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Psychology
  • Introduction
  • Courses
  • Staff members
  • Staff Achievements
  • Student Achievements
  • Add-On-Courses
  • Objectives
  • Activities
  • Psych Fest
  • Syllabus
The Department of Psychology was established in the academic year 1979-80. The department offers a high quality teaching-learning experience and an orientation towards research and skill-building through the curriculum as well as through the add-on courses and co-curricular activities undertaken by the department.
The students benefit from a carefully crafted curriculum that was upgraded when the college received its Autonomous status in 2018-19. New topics and pedagogies were introduced in the syllabus to meet industry demands and develop the skill-sets required to flourish as a psychologist.
The department also commits itself to helping students explore the field of Psychology within and beyond the syllabus. This is achieved through classroom teaching, guest lectures, seminars, workshops by eminent Indian and foreign scholars / professionals in the field, screening of movies with discussion, field visits, to name a few. In addition, students at the Master’s level get hands on work experience through internship programs and also benefit from campus job placements.
The program is also designed to help students develop analytical abilities by encouraging students to conduct research projects as a part of the practical papers. Apart from the students, the faculty, who are well-qualified and skilled in their specializations have undertaken various research projects sponsored by various institutes. They are also members of various professional associations, and thereby participate with their students in different seminars, workshops and conferences at the national and international level.
With a view to ensure continuous knowledge building, the department also has its own library, exclusively for the students and the faculty of the department and helps students in need by providing the required text books.
The success rate of the students at the T.Y.B.A. final University examination has been 100% for many years. In addition, the T.Y.B.Com students, who learn a Psychology-based paper in their final year, have also secured top ranks in the University examinations.
Degrees offered by the department include:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A)
Master of Arts (M.A) – Industrial Psychology

The department offers courses in B.A. (Psychology) and M.A. (Psychology).

Papers Offered in Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Course:

CLASS

PAPER

F.Y.B.A

(Semester I & II)

·         Introduction to Psychology (Paper I)

S.Y.B.A

(Semester III & IV)

 

·         Social Psychology (Paper II)

·         Human Development (Paper III)

·         Stress Management (Applied Component)

T.Y.B.A    (Semester V & VI)

 

 

 

 

 

·         Psychological Testing & Statistics (Paper IV)

·         Abnormal Psychology (Paper V)

·         Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Paper VI)

·         Cognitive Psychology (Paper VII)

·         Practicals in Cognitive Processes and Psychological Testing                 (Paper VIII)

·         Counselling Psychology (Paper IX)

Course In-take: 90 students

Papers Offered in Master of Arts (Industrial Psychology) Course:

SEMESTER

PAPER

I

·         Personality Psychology

·         Research Methodology

·         Statistics for Psychology

·         Psychology of Cognition & Emotions

·         Psychological Testing and Psychometric Practicals

II

·         Workplace Counselling

·         Intervention Systems in Psychology

·         Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice

·         Positive Psychology

·         Practicum in Industrial Psychology

III

·         Performance Management & Competency-based Assessment in Organizations

·         Organizational Behaviour (OB)

·         Organization Development (OD)

·         Human Resource Management (HRM)

·         Project Based Course 

IV

·         Consumer Psychology

·         Innovation and Change Management

·         Personnel Psychology

·         Internship

Course In-take: 60 students

  • Ms. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyMs. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyHead of Department
    Assistant Professor
  • Mrs. Keshmira PatelDr.(Mrs.) Keshmira PatelAssociate Professor
  • Ms. Khushali Adhiya ShahMs. Khushali Adhiya-ShahAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Karen AlmeidaMs. Karen AlmeidaAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Sayli GuravMs. Sayli GuravAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyMs. Suchitra Roy ChoudharyHead of Department
    Assistant Professor
  • Mrs. Keshmira PatelDr.(Mrs.) Keshmira PatelAssociate Professor
  • Ms. Khushali Adhiya ShahMs. Khushali Adhiya-ShahAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Karen AlmeidaMs. Karen AlmeidaAssistant Professor
  • Ms. Sayli GuravMs. Sayli GuravAssistant Professor

Ms. Ramola Thangiah

  • Mrs. Ramola Thangiah participated in the one-day workshop on Online CAS organized by the IQAC of the college on 26 July, 2018. 
  • Mrs. Ramola Thangiah, and Ms. Suchitra RoyChowdhury attended the inaugural function of LIGHTHOUSE, a unit set by Jaslok hospital especially for the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of the adolescents, at Taj Mahal Palace on the 11th of November, 2017.
  • She also chaired one of the sessions of the workshop

Dr(Mrs.) Keshmira Patel

  • Appointed Head of Department from 2019-20. 
  • Awarded the Ph.D (Arts) degree in the subject of Psychology by the University of Mumbai in 2019. 
  • Appointed as visiting faculty for M.A. Psychology course for the subjects: Human Resource Management & Organization Behavior from July, 2017

