Paving the way for a new paradigm in psychological wellness, Sri Lanka’s first fully-integrated provider of psychological training, treatment and research, the Psychological Sciences Institute (PSI), celebrated the official commencement of its operations with an inauguration ceremony recently.
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by chief guest, Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Oxford Psychometrics (UK) Founder Dr. Chintha Dissanayake and respected Consulting Psychiatrist Dr. Mahesan Ganesan.
Also gracing the occasion were leading figures in the field of psychology and psychiatry including eminent Child Psychiatrist Professor Hemamali Perera.
Established with the goal of powerfully enriching standards of psychological health and well-being on a national scale, the PSI will continuously augment its service offering in order to effectively contribute towards the urgent task of improving standards of knowledge and treatment of persons dealing with psychological conditions in Sri Lanka.
“Over the last three decades, Sri Lanka has made important, but limited progress in terms of education and treatment in the field of psychology. Through the PSI, we hope to catalyse the next phase of development in our field. By creating inclusive spaces where students, professionals and clients come together in a safe and open environment for the first time, we are paving the way for a totally redefined outlook on psychological services in Sri Lanka,” PSI CEO and Managing Director Sharkshini Mathivanan explained.
Holding a degree in Psychology and Communication from Monash University and an MSc in Management from Birbeck, University of London, Mathivanan is deeply committed to the task of developing quality psychological services in Sri Lanka, together with the PSI Cofounding Directors and qualified Clinical Psychologists Dewaka Wanigaratne and Suhaila Shafeek Irshard.
Wanigaratne gathered extensive experience in the field of counselling following the completion of his Diploma in Psychology and Counselling from Aquinas University College (an affiliate of Galway University, Ireland). Wanigaratne is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Counselling form Aquinas University College, Colombo, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from St Agnes Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Research (affiliated to the Rajiv Ghandi University of Health Sciences), India. He is a member of the British Psychological Society and a registered medical practitioner in Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Irshard is a registered Clinical Psychologist with a Degree in Psychology, Economics and Sociology from Jyothi Nivas College (Autonomous), Bangalore, India and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from St Agnes Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Research (affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences), India with a specialization in Psychometric and Psycho diagnostic assessments to meet a range of clinical and talent assessment needs. In addition, she has experience in carrying out assessment and remediation for learning disabilities using the Alpha to Omega method. She is Sri Lanka’s first Working Memory Coach and Trainer who has been specially trained to offer the Cogmed Working Memory training programme in the island.
Initially offering comprehensive classes in Psychology for London Advanced Level and a series of developmental workshops in academic writing for A/L and undergraduate students, the PSI will gradually expand the scope of its academic programme to include postgraduate qualifications in counselling and clinical psychology.