Dr Ramachandra N Moorthy Foundation for Mental Health & Neurosciences

Leadership and Professional Skills workshop at NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

Leadership and Professional Skills workshop at NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

Third Leadership and Professional Skills Workshop for Early Career Psychiatrists


The Leadership and Professional Skills Workshop for Early Career Mental Health Professionals at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore is an educational activity for early career psychiatrists and other mental health professionals held under the auspices of the Dr Ramachandra N Moorthy Foundation for Mental Health and Neurological Sciences at NIMHANS – created through a generous donation by Dr Ramachandra N Moorthy, an Indian born Canadian psychiatrist from Vancouver, Canada. One of the major goals of the Foundation is to promote training and academic activities in the field of mental health in India.

The Inaugural Leadership and Professional skills workshop was held on December 20th & 21st, 2012. It was an extremely successful and well appreciated event. Most of the participants gave the feedback that this programme should be a regular event so that many of the other early career professionals from the country can benefit. In response, the Foundation decided to conduct the workshop annually and the Second Early Career Mental Health Professionals Workshop was held during 09th to 11th of January 2014. This was again highly appreciated by the participants. Both these events brought together participants from India: their feedback made the Committee to invite applications for the Third Workshop from all the SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka). The Third Leadership and Professional Skills workshop for early career psychiatrists will be held

During the 12th to 15th of January 2015, and it will include selected participants from the SAARC countries.

Aims of the Workshop:

The Leadership and Professional Skills workshop will bring together a small group (20) of promising early career psychiatrists from SAARC countries, selected through an open, international selection process. The Workshop will aim to inspire and encourage the young Psychiatrists from the SAARC Counties to excel in their respective areas of work and take up leadership roles in finding solutions to their country’s mental health problems in a variety of ways and in various settings such as the government, NGO, private sector, academic, research, training etc. in their respective countries. The workshop will aim to enable participants to use skills of presentation and communication in clinical work and in relation to mass media, as well as skills of organisation and leadership, through individualised and group skill building exercises.

Date & Venue: The Workshop will be held at NIMHANS Convention Centre, Ban

India from 12th to 15th of January 2015.

Faculty of the Workshop:

1. Professor Norman Sartorius, MD; PhD, FRCPsych, President, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Honorary, Adjunct / Visiting Professor at the Universities in St. Louis, New York, Zagreb, London, Prague and Beijing, former Director of the Department of Mental Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and past President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)

2. Professor Mohan K Isaac, MD (Psy), DPM, FRCPsych, FRANZCP, Professor of Psychiatry (Population Mental Health), School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, The University of Western Australia, Perth &Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, NIMHANS Bangalore.

Eligibility criteria:

1. The applicant should be a promising early career psychiatrist.

2. The applicants should be close (within one year) to the completion of their postgraduate training of psychiatry or should have completed their training in psychiatry within the last 5 years. The application should include

• A brief resume (curriculum vitae) of the applicant,

• A letter from the nominator giving reasons for proposing the nominee &

• A letter from the nominee describing how he/she hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained.

• A copy of the passport pages indicating the nationality and age of the candidate

Nominators can be Heads of Departments of Psychiatry/ Heads of the Professional bodies and psychiatric societies/ senior mental health professionals. The applicant had to mention the contact email ID of the nominator. The selection committee will contact the nominator for further transactions.

Important Dates:

Workshop dates are 12th – 15th January 2015. The participants will be expected to arrive on the 11th of January in Bangalore and they will be expected to attend the workshop until the afternoon on the 15th of January.

Last date for Applications:  16th November 2014
You will hear from us about the selection on or before 30th November 2014

Those who are selected will be provided with eligible travel costs (the cheapest and shortest route airfare) to attend the Workshop and local hospitality at NIMHANS, Bangalore. The participants are expected to attend the complete workshop all the three days. They will be expected to actively participate in the workshop and will have to bring along a poster on a subject of their choice. They will also be expected to prepare and make a short oral presentation on a topic of their choice during the Workshop

Workshop Co-ordinators:

Dr Santosh K Chaturvedi, MD, FRCPsych

Professor of Psychiatry & Member Secretary

Dr Ramachandra N Moorthy Foundation for Mental Health and

Neurological Sciences, NIMHANS

Dr Pratima Murthy, DPM, MD

Professor of Psychiatry,


Dr Arun Kandasamy, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry,


The Application deadline is over.