Ms. Suchitra RoyChowdhury

  • Presented a paper on “The Ought Self - a predictor for defensive pessimism” in MANSHODHAN that was organized by the college on 15th February, 2020.
  • Won the third prize in the poetry writing competition organized by SAHAYAM, New Delhi on child sexual abuse.
  • Published a research paper on “Effect of masking of imagery with picture-stimuli on the memory of students of Architecture and Humanities” in “International Journal of Soft Computing and Engineering”, volume 9, issue 4. Impact factor 5.68 (2018). ISSN 2231-2307 (online).
  • Completed the RUSA sponsored refresher course on ‘Democracy, Development and Digital Age’ organised by the HRDC, University of Mumbai from 29 May, 2019 to 12 June, 2019.
  • Published a paper titled ‘To study the effect of encoding and relevance of pictures on memory’ in European Journal of Business and Social Sciences ( EJBSS) Vol 7 April, Issue- April 2019.
  • Presented a paper on “Relationship between sense of control and personal growth initiative” in an ICSSR sponsored International Conference on “Holistic Health And Well-Being” at Veer Wajekar College, Uran in September, 2018.
  • Attended a multi-disciplinary national Conference on “Positive Footprints: Towards a Healthy Society” organized by Bombay Psychological Association In collaboration with Smt. P. N. Doshi Women's College, Ghatkopar on January 12 & 13, 2018.
  • Attended a one-week faculty development program on “Psychometrics Test Construction: Hands on Experience” at COEP, Pune from 18th to 22nd December, 2017.

Ms. Khushali Adhiya-Shah

  • Presented a webinar on ‘Re-wiring the Overthinking Mind’ for the Students’ Webinar Series 4.0 on 23rd May, 2020. 
  • Co-presented a paper titled “Creating Gender Safe Communities: Preventing Sexual Harassment & Abuse’ at the First National Conference on Community Mental Health organized by Amity University on 14 February, 2020. 
  • Presented a paper titled “Meaningful work and Quality of Life of College Teachers”, at the 23 rd International and 54 th National Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology (IAAP) organized by the University of Kurukshetra from the 14-16 February, 2019.
  • Co-resented the research project findings on “Contemporary Factors in Women’s Livelihood Across Cultures: A Psycho-social Investigation”, along with TYBA students at the Two-Day National Conference on Reweaving Terra Mater: Women, Ecology and Livelihood organized by the Faculty of Arts, Mithibai College on 11-12 January, 2019.
  • Invited to facilitate a workshop on stress management at the FDP program organised at the Malini Kishor Sanghvi College, Mumbai on 31st January, 2019.
  • Presented a research paper titled “Role of personality in the purpose-in-life, social intelligence and self-compassion among adolescents” at the 8th InSPA International Conference on School Psychology organised by Andhra University in Vishakhapatnam from 11-13th October, 2018. 
  • Received the Diploma certification in Transactional Analysis from SAATA in September, 2018. She received a score of 95 (out of 100) in her certification exams. 
  • Published an article titled “ The culture I grew up in & the one I now choose” in The South Asian Journal of Transactional Analysis, Volume 4, Issue no.2, July 2018 edition, pgs. 48-57. 
  • Published a research paper titled " Personality, Stress and Coping in Indian Adolescents: A Correlation Model" in the Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 8 (4) in March 2018. 
  • Attended the National Conference on 'Psychosocial Adjustability & Mental Health in India' organized by L.S. Raheja College of Arts & Commerce on 2 & 3rd February, 2018.
  • Attended a one-day workshop on "Role of internal complaint committee in prevention of sexual harassment of women” organized by Nagindas Khandwala College in collaboration with the Maharashtra State Commission for Women on 5 January, 2018. 
  • Participated in the Faculty Development Program - “Research Methodology and Data Analysis using Advanced Excel” conducted by UPG College of Management on 12 & 13 December, 2017. 
  • Published a review article titled “Book Review: The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy” authored by Dr.Viktor Frankl in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, Volume 8 on 6 December, 2017
  • Appointed as visiting faculty for MA Psychology (Part II) for the subject--- Consumer Psychology & Personality Psychology from July, 2017. 

