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Internship Programme

Capacity and Capability building in Mental Health Research. For those who want to enhance their skills in the field on mental health. You may sign up for any one of the modules mentioned below:-

. Clinical Assessments

. Data Analysis

. Research Designs

. Understanding of Adult & Child Psychopathology

. Ethics & Governance

. Culturally Adapted Problem Solving Intervention for Self Harm


Certificate in Management of Substance Use Disorders: Assessment, Treatment and Continuum of Care


Psycho social interventions: Focus on well being


Child and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Certificate Program on Fundamentals of Health Economics


Forensic Mental Health: A Practical Approach Towards Disruptive Behavior


English Language Course: Self Study Approach


Practical Approach in Professional & Computerised Accounting


Certificate program on Research Methadology and its Implications


Safe Guarding : A Practical Approach Towards Safety


Short course on ” Microsoft excel: Theoretical and practical approach

Professor Imran Chaudhry

Professor Imran Chaudhry is consultant psychiatrist and chairman psychiatry at Ziauddin group of Hospitals Karachi. He trained in USA and UK and is a professor of adult psychiatry at University of Manchester and visiting professor at Dow University of Health Sciences. He worked as a consultant Psychiatrist with the National Health Service in the United Kingdom for 17 years.

Dr. Mehr Husain

Dr. Mehr Husain is a Senior Research Scientist with Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning and in this role. Her significant contribution to research capacity and capability building in Pakistan and other low and lower middle-income countries is to produce local evidence to improve mental health care.

Professor Nusrat Husain

Professor Nusrat Husain plays a significant role along with UK and local charities in Low- and Middle-Income countries (LAMIC). He is significantly contributing in the development of capacity building and producing local evidence to improve mental health care. Prof Husain has been providing training in Assessment and Cultural Evaluation (ACE) locally and nationally.

Dr. Salman Shahzad

Dr. Salman Shahzad is a Clinical Psychologist working as an Associate Professor in the Institute of Clinical Psychology at the University of Karachi. He is Incharge, “Research and Training Unit for prevention and treatment of SUD” in Institute of Clinical Psychology (ICP). Dr. Salman is an International Certified Addiction Professional and Regional Master Trainer as well as Global Master Trainer in prevention of Substance Use Disorder.

Professor Nasim Chaudhry

Professor Nasim Chaudhry is a consultant psychiatrist and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL). She is Professor of Psychiatry at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). Her main research interests are in women’s mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention in low income countries, cultural psychiatry and Global Health. She is particularly interested in developing culturally appropriate services and improving access to culturally adapted cost-effective psychosocial therapies for severe mental illness

Mr. Hassan Sidat

Mr. Hassan Sidat has extensive experience in drugs and alcohol education and training. He has been working with Substance users and professionals. He developed culturally sensitive service user’s workbook in partnership with local Imams to help our clients with their recovery journey. He also has experience of working with educational institutes in developing course material on alcohol and substance misuse.

Dr. Iqbal Naeem

Dr. Iqbal Naeem is a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry with special interest in Addictive behaviour at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust (LCFT), UK. He is an International fellow of American Psychiatric Association. He has extensive experience of dealing with working age group psychiatric disorders and complex issues in addiction psychiatry.

Dr. Noor ul Zaman Rafiq

Dr. Noor ul Zaman Rafiq is International Certified Counsellor. He is working in the field of counselling, research, public health and social development for more than two decades with an experience in the field of communication skills, individual development, and substance use disorders, HIV and AIDS Prevention, Health System Strengthening, Education with multi-sectorial integrated development.

Dr. Dung Jidong

Dr. Dung Jidong is a lecturer. He completed his doctorate in 2018 from University of East Landon (UEL). He also worked as a lecture in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University in 2018. He taught two years at UEL and the Newham University College London. His current teaching and research areas include substance use and drug abuse; cultural aspects of mental health; and global mental health.

Dr. Ahla Malik

Dr. Ahla Malik worked at Karwan e Hayat from January 2016 to 2017 Jan as a visiting consultant psychiatrist started working at PILL since August 2016 as a team psychiatrist have been mainly involved in papers related to substance use, child psychiatry and self-harm and suicide have been working as a psychiatrist

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Chaudhry

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Chaudhry is an Addiction psychiatrist. He is ICAP-2 (CP-USA) International Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (UK) DAP Global Trainer. He also Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Umeed Clinic and served as a consultant psychiatrist at Fountain House Lahore.

Professor Zainab Zadeh

Clinical Psychologist Head of Child and Adolescents Mental Health Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning, Former Professor, Dean & Director, Institute of Professional Psychology Bahria University

Dr. Munnaza Obaid

Dr Munazza Suharwardy Obaid completed her MBBS from Baqai Medical College in 1996. In 2015, she did MCPS in Community Medicine and 2019 MSPH from Jinnah Sindh Medical University. She has been in teaching for the last 8 years in varied Medical Universities namely Ziauddin University, Liaquat National Medical College and Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). Currently working as Assistant Professor,Community Medicine department at Dow International Medical College (DIMC),DUHS.

Dr Faria Khan

Dr Faria Khan is a Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist working in the NHS and a Fellow of the Royal college of Psychiatrists. She is Honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester and also holds a Masters degree from Manchester Business School in Health Care and Disaster Management.

