Dr. Chennattucherry John Joseph is a UK trained psychiatrist who is now working in Kerala. He completed his medical graduation from Calicut Medical College, Kerala in the year 1999. Having successfully completed the PLAB (Professional Linguistic Assessment Board) test by UK General Medical Council, Dr Joseph joined the Psychiatry basic specialist training programme in South Wales under the Welsh Deanery in 2001. After obtaining the membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, Dr Joseph joined the General Adult Psychiatry higher specialist training programme under the Northern Deanery in Newcastle. Dr Joseph has approximately 10 years of work experience in the UK, 4 years in Australia and 5 years in India.
Dr Joseph has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of adult mental health problems and has had training in various subspecialties of psychiatry including consultation liaison psychiatry, child psychiatry, intellectual disability, forensic psychiatry, old age psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, substance misuse and rehabilitation psychiatry during his 6 years long training in the UK. UK psychiatric training has strong emphasis on the use of psychosocial interventions and Dr Joseph has had significant training and exposure to various psychotherapeutic techniques including, but not limited to cognitive behavioural therapy, transactional analysis and personal construct psychotherapy.
Dr Joseph returned to India in late 2014 and established a mental health clinic with the help of Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly where he hopes to apply the knowledge and expertise, he acquired abroad to help the local population. As he originates from India, he is very much aware of the unique sociocultural context and therefore able to adapt the Western principles of modern mental health care to the Indian context in order to deliver high quality care tailored to the unique needs of the local population.
He has a special interest in public speaking and he has won numerous prizes for extempore speech and debate competitions during his school and early university education period. He was first prize winner for extempore speech competition twice at the Kerala State School Youth Festival held in 1989 and 1991 and he won the first prize at Malayala Manorama PC Alexander Endowment speech competition. He also has had training in Carnatic music and instrumental music (violin). He has won prizes for light music, classical music, instrumental music and recitation during his school days and his programs have been broadcast on Doordarshan, Thiruvanathapuram.