Ms. Karen Almeida

  • Successfully completed a Two Week Faculty Development Program on "Managing Online Classes and Co-creating MOOCs: 2.0" organised by the Teaching Learning Centre and Research Development and Services Cell Ramanujan College, University of Delhi, from 18th May 20 to 3rd June 2020. 
  • Attended a Six-Day Online Intercollegiate Webinar for Teachers on ‘Mental Wellness During the Lockdown’ organised by Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) Department of Psychology and Counselling Cell of Chembur Trombay Education Society’s N. G.Acharya and D.K. Marathe College of Arts, Science, Commerce and Professional Courses from 11 May 2020 to 16 May 2020.
  • Guided students who won three prizes at Manshodhan 2019, a research cum project presentation competition of all the colleges under the SVKM banner. 
  • Appointed as the Coordinator of the Research Reading Circle, 2019. 
  • Invited to be an External Examiner for the Third Year Bachelor of Arts Psychology Examination.
  • Recipient of the UGC National Entrance Test Junior Research Fellowship (Psychology)

Ms. Sayli Gurav

  • Participated in a Two Week Faculty Development Program on ‘Managing Online Classes and Co-Creating MOOCS 2.0’ organized by the Teaching Learning Centre and Research Development and Services Cell Ramanujan College, University of Delhi, from 18th May 2020 to 3rd June 2020. 
  • Participated in the review process for the Balbharati's standard 11th H.S.C. psychology textbook at Balbharati Office, Pune in February 2020. 
  • Presented a paper called “Effects of Stigma in Indian Culture on the Perception and Acceptance of the Mentally Ill: A Socio-Cognitive Analysis.” at The International Conference on Cognitive Behavioural Interventions - INDIA 2017. 
  • Co-authored a paper on "Attempting to identify the Strengths and Skills of the Hijra Community - An exploratory study employing the lenses of Positive Psychology" presented at the 27th BPA Annual Conference on  Cultural Symbiosis: Psycho-social Perspective & Challenges (2020).

