Prof M H Mubbashar
Its pleasure in inviting you to join us in 3rd Asian Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation being organized at Lahore from 1-3 November 2013. I am pleased to know that the meeting is being organized by World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and Pakistan Psychiatric Research Center, Fountain House Lahore and is co-sponsored by World Psychiatric Association, World Association for Social Psychiatry, SAF and SAARC Psychiatric Federation. The focus of organizing the event is for the voice of dignity and human rights, for the patients and to facilitate and promote mental health as well as to address the current issues in psychiatry.
Prof M H Mubbashar EX-VC
University of Health Sciences Lahore, Pakistan
Prof Muhammad Sharif Chaudhry
It is a great pleasure for me to welcome participants of 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation being held at historic city of Lahore from 1-3 November 2013.
The success of rehabilitation Psychiatry in Pakistan relates to the work of Fountain house and being an executive committee member of Fountain house, I am confident that this conference will prove a step forward in establishing more services in the area of psychosocial rehabilitation in Pakistan. Dr Afzal Javed has great contribution for his services to Pakistan Psychiatric Society in general and the Fountain House in particular. He is the son of soil and his efforts to bring this conference in Pakistan will be an another land mark for his achievement for Pakistan psychiatry
I am sure that the Conference will provide the participants with the opportunity to obtain first-hand information about psychosocial rehabilitation in the area but also the opportunity to enjoy the great hospitality & rich culture of Pakistan.
I look forward meeting our all friends coming from Pakistan as well as from overseas experts and do hope that their visit to Lahore will be a memorable one.
Prof Muhammad Sharif Chaudhry
Professor Mowadat H Rana
While we bask in the glory of biopsychiatry in the twenty first century, let us not forget the contributions of social psychiatry in the second half of the twentieth century. It was the works of likes of Karen Horney, Harry Stack Sullivan, Erik Erikson and Maxwell Jones that linked the human psyche with the cultural, anthropological, and societal context and consciousness. The huge influence of the therapeutic community on rehabilitation of the mentally ill particularly those suffering from mental and behavioural consequences of substance abuse, is a testimony of the relevance and impact of social psychiatry.
In Pakistan, late Professor Rasheed Chaudhry was the pioneer in bringing social psychiatry to Pakistan in 1960s and 1970s by setting visionary projects for the rehabilitation of mentally ill in Lahore and Farooqabad, rooted in the principles of social psychiatry. The public mental health movement led by Professor Malik H Mubbashar in 10980s and 1990s added further impetus to highlighting the significance of community and family in psychiatry.
College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan’s fellowship and membership residency programmes in the field of Psychiatry has continued to emphasise the psychosocial aspects of health in general and of mental health in particular. The Faculty of Psychiatry, of CPSP has encouraged its trainees to reach out to excellent facilities at Fountain House Lahore and had approached the late Professor Haroon Rasheed Chaudhry, (the moving spirit behind this and many other social psychiatry projects nationally and internationally) to recognize it as a centre of excellence for training. His premature and tragic demise left a huge gap in this and many other visionary projects that he had initiated.
The efforts of Dr Afzal Javed (a son of soil, who has done Pakistani psychiatry proud by his innumerable accomplishments and contributions to social psychiatry) ably supported by the energy and enthusiasm of A/Prof Nasar Sayeed have assumed their spiritual idols’ mantle. To bring the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation and the Eighth International Psychiatric Conference to Lahore Pakistan is a tribute to the blessed souls of Professor Rasheed Chaudhry and Haroon Rasheed Chaudhry.
Through this scientific activity, we can emphasise the all important need to seek jobs for the mentally ill, and bring into focus the significance of social psychiatry themes and evidence-based risk factors of adverse life events, unemployment, disasters, homelessness, migration, and social adversity. The implications of these issues are even greater in the Pakistan of today, and tomorrow, as the country has entered a new era in 2013.
All kudos to the organisers at Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, and Department of Psychiatry, SIMS, to link up and collaborate with international and regional associations and other national and international partners to draw luminaries from around the world to Pakistan. The Faculty of Psychiatry of CPSP wishes them Godspeed in their efforts, and extends our whole-hearted support for the academic goals of this Conference.
