Proceedings of 5th International conference on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy


Proceedings of 5th International conference
 on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

By Dr. Mohammad Irfan

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Association of Cognitive Therapists (PACT) in collaboration with Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar organized 5th International conference on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy on the theme, “CBT: Beyond the boundaries” in Peshawar, on 20th& 21st of December, 2014 at Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar. The event was dedicated to the martyrs of Army Public School (APS).

The first day of the event included two workshops conducted by eminent faculty. The workshop regarding “Management of Depression using CBT” was conducted by Dr. Bashir Ahmad (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar). The workshop was divided in three sessions having small intervals in between.  The second workshop regarding “Introduction to CBT with Psychosis” was conducted by Mirrat Gul (Consultant Psychologist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore). A large number of participants including students, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists participated in both the workshops.


Sitting on the dais during the 5th Int. conference on Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy from( L to R) are Dr. Muhammad Irfan, Mauna Gauhar, Brig.
Rashid Qayyum, Prof Khalid Mufti, Prof Salma Siddiqui and Prof Rubina Kidwai.

Sunday, 21stDecember, 2014 was the main day of the conference, which started at Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar with an impressive opening ceremony. The chief guest of the conference was Prof Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan Yousafzai (Vice Chancellor, University of Swat). Dr. Muhammad Aman Khan (Vice Principal of Peshawar Medical College and Head of Community Health Sciences Department) welcomed the guests at Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar and praised the efforts of organizing body for taking such a nice initiative and providing a joint platform to a pay a tribute to the martyrs of APS. Dr. Muhammad Irfan(Head, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and Chairman Organizing Committee for the 5th International CBT Conference) welcomed the guests on behalf of Pakistan Association of Cognitive Therapists. Prof Khalid Mufti (Patron of the Conference) stated the aims and objectives of the conference. Mirrat Gul (Vice President, PACT) narrated the year report of the PACT. The Chief Guest commended the efforts of Pakistan Association of Cognitive Therapists (PACT) on holding such a great event and hoped that such efforts will go a long way in promoting cognitive behavioural therapy and encouraging the clinical psychologists and psychiatrists into investing more in research.

The inaugural session was followed by the main plenary session which was chaired by Prof Sayed Muhammad Sultan (President, Pakistan Psychiatric Society) and was co-chaired by Prof. Salma Siddiqui (Head, Department of Behavioural Sciences, NUST Islamabad) and Dr.Nazish Imran (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, King Edward Medical University, Lahore). The first keynote lecture was by Prof. Saeed Farooq (Head of Psychiatry Department, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar) on the topic “CBT using Internet and Mobile technology: Applications and opportunities for developing countries.” This was followed by the talk from Brig. Rashid Qayyum(Consultant Psychiatrist, CMH Peshawar)and Prof. Muhammad Nasar Sayeed Khan (Head of Psychiatry Department, Services Institute of medical Sciences, Lahore). They spoke on the topics “Cognitive Paradigm in EMDR” and “Psychotherapy: Myths, Realities and Future in Pakistan”, respectively.


Prof Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan Yousafzai (Vice Chancellor, University of Swat)
along with Prof Khalid Mufti presenting shield to Dr. Muhammad Irfan
(Chairman Organizing Committee, of 5th International CBT Conference.

The second session titled “CBT for children: Its all about caring and learning” was chaired by Prof. Moin Ansari (Head Department of Psychiatry, Liaqat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro) and co-chaired by Dr. Wajid Ali Akhunzada(Head, Department of Psychiatry, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar) and Dr.MadihaAsghar (Head, Department of Psychology, Islamia College, Peshawar). Dr. Nazish Imran spoke on the topic “Evidence Base for CBT in Child Psychiatric Disorders”.The session concluded with a detailed question, answers session.

This was followed by a plenary session on“CBT for Elderly: Better than nothing”.Prof. Imran Ijaz Haider (Head Department of Psychiatry, Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore), Prof. Siamah Mahmood Qureshiand Dr Samina Said were the chairperson of the session. The lead speaker of this session was Dr.Muhammad Naim Siddiqi(Head of Psychiatry Department, SIUT Karachi) who spoke on “Challenges and Opportunities in CBT for Elderly”.

This was followed by two open paper sessions which were chaired by Prof Johar Ali (Vice Chancellor, University of Malakand) and Brig Rashid Qayyum (Consultant Psychiatrist, CMH Peshawar) respectively. The speakers of these sessions included Mirrat Gul, Hina Iqbal, Tayyeba Kiran, Aisha Bano, Muhammad Aslam and Hina Fayyaz. The speakers presented their own research papers on CBT.

This was followed by a plenary session on“The Cognitive Sphere”. The Session was chaired by Dr. Muhammad Idrees (Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar). The speakers include Prof. Salma Siddiqui  who spoke on “Lotus Rising From Water: A transformative experience in engineering  education at NUST”, Dr. Ayesha Abdullah (Vice Dean, Peshawar Medical College, Peshawar) on “Use of visual imagery for surgical skills’ development- A cognitive  perspective”, Prof. Khalid Mufti (Ex Principal Khyber Medical College and Professor of Psychiatry) on “Mindfulness based CBT for depression” and Mauna Gauhar (Director, Growing Edge) on “Cognitive Behaviour Approach in the Dimension of National Security  Concerns: A Mental Health Perspective”.

The sessions were followed by an exclusive panel discussion. Dr. Muhammad Irfan  was the moderator of the session. The topic was “In the memory of martyrs: Role of Media in promoting mental health and psychotherapies”. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mufti chaired the session while Brig Rashid Qayyum, Prof Salma Siddiqui, Dr Rubeena Kidwai, Mauna Gauhar and Dr.Salahuddin were among the panelists. Special emphasis was laid on the current situation of KPK in particular and Pakistan in general. The recent heartbreaking incident which resulted in the death of over 150 innocent children and staff members of Army Public School by a terrorist attack was discussed in the panel discussion in context to the media coverage. Both the positive and negative aspects of press and electronic media were highlighted. The panellists decided to come up with the proceedings of the conference and recommendations which can benefit the stake holders. The need to arrange a special workshop and training sessions for the media personnel was also highlighted in the session. Representatives from electronic media also participated in the session. Audience shared their views and gave an effective feedback.

The conference was indeed a great success. It not only served to provide a joint platform for the nation-wide reputed cognitive therapists, psychologist and psychiatrists but it also helped in highlighting the current psychosocial problems and suggested remedies. Pakistan Association for Cognitive Therapists thank all the delegates of the conference who gave their precious time and assured their participation and thus played their part in making the conference a real success.

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