About This Conference

The 9th InSPA International Conference

Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat

With the tag of the cleanest city in Asia, Gandhinagar is the administrative capital of the Gujarat located on the western bank of Sabarmati River around 25kms from Ahmedabad. Named after the father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhinagar is the second planned city of India, after Chandigarh. The city is divided into thirty organized sectors, each of them beingpedestrian-friendly and self-contained with many parks, monuments, gardens and grand civic buildings.

Tourists never miss a visit to the Akshardham Temple, built of pink stone and beautiful carving around it. The other places attraction are Gandhi Ashram, Sidi Syed Mosque, Adalaj Ni Vav, Sun Temple at Modhera, Indroda Dinosaur and Fossil Park, SaritaUdyan and the the Majestic Sabarmati River front.

Gujarat is also very famous for its mouth watering Gujarati cuisine and for the people looking for traditional Gujarati Handicraft a visit to Law Garden and Gujarati Handicraft stores is a must.

PanditDeendayal Petroleum University, Gandhi Nagar

PanditDeendayal Petroleum University is located in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It strives to broaden the opportunities for students with ever increasing industry-academia collaboration. PDPU comprises four prominent schools namely, School of Petroleum Management, School of Petroleum Technology, School of Technology and School of Liberal Studies. School of Liberal studies offers a four year bachelor degree specializing in the domain areas of Management, Social Science, Humanities, Commerce and Science, Two years Masters programme in Public Administration, Political Science-International Relations, Psychology and English along with Ph.Dprogrammes.


The nearest airportis the Ahmedabad airport which is 14 kms and the distance fromAhmedabad (Kalupur) railway station is 22 kms.

Faculty of Liberal Arts

PDPU has launched School of Liberal Studies which currently offers a Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees that equips a student to develop an array of intellectual and practical skillsto understand the continuously changing world. School of Liberal Studies offers courses in Humanities and Social Sciences. Courses in Humanities include English and Mass Communication and Social Sciences include Psychology, International Relations, Public Administration and Economics.

Indian School Psychology Association (InSPA)

InSPA is a voluntary non-profit psychological service society. The primary aim of the Association is (i) to develop School Psychology as a sub-discipline, to promote value-based education and training to meet the needs of society, (ii) to promote communication among professionals who are committed to the improvement of the mental health of children in schools, and (iii) to establish Centers and promote high quality School Psychology programmes to meet the needs of specific groups, particularly children and teachers. InSPA is an affiliated association of the International School Psychology Association, USA and Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, India.

InSPA has initiated to create awareness regarding the need for School Psychology training and services to the school teachers and children. With this mission, we have made a humble beginning by collaborating with like-minded teachers and psychologists who are trained in the field of educational, counselling and clinical psychology with the keen interest in School Psychology.

The first InSPA national conference was organized at Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur from 26th to 28th November 2011, the 2ndnational conference was held in Calicut University, Calicut in 2012, the 3rd national conference was organized at NIEPMD, Chennai in 2013, the 4thinternational conference on School Psychology was held at Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam in 2014,the 5thInternational conference was conducted at KBP College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai in 2015, and the 6th InSPA International conference was held at Pondicherry University on 13th - 15th October, 2016. The 7thInSPA International conference was held at Mysore University on 09th - 11thNovember, 2017 and 8th InSPA International conference was held at Andhra University on 11th - 13th October, 2018. All these conferences consist of keynote speeches, concurrent scientific sessions, presentation of papers, symposia, workshops, poster session, exhibition of products made by the Special children, cultural programmes, social events, interactive sessions and childrens assembly.

Conference Theme

School Psychology: Empowering Professional Skills and Competencies


  • The main objective of the conference is to highlight the importance of empowering professional skills and competencies among theschool teachers and professionals.

The conference structured around the following sub-themes:

  • Scope for empowering professional skills and competencies.
  • Recent advancements in School Psychology competencies.
  • Current approaches in skill development among teachers and children.
  • Curriculum designing for empowering professional skills and competencies.
  • Best practices in professional skills and competencies
  • Empowering professional skills and competencies suitable for Indian Schools
  • Eastern and Western models ofprofessional skills and competencies

On each sub-theme of this conference, a team of invited speakers/experts will deliver keynote presentations.