2019-20
  • Anushka Nair (MA Psychology II) won the First Prize in Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020 for her research presentation on “Effect of job characteristics model on job satisfaction”. She was guided by Ms. Sayli Gurav.
  • Saakshi Shrivastava (MA Psychology II) presented her research paper “A study of motivation through monetary and non-monetary rewards and its effects on job satisfaction” at Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Sayli Gurav. 
  • Dimple Bharwani (MA Psychology I) presented her research paper “Attempting to identify the Strengths and Skills of the Hijra Community - An exploratory study employing the lenses of Positive Psychology” at the 27th BPA Multinational Conference on 12-13 Feb, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Sayli Gurav.
  • Devanshi Shah, Radhika Kothari , Rajul Satia and Siddhi Aiya (TYBA Psychology) won the Third Prize in Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020 for their research presentation on “The relationship between fear of missing out, fear of negative evaluation and fear of rejection and subjective well-being of female teachers”. They were guided by Ms. Suchitra Roy Chowdhury and Ms. Karen Fernandes Almeida.
  • Aishwarya Ashar, Akshi Gadhia, Mariyam Momin, Saloni Shah, Sameen Shah & colleagues (TYBA Psychology) won the Consolation Prize in Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020 for their research presentation on “The relationship between body image, conformity to traditional masculine roles and subjective well-being among young Indian men”. They were guided by Ms. Suchitra Roy Chowdhury and Ms. Karen Fernandes Almeida.
  • Aishwarya Agiwal, Vidhi Boricha, Chandni Dhabalia, Huda Khan, Amra Kader, Prerna Sharma, and colleagues (TYBA Psychology) presented their research paper “Impact of Death attitudes, existentialism and religiosity on subjective well-being in young adults” at the International Conference of the Indian Association of Applied Psychology in January, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Suchitra Roy Chowdhury and Ms. Karen Fernandes Almeida.
  • Neha Patwardhan and Jhanvi Gami (TYBA Psychology) presented their research paper “Perceived stress and a Perceived social support as predictors of married working women in India” at Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Darshana Kulkarni, Ms. Juilee Lele and Ms.Nisargi Shah.
  • Hasti Mehta, Prachi Mistry, Neha Parasnis and Ovi Raut   (TYBA Psychology) presented their research paper “Effect of altruism on subjective well-being: a cross community comparison” at the 27th BPA Multinational Conference on 12-13 Feb, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Darshana Kulkarni, Ms. Juilee Lele and Ms.Nisargi Shah.
  • Mansi Mehta & Ramanpreet Kaur (SYBA) won the First Prize in Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020 for their research presentation on “The Impact of counterfactual thinking on student motivation and perceived competence”. They were guided by Ms. Karen Fernandes Almeida.
  • Isha Shah, Nupur Goel, Soumita Ramesh, Yusra Dawnak (SYBA) presented their research paper “Attitudes towards cheating in examinations and cheating behaviour among students” at Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Karen Fernandes Almeida.
  • Neha Patwardhan (TYBA) presented a paper ‘Subjective well-being of married working women in India’ at Manshodhan (Mithibai College’s Research Competition) on 15 February, 2020.
  • Twisha Chheda (SYBA) represented University of Mumbai at a national level Rope Mallakhamb competition in Amritsar in March, 2020.
  • Twisha Chheda (SYBA) and Bhavesh Patel (FYBA) presented a paper “Domestic Violence during COVID-19 Lockdown: A Pandemic within the Pandemic” in the Students’ Conference organized by Mithibai College on 28-29 May, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Khushali Adhiya and Dr. Khevana Desai.
  • Stuti Shah (SYBA) presented a paper, “Child Abuse during COVID-19 Lockdown: Psycho-social exploration of the Voiceless Cries” in the Students’ Conference organized by Mithibai College on 28-29 May, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Khushali Adhiya and Dr. Khevana Desai.
  • Krutik Shah (SYBA) and Rushab Bhatt (TYBA, Philosophy) presented a paper, “Social Media Abuse during COVID-19 Lockdown: Case Study Analyses” in the Students’ Conference organized by Mithibai College on 28-29 May, 2020. They were guided by Ms. Khushali Adhiya and Dr. Khevana Desai.
  • Meghana Bakshi and Umamah Arzoo Khan (SYBA-A) presented a paper, “The Role of  media in the practice of Protective Behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic” in the Students’ Conference organized by Mithibai College on 28-29 May, 2020. She was guided by Ms. Karen Fernandes Almeida. 
  • Jhanavi Raval (TYBA, Psychology) represented India as the senior-most dance member in an international folk dance competition representing India at the 20th Buyukcekmece Cultural Art and Dance festival in Turkey, and won the Jury’s special award. 
  • Maitri Bamboli (SYBA) won the Best Stall – Aesthetic award for her services in chocolates at the Entrepreneurship Fair organized by Mithibai College.
  • Sneha Chovatiya (TYBA) engaged in one Research Internship (at The Allsyk Lifestyle Company) and two Content Writing internship opportunities (at Service 4 Start-Up and Script Team).
  • Urmi Gada (SYBA) offered 33 hours of volunteering social services at the Dilkhush School for Special Children. She is offering volunteering and social media services at Hamari Pahchan NGO, Delhi as work-at-home intern. She also completed an online course on Basics of Child Psychology from Udemy. 
  • Riya Shah (SYBA-A) won the second place as an International Press reporter for Model United Nations. She also volunteered for the Dilkhush School for Special Children.\
  • Pujal Shah (TYBA) learned Spanish and also took an advanced course in AI and Business skills from Tata Consultancy Services. 
  • Briti Aulakh (FYBA A) was crowned Miss. Vividh 2020, a festival organized by Usha Pravin Gandhi College of Law. 
  • Omkar Kate (FYBA B) cleared his French A2 examinations. He has undertaken several courses over the year: personality development (from Pathik HRD Institute), psychology course (Cogito Training Institute), psychology course (Coursera course from Yale University), psychology course (Coursera course from University of Toronto), Social psychology course (Coursera course from Wesleyan University). 
  • Manya Wadhawan (FYBA) interned for two months at an HR recruitment firm. 
  • Shriya Shah (FYBA) completed a one-month internship at S.L Raheja Hospital a Fortis Associate under Counseling psychologist Mr. Carlton D'Souza, Clinical psychologist Dr. Tara and Psychiatrist Dr. Kedar Tilwe. 
  • Tanisha Vakharia (FYBA C) participated and won several prizes in cultural festival events (Umang, Kaleidoscope, PsychInsight, Reclamo, Meraki Fest,etc.). She has also interned as Assistant PR Head at an event management firm, and also as a content writer in Psychology. She received a diploma in Broadcast Editing from Arena Animation Andheri and has also volunteered at Angels Express Foundation. 
  • Yashvi Badani (SYBA) volunteered at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders society (PDMDS) for five months. She completed her internship at InnerHour for five months. 
  • Krupa Sheth (SYBA) volunteered at the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders society (PDMDS) for three months, interned at InnerHour for four months, at the Indian Road Safety Campaign for one month, attended Art Therapy Workshops by Fortis Mental Health Organization, attended a seven-days workshop on Case Study Writing in Clinical Psychology Setting PsychSchool. She has also attended several other workshops over the year. 
  • Sanjana Pillar (SYBA) volunteered at the Dilkhush School for special children for 6 months.
2018-19
  • Kaylin Margolis (TYBA Psychology) won the Gold in female flyweight category and ProAmateur K1 champion in Kickboxing at the Bodypower India 2019. She also secured 2 wins for team Mumbai Dons at the Gwalior Amateur Fight Champions League.
  • Harshita Agrawal, Stuti Thakkar & Vaishnavi Desai (TYBA Psychology) won the third place in the event ‘Psychsurprise’ at the Jai Hind College fest PsychInsight 2019.
  • Aishwarya Ashar and Khushi Munver (SYBA Psychology) won the first prize in the event ‘Corporate Chaos’ at the D.G.Ruparel College festival Psynergy 2019.
  • 8 SYBA and 15 TYBA students of Psychology attended the Two Day National Conference on Psychology for Health, Happiness and Humanity organized by the Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College, Vashi on 22 and 23rd February, 2019. Group representations of the two TYBA groups also presented their research project findings at the conference.
  • 9 SYBA students of Psychology participated in Psychedelia, the Vivekanand College Fest on 20 & 21st February, 2019.
  • TYBA Psychology students Sanaea Buhariwala, Arima Bhatnagar and Jessika Baria contributed and presented the research project findings on  “Contemporary Factors in Women’s Livelihood Across Cultures: A Psycho-social Investigation”, at the Two-Day National Conference on Reweaving Terra Mater: Women, Ecology and Livelihood organized by the Faculty of Arts, Mithibai College on 11-12 January, 2019.
2017-18
  • T.Y.B.A (Psychology) students - Ms. Fatima Tejani & Ms. Nidah Merchant under the guidance of faculty Mrs. Khushali Adhiya-Shah, published their research paper titled “A Study On Social Media And Substance Abuse As Coping Mechanisms In Indian College Students” in the Indian Journal of Mental Health. [ISSN Number: Print ISSN – 2394-4579; Online ISSN – 2394-6652]. They also presented the research findings in the National Conference on 'Psychosocial Adjustability & Mental Health in India' organized by L.S. Raheja College of Arts & Commerce on 2 & 3rd February, 2018.
  • S.Y.B.A (Psychology) students - Ms. Arima Bhatnagar, Ms. Sanaea Buhariwala and Ms. Jessika Baria, under the guidance of faculty Mrs. Khushali Adhiya-Shah, won the 1st prize in the poster presentation of their research findings in their research on "Pursuit of Happiness: Relationship between practice of Religious Rituals and Personal Well Being"  at the  National Conference on 'Psychosocial Adjustability & Mental Health in India' organized by L.S. Raheja College of Arts & Commerce on 2 & 3rd February, 2018.
  • Students from the first, second, and third year attended a multi-disciplinary national Conference on “Positive Footprints : Towards a Healthy Society” organized by Bombay Psychological Association In collaboration with Smt. P. N. Doshi Women's College, Ghatkopar on January 12 & 13, 2018.
  • Students from first, second, and third year attended a talk on “Developmental Neuroscience” at Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, Mumbai on 20th January, 2018.
  • T.Y.B.A. Psychology students who had 100% attendance in Semester V (2017-18) were felicitated by the Principal.
  • T.Y.B.A. Psychology students bagged first position in “Psyc Surprise” and “Role Play” competitions in the Inter-Collegiate Psych fest (PSYCINSIGHT) of Jai Hind College held on 25th December, 2017
SWA-SHODH
Swa-Shodh is a short-term certificate program organized by the Department of Psychology for the degree college students. It is a dual objective program designed to help the students introspect, and also learn the tenets of a particular theoretical perspective that enables them grow as practitioners and also as individuals. The program helps the undergraduate students to gain an in-depth knowledge of a particular psychological viewpoint and thereby attempts to broaden the understanding of the syllabi. The knowledge assimilated through the course also helps the learners to apply to themselves and get to their TRUE SELVES. Some of the perspectives in Psychology covered through the program are "Dealing with Anxiety Through Mindfulness", “Ego- Management Through Psychoanalysis", and "Gestalt Therapy ".

