• Early bird registration closing date is on 10-01-2019
  • Last Date for the submission of abstract: 31-01-2019
  • Last date for the submission for full paper: 15-02-2019

About the Conference

About the Conference

Today's world is considered to be an era of technology. Remarkable change in the workplace culture is brought by Globalization. Both employer and employee experience uncertainty. To cope with the changing environment and especially the uncertainties leads to workplace stress. These problems can affect an employee's work performance through lowered productivity, increased absenteeism and conflict with coworkers. Apart from work related issues, personal issues can also have a similar effect in the work place as everyone experiences life-crisis issues at different stages of their lives.

Both employers and employee are in search of mental health providers to maintain their mental wellbeing. Workplace counselling services can play a powerful role in supporting a healthy work environment. Workplace counselling is therapy offered to employees of a company, often through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), that provides employees with a safe place to discuss any issues that they're struggling with. In 2012, UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) reviewed the outcome of more than 28,000 EAP counselling interventions. A key finding from the study is that 70% of the EAP clients were demonstrably shown to recover or improve after their counselling intervention. Workplace counselling is helpful for employees to cope with life challenges and employer to establish a reputation as an employer that cares about staff.

The Department of Counselling Psychology, University of Madras, has organized the present International Conference to explore and experience the latest development in the field of work place counselling. Also to help the professionals to update themselves with the challenges and concerns faced by the employers and employees.

Chief Patron: Dr. P. Duraisamy,
Vice Chancellor,
University of Madras.



Dr.R. Srinivasan,
University of Madras


Organizing Secretary:

Associate Professor & Head i/c
Department of Counselling Psychology,
University of Madras

Organizing Committee:

Dr.U.Vijayabanu- Joint Organizing Secretary
Ms. Shruti Rao- RF
Ms. Shalini L.- TRF
Ms. Deepika Theagarajan - RF
Ms.Sridevi C - RF


Advisory Committee:

Dr. Christina Augustine,
Head - HR, NESS technologies, Canada

Research Review Committee:

Dr. U. Vijayabanu, Guest Faculty
Ms. Vidya Muralidharan, Clinical Psychologist, Guest Faculty
Ms. Darshini Madanagopal - SRF
Ms. Sonali Srinivasan, Consultant Psychologist, Guest Faculty



Mr. David Levine,

Mr. David Levine is a behavioral health wellness and multinational expert with 28 years in the field with industry leaders such as Hazelden Foundation, Human Affairs/Aetna, Medco Behavioral/Magellan, ComPsych, Optum Int'l/UnitedHealth. His career path emphasized a balance of clinical work: individual and family counseling and addictions treatment and shifted into operational and customer development roles, managing provider networks and call center/UR services, and leading account management and sales teams. He helped push the evolution of workplace-based employee support services from occupational alcoholism programs, to Employee Assistance (EAP), WorkLife, Managed Behavioral Health, and Wellness. Mr. Levine has authored publications on employee counseling and support and has spoken on global wellness at conferences including National Business Group on Health, Global EAPA, Asia Pacific Employee Assistance Roundtable (Tokyo, Goa, Melbourne, Seoul), Asia Emergency Assist Conference, and more. He is on the Board of Directors for Alternatives, Inc., a non-profit youth outreach center in Chicago. Mr. Levine's key achievements include starting substance abuse and employee support programs for NFL, DEA, IBM, & GE, Integrating EAP and behavioral operations into Aetna Health, Growing ComPsych from small regional EAP to multinational provider of EAP and FMLA administration, Establishing multinational growth for PPC/Optum through key EAP & Wellness programs including JPMorgan Chase, IBM, Google, Dell/EMC, Medtronic, Abbott, HP, American Airlines, & Accenture, Developing provider contracts and relationships in over 50 countries throughout Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA, Expanding service delivery from primarily phone and in-person to innovative web-based applications, Lecturing at Schools of Social Work, as well as industry conferences and Leading Board of Directors at Chicago non-profit, Alternatives for Youth.


Dr. Philip Armstrong,

Dr. Philip Armstrong is a world-renowned counsellor, author, international speaker, presenter, MC, trainer and facilitator who has been featured in TV, radio, digital and print media across the globe including Vogue, Cleo, The Financial Times and The Age. Dr. Armstrong won the Brisbane Business Achievers Awards for Community Services. He is best known for his work as an international advocate of counselling, he is passionate about the ethics of accountability within the profession of counselling and is the founder and editor of Australia's only peer reviewed paper back counselling journal "Counselling Australia". Dr. Armstrong has authored and contributed to numerous books on counselling and psychotherapy.


