National Workshop on “Trauma and Healing

It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that after the successful organization of A Day-long Workshop on “End-of-Life Counseling” in March 2013, With Care Sanstha is now organizing a National Workshop on “Trauma and Healing” in association with the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (IAAP). The workshop is in tune with our long-term project i.e. Palliative Care for Terminally-ill Cancer patients and HIV positives.

About the Workshop

Not everyone who endures a traumatic experience is scarred by it; the human psyche has a tremendous capacity for recovery and even growth. Martin V. Cohen states, “Whether you have been a crime victim, involved in an accident or natural disaster, or were the victim of childhood abuse, the resulting trauma is similar. Pervasive fear and feelings of helplessness are natural reactions to events you probably had little or no control over. “I was totally traumatized,” and “I thought I was going to die,” are among the most often used phrases used to describe such occurrences.” Recovering from a traumatic experience requires that the painful emotions be thoroughly processed. Trauma feelings cannot be repressed or forgotten. If they are not dealt with directly, the distressing feelings and troubling events replay over and over in the course of a lifetime. Unfortunately, trauma and the stress that follows, is on rise at the turn of the new millennium almost all over the world!

In this context, we as doctors, counselors, nurses, caregivers and social workers need to play our roles prudently and deliver our services with utmost care. The workshop is planned in a fashion that it prepares us well for helping our clients as well as provides individual counseling!

Objectives of the Workshop

  1. To impart knowledge about “Trauma and Healing”.
  2. To counsel the participants suffering any kind of trauma and to help them overcome the stress that follows.

Workshop Outline

  • What is Trauma?
  • What kind of people suffer from Trauma?
  • Physical Trauma.
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Spiritual Trauma
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Trauma and Healing

Key Resource Persons

Sr. Agnes Panikulam- A Medical Mission Sister based in Delhi. Her Masters in Psychology and Counseling from the USA was followed by a year of specialized training in “Handling the Trauma of the very sick.” Thereafter, she spent several years counseling people with HIV/AIDS and Cancer both at home and abroad. Sr. Agnes served Holy Family Hospital, Ranchi as Administrator for 20 yrs golden years of her life. For 5 yrs. she was a Counselor in Hospice Programme in Washington DC, USA which was followed by another 5 yrs. at Mesilla Valley Hospice, New Mexico, USA. She gave 10 yrs. of her life to Mandar, Ranchi where she was Community Health Co-ordinator. The later 17 yrs. of her life were spent in serving CanSupport; an NGO working for terminally-ill cancer patients; as Sr. Counselor cum Trainer for psychological issues in Palliative Care. She has garnered a wealth of experience over the years which she brings to bear at the teaching workshops she conducts on Counseling. Sr. Agnes has also authored a “Handbook for Counselors.” Her’s is a family-centered approach that believes that besides listening to patients and identifying their needs it is equally important to understand the nature of the family and the dynamics that prevails in it. This generally sets the stage for how the patient views his condition and has an impact on the ability to cope with a life- threatening illness.

Prof. Ravi K. Gunthey- The President of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology; the largest organization of Psychologists in India. Prof. Gunthey carries a Twenty Seven years of teaching experience in the Department of Psychology, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur. He is also the Director of TEPSE & HEPSN Centre. Five books have been authored by Prof. Gunthey till date and forty-five papers have been published in his name. Prof. Gunthey has contributed immensely to the field of Psychology by organizing a number of national and international conferences, managing a number of projects and by showing his presence in almost all the seminars, conferences and workshops. It is noteworthy to mention that Prof. Gunthey earned the Best Psychologist Award in 2009. Prof. Gunthey is also a registered member of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) and also on the panel of experts in RCI.

Dr. Neeraj S. Deo- Dr. Deo is a Consulting Psychologist, Lecturer, and Special Educator for Mental Retardation. Dr. Deo is also a renowned Resource Person and a known Public Speaker. Based at Jalagaon, Maharashtra Dr. Deo is also the Editor- in-Chief for the journal- Research Aaj Tak. Dr. Deo is a certified RCI professional and has expertise in taking diagnostic interviews, psychological testing, relaxation techniques, psychotherapeutic counseling, bio-feedback, electro sleep therapy, aversion therapy, narco-therapy to name a few. Dr. Deo has a number of publications in his name and it is a matter of pride to state that Dr. Deo was awarded Dashagranthi Savarkar by SSAM Mumbai in 2009 and Best Book Award for Saransh Savarkar by JSCNS Library, Kolhapur in 2010.

Dr. Uma Joshi- Dr. Joshi is a State Level Trainer for Life and Soft Skills, a Consultalt Psychologist to AKSHYA PATRA sponsored by Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Austin, USA, in collaboration with Subhashish, Jaipur, a programme for the Training of Life Skills in Government Schools of Jaipur. 30,000 school children are benefiting from this program! Dr. Joshi is also a Faculty Adjunct at the department of Psychology, Banasthali University and has served Banasthali University as a Professor and Head of Department of Psychology. Dr. Joshi has a long association with Sophia College, Ajmer and Government Colleges of Rajasthan as Head of the Department of Psychology. It is a matter of pride to state that Dr. Joshi is also the Convener of Board of Studies (BOS) at MDS University, Ajmer & Banasthali University, Newai, Jaipur. She is also an Advisor Psychologist to State and Central Government in the recruitments for the State Administrative Services, Police Services, Central Reserve Police Forces and various other services. Dr. Joshi won the Best Teacher Award in 2001-02 as well as a Silver Medal for the Best Academic Career in humanities at MLS University, Udaipur in the year 1974.

Participants/Beneficiaries: Doctors/Nurses/Counselors/Care-givers/Social-Workers/People undergoing Trauma

Workshop Fee

Before May 31st, 2014: 3000/-
After May 31st, 2014: 3500/-
Cheques/Demand Drafts can be drawn in favor of “With Care Sanstha, Ajmer” payable at Ajmer
*Workshop fee includes accommodation, meals and course material. Individual rooms include separate charges.

When and Where?

When and Where?
Dates: June 6th, 7th & 8th, 2014
Timings: 10.00 am- 6.00 pm
Venue: Disha- RCD Social Service Society, Near Power House, Adjacent Igmenz ITI, Madar, Ajmer (Raj.)- 305024

Registration Form


Kavita Bhargava                                                                    
With Care Sanstha, Ajmer                                                                 

Prof. Ravi Kant Gunthey
President, IAAP             

Contact Persons:
Priyanka Bhatia                                                                                              
Community Service Coordinator                                                                   
Mo.# 8003094571      

Gaurav Bhakuni
Secretary-With Care
Mo.# 8003094565

Where to submit the forms?
Director- With Care
B-34, ‘Akansha’, Panchsheel,
Ajmer (Raj.)- 305001
Mo.# 8003094572