RESEARCH READING CIRCLE
Research Reading Circle is an initiative of the Department of Psychology, instituted in the academic year 2016-2017, that aims at introducing students to the field of Psychology through reading and discussing research articles from the various subfields of Psychology. Participation in the Research Reading Circle enables students to gain an understanding of various research methodologies employed in psychological research, the tools that can be used to statistically analyze data and the process of designing a research project, from conceptualization to data analysis and interpretation. In addition, the course exposes students to the use of technology such as Google Forms and Microsoft Excel in the research process. The course also provides students with hands-on experience, through participation in a group research project, from its conceptualization to the presentation of research findings. Knowledge gained throughout the course is assessed via short online quizzes and the mini-research project undertaken by student groups.
Second and Third Year Psychology students interested in understanding the various facets of research in the field of psychology and empowering themselves from an academic and research point of view are eligible to participate in the course.
At the end of the course, students will: 
a)Develop an understanding of research conducted in the area of psychology.
b)Gain hands-on experience in conceptualizing, executing, analysing, interpreting and   presenting self-developed research ideas in a public forum.
c)Understand the ethical practices to be kept in mind when conducting research.
d)Have the potential to present their mini-research project at student conferences, seminars or webinars.
e)Have an opportunity to use the knowledge gained outside the confines of the course.  


Brief Details
Aim:  To enable students to gain an understanding of (a) various research methodologies employed in psychological research via the discussion of select research articles, (b) the tools that can be used to statistically analyze data and (c) the process of designing a research project, from conceptualization to data analysis and interpretation.
Duration: 24-hours, conducted during academic year.
Eligibility: SYBA and TYBA Psychology Students.
Certification: Yes (by the department).
Co-ordinator: Ms. Karen Fernandes Almeida, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology.

