Research & Training Programme

The Richmond Fellowship Society (RFS), Bangalore started the Richmond Fellowship Post Graduate College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (RF PG) in the year 1999. The college offered a M.Sc. in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Counselling, recognized by the Government of Karnataka and the Rehabilitation Council of India and affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.  The College had a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, (NIMHANS) Bangalore.

The M Sc. Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) course was designed for acquisition of skills through practical hands-on training including essential counselling skills required by a mental health practitioner. As part of their curriculum, the students were exposed to research practices in the form of a dissertation in the II year on relevant topics in the field of mental health.



Under the Richmond Fellowship Society (India), Bangalore Branch the following Research & Training Programmes are being held:


  1. Research Project of Indian Council of Medical Research on the topic "Perceptions Attitudes and Experience towards Sexuality of People with Severe Mental illness"
  2. Training Programmes for  Therapy Support Specialists for Strides - Shasun Ltd., Bangalore
  3. Training & Consultancy Service for an upcoming Cancer Hospital, Bangalore
  4. Short Term Courses in Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Basic Counselling Skills of 3 months duration
  5. Block Placement / Internship / Concurrent field work: 
    Post Graduate students studying for Master's in Social work/clinical psychology from different Universities / Institutions, as part of requirement of their courses, are provided 'hands on' experience and didactic teaching at the RF facilities for a period ranging from 15-45 days


  1. "Identification and redressal of stigma associated with Mental illness in rural and semi-urban communities of Karnataka" funded Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt., of India
  2. "A comparative study to assess the quality of life and rehabilitation needs amongst the elderly persons with mental illness in rural and urban areas" with funding from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi



  1. Dharitri R, Rao S N, Kalyanasundaram S.  Stigma of mental illness: An interventional study to reduce its impact in the community. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2015; 57(2):165-173.
  2. Kalyanasundaram S and Johnson Pradeep R. Organic Mental Disorders. In: VYAS J.N and Ghimire Shree Ram, editors. Essentials of Post Graduate Psychiatry.2nd ed. New Delhi:  Paras Medical Publisher; 2015. p. 103-160
  3. "A glimpse into the mind of an expert" an interview with Dr.Kalyanasundaram published in the "Loudspeaker magazine – Amplifying the voice of mental health" Autumn issue, 2014 (released in January 2015) published by NIMHANS Centre for Well Being.
  4. Dr.Kalyanasundaram's interview highlighting Mental Health Issues in the IT Industry was published in the New Indian Express on 8th February 2015, an article written by Ms.Saritha Rai.
  5. Dr. Kalyanasundaram. S. Relevance of Residential Care Facilities: in Low and Middle Income Countries was published in Souvenir of 5th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  6. The International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Volume 19, Number 2 July 2014 -June2015 Group Intervention in a Therapeutic Community for Persons with Chronic Mental Illness Dharitri Ramaprasad, PhD1 S. Kalyanasundaram, MD2
  7. Dharitri R, Suryanarayana Rao N, Kalyanasundaram S. Disability and quality of life among  elderly persons with mental illness. Asian J Psychiatry  2015 Dec:18:31-36

Review of the book published by RF PG College

Dr.Mohan K Isaac, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Western Australia had graciously agreed to do the book review of the publication of RF PG College on "Research in Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Dissertation summaries of RF PG College students : 1999-2011", which is compilation of their dissertation work conducted by these students as part of their M.Sc. course.  This review has been published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry Ref: Isaac Mohan. Research in Psychosocial Rehabilitation (book   review). Indian J Psychiatry 2014; 56 (4) :413


  1. Shreedevi AU, Ross Diana and Kalyanasundaram S. Application of the Strengths-based Approach in the Process of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. In: Francis, Abraham, P. and Others, editors.  Advancing Social Work in Mental Health through Strengths-Based Practice. Brisbane: Primrose Hall Publishing; 2014. P.105-119.
  2. Kalyanasundaram, S. Challenges and ways forward. In: Francis Abraham P, editor. Social Work in Mental Health. Areas of practice, Challenges and way forward. New Delhi: Sage Publications; 2014. P. 231-243
  3. Sahu KK, Niveditha S, Dharitri R, and Kalyanasundaram S. A Decade and Half of Day Care Service for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities: The RFS (I) Experience.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 2014, Vol 18(2) 37-47


Pavithra S Raghava, Niveditha S and Dharitri R. Rehabilitation Needs of Persons with Schizophrenia and their Families. Artha Journal of Social Sciences 2013;12(2):33-46.


