Workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Professor Graham Turpin

Professor of Psychology
University of Sheffield, UK

The workshop on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) was held on the second day of the conference and was conducted by the keynote speaker for ICAP 2014, Professor Graham Turpin. Prof. Turpin, an internationally recognized researcher and an academic in the field of Clinical Psychology, is a professor and the former head of the Psychology Department of the University of Sheffield, UK. His research focuses on experimental psychology in order to understand and treat psychological disorders, and in particular concentrates on the basic processes underlying attention and emotion.

The workshop was conducted with the aim of showcasing the importance of psychological intervention in helping victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Depression caused by various natural disasters and diverse sociocultural issues. Professor Turpin also discussed how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can facilitate supported self-help for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, cross-cultural applications of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and differences in manifestations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder cross-culturally.

The participants of this workshop varied from psychologists and clinical counselors to academics and students of Psychology.

Workshop on Sports Psychology

Professor Peter C. Terry

Professor of Psychology
University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Professor Peter C. Terry, Director of Research Training & Development and Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia conducted the Sports Psychology workshop on the second day of ICAP 2014. Prof. Terry, who specializes in the areas of mood responses, applications of music in sport, exercise and psychometrics, is a much celebrated sports psychologist who has provided psychological support to more than 1,000 international professional performers at international events including the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup competitions, The Ashes, cricket series as well as the Commonwealth Games.

The Sports Psychology workshop was indeed conducted with much enthusiasm where topics including maintaining motivation in sports, and performance improvement through evidence based strategies and techniques such as managing anxiety and mood fluctuations were discussed and even demonstrated.

The participants of this workshop comprised of many renowned sportsmen and sportswomen from around the world including Mr. Marvan Atapattu, former Sri Lankan cricket captain and present Head Coach of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team; Mr. Trevor Penney, Assistant and Fielding Coach of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team as well as Rear Admiral Shemal Fernando, reputed athlete, eminent sports administrator and the Chef de Mission of the Sri Lanka team for the 17th Edition of Asian Games, held in South Korea in 2014.

Workshop on Issues of Cross Cultural Research in South Asia

Dr. Thulitha Wickrama

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Auburn University in Alabama, USA

The third day of ICAP 2014 hosted a workshop on the Issues of Cross Cultural Research in South Asia conducted by Dr. Thulitha Wickrama, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Auburn University in Alabama, USA. Dr. Wickrama, who was the former Dean of Post- Graduate Studies at CIRP, focuses his research mainly on multi-level additive and multiplicative processes through which experiences with community, work, family, and natural disasters influence marital outcomes and mental, physical, and behavioral health outcomes (e.g. depression, obesity, risky health behavior) of adolescents and adults.

The workshop conducted focused on topics such as cross cultural validation of research methodologies & tools in multi ethnic, multi-cultural societies, practical barriers of applying research methods in challenging environments and policy implications of research in developing countries.

Several researchers, academics and students participated in this workshop during which intense discussions and exchange of opinions were a major highlight.