PROJECT H.O.P.E
  • Envisioned in the academic year 2017-18, Project H.O.P.E (Healing Our Peers through Empowerment) is a peer-mentoring training program for the third year students of Psychology. It is a robust, 30 hours of hands-on training module that imparts the practice of basic helping skills (a part of the larger psychological counselling process). Students of Third Year Psychology are eligible for this program, as an extension of their theory paper IX of TYBA (Counselling Psychology). 
  • Practicing psychologists are invited are resource persons to train and supervise the trainees. They learn practically how to engage in helping others within ethical guidelines of the APA (American Psychological Association) and ACA (American Counselling Association). Helping skills they learn include active listening, primary empathy, non-judgemental acceptance of people, critical thinking, creative thinking, reasoning, boundaries, multi-focussed responding, use of helpful language, avoiding giving of advice and story-telling, etc. The training involves discussions, role plays, activities and reflection. At the end of the training period, the trained students are available as ‘mentors’ for their peers in college, to offer the immediate, first help required in distress during college hours, in the college campus.
  • The outcomes of this training program are revealed in the easier application of concepts by the trained mentors. They are more naturally able to engage in helping skills and practice the ethical ways of offering mental health support at this level.

    Brief Details
    Aim: To develop ethical mental health support and helping skills through hands-on experience, encouraging the application of Counselling Psychology paper of TYBA.
    Duration: 30 hours, conducted during academic year.
    Eligibility: TYBA Psychology Student.
    Certification: Yes (by the department).
    Co-ordinator: Ms. Khushali Adhiya, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology.
  • Effective assimilation and application of concepts.
  • Overall development of skills in the world of work.
  • Lay the foundations for higher studies in Psychology
  • Foster interest in psychology as a field of study and research.
  • To establish national and international linkage through cross-cultural and collaborative research.
  • To enhance the collection of books and journals.
  • To enhance growth and application of the principles of psychology in personal life.
2019-20
  • Lecture at the Beach: One lecture of Stress Management (Applied component in SYBA) was organised on the Juhu Beach in December 2020, to experience the hands-on understanding of the curriculum concepts such as relationship between pets and stress, importance of yoga and exercise as stress management techniques. Students brought their pets and the stress-relieving relationship with the pets was explored. Basic breathing and physical exercises were performed. 
  • As a part of the Counselling Psychology curriculum in TYBA, students Priyendra Tiwari, Varnaya and Tej Pickle conducted an awareness session on the understanding of the sexual minorities group (LGBT+) for their peers in February 2020. Through an interactive, activity-based and informative session, they explained the meaning of and helped differentiate between each of the various identities, presented facts on the challenges faced by the community, the legal protection available for the community in the country as well as the challenges in Counselling members of the community.
2018-19
  • The department screened the movie “Doctor Strange” for the second year students of Psychology in July, 2018.
  • The department screened the movie “15 Park Avenue” for the third year Psychology students on 18th January, 2018 to enhance students’ understanding of the mental disorders specifically, schizophrenia.
  • Session on Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse: A session discussing the concern and prevention of child sexual abuse was conducted in collaboration with the Muktha Foundation (Bangalore) for the SYBA and TYBA students of Psychology on 16 February 2020. This was conducted to supplement the learning of the POCSO ACT (2012) in the curriculum of SY and TYBA psychology. The session was facilitated by Ms. Ashwini N.S. who emphasized the importance of going beyond the realm of ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ as abuse does not always start with ‘touch’. S.A.F.E.T.Y.R.U.L.E.S is a model devised by the foundation which she explained in great detail where each letter stands for a specific caution. She talked about the various kinds of sexual abusers, especially opportunistic abusers and preferential abusers and how they function. She spoke great lengths about how children engage in non-verbal behaviours when they’ve been abused and spoke of the common behaviours or warning signs children engage in. Ms Ashwini gave our students an outline on how to confront the child if they’re displaying these signs. She spoke from experience and research as she addressed the students on acts such as POCSO and its implications. The session was interactive and informative.
  • Workshop On Personal & Professional Skill Enhancement Through Creative Arts: A 16-hour skill enhancement course, titled ‘Workshop for Personal & Professional Skills Enhancement through Creative Arts’ was organized by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with Lighthouse Center for Arts in Therapy and Guidance & Care Foundation. The workshop was facilitated by Mrs. Zill Botadkar and Ms. Bhavisha Sanadhya, experienced and reputed Art Based Therapists and Educators. Across four sessions in the month of January, 35 Third Year Psychology students were familiarized with various forms of artistic expression (viz. music, dance, visual arts, play) and its effectiveness in fostering a deeper understanding of self and others. In addition, they were trained in the skills of observation, listening, mindfulness and compassion through this artistic format. Student group presentations on the application of the course content to the needs and issues of various target groups (viz. adolescents, children with special needs, elderly) along with constructive feedback from the facilitators, helped the students generalize what they had learnt to the real world setting.
  • The Department of Psychology invited Mrs. Archana Gharate, the librarian to orient the TYBA students about the Jitendra Chauhan Library on 28 June, 2018. Mrs. Gharate informed the students about the various resources and facilities available to them in the library. She briefed them about the physical as well as virtual/e-library and demonstrated how they could access the facilities online. She also explained how they could access books, journals, magazines, research databases, OPAC, etc. Students asked questions which were answered by Mrs Gharate. They learnt how to conduct a research search with the help of our resourceful databases. Students greatly benefited from this session.
2017-18
  • The department arranged a field visit to Kokilaben Hospital, Andheri for the third year psychology students to observe the neuro-imaging techniques like PET scans, MRI, FMRI.. on 22nd August, 2017. The visit was also coupled by a lecture by the vising psychiatrist Dr. Shaunak on “Changes in the brain in Organic and Mental Disorders”.
  • The Department organized the second Parent-Teacher Meet on the 23rd of Sept., 2017 between 10.00a.m. and 12.00 p.m. Ms. Khevana Desai was also invited to address the parents on “Gender Sensitivity”.
  • Ms. Heta, an alumnus was invited to speak to current T.Y.B.A. Psychology batch on “Future Prospects of Education and Careers in Psychology” in 2017.
  • The Department of Psychology in collaboration with the SISTER LIVING WORKS organized an event as a part of H.O.P.E. project on the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and the family members of individuals who attempted suicide were invited to talk to the H.O.P.E. volunteers at Juhu Jagruti Auditorium in 2017. 
  • The department invited Ms. Delshad Kalantry (Alumnus) to speak to the current third year psychology students on “Preparing to apply to Universities in Australia for higher studies in psychology” on 30th January, 2018.
PSYCHFEST - MIND LABYRINTH
Mind Labyrinth is the annual festival organized by the students of the Department of Psychology. The festival celebrates a central theme/message through exciting games in the psychology laboratories, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and competitions. The core organizers (third year students of Psychology) and volunteers (second and first year students of Psychology) explore their talents, creativity, critical thinking, decision-making, reasoning, use of helpful language, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, team building skills and much more throughout the planning and execution of this two-days fest. Here is a glimpse into the celebrations of Psychology through Mind Labyrinth in the last three academic years.