Certificate Programs
Years Established

Teaching, Training & Development


  1. Certificate programs
  2. Internship Programs
  3. Placement Programs

Pakistan Institute of Living & Learning (PILL) introduce first time certificate programs in different domains with the collaboration of Manchester Global Foundation (MGF), UK. Through these programs PILL playing a very important role in the development of Capacity & Capability building in Pakistan.

  1. Substance use disorders: Assessment, treatment and Continuum of care

Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) took an initiative by starting first certificate program on “Substance Use Disorders: Treatment and Continuum of Care” for professionals with the collaboration of Manchester Global Foundation (MGF), UK. Manchester Global Foundation (MGF) has a continued partnership with Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL). In Pakistan, approximately 6.7 million people are drug users of which 4.25 million are drug dependent (UNODC, 2013).In south Asia Pakistan has the highest SUD rate (The Nation, 2018). A nominal health budget, shortage of formally trained addiction professionals and huge stigma associated with caring for patients with SUD has widened the treatment gap in Pakistan. Having a better understanding of SUD will help professionals to address “stigma” and “discrimination” which are recognized as being one of the main issues faced by people with SUD. The aim is to introduce 6 Month Certificate program on “Substance Use Disorder” for professionals who are working to deal with the SUD patients (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Primary Care, Nurses, Sociologist, and Community worker).




Qoumi Aman Committee on Interfaith Harmony recognized the services of Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) and Manchester Global foundation (MGF) by awarding gold medals to the team for serving exceptionally well in the field of Treatment and Prevention of Substance Use Disorders.

Second certificate program:

Psycho-social Interventions: Focus on Well Being 

Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) started a certificate program for health professionals to give awareness about “Introduction to Mental Health: Assessment, Diagnosis and Management”. The aim of this certificate program is to prepare the mental health professionals to face the problems and also deal with the patients. Front line health workers are in a unique position to monitor patients and their psychosocial care. However there remains a barrier to exploring some of these facets of care. They need to be more inclusive of patient’s optimism and hope when assessing psychosocial care and quality of life as these subjects can be the least explored by staff with their patients. In Pakistan this is the first intervention course of its kind.

Feasibility Trial:

A feasibility trial had been conducted before introducing the six month certificate program. Through this feasibility PILL has delivered training Karachi and Lahore, Government and Private Hospitals and Teaching schools and trained 2500 Nurses, Lady Health workers and Midwifes.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

One in 10 young people aged between five to 16 experiences a mental health problem equating to approximately three young people in every class at school (National Health Services, 2018) (NHS)

LO1: Develop strong therapeutic relationships in order to practice a range of therapeutic skills within ethical, cultural, and other professional frameworks.

LO2: Develop the ability of interviewing, assessing and reporting with accurate clinical observation and judgment.

LO3: Understand the theories and techniques of effective culturally adapted psychological interventions designed for children and adolescents.

Coming soon

4rth Program:

Certificate program on Fundamentals of Health Economics

Coming soon

5th Program:

Forensic Mental Health: A Practical Approach towards Disruptive Behavior

Coming soon

Feasibility trial

PRISON TRAINING PROGRAM: “An Introduction to Psychological First-Aid

Mental health is an important and central component of health and the increasing prevalence of mental disorders is a burden on public health globally. In Pakistan, there is high prevalence of mental health disorders, but mental health services to address these are not well developed. In a population of 200 million people in Pakistan, approximately 22 million have a mental illness, but only about 500 qualified psychiatrists are practicing in the country, producing a ratio of one psychiatrist for 400 000 people. Mental health problems surrounding the prisoners and the prison environment have long been a neglected in Pakistan. Evidence shows that people in the prison settings have significantly higher rates of mental illness and mental disorders than people in the general community and Mental health-care facilities for them, including a proper follow-up or rehabilitation system, are completely absent in Pakistan. Consequently, mental health care for prisoners is worse than for the general population

In one of the research conducted in Pakistan shows that prisoner in Pakistan are suffering from panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. It also suggest psychological disorders were more frequent among prison inmates who had committed crimes involving physical hurt such as kidnapping, murder etc, but there was no significant association found between the type of crime committed and psychological disorder experienced. This indicates the clear need of psychiatric and psychological services in the prisons.

To address this gap, Pakistan Institute of Living and learning (PILL) in collaboration with Sindh Prison department took initiative and successfully completed its first training program for paramedical staff on “An Introduction to Psychological First-Aidin Central Jail Karachi. This program consist of 10 sessions including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia, Post Traumatic Stress disorder, Substance Abuse disorder, Bipolar disorder, self-harm and suicide and basic counseling skills. A total of 30 participants attended this training program. In each session pre and post assessments were conducted including all the staff was also trained in screening common and severe mental illnesses using culturaly adapted assessment tools. The prison department appreciated this much needed training program including the entire participants found the program extremely useful with active participation.


In Pakistan, when students are doing specialization degree like (MS/ M.PHIL/ADCP), their respective institutes facilitate them with supervisions in different domains so that they can polish their skills and deal professionally on individual basis in field. In this year, Pakistan Institute of Living & Learning (PILL) facilitates University of Lahore, Clinical Psychology Students polishing their skills in Adult Placement. PILL trained 9 professionals in Adult mental health domain by providing national and International supervisions. Meanwhile get an excellent feedback letter from University of Lahore, which are looking further for work on with PILL.  

Students of Placement