Important Dates

Organising Team

Key Note Speakers

B. Hanfstingl is a Senior Assistant Professor, University of Klagenfurt, Austria. Her scientific work is directly related to the basic studies of psychology, where she worked in a research project addressing the developmental processes of families for more than 15 years.

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Psychology and Human Well-being Research Centre Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.

K Ramachandran is a Scientist and Director, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), New Delhi. He has acquired specialization in the areas of Experimental and Human Engineering, Aviation Psychology and Environmental Psychology.

Academician, Amity University, India

G P. Thakur is the former President of Indian School Psychology Association and has three decades of experience in teaching, research and administration.

P. Jeyachandran is the member, Rehabilitation Council of India and resource person for School Psychology training programmes. He is the President of Vijay Human Services, Chennai and an expert in the field of mental health.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Balan is an Associate Professor in Faculty of Psychology and Education, University Malaysia Sabah. He is specialized in youth and community development program in UMS.

The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia

Northwest Normal University China

UNISEL, Malaysia

MaSPA, Malaysia

Sri Lanka

Parenting Trainer, Yayasan Social Foundation Tingkat 3, Manickavsagam 1, JalanRahmat, 50350 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia


12th InSPA General Body Meeting

The 12th General Body Meeting of the Indian School Psychology Association will held on 14.11.2019 at 12.00 noon at PanditDeendayal Petroleum University, Gandhi Nagar. Prof. B. Mukhopadhyay, President, InSPA will preside over the meeting. InSPA members are requested to send their proposals if any for consideration on or before 15th October, 2019.

Leadership Workshop

The leadership workshop will be held on the first day of the conference between 02.00 and 05.00 pm. The participants are invited InSPA members only.

Pre-conference Workshop on School Psychology

The purpose of this workshop is to enable a practitioner, researcher, or other educational professional/teachers to present specific innovative techniques, methods and tools for psychologists from a practical point of view in relation to the conference theme. This is a three-day workshop on School Psychology Competencies on13th November, 2019.

i. One-day workshop on Learning Disabilities on 13th November, 2019

Convenor: Dr. Lalitha Subramanian, Sri Ramachandra Medical University, Chennai

Poor academic performance of school children could be due to their inability to attain adequate literacy skills especially related to reading and spelling. Such difficulties could also be an indication of learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Early identification of learning disability demands for timely and effective remedial intervention. Such intervention enables students to cope with academic challenges better and can make the difference between failing to achieve desired academic outcomes and substantially improved academic performance. School teachers and special educators play an important role in identifying students learning difficulties, due to their frequent and close classroom contact and observation of students.

ii. One-day workshop on Game Based Therapy on 13th November, 2019

Convenor: Dr. Sarah Manickaraj, Presidency College, Chennai

Game-based therapy facilitates learning by laying its foundations upon the game, the process more easily followed while the concepts assimilated.The game creates a virtual environment that recreates realistic situations (simulations). This way, users (students) learn to function in a safe context, but with rules, interactivity and feedback. The student accepts rules more easily in a playful environment: following certain rules, students can advance and succeed in the game. If they dont play by those rules, however, they wont beat the levels. It is an efficient training tool because it incorporates gaming elements: challenges, fantasy, motivation, easy achievement metrics (levels, ranking, score), as well as satisfaction by the achievement of goals. The progress through levels, characteristic of game-based therapy and strategies, allow for an increase in the difficulty of achieving certain goals.

iii. Three-day training programme on School Psychology Competencies

Convenor: Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Pondicherry University, Puducherry

India is a nation depicting unity in diversity. It is the largest democracy with a huge number of students population. It is a multi-cultural and multilingual fast developing country in the Asian subcontinent. It has diverse schooling systems, which cater to the needs of the children. Children of these schools need proper psychological guidance to learn and acquire skills and abilities which can be provided by School Psychologists. In this background, the InSPA is moving ahead of setting up its Institute of School Psychology for the purpose of research and training in School Psychology. This a major initiative of InSPA to conduct training programmes by inviting International experts to India. This three day workshop is to provide hands on training on school psychological competencies.

