In a first: UoP to begin forensic psychology courses

VC Rasul Jan highlights importance of trauma counselling


Our Correspondent April 26, 2016
University of Peshawar. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

PESHAWAR: University of Peshawar plans to begin forensic psychology courses in Pakistan to help lawyers understand key principles regarding testimonies of expert witness.

This was revealed by UoP Department of Psychology Head Dr Muhammad Jehanzeb at the inauguration ceremony of a new block for the department at the varsity.

The new block has been constructed at a cost of Rs42 million. It comprises four classrooms, two laboratories and ten counselling chambers.

UoP Vice Chancellor Muhammad Rasul Jan inaugurated the block.

Addressing the participants, Jan said the department of psychology has been producing excellent professionals of the field since its inception in 1942.

“This is why its graduates [from this department] have outnumbered other relevant departments in the civil and military services of the country,” he said.

According to the VC, the role of a psychologist has become particularly important in a country that has been ravaged by militancy.

“Those suffering from trauma need immediate counselling,” he said.

Jan lauded the efforts of the psychology department for launching counselling and assessment centres and a trauma centre for journalists working in the field.

“The counselling chambers shall be made open to the public for psychological treatment,” he said. “People from areas affected by militancy shall be treated on a priority-basis.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2016.

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