  1. Kalyanasundaram, S and Sekhar, Niveditha. Creating Supportive Communities in Mental Health: The RFS (I) Experience in Bangalore, India. In: Pulla, Venkat, et al, editors. Papers in Strengths Based Practice. New Delhi: Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd; 2012. p176-190.
  2. Usha Sundaram, Dharmakeerti. How to Reach your Inner Self- a Tantric Yoga Perspective. In: Pulla, Venkat, et al, editors. Papers in Strengths Based Practice. New Delhi:  Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd; 2012.p43-51.
  3. Kalyanasundaram S. Geetha PM and Niveditha. Rehabilitation of mentally ill. In: Directorate General of Health Services, Government of India, editor. "Mental Health in India" (in press).
  4. Ramaprasad D. The Art and Science of Studying. New ed. Bangalore: Sawanna Enterprises; 2012.
  5. Dharitri R ,Lata H and Kalyanasundaram S, editors. Dissertation summaries of RFPG College students; 1999-2011.Bangalore, Richmond Fellowship Postgraduate College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2012.
  6. Dharitri R, Rao NSN and Kalyanasundaram S. Comparative Study to assess the Quality of Life and Rehabilitation Needs of Elderly Persons with Severe Mental Illness in Rural and Urban areas: A pilot study. Bangalore, Richmond Fellowship Postgraduate College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2012.
  7. Albert S C,Sahu K K, Dharitri R and Kalyanasundaram, S. A Person's view of life and quality of life enjoyment and satisfaction in a half-way home. International Journal of Mental Health. 2011-12 Winter;;40(4): 64-85.
  8. Geetha P Menon, T. Murali and Kiran Rao. Public Attitudes Towards Mental Illness in Bangalore: An Exploratory Study. Artha Journal of Social Sciences, 2012; 11(1):1-18


  1. Dharitri R and Lata Hemchand. Use of Stories in Counselling and Psychotherapy- An Indian Experience. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011; 27(3-4): 125-131.
  2. Rupasri C, Dharitri R, Kalyanasundaram S and Rao NSN. Efficacy of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program:  RFS Experience. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011; Jan-Mar;53(1): 45-8.
  3. Dharitri R, Maria SV, Sheeba M, and Rao, NSN. Psychiatric Disability among Persons with Schizophrenia. Disabilities and Impairments. 2011; 25(1&2): 7-12


  1. Kalyanasundaram S and Dharitri R, editors, Introduction to common Psychiatric Illnesses. Bangalore, Richmond Fellowship Postgraduate College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2010.
  2. Kalyanasundaram S. Non-Pharmacological Approaches: Patient centered approaches.  In:   Krishnamoorthy ES, Cummings J and Prince M, editors. Dementia: A Global Approach.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2010. p.117-121
  3. Shreedevi AU, Prakashi R. Psychosocial issues of women with epilepsy: A special reference to mental health. In: Sekar K, et al, editors. Women and Mental Health. Bangalore: National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences; 2010. p.121-127.
  4. Prafulla S, Suman MK and Dharitri R. Family Burden and Rehabilitation Need of beneficiaries of a Rural Mental Health Camp in a Southern state of India.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 2010;15(2) 5-12.
  5. Kamlesh KS, Sophia CA, Dharitri R & Kalyanasundaram S. Met and Unmet Needs of Persons with Severe Mental Illness in a Half Way Home.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 2010; 15(2): 13-22.
  6. Kamalesh KS, Kalyanasundaram S, Dharitri R and Ashby T. Employability and Challenges in Employment for Persons with Schizophrenia. Video Journal Psychiatry.2010: 01 (Research Poster. Exhibition date: 17/12/2008)


Dharitri Ramaprasad & Kalyanasundaram, S. Mental Illness as a Disability: Assessment & Management. Journal of Rehabilitation Council of India’ (Journal of Rehabilitation Council of India), V.5(1&2), Jan-Dec 2009. P 65-

80 students from the Richmond Fellowship College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation have completed their two-year M Sc., Psychosocial Rehabilitation Counselling course and they have submitted the Research Papers (Dissertations) as a part of their curriculum to fulfil the requirement of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. The topics of the Dissertations and the year of publication is appended below:

