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Our Success Rate

ASV has a fairly good success rate – approximately 60 – 70% of residents are fully rehabilitated ie are able to lead a normal life and join the main stream of society; get employment, marry and have their own families. 20 to 25% are able to independently take care of themselves and engage in part time work; 10 – 15% leave before completing their treatment.

Unique Features

We collaborate closely with the client and family to design each person's program individually and activities are arranged to respect individual needs and interests. We use only optimum dosage of medication. We believe that people with mental illness can be taught to be aware and take responsibility for themselves, hence we need them to be less sedated. Because of this we use innovative methods when management becomes a problem & are not quick to hospitalize them. Therefore, we are able to accommodate residents from an acute phase to full recovery. Our staff resident ratio is almost 1:1

About Us

ASV entrance Athma Shakti Vidyalaya Society (ASV) is a non-profit residential therapeutic community that has been providing services in the field of mental health and rehabilitation through a holistic and therapeutic community approach for more than three decades. Established in 1979 by Fr. Hank Nunn S.J, ASV has been continually dedicated in the treatment of individuals suffering from schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and other severe psychiatric disorders through a treatment process that emphasizes community living with therapy.

Athma Shakti means “strength of spirit”. Our treatment model embodies the empowering of one’s spirit based on the values of communication, respect, interdependence, participation and responsibility. There is emphasis on building and strengthening relationships that are formed during the treatment process which aligns with the five major principles of Therapeutic Communities:

  • Attachment
  • Containment
  • Communication
  • Involvement
  • Agency

Every activity within the community is a part of the therapeutic process and residents are encouraged to actively take part in the daily proceedings. In addition to safe accommodation and twenty-four hour care, we have a highly structured environment with set rules and timetables. Within this environment is established a set of relationships and meetings that provides a safe emotional container for distress.  Therapy sessions are group-based and individual basis as part of the program.  Group sessions have an interpersonal and psychodynamic focus.  Peers are role models, and staff members are rational authorities, facilitators, and guides in the self-help method. The day is highly structured, with time allocated for chores and other responsibilities, group activities, seminars, meals, and formal and informal interaction with peers and staff members. The use of the community as therapist and teacher results in multiple interventions that occur in all these activities.

Our Services:

  1. Residential treatment program
  2. Out-patient counselling
  3. Psychological assessments
  4. Intensive experience based workshops for students of Psychology and professionals
  5. Long term internship for Masters Level and above of a minimum of 4-6 months
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