“The Republican Scientific-Practical Conference “Challenges of Military Psychology in 21st Century: Science and Life” is highly important, it is vital particularly in the wake of the recent crisis happenings. Today, this topic is essential from the perspective of preserving our existence and ethnicity, representing our identity. As a part of social psychology, military psychology, is actual, viable, can determine our future, and reveal the best manifestations of ethnos in ethno-psychological crisis situations”, mentioned the ASPU Rector Srbuhi Gevorgyan. Likewise, Professor Gevorgyan noticed that the consequences of the 44-days war caused many issues, and majority of them were also psychological. The latter highlighted that patriotic lessons should no longer be searched for in history textbooks, since the best examples and heroes are around us.
In addition, she highly valued the massive practical psychological work conducted throughout the war and continues today.
“The 100-year-old Pedagogical University collects the most important pieces of advice, which in their turn formulate the value system. The University fulfills its mission in terms of education, teaching, patriotism, and preservation of national identity”, added Srbuhi Gevorgyan. Similarly, the ASPU Rector expressed hope to have active discussions and practical proposals during the conference.
Representatives from the RA Armed Forces, the ASPU, the YSU, the RA MD National Defense Research University, the Military Aviation University after Armenak Khamperyants, as well as representatives from the “PsyLife” Psychological Support Center, and students participated in the Republican Scientific -Practical Conference.
The Dean of the Faculty of Education Psychology and Sociology Ruzanna Petrosyan noticed that the development of political, information and psychological methods of armed violence have made the world much more insecure, fragile and vulnerable in the 21st century, than in the previous historical cycle. Additionally, the speaker highlighted that as leading military analysts also affirm in the recent years, the prevalence of military risks has significantly expanded, including in the RA.
The Dean of the Faculty stressed out the role of a military psychologist in a number of aspects and considered it not accidental that the Pedagogical University was the first to highlight the importance of that profession. Likewise, the latter anticipates objective observations and expressed his hope that the institute of a military psychologist will be well established in our country since it is the demand of the recent war and its consequences.
The graduate of the Pedagogical University, the Head of the RA MD National Defense Research University Head of the Scientific - Educational Department Vanik Melckonyan also affirms the fact that military education plays an important role in security of a state. He noticed that there was a necessity of reviewing the RA military education concept and drafting a new military education policy.
Furthermore, in the scope of the psychological education and training of the soldiers, the RA AF Department of Moral and Psychological Support Head of the Department of Psychological Support of the Troops Samvel Baroyan highlighted the importance of training courses for military psychologists. In that sense, the latter highlighted the active involvement of the academic staff of the Pedagogical University and determination of clear and precise criteria for training military psychologists.
What is more, in the course of the Republican Scientific-Practical Conference “Challenges of Military Psychology in 21st Century: Science and Life” the speakers referred to war stress, the peculiarities of the psychological traumas of the servicemen during those military operations and their consequences, as well as the peculiarities of interpersonal relations of the servicemen in the post-war period, the high level of public anxiety and the ways of overcoming it.
In addition, the participants spoke about the particularities of arranging psychological activities with victims of the war and those affected thereby, the psychological outcomes of the information war targeted against the population after the 44-days war, the social-psychological characteristics of leadership manifestations among junior servicemen, the effects of post-war stress on the psychological training of conscripts, etc.
Many interesting discussions took place during the Republican Scientific-Practical Conference “Challenges of Military Psychology in 21st Century: Science and Life”, which was wrapped up with a Q&A session.
Last but not least, during the conference the Lecturer of the ASPU Chair of Applied Psychology Aram Gyurjyan performed patriotic songs with his “Zen” military songs project band, filled with fury, endurance and love.