Sl.NoNamesDissertation titleYear
Attitude toward mental illness and Stigma
 1 Nithya Mary Philip Orientation Towards Mental Illness in Families 1999-2001
 2 Tarannum Taj A Comparative Study of Medical and Non-Medical Students on their Orientation Towards Mental Illness 2002-2004
 3 Mallikarjuna SH Orientation towards Mental Illness in a Rural Community 2004-2006
 4 Cliftin Mathai MK Stigma: Towards Mental Illness among Medical Students 2006-2008
 5 Anarkali Shirodkar Employer's Attitude Towards Employing Persons with Disability (PWD’s) 2006-2008
6 Sneha  Kumar Self-stigma  and Self-esteem  among persons with mental illness 2009-2011
7 Harpreet Kaur A Study on the Stigma of Mental Illness and Expressed Emotions Amongst Caregivers of Persons with Schizophrenia 2011-2013
1 Manoranjitha KSD Burnout amongst Counselors working with People Living with HIV/AIDS 2005-2007
2 Sahu Satyabrata Burnout and Coping patterns among IT Professionals: A Preliminary Exploration 2008-2010
3 Divya A Comparative Study on Burnout Among the Female Nurses Working in General and Psychiatric Hospitals 2011-2013
1 Shruthi. B Experience of care giving in Relatives of Persons with Severe Mental Illness 2010-2012
2 Zainab Johar A Study on the Relationship Between the Social Functioning of Persons with Major Mental Illness and the Quality Of Life of their Primary Caregivers 2011-2013
Cognitive Retraining
1 Shweta Srinivas Attention Retraining of Patients with Schizophrenic Effect on their Social Functioning and Work performance. 2004-2006
2 Anuroopa P Cognitive Retraining for Patients with Schizophrenia 2007-2009
3 H.N. Srilakshmi A Study on Screening for  Impact of Cognitive Retraining on Neurocognition, Social Cognition and Insight in Chronic Mental Illness 2010-2012
Family Burden
1 Pavithra R. Burden Experienced by the Caregivers of the Mentally Ill. 1999-2001
2 Ashwini S Murthy Burden among Caregivers of Patient's suffering from Chronic Renal Failure and Chronic Mental Illness 2003-2005
3 Mridula Nayar Burden of Families of Women with Schizophrenia 2004-2006
4 Prafulla S Assessment of Family Burden and Rehabilitation need among the beneficiaries of a Rural Mental Health Camp. 2004-2006
5 Oindrila Dutta Extent of burden on and resilience among families of persons with chronic mental illness. 2009-2011
6 Ramya R Family burden of  caregivers of  patients with obsessive compulsive disorder 2009-2011
7 Rupa  R Comparative study of  Stress and Coping among parents  of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) and parents of Normal  Children 2009-2011
Family Mental Health
1 Ruth Marie Coping Patterns of Families with Members Having Major Mental Illness 1999-2001
       2 Smitha E R A Study of Interaction Patterns in the Families of Alcohol Dependent Individuals 1999-2001
3 Smitha Maria Rozario Coping Pattern of Caregivers of Mentally Challenged Children. 2000-2002
4 Ranjitha M K Psychiatric Morbidity of Wives of Alcoholics 2002-2004
5 Shivani Comparative study on mental health status of parents of children with Mental   Retardation and parents of Non-disabled children 2009-2011
6 Deepika L A comparative study of Stress and Coping of Children with Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) and Parents of Normal Children 2009-2011
7 Aparna Venuri Study of Perceived Parenting Styles and Self-Esteem of Adolescents 2011-2013
8 Neha Seshadrinath A Gender Comparative Study on Perception of Parenting Styles and Differentiation of Self Among Young Adults. 2011-2013
Geriatric Mental Health
1 Madhavi D.V. A Study on the Life Satisfaction of the Elderly Men. 2001-2003
2 Sheela S. Socio-Demographic Profile and Health Status of Elderly in Old Age Homes 2003-2005
3 Sugandhi ASM Social Support and Depression among Elderly: A Comparative Study between Urban and Rural Population. 2006-2008
4 SpoorthyH.J Quality of Life in Elderly Persons Living with their Families 2010-2012
Psycho-Education and Medication Compliance
1 Sumana BG Effect of Psycho-Education on the attitude towards Medication among the Chronic Mentally Ill 2003-2005
2 Yeshwanth G Attitude towards Medication and reasons for Noncompliance to medication among Chronic Mentally Ill people in Rural area. 2009-2011
Quality of Life
1 Chandrika Rao Quality of Life of Patients with Schizophrenia in Rehabilitation 1999-2001
2 Shubha B Quality of Life of Woman in Sheltered Homes. 2001-2003
3 Sowmya S Kukillaya A Study on the Quality of Marital Life of Alcohol Dependent Individuals. 2001-2003
4 Nethravathi  B Quality of Life of Individuals with HIV 2003-2005