Workshop Modules

  • Theoretical framework of School Psychology.
  • Role of school psychologists, Overview of ISPA standards and Code of Ethics
  • Knowing the world of school settings in India, Rules, Acts, Policies and knowing the school settings in India
  • Safe School and friendly accreditation
  • Psychological Assessment and Intervention Techniques
  • Yoga and Meditation for school children

Childrens Assembly

This is a special event of the InSPA to help and motivate the children. The Childrens Assembly will held on the second day of the Conference between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon. The children from various places in and around Mysuru region will assemble and interact with the School Psychology experts. A new concept Memoroid will be introduced to the children. Maximum 300 students between the age group 14 -17 years will be admitted to this session.

Expert: Prof. V.S.R. Vijayakumar. He isFormer Professor, Chairperson- Research & PhD in the Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur. His area of specialization is Organizational Behavior and Psychometric tests.

Cultural Event

Cultural programmes will be arranged in the evening of the first day (6.00 p.m.) followed by dinner.


This is a special event of the InSPA to help and motivate the parents and teachers. The GeneralAssembly will held on the third day of the Conference between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon.

Expert: Mr. Gunapathy Arumgam, Parenting Educator, Malaysia

InSPA Awards

To promote School Psychology in India and to acknowledge the contributions and yeoman services by individuals / Institutions, InSPA has instituted someawards, whichwill be presented annually. Any InSPA member may submit nominations of individuals/ institutions with valuable documents on or before 30thAugust 2019 for the following awards:

i) InSPA Educational Excellence Award

This prestigious award is conferred on an educational Institution for its remarkable services to the field of School Psychology. The award has been instituted in collaboration with Gujarat Law Society, Ahmadabad.

ii) ISPA-InSPA Leadership Award

This award is conferred on an individual for his/her remarkable leadership services to the field of School Psychology. The award has been instituted by Prof. Janet Muscutt, Secretary, ISPA, United Kingdom.

iii) InSPA School Psychology Services Award

This is bestowed on an individual for his/her remarkable School Psychology services. The award has been instituted with the honour of Indian Institute of School Psychology Research and Training.

iv) InSPA - P. K. Subbaraja Trust Best Performance Award

This prestigious award is given to those who have contributed extraordinarily for the promotion of School Psychology services. The award has been instituted by the P. K. Subbaraja Trust, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu.

v) Dr. Barbara Hanfstingl - InSPA Best Paper Award

This award is given annually to the best research paper submitted for presentation in the InSPA annual conference. This award is instituted by Dr. Barbara Hanfstingl. The best paper(s) will be selected by Dr. Barbara Hanfstingl (Chairperson) and the two nominees of InSPA (Members) based on the conference papers submitted for presentation.

vi) Prof. Manju Thakur Leadership Award for School Teacher

This is bestowed on an individual for his/her remarkable School Psychology services in schools. The award has been instituted by Prof. G.P. Thakur, Former President, InSPA, New Delhi.

vii) Prof. Erika Voigt Young Scientist Award in School Psychology for PhD Research Scholars

This is bestowed on an individual PhD/MPhil Research scholar for his/her remarkable School Psychology research work/publication/field work. The award has been instituted by Prof. Erika Voigt, School Psychologist,Germany.

viii) Shri. P. Panchalan InSPA Best Paper Award

This is bestowed on a best paper published in the book/journal of the Indian School Psychology Association. The award has been instituted by Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Secretary, InSPA in memory of his father. A three-member committee consisting of one Governing Council member of the InSPA, Dr. Panch. Ramalingam or his nominee and a member nominated by the Governing Council of InSPA will select the suitable paper of the year for the award.

ix) Shri. P. A. Sharma Best School Psychology Trainer Award

This is bestowed on an individual best trainer of the School Psychology. The award has been instituted by Prof. Kiran Devendra, New Delhi in memory of her father.

X) School Psychology Award for Best School

This is bestowed on a best school in India who practices school psychology services. The award has been instituted by Prof. Kiran Devendra, New Delhi in memory of her husband.

