-07- 12. She significantly contributed in the field of Clinical Psychology in India. She shifted to UK where she was working as consultant clinical psychologist. Dr. Saugata Basu, who was working as Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Calcutta University, Kolkata passed away on 25-06-12. He was instrumental in starting M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology at Calcutta University, Kolkata. Dr. A.D. Bhawani passed away on 5-11-12. She was the organizing secretary of the IACP conference held at Mysore in 1983 and was active member of Mysore branch. IACP places on record our heartfelt condolence. May their soul rest in peace.
2. Membership: During this year total 101 new members joined our association out of which 28 are professional life member, 7 are professional annual member, 28 are associate life member and 38 are associate annual member. Nine members upgraded their membership from professional life member to fellow.
3. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology: Both issues of Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology of 2012 have been published. I congratulate the Editor and Journal Sub-Committee. I thank sponserers who have funded for the Journal.
4. Awards 2012: Awards 2012 that is being given in the 39th National Annual Conference of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists are as follows: C.S. Kang Oration- Dr. Shiva Kumar; H.N. Murthy Award- Dr. Surya Gupta; Psycho Oration- Dr. K. Promodu; and IACP Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Award- Dr. Nammalvar. Since the previous editor did not recommend any paper for N.N.Sen Award, this year we are not giving this award. We will give it next year on recommendation of present Editor. S. C. Gupta Best Paper Award will be announced after presentation and will be given in valedictory session. As discussed in previous AGB meeting, we are starting new award ‘Forensic Clinical Psychology award’ from the year 2012 for psychologist working in the area of Forensic Clinical Psychology. It will be given to Dr. Asha Srivastava during present conference.
5. Nomination for the Awards 2013: The award for the year 2013 was announced. Nominations were received only for C.S. Kang Oration and Psycho Oration. The EC had decided for other awards. C. S. Kang Oration: Dr. Amool R. Singh; H.N. Murthy Oration: Dr. Shobana Sonpar; Psycho Oration: Dr. Kalpana Srivastava, IACP Child and Adolescent Psychology Award: Dr. Thomas M. Kishore; Forensic Clinical Psychology Award: Dr. Sudhanshu Sarangi, IPS.
6. Guideline for organizing conferences: Guideline has been developed regarding organizing National Annual Conference of IACP. This guideline has prepared by the committee under chairmanship of the President, Dr, Manju Mehta. It was circulated to EC members through e-group and is approved in the EC meeting.
7. Ethical Guideline: Draft of Guideline has been developed for ethical practices. It is prepared by Ethics Sub-committee under chairmanship of Dr. Kalpana Srivastava. It was circulated to EC members through e-group and is under discussion.
As decided in the EC meeting, these guidelines and Learning Disability Practice Guidelines developed earlier, will be published in the IJCP in forthcoming issues.
8. Mental Health Care Bill: The educational qualification, role and functions of Clinical Psychologists were discussed in the last AGB meeting. Dr. Ahalya Raghuram and co-opted members were assigned the task to draft its final version on the basis of discussion held in AGB meeting. The same definition, role and function was sent to Mr. Desiraju, Additional Secretary, Dept of Health and Family Welfare for inclusion in the Bill. Subsequently, President IACP, Dr. Manju Mehta and President-elect Dr. V.C. George had discussions with concerned persons Mr. Desiraju and Mr. Soumitra Pathare through meetings and e-mail communications.
9. National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill- 2011: The resolution passed in the AGB meeting has been submitted.
10. Representation of IACP in RCI Expert Committee: Request letter has been sent to Chairman RCI to include President IACP as Chairman of expert committee for Clinical Psychology.
11. Regarding Members’ Complaints: Few members complained about malpractice and inadequate qualification for appointment of clinical psychologists. Since, RCI is regulatory body, we have sent complaint to RCI.
12. Amendment of RCI Bill: In Rehabilitation Council of India, there is no provision of inclusion of Clinical Psychologist as member of RCI. The RCI Bill is being amended. Although we got the information late, still, we have sent a letter requesting for inclusion of President IACP or nominee in the Council.
13. Regional Branches: Regional branches of IACP are functioning well. From time to time academic discussions are being held by regional branches that will be presented in their report.
14. Website: One of our major concerns is our website. We are in process of communication for this. If this problem is not sorted out, we are planning to give it to another company.
15. 39th National Annual Conference of the IACP: It is being held from 18th to 20th Feb’13 at AIIMS, New Delhi. This year Dept. of Psychiatry, is celebrating 50 years of Clinical Psychology at AIIMS. The theme of the conference is Evidence based psychological formulation and therapy. The conference includes theme symposium, panel discussion, webinar by Prof. Gordon Claridge of UK., invited lectures, free paper sessions, poster presentations, symposiums and workshops. Four preconference workshops have been organized. Title of the workshops were mindfulness based therapy for depressive disorder, effective communication building skills, psycho-gerontology: an emerging field of practice and tuning in: being a reflective psychotherapist. Till date 473 delegates have been registered for the conference. On behalf of the IACP, I thank Prof. Manju Mehta, Chairperson, Dr, Ashima N. Wadhawan and Dr. Rachna Bhargava, organizing secretaries and all members of organizing committee for organizing the conference and also for wide circulation of information through AIIMS website.
I thank President, office bearers, Executive council members and all the members of our association for their support and request to continue the same.
For and on behalf of the Executive Council
Hon. General Secretary, IACP