5 Sitara  Sriram Quality of life of Alcohol Dependent Individuals. 2003-2005
6 Shruthi HN Quality of Life and Psychiatric Morbidity among People with Physical Disabilities 2004-2006
1 Banu Rekha Balaji Occupational Therapy in Vocational Training for People with Schizophrenia (2 case studies). 2001-2003
2 Maria S Vithika Psychiatric Disabilities of Persons with Schizophrenia. 2001-2003
3 Pavithra S Raghava Perception of Rehabilitation needs by persons with Schizophrenia and their Families 2003-2005
4 Manjula S Relationship of expressed emotions with symptoms in Schizophrenia 2009-2011
5 Uday Shankar Das A study of    substance use  by the persons with Severe Mental Illness( Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders) 2009-2011
6 Silvy John  A comparative study of caregiver burden of persons with Schizophrenia not attending and attending a day care center 2009-2011
7 Nikitha  Harish A Study of the Self-Esteem and Social Occupational Functioning among persons with Schizophrenia. 2012-2014
8 Vishwanath. S Relationship Between creativity and social occupational Functioning Among Persons with Schizophrenia 2012-2014
9 Meghna Anna Oommen A Comparative Study of Interaction Patterns in Families of Individuals with Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders  
Stress and Coping
1 Zubina Huq Coping Patterns of Individuals with HIV/AIDS. 2001-2003
2 Priyanka  Rao Stressful life events in Depression 2002-2004
3 Alice Aloysius A Study on Job Stress among Professionals working with the Mentally Ill. 2004-2006
4 AnutaDahal Psychological Stress among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs). 2004-2006
5 Sudarshan H L Stress and Coping pattern among Adolescents residing in Slums.   2008-2010
6 Ramya K Psychiatric morbidity and coping among  children of parents with alcoholism 2009-2011
7 Manasa P R To Study the Psychosocial Stress, Coping and Suicidal Risk Among Sexual Minorities      2011-2013
8 Madhura Joshi A study of Occupational Stress among Special Educators in the State of Goa 2013-2015
Student Mental Health   
1 Harathimala Attitude towards seeking  Professional Counseling among Undergraduate Students: An exploratory study 2009-2011
2 Namitha H Impact of life skills training among Adolescents 2009-2011
3 Vibha Shankar Sharma Perception of student mental health concerns amongst teachers of Private and Government Middle Schools in Bangalore. 2009-2011
4 ShafiaAman A Study on Self-Esteem and Subjective Well-Being Among College Students                                                                                                 2011-2013
5 Vincy R A Study on Ego Defense Style and Adjustment Among College Students             2011-2013
6 Bhuvaneshwari. P A Comparative Study on the Assessment of Social and Emotional Adjustment Level among High School Students 2012-2014
7 Preeti Pandey A Study on the extent of the use of Internet among Adolescents                               2012-2014
Subjective Well-Being
1 Pavithra V. A Study of Subjective Well-Being of Caregivers of Mentally Ill 1999- 2001
2 Chahal Harpreet  Kaur Subjective Well Being of Siblings of Mentally Ill 2002-2004
Women's Mental Health
1 Dr. Shalini Hiremath Postnatal Depression among Postpartum Women 2010-2012
2 Shruthi Rajalakshmi C An Exploratory Study of Meaning Making and Subjective Well-Being Among Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. 2011-2013
Other Areas
1 Shaistha Kubra Perception of Self Amongst the Mentally Ill 1999- 2001
2 Archana M Mental Health Status of Street Children. 2000-2002
3 Geetha Menon Mental Health Status of the Hearing Impaired. 2001-2003
       4 Prabha Psychological distress among chronic renal failure patients undergoing  Maintenance Hemodialysis 2002-2004
       5 Jessy Joseph Community Mental Health Initiative: A Kerala Experience with special Reference to Kannur District 2005-2007
      6 Arpana K Emotional Empathy among Health and Mental Health Professionals 2006-2008
      7 Uma SL Knowledge and Attitude towards Cancer among General Population 2006-2008
       8 Tejaswini Kodandarama A Comparative Study of Knowledge About Mental Illness Amongst General Medical Practitioners and Degree College Lecturers  2011-2013
      9 Prathiksha Shukla Evaluation of Physical and Psychological Changes among people who work in Shifts. 2012-2014
     10 Nithya J Rao Religiosity and Resilience among Persons Suffering from Chronic Renal Failure 2013-2015

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