Mr. Amber Alam,

Mr. Amber Alam is an accomplished leader with 14+ years in Healthcare and Employee Wellness and Benefits market space. He heads the India business as a Country head for Optum India and also manages Business Development and Sales for India and Singapore. Mr. Alam is a PRINCE2® practitioner and a seasoned program manager with experience in handling high profile projects over multiple geographies. Mr. Alam has presented as a Keynote speaker at EAPA and has also presented at various APEAR, NHRDN and other HR benefits forum across the globe. Amber has been serving the APEAR board as a board member since 2015./p>


Dr. Mohan Raj,

Dr. S. Mohan Raj is a Consultant Psychiatrist , founder and Director of Tharu Clinic, a Multi Specialty Clinic which provides comprehensive Psychiatric Care. He is an accomplished mental health specialist who from 1992 to 1995 has been teaching Post graduate students at NIMHANS and has presented many research papers at National and International conferences. He was awarded the 'P.V. Subramaniam Gold Medal' for proficiency in Psychiatry and he was also the recipient of the 'Jayaram Award' for the best research paper at the Annual conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society, South zone in 2000. Dr. Mohan Raj is a reviewer for the Cochrane network for Evidence based medicine.


Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar,

Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar founded Sneha in 1986, India's premier suicide prevention centre. Dr. Vijayakumarwas instrumental in the inclusion of suicide prevention in the National Mental Health Policy of India and she is currently working towards decriminalization of attempted suicide. She is a member of the WHO's Network on suicide research and prevention and a member of the International Academy of Suicide Research. She was the Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention for four years and is currently the national representative for India. She has been conferred with 'BharathiGnananda', 'Woman of the year' and 'For the sake' honors awards in India. Dr.Vijayakumar was the first Indian Women to be awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom.


Dr. Hema Tharoor,

Dr. Hema Tharoor has over 17 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry. and has completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Fogarty International Center, Washington School of Medicine, St. Louis, ,USA in ADHD pharmacogenomics. Dr Tharoor is currently working as Consultant focusing on clinical work, post graduate training, psychotherapy and research . Prior to this, she was the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, where she received the Dr.TMA Pai Gold Medal for Excellence in Medical Research. She was also awarded the Fogarty International Center Clinical, Operational and Health Services Research Training Award (FIC-ICOHRTA).She has also contributed to other awards like the Dr. G. Udya Kumar Memorial Award for Best paper on Family Issues from the Annual National Conference of ISPSW (Indian Society of Professional Social Works), in addition to being selected for the Dhruv Kumar Award for Best paper in Psychotherapy twice, from the Karnataka State Annual Conference of Indian Association of Psychiatrists (KANCIPS). Dr Tharoor has many publications in peer-reviewed and indexed journals, co-authored several chapters in books in psychiatry .


Dr. Prithika Chary,

Dr. Prithika Chary has been practicing medicine from 1974, neurology from 1978 and neurosurgery as well from 1990 in the city of Chennai. She has vast experience in managing patients with various neurological disorders. Her interest and specialization is in Brain Disorders Like Migraine, Stroke, Epilepsy, Dementia, Degenerative Disorders of the Brain like Parkinsonism, etc and Neurorehabilitation. CREATIVE KARMA is the brainchild of Dr. Prithika Chary to make a person lead better and happier lives, which is facilitated by Wealth & Wellness solutions. Through Creative Karma Dr.Prithika Chary uses her knowledge of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP Master Practitioner), Image Consulting (Qualified by Image Consulting Business Institute (ICBI), India), Training skills (City & Guilds of London certified trainer and ICBI trainer, NABET & Scottish Qualifications accredited) and Soft Skills (ICBI certified) to enable a person to be their best in every sphere of their lives./p>


Dr. Shriraam Mahadevan,

Dr. Shriraam Mahadevan is one of the eminent and well known Consultant Endocrinologist in India having more than a decade of impeccable experience in the field of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Health. He has been serving across major hospitals in Chennai viz. Apollo Group of hospitals, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Malar Hospital, SRMC Chennai. Dr. Shriraam Mahadevan believes in empowering the next generation of Endocrine Physicians with world class knowledge and expertise in the field of Medical Endocrinology and is one of the distinguished and qualified Medical Endocrinologists within India. As a passionate investigator in various clinical research and drug trials, Dr. Mahadevan actively contributes to the Field of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and also serves a Visiting Faculty for the Blue Chip Medical Institutions across Chennai like Apollo Group of Hospitals, Fortis Malar, Sundaram Medical Foundation, and Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute to name a few.


Dr. S. Karthikeyan,

Dr. S. Karthikeyan is a Chennai-based L&D professional with a proven track record in the area of Human Resources. His doctorate is on Training Psychology and Health Psychology and he employs his 20 plus years of rich professional experience in making RISEN Consultancy a company that delivers. Starting off as a project fellow in the University of Madras, he went on to work in the HR departments of many big companies including MRF, KONE, ISEL and CavinKare. He was working as a freelance consultant before co-finding Risen Consultancy. An expert in assessing and consolidating training needs across an organisation, Dr. Karthikeyan has been acknowledged for his proficiency in a wide range of activities and practises related to HR.


Ms. Narmadha,

Ms. Narmadha is a Cambridge Certified Psychologist and Specialist in Teaching & Training, with several International Certifications in the application of Psychometric tools and techniques, and is a Counsellor and Coach certified by the International Coaching Federation. She has more than a decade of experience in analyzing and facilitating performance improvement of people, as individuals and as a team, across various organizations and sectors. Ms. Narmadha is an expert in HR processes and has specialized in OD initiatives and delivering high performance work culture.