Psychologists to examine deviants

Psychologists to examine deviants
Updated 15 March 2014

Psychologists to examine deviants

Psychologists to examine deviants

Abdul Hamid Habib, director general of psychological and social services at the Ministry of Health, said the ministry is working in coordination with the Ministry of Interior on forming teams comprising social workers and psychologists to evaluate the psychological well-being of individuals arrested for their deviant thoughts.
Habib explained that the majority of such individuals develop unusual ideological convictions as a result of external or internal influences, while some suffer from extreme personality disorders.
After an evaluation, the individuals will undergo a rehabilitation program dedicated to help them socialize again with the community, he said.
Habib made these comments on the sidelines of the third annual meeting for social services held in Jeddah recently. According to the global health system, he said, Saudi Arabia is considered among the developed countries with regard to the integration of social services within the health care system.
He added that the number of social workers working at Saudi hospitals and clinics amounted to 1,500 individuals, pointing out the need to hold workshops and forums to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences, and come up with further recommendations.
Regarding the small number of mental health hospitals in the Kingdom, Habib said: “We do not suffer a shortfall in the number of psychiatric hospitals as the Kingdom is one of the top countries when it comes to hospitals. However, the issue lies in complementary services provided to patients.”
Despite the important role they play, mental health hospitals still suffer from stigma, he added.
Talal bin Mohammed Al-Nashiri, director of the Mental Health and Social Health Administration of Jeddah, said the program includes three main axes. The first deals with development projects, including the design of a decision support system for social service providers, the second deals with the quality of performance, and the third addresses potential partnerships and community projects.
He indicated that the scientific discussions and workshops at the forum aim primarily to develop the individual and collective skills of social service providers in order to serve, first and foremost, the interests of the patient.