MIND LABYRINTH 2019-20
‘U, Me Aur Hum: Strings of our Relationships’
The Psychology department of Mithibai College organized yet another fascinating year of its annual Psychfest Mind Labyrinth on the 24th and 25th January, 2020. The theme for the year was ‘U, Me aur Hum: Strings of Our Relationships’ and it aimed at understanding the colorful strings that work between individuals in a relationship, helping them to co create a space that strengthens them together. The fest was inaugurated with a session on neurobiology of love conducted by Dr. Neha Shah.
The fest enveloped a workshop titled “Kshama Virasaya Bhushanam” was conducted by Ms. Mansi Chedda which highlighted the process of forgiveness and stated that forgiveness is a choice and not an emotion. A play on #Priorities, directed by Mr. Ronak Naik, was yet another highlight of the fest which beautifully depicted how social media is affecting the equations in a relationship and how one’s priorities are changing over time. Two intercollegiate competitions were also organized.
The showstopper event was the panel discussion ‘Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi’, which welcomed three couples that hurdle beyond conventional societal norms- a middle aged live-in couple, a couple identifying as homosexual and a recent remarried elderly couple. They helped everyone understand the uniqueness in the bond they share. This was truly an insightful discussion as the panelists expressed that in any form of relationship it is extremely essential to have trust, love and respect and it is equally important for one to empathize and communicate with their partner which would help one create a space that would allow homonomy.
Several other activities were also arranged during these days that welcomed people of all age groups to be a part of the fest. One of them was a fun filled treasure hunt that promoted the role of interpersonal relationships and the shared the gifts of strengthened communication and trust. Several games were also arranged based on relationships that helped players enjoy and relieve stress and various fun stalls were set up in the admission area of the college.
This fest ended with everyone taking back evergreen memories of sharing, learning and growing together, creating a space that allows one be oneself and yet binds them in a beautiful and strengthened bond with others that promotes homonomy.
Pre-event: Live Out Loud (LOL): Mind Labyrinth’s Pre-event this year was exclusively for teachers and non-teaching staff. The students of TYBA psychology organised a five days event exclusively for the teachers and non-teaching staff of Mithibai College from 16-20th December, 2019.. The events were conducted by the students and were based on the concept of Flipped Classroom – students themselves conducted workshops for their teachers and non-teaching members on art therapy, dance therapy (Zumba lessons), yoga therapy (partner yoga relaxation), obstacle race and free dance sessions. The objective of this event was to offer a platform for the teachers and non-teaching staff to experience catharsis from their heavy work schedules and enjoy the feeling of togetherness and belonging – this is in line with the theme of the festival Mind Labyrinth this year: ‘U, Me Aur Hum: Strings of our Relationships’