Proposal for Presentation

Proposals are invited for symposia (90 minutes),round tables (45 minutes), workshops, individual paper and poster presentations(Poster size-30 x 20 inches).

Submission of Papers for Oral Presentation / Publication

Delegates are requested to submit their abstracts/ papers following APA style on any of the listed sub themes. To ensure a consistent high quality of all the presentations, participants are requested to submit the abstract in 100-200 words. The full text around 5000 words can be sent by email: inspaindia@gmail.com.



1. Firstly, fill in Registration

2. Submit Registration

3. Acceptance Notification will be Emailed to Participants on 31st August 2019.


Registration Fee

Regular Registration closes on 31st August 2019.

InSPA Members

SL. No Category Dates Early Bird 31.05.2019 Regular 31.08.2019 Spot Registration
1 Faculty and Professional 14-16 Nov 2019 Rs.2000 Rs.3000 Rs.4000
2 Research Scholars and Students 14-16 Nov 2019 Rs.1000 Rs.1500 Rs.2000
3 Three day training on School
Psychology Competencies
15-17 Nov 2019 Rs.2000 Rs.3000 -
4 Pre-conference One day workshop 15th November 2019 Rs.1000 Rs.1500 -
5 Accompanying person 14-16 Nov 2019 Rs.1500 Rs.2500 Rs.3500


SL. No Category Dates Early Bird 31.05.2019 Regular 31.08.2019 Spot Registration
1 Faculty and Professional 14-16 Nov 2019 Rs.2500 Rs.4000 Rs.5000
2 Research Scholars and Students 14-16 Nov 2019 Rs.1500 Rs.2500 Rs.3000
3 Three day training on School
Psychology Competencies
15-17 Nov 2019 Rs.2500 Rs.3500 -
4 Pre-conference One day workshop 15h November 2019 Rs.1500 Rs.2000 Rs.2500
5 Accompanying person 14-16 Nov 2019 Rs.1500 Rs.2500 Rs.3000
6 Accommodation Charges
(for double sharing)
Afternoon of 13th to afternoon of 16th Nov 2019 (3 days) Rs.3000 Rs.4000 -
7 International Delegates (including accommodation) Afternoon of 13th to afternoon of 16th Nov 2019 (3 days) USD 200 USD 250 -

Payment of Registration Fee

  • The registration fee along with other fees can be paid by demand draft or online payment to the bank details given below:

Indian School Psychology Association

Indian Bank, Lawspet Branch, Puducherry - 605 008, India.



General Instructions

General Instructions

  • Conference presentation of paperwillbe confirmed subject to submission of full paper and power point (PPT) to inspaindia@gmail.com on or before 31.08.2019.
  • Oral presentation does not require submission of full paper. However, PowerPoint presentation will be accepted.
  • Registered delegates are most welcome to display their posters at the venue of the conference.
  • All suitable full papers would considered for publication by the InSPA journal/ book and the corresponding authors would intimated about signed agreement for publication along with the review comments of the papers.
  • A registered delegate alone is permitted to present one paper at a time allotted during the conference and will get the certificate of presentation at the concerned session of the conference. Presentation of additional papers, if any by the same author(s), is permitted based on the payment of Rs.1000/- (per paper).
  • Participation certificate will be given for individual delegates. Title of the paper presentation certificate purely based on the book of abstracts. Each paper with the name(s) of the author(s) given on one certificate.
  • The accompanying delegate if interested to participate in the conference has to pay accompanying delegate fee.
  • Participation in all the three days are mandatory. There is no provision for one or two-day participation.
  • Transportation facilities not arranged. Registered delegates requested to reach the accommodation venue on their own. On the day of the conference the
  • The delegates who make online paymentare requested to produce original receipts of payment for getting the receipt by post or at the specified registration counters. Soft copies and Xerox copies are not accepted.
  • Payment of registration and other fees paid once will not be refunded andcannot be adjusted with other delegates.


Dr. Neeta Sinha

Organizing Secretary

Room 246,1st floor, D-block, Faculty Wing,
School of Liberal Studies,
PanditDeendayal Petroleum University
Raisan, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Pin-382421.
079-2327 5234, 97121 50720
Dr. Panch. Ramalingam

Secretary, InSPA