Pune: Pune will host the third edition of “WARMCAMP International Military Psychology Conference” at Hotel Sagar Plaza from 12th August -15 August 2017. The first two days will be workshops followed by two days of back to back conferences. “WARMCAMP International Military Psychology Conference” has been conceptualised by Lt. Col. Dr Samir Rawat, PhD, Combat Veteran, Mention-in-Despatches (Kargil), Indian Armed Force’s First Home Grown Military Psychologist. The main aim of the conference is to stress on the importance of military psychology and its application in context of challenges to soldiers on the war front as well as stabilising the home front for the soldier by building strong resilient military families. In all events not only is the soldier affected, but their spouses back home and their children also undergo tremendous pressures. The motive was to help our personnel bounce back from stressful events and help their spouses back home cope with the pressure of single-handedly running a family. With a view to stabilise the home front for the soldier by building
resilient military families, the sole objective of WARMCAMP has been to
connect between experimental learning at ground zero of military
environment on one hand and evidence based scientific academic research on the other.
Some of the topics which will be deliberated by a host of Indian and International experts include Leadership Development , , Resilience , Social Challenges for a Soldier , Self Management , Stress Management including Post Traumatic Stress , Gender Sensitization in the Armed Forces ,Emotional Intelligence , Rehabilitation etc. The first two editions of the conferences were held in Pune in 2015 and Jaipur in 2016.
Giving details about the conference, Lt. Col. Dr Samir Rawat said ‘my aim is to create pool of resources that can serve the Armed Forces and the PMF in form of psychologists with certain competencies that will facilitate in serving those who serve the Nation . Wounds on the surface are simpler to manage; the psychological impact that military operations have on a soldier is often ignored and precipitates mental illness in the individual affected if appropriate interventions not factored in before, during and after exposure to combat. Psychology is gaining currency all over the world, with terror attacks happening everywhere. Dr Ole Boe, a professor from the prestigious Norwegian Defence University who, like Dr Rawat, too is a combat veteran recollected that when NATO forces went into Afghanistan, their psychologist went with them as part of the team. Nicola Paget is an academic and practitioner in the UK and a founding member of a new training and research foundation to promote resilience and positive transitions of military communities. She said “military psychology is very diverse subject not often correctly understood. International collaboration and exchange of ideas and sharing of expertise is essential and I have great pride in being a part of WARMCAMP”.
A strong advocate of creating awareness about military psychology as a field of study, Rawat has written a book on the same, which is co-authored by military psychology experts from different countries. The book was released at the WARMCAMP held in Jaipur in November 2016. This year too, his book ‘Military Psychology and Leadership development’ will also be released during the conference.
Dr Rawat added that whether during war or post war, Military Psychology is gaining prime importance and should be developed as a separate stream; he hoped that realising the need, colleges and Universities would soon offer undergraduate and post graduate courses in military psychology.Col. Rawat has also presented a paper on this subject in a similar conference in Portugal held last year and recently returned from Romania where he was invited by the Romanian Armed Forces to conduct a training workshop for their officers and military psychologists.
Experts from UK, USA, Brazil, Norway, Sweden and Estonia including Dr Merle Parmak ,a special forces veteran and recipient of the prestigious Harry Geer Award for military psychologists will share their experiences and expertise. During the Workshop part of WARMCAMP, the chief guest key note speech will also be delivered by philanthropist and founder of MPower , Mrs Neerja Birla and during the WARMCAMP conference ,by Mrs Alka Sirohi, IAS, Former Secretary to Government of India and former Chairman ,UPSC.
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