The trainees are given overall exposure to mental health and behavioral sciences to instill the ‘untidiness and working alliance among all mental health disciplines (e.g., Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatric Nursing, and other allied disciplines)’. The trainees are also given ample privileges and opportunities to develop their clinical and academic skills. The student-trainees are entrusted to take up daily routine clinical and therapeutic activities at both in-patient and out-patient levels. They learn to dispense individual, group, family, and community-based therapeutic services for people with mental illnesses under the direct supervision of the faculty. Department was functioning since 1980, Smt Usha Pingat was the first trained social worker during this period. She catered her services not only to the mentally ill but also to general hospital patients. Formally the department took shape in the year 2005 when the six Psychiatric social workers with MSW qualifications joined in the institute as Psychiatric Social workers.
“To be a department of exemplar of academic excellence at par for transforming young social work professionals, leveraging their potential by disseminating highest quality of education/training to develop human resources in the field of psychiatric social work/ mental health and conduct research in the areas of psychosocial aspects related to mentally ill persons’, promotion of psychosocial wellbeing of the needy individuals, families, and communities at large anchored with the blend of dignity, self-respect, empathy and philanthropic culture.”
Adopt innovative teaching and learning practices combined with practical exposure which promote proactive leadership. Excel in academics and research activities in the field of psychiatric social work/mental health by inculcating a sense of continuous learning among the faculty and trainees. Enable the student trainees to gain interdisciplinary knowledge and become competent professionals to meet the ever-changing challenges in the field of mental health. Create a congenial atmosphere of learning to develop technically sound, ethically strong, and morally elevated professionals. Emphasize community-oriented programs in the areas of mental healthcare to provide support to needy individuals and families. Stimulate to extend the frontiers of knowledge, through faculty development and continuing education programs to motivate the students, to take up social responsibilities, and to be productive and useful citizens of the society. Undertake need-based, quality publication, extension, and consultancy services; Collaborating with progressive individuals and institutions to ensure sustainable, humane development. Organize training programs for NGO functionaries, traditional healers, and volunteers in the community, so that that may help the professional mental health workers in carrying out mental health awareness programs, which may contribute to achieving goals of mental health programs i.e. early detection, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill persons, and promotion of mental health status at levels of the society.
To implement effective programs through creativity and innovation in teaching, learning, and evaluation.
To impart quality Psychiatric Social Work education through a participatory method that combines classroom learning with equally productive clinical practicum.
To Provide Psychosocial intervention services for the families and persons with mental health and neurological problems.
To make existing programs more career-oriented through an effective system of review and redesign of curriculum inputs, the spirit of inquiry, and scientific temperament among students through research-oriented activities.
To evolve, and formulate policies and guidelines in the area of psychosocial care and support on various social strata of the society.
To provide diagnostic & therapeutic facilities for mentally ill persons.
To provide social and occupational rehabilitation for mentally ill persons Expansion of mental health service at a community level by providing training to different professionals, volunteers, medical & Para-medical personnel in the field.
To adopt and implement principles of participation, transparency, and accountability in the governance of academic and administrative activities.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT:
The department also trains the Post Graduate students undergoing M.A. / MSW programs from most of the Universities in Karnataka state for a period ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months. Nearly 100-200 students get exposure to Psychiatric Social Work activities every year. The staff of the Department has been associated with other governmental and non-governmental organizations under community service activities for the general public as well as special population groups like students, lawyers, teachers, etc.