voluntary, professional organisation founded by a group of behavioural
scientists engaged in applying their knowledge and skills for the well-being of
persons and organisations. ISABS programs focus on human processes and aim
at helping people to understand themselves better and discover more creative
and satisfying ways of relating, working and living. More information on ISABS
is available on the official Web site http://www.isabs.org/ and more
information on ISABS Kolkata Region can be viewed at
ISABS\u2019 Professional Members work as independent consultants, trainers,
counsellors, academicians, training managers, personnel and human resource
development managers in industrial and non-industrial organisations, and as
community change agents.
ISABS was registered in January 1972 as a professional body under the Societies
Registration Act of 1860. Over the past 35 years, ISABS membership has grown
considerably. Most of its growth has been brought about through its Professional
Development Programme (PDP).
ISABS utilises group and experience-based learning as its main training method.
Participating, experiencing, reflecting, hypothesising, conceptualising and
experimenting rather than lectures or presentations are the chief ingredients in
this process of learning.
In a human process laboratory, a group of around 8 to 12 participants work
together along with a facilitator to discover more about themselves, their
strengths, their styles, their interpersonal and group interactions, how they
perceive and are perceived by others. While this is the primary task, there is no
pre-determined agenda and the group uses the \u201chere and now\u201d experience to
derive this learning. The facilitator helps to create a climate for such learning, in
which participants find one another as resources. There are also some large
group sessions where members from all the laboratory groups are invited to
The programme is meant for any person interested in developing his/her
personal and interpersonal competence. Personnel, HRD, and training
professionals, managers and executives in different functional areas and from all
levels, students, doctors, lawyers and other professionals who work with people,
faculty in management, psychology, sociology and social work, university and
school teachers, and persons in rural development, voluntary and social service
organisations are some of the people who typically attend this laboratory.
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