Catholic psychologists’ national conference held in Mangalore


Some 125 Catholic psychologists from all over India participated in the seminar organized by Conference of Catholic Psychologists of India (CCPI) and Psychologists of Karnataka – Mangaluru Region.

Inaugurating the three-day conference, Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangaluru said psychologists should help in well-being of people.

"It’s the duty of Catholic psychologists to build the positive image of the broken selves by following the example of Jesus himself. Psychologists have a role to play in the positive well-being of the persons," Bishop D’Souza said.

The website of CCPI was launched by Bishop D’Souza during the occasion.

Dr Fr C M Joseph Cherukunel, president of CCPI, gave a bird’s eye view of the three-day conference and its themes. He said, "Understanding of positive emotions is very important in the well-being of the person. 

Positive subjective experiences, enhancing human potentials and creating positive institutions enable the well-being of the person. The resource persons on the theme are well qualified and give lectures on different topics connected to positive psychology – a pathway to well-being."

Fr Thomas, the secretary of CCPI, Fr Peter D’Souza, the director of Pastoral Institute and Dr Fr Lawrence, director of Anugraha Counselling Centre Dindigal, Kamalesh Singh, deparment of HUSS ITT, New Delhi, Msgr Denis Moras Prabhu, the vicar general of diocese of Mangaluru, Fr Arun Lobo, the local organizer of the conference were present for the inaugural programme.

Dr Fr Lawrence Soosai Nathan delivered the keynote address.

The themes of the lectures are: ’Strategies to improve well-being; positive psychology perspective’ by Dr (MS) Kamalesh Singh, deparnment of HUSS ITT, New Delhi, ’Enhancing human potentials through 24 characteristics, strengths’ by Dr Sr Jenis Mary, vice-principal, Roshni Nilaya, Mangaluru, ’Enhancing the human potentials through resilience’ by Fr A R John, director of Family Apostolate, Latin Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram, ’Creating positive institutions’ by Aswini N V, director MUKTHA Foundation Bengaluru, ’Creating positive institutions through educational institutions’ by Fr Wilson Chakkyath, professor, Dharmaram College, Bengaluru.

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