Second batch of Postgraduate Certificate Course of Psychotherapy (CBT) begin in KMC

Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: Six month second batch of Postgraduate Certificate Course of Psychotherapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy inaugurated in Khyber Medical College. Department of Psychiatry Khyber Teaching Hospital & Khyber Medical College has started under the supervision of the Course Director Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad. This certificate honor that this course is the first of its kind in Pakistan which is certified training course affiliated with Khyber Medical University Peshawar. The event was inaugurated by Dean Khyber Medical College & Chief Executive KTH / KMc / KCD Prof Dr Mehmood Aurangzeb. Course Director Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad told the Dean that he has completed his work up on upgrading CBT course to a one year Diploma. He also briefed Prof Mehmood Aurangzeb about the deficiency of Psychiatrists in Pakistan, i-e less than 500 Qualified Psychiatrists for whole Pakistan i-e 220 million populations and suggested to start a 2 years postgraduate diploma in psychiatry. There are total 20 participants one from Quetta, Rawalpindi, Batkhela, Lower Dir & Abbottabad, two from Mardan whereas 12 from Peshawar. CBT is a specialised form of psychotherapy aimed at helping people suffering from various mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and phobias without the need for taking medicines. Guest of Honor, Prof Dr Muhammad Idrees and Dr Imran Khan also gave suggestions to address the issue of deficiency of Psychiatrists by public health model, to train GPs & start postgraduate Diploma in psychiatry to address this deficiency. The workshop was facilitated by Bridg Rtd Prof Mowadat Hussain Rana, MTI KTH Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad, Assit Prof Psychiatry Dr Imran Khan and clinical psychologists Robina Sarwar. Dean KMC & Chief Executive MTI KTH / KMC / KCD Prof Dr Mahmood Aurangzeb showed his firm commitment to support all academic activities and asked Dr Bashir Ahmad and Assit Prof Dr Imran Khan to prepare work plan for the postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatry at the earliest possible. Department of psychiatry thanked Professor Mehmood Aurangzeb for his support and gracing the occasion.