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EXTENSION ACTIVITY - MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT DRIVE: 12 MARCH 2022 - DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY (PG)

The Department of Psychology, Postgraduate Centre took part in an extension activity on 12 th March 2022. The activity conducted was a “Mental Health Assessment Drive” for the children of SOS Children’s Village, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore. As a part of the drive, mental health assessments were conducted for 16 children at the facility. The aim of this activity was to conduct mental assessments for the students in need for it and to help the children’s village identify children in need of additional support and remedial intervention.

As a part of the activity, final year students, under the supervision of faculty of the department conducted IQ assessments for children. The age group for which assessments were conducted was from 9 to 14 years. Both boys and girls were a part of the assessment. Each student was assigned with a child and assessment was conducted on a one-to-one basis. The children participated enthusiastically in the assessment and it was a new learning experience for the final year postgraduate students. A discussion was held with the director of the facility on how each child fared in the assessment before sharing the reports and suggestions were given on how children can be helped to improve their intellectual faculties.

Objective of the event was to conduct mental health assessments for children at the facility and help identify those who are in need for additional support and remedial intervention. Final year students also got a hands-on experience of how mental health assessments are conducted for children and how a report in done. It was a great learning experience for the postgraduate students and a day well spent.

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