Professor Mowadat H Rana SI(M)
Dean, Faculty of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan
Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Afridi
It is indeed a pleasure to give this message on the occasion of 3rd Asian-Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation. I congratulate the organizers for holding this mega event on such an important area of psychiatry and pay warmest greeting to all the participants especially the international delegates.
Psychosocial intervention/ Rehabilitation is important during management of all psychiatric conditions especially those patients suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. This component of management not only decreases psychiatric disability but also lead to restoration of community functioning and well-being of an individual. The goal is to help disabled individuals to develop the emotional, social, motor and intellectual skills needed to live, learn and work in the community with the least amount of professional support i.e. to make the sufferer an earning member of the family and useful member of the society.
Enabling persons with persistent and serious mental illness to live a normal life in the community causes is indeed a shift away from a focus on an illness model towards a model of functional disability. In my opinion this will be very helpful to encourage people to invest in mental health and by enlarge reducing the stigma attached to mental illness.
The revised International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) includes a change from negative descriptions of impairments, disabilities and handicaps to neutral descriptions of body structure and function, activities and participation. A further change has been the inclusion of a section on environmental factors as part of the classification. This is in recognition of the importance of the role of environmental factors in either facilitating functioning or creating barriers for people with disabilities. Environmental factors interact with a given health condition to create a disability or restore functioning, depending on whether the environmental factor is a facilitator or a barrier.
This conference will enhance our skill by incorporating psychosocial intervention to defeat disease by Holistic approach to manage chronic psychiatric cases with multidisciplinary team involving caregivers.
Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Afridi
Head, Dept. of Psychiatry & Secretary, Academic Council, JPMC(Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre),
KarachiSecretary, Faculty of Psychiatry, CPSP(College of Physicians & Surgeons),
Prof. Unaiza Niaz
My sincere greetings on holding the VIII the International Psychiatric Congress On Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Lahore
Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Psychiatry is a neglected subject in the developing countries. With the changing trends in Psychiatric treatment and management, this aspect is vital in getting our patients back in the community life .Besides modernization, ,an urbanization ,nuclear family and dwindling family values ,psychiatric patients suffer further neglect and stigma.
This psychiatric conference is hoped to provide opportunities for psychiatrists both locally & internationally ,to share and learn from each others experiences and research work .
I wish a truly successful international psychiatric conference on psychosocial rehabilitation in Lahore.
Director,The Psychiatric Clinic & Stress Research Centre Karachi, Pakistan,Visiting Professor University of Health Sciences,Lahore Pakistan -Distinguish International Fellow ,APA,Chair ,Section on Women;s Mental Health & Honorary Member WPA,President, Pakistan Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Advisay Board Member,IAWMH
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Dogar
Dear Colleagues and friends
It is wonderful experience to welcome you to the ancient city of Lahore that hosted the dynasty of Mughal rulers long ago and it is the same city that is hosting the summit of experts in psychiatry in its very heart this season. I look forward to this 8th International Psychiatric Conference on Recent Advances in Rehabilitation, Biological, and Social Psychiatry as an opportunity to review and discuss the research done in the field in recent years, so that the facts may be shared and learnt in the welfare of the patients who badly need social, psychological, and biological rehabilitation. This event draws its importance from the fact that developing countries have long neglected the need of relearning the previously learned and un learned tasks and faculties; but the summit of experts this November is hailed since it proves that now we are learning the importance of the area. I hope that the knowledge shared here would be used to demark the avenues to the future researches on the topic. Setting aside the academic and research activities, I cordially appreciate the efforts of the organizers for the hard work they had put and are still putting in the event. I also thank the participants in anticipation, for sharing their knowledge among us as an advisor to the organizing committee. The final word is meant for the prayers, wishes, and aspirations in order to see the event to be successful; a rewarding experience for the participants to take home; and an eternal welfare of the psychiatric patients.
Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Dogar
Assoc. Professor & HOD
Psychiatry & Beh. Sciences
Punjab Medical College,