These workshops were created by Dr. Naira Velumyan, Ph.D. in Psychology, Forbes Councils Member, Registered Psychotherapist, International Speaker, Entrepreneur and Etiquette Expert. She is the Founder of the Academy of Social Competency which specializes in the training of self-confidence, communication and relationship building skills for