MIND LABYRINTH 2018-19
‘Reality Check: Awareless to Awareness’
The annual intercollegiate festival of the Department of Psychology was conducted on 24-25 January, 2019. The festival this year followed the theme ‘Reality Check: Awareless to Awareness’, which focused on busting myths and misperceptions about psychology, mental illnesses and social concerns such as discrimination. The fest, organized by the TYBA Psychology students offered several exciting games, intercollegiate competitions, a workshop and a panel discussion, all revolving around the theme. Several colleges across the city participated in the two-day festival, which was inaugurated by a department alumnus, Ms. Leena Prabhoo.
A workshop titled ‘A mine called Mind – CBT in Application’ was organized which aimed at bringing an awareness in the faulty and distorted thought processes through the techniques of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Saloni Hemani; through the medium of activities and interaction, she helped the young participants explore how their faulty thought patterns often result in feeling low and upset and angry and thereby how, a change in our thought processes can help one live in a more healthy way.
The flagship event of this year’s festival was the panel discussion titled ‘Glamorization and Discrimination Unplugged’. While the workshop focused on individual thoughts’ polarization, this panel discussion explored the polarized thought and behavior patterns in the society at large. It addressed the concern of glamorization and romanticization of mental illnesses to the extent of resulting in life-threatening situations on one hand, while the discrimination of the LGBTQ, and more specifically the transgender community on the other hand. Panellists for the glamorization phase included a clinical psychologist Ms. Anastasia Dedhia, a psychiatrist Dr. Pavan Sonar, a school counselor Mr. Cyril George and a therapist Ms. Gopa Khan. The panelists of the discrimination phase included three transgender social activitists – Dr. Yoga Nambiar (social activist and performing artist), Mx. Mansi Tripathi and Mx. Vicky Shinde who shared slices of their own journey as transgenders, their experiences along with the amazing work they engage into to empower and protect their community. The panel was enriched by the experiences of Ms. Naseem Kachwala, a counselor who has also worked in the area of transgenders. This panel discussion was appreciated by principal Dr. Rajpal Shripat Hande as well.
Intercollegiate events – Muses of the Mind (poetry slam) and Lights, Camera, Awareness (film making contest) also added to the aim of introducing awareness. The exciting games and food stalls also contributed to the success of the festival which received an overwhelming response and positive feedback from all participants and visitors.

MIND LABYRINTH 2017-18
‘Emotional Hygiene: Deconstruct to Construct’
The annual intercollegiate Psychfest of the Department of Psychology, SVKM’s Mithibai College of Arts, Science & Commerce was conducted on 24-25th January, 2018. This year the festival embraced the topic “Emotional Hygiene: Deconstruct to Construct”, which focussed on acknowledging and cleansing of our emotions on a daily basis, just as we practice physical hygiene. The fest, organized by the TYBA psychology students, offered several exciting games, intercollegiate competitions, seminars and workshops, all revolving around the theme. Over 20 colleges across the city participated in the two day festival, which was inaugurated by Dr. Harish Shetty.
Two seminars and two workshops were organized during the festival. The first seminar was on the topic “Master your Emotions” which was facilitated by Dr. Anjali Chhabria. Through an interactive session, she helped the audience explore how emotions are experienced, labelled, how they drive our behaviour and thereby, how they can be managed to live effectively. The second seminar was on the topic “Vulnerability is Strength”, facilitated by Ms. Deepti Makhija. Walking through the various emotional experiences shared by the student audience, she explained how our vulnerable emotions can be used to challenge ourselves and how they in turn empower us, making that vulnerability a strength.
The two workshops were ABCD and Pawfect Therapy. The first one, ABCD- Anybody Can Dare, Come Dare To Be You – focussed on sharing the know-hows of Dance and Movement Therapy. Facilitated by Dance & Movement Therapist Ms. Kshitija Suryavanshi, the workshop created a space and offered insights to the audience to experience how emotions express themselves in some form of movement in our bodies and how these movements can help us create an awareness of our emotions. We can watch our emotions and explore what they mean to us. Thereafter, we can also some movements to help us feel lighter, acknowledge ourselves and our relations and thereby experience emotionally hygiene.
The second workshop – Pawfect Therapy- focussed on sharing the idea of animal-assisted therapy to the students. It was facilitated by the Animal Angels Foundation - Ms. Radhika Nair, Ms. Foram and Ms. Deepika along with their therapy dog Lilo. The team explained the meaning and benefits of animal-assisted therapy and how it is conducted with the presence of a therapy animal. The presence of the therapy dog Lilo facilitated the audience’s understanding of such a therapy, and its utility in healing clients dealing with several concerns such as mental challenges, trauma, etc. The festival this year received an overwhelming response and positive feedback for all the events and games.