Seminars at NIP

Drugs and Youth

Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation
17th February, 2020

Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation (KKAWF) conducted a seminar regarding Drugs and Youth at National Institute of Psychology. Ms. Cristina von Sperling Afridi, (Chairperson KKAWF) and Ms. Lubna Ghani Haya Uddin represented the foundation. The first part of the session was regarding orientation about KKAWF. Ms. Lubna shared that The Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Foundation, is a Pakistani, Non-profit Non-Government organization registered under Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies 1961, was founded in 2015, and focuses on raising awareness in Pakistani youth of the tragic consequences of drug dependency. It was founded by Cristina Von Sperling Afridi and her husband, Ambassador Tariq Khan Afridi, following the death of their 19 years old son Karim. The foundation has successfully provided a model of prevention and awareness in the educational institutions in Pakistan and aims at engaging our youth through Drug Awareness, Sports, Environment, Arts & Culture and Civic Sense. The foundation intends to play a catalyzing role for youth and the communities in which they live, by bringing together the key Government and Civil Society stakeholders to address the menace of drug use.

In second half of session Ms. Cristina von Sperling Afridi highlighted the major causes of drug usage. Reflecting on high prevalence rate of drug usage among Pakistani youth, Ms. Afridi shared that it‟s high time to train peer educators on major life skills and intervene effectively to deal with this issue. KKAWF has proposed a program named „Unplugged –Hum Saath Hain‟, a Training Programme for Drug Abuse Prevention in educational settings. „Unplugged‟ is an evidence based European Union Drug Awareness programme, which has already been implemented in the Middle East, Africa, and Brazil. The UNODC introduced this program in Pakistan, where KKAWF culturally modified the programme according Pakistani needs and renamed the programme as 'HUM SATH HAIN', led by Mrs. Lubna Ghani Hayauddin, Educational Consultant KKAWF. The foundation is keen to run this program with students of National Institute of Psychology.

Achieving Success in Media

Ms. Nida Fatima Zaidi

Ms. Nida Fatima Zaidi, an eminent writer, producer and director conducted a seminar at National institute of Psychology”. She has worked over a decade in media and has established her skills in multiple genera of TV programs ranging from documentary to music and drama. Her talent in directing documentary & docu-drama has been acclaimed by National Television (PTV) with four nominations as Best Producer for the years 2006-2010 and the Awards for Best Producer for the years 2007-2008. In 2012, her short film New Way to Peace a story of a nine year old Indian child visiting Pakistan, received Exemplary Contribution Award for Peace Promotion, by Jang Group & Nutshell Forum. Her main focus of discussion was regarding “Achieving success in media". She is also an alumni of National Institute of Psychology. Reflecting back on her journey at NIP, Ms. Zaidi highlighted that time spent at NIP helped her a lot to develop a sensitive and critical attitude. Both these aspects have helped her a lot in her professional carrier. She shared that studying psychology has helped her in her professional life as she is aware of the psychological issues faced by women and children because of which she can keenly observe what is happening around in society and portray it in form that is appealing to general audiences. She shared that she considers herself lucky as she got a chance to interact with teachers at the institute as because of this she realized that it‟s important to be vocal about issues related social justice and equality.

Team Creativity and Innovation and Leadership

6th November, 2019

Prof. Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon (Director, I/O Psychology Graduate Program; Director of Innovation, Center for Collaboration Science) of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), USA delivered seminar on “Team Creativity and Innovation and Leadership” on 6th Nov 2019 in National Institute of Psychology (NIP), Center of Excellence. Seminar was organised under Pakistan Universities Linkages Program of University of Nebraska, Omaha(PULP-UNO). Around 80 participants attended the seminar. Participants were faculty of UNO and 3 leading universities of Pakistan (Quaid-i-Azam University, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, and Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences) and students of MPhil and PhD. Seminar started at 11:30 am.

Dr. Humaira Jami (Alumni PULP-UNO) introduced the PULP and the participants and speaker of the seminar. On behalf of the Director NIP, Prof. Dr. Anila Kamal, she thanked Dr. Patrick McNamara (Director, International Studies, UNO), Dr. Rao Nadeem (Anthropology Department, QAU), and Mr. Buland (Coordinator PULP) for their support in organising the event. Prof. Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon during her lecture stressed upon the need of diversity in team building to promote creativity and innovation. Good leaders acknowledge diverse ideas and provide psychological safety to team members to work for creative but feasible ideas. They play active role in team building and embrace multi-disciplinary approach in team selection. She concluded her talk by highlighting existing research gap in areas of creativity and leadership. After question answer session, faculty interacted with students and then proceeded for the lunch. Activity was concluded on good notes to strengthen future ties between UNO and universities of Pakistan. Dr. Anila Kamal gave away souvenirs to the UNO professors and faculty of NIP gave a warm send off to all guests.

Reported by: Dr. Humaira Jami

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