Event Calendar

BALM Prospectus 2022-2023

Time for a new year and new courses! We are refocussing on knowledge and good practice in Mental Health and will be offering short courses to improve understanding and awareness of the challenges faced by mental health services in low-middle income countries. As well as continuing our work to build capacity and skills in the mental health sector to meet the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. For more information please download our prospectus.

Our Newsletter is out for 2022 Q1!

We are excited to announce the very first issue of newsletter for BALM Jan-March 2022. Each quarterly newsletter will highlight the events, workshops and courses that BALM has undertaken in the quarter. We will also give out details of up-and-coming events in the next quarter, so you know what to expect and what calendar dates to book for events, training and projects. This year we present a number of short courses which are only going to grow through the year.  The aim of these courses, apart from skill building to bridge the care gap, is to create value frameworks that will …

Placement cell @ TISS-BALM 2021-2022

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (TISS-BALM) began their collaboration in 2013.  Innovation is the cornerstone of The Banyan, BALM, and TISS which are constantly reinventing themselves to best serve the larger community, by building the most well-equipped, democratic, and ethical leaders of tomorrow. The Placement Cell is a student-driven initiative being operated under the guidance of the Dean, a member of the Board of Trustees and the college faculty. The Placement Drive 2022 is being organized to recruit students pursuing their MA in Social Work in Mental Health and MA in …

Workshop on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

BALM is bringing a workshop for the mental health professionals which will help the participants gain a good insight into the theory and practice of acceptance and commitment therapy. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) belongs to a group of third-­wave, or contextual cognitive behavioral therapeutic, approaches that emphasizes altering the way people relate to their thinking and feeling, rather than directly trying to change the form or frequency of these internal experiences (Hayes, 2004).  The 2-hour workshop will be conducted by Dr. Gitanjali Natarjan, currently working as a Professor and HOD in the Dept. Of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of …

Closing Ceremony: Grief and Bereavement Counselling Helpline

The grief helpline which began as a response to COVID-19 on May 21st came to an end on 23rd December. A closing ceremony was held at the Centre to celebrate the efforts of everyone involved in this initiative. Our co- dean Dr. Ravikanth gave a welcome speech, followed by the outline of the program given by Ms. Rao (Lead, CTSI) and a vote of thanks by Mrs. Sankaran (HOD, Psychology department). Our volunteers joined the event to share their experiences and learnings with us. The initiative was supported by the National Health Mission (NHM), Tamil Nadu and Dr. Darez Ahmed …

Sundram Fasteners Lecture Series

The first Sundram Fasteners Lecture was held in 2020-21 where we highlighted the interplay between mental health and the culture of indigenous communities in India. This year, in the 2nd edition of the Sundram Fasteners Lecture series, we will explore the complex nexus of #homelessness and mental illness.   Eminent speakers including health practitioners, academicians, professors and public health professionals will join the panel to throw some light on good practices, solutions, and approaches that are affordable and scalable.  We will explore strategies to prevent homelessness amongst persons with severe mental health issues. Models that have proven effective in preventing the recurrence of homelessness. How do we scale …

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COURSE INFO

Open Dialogue Foundation course 2021

Sundram Fasteners Centre for Social Action and Research is pleased to welcome you to our 2021 Open Dialogue Foundation course. We are fully online with the course now, and with it being delivered by an international team of Trainers we welcome applications from around the world to participate and grow their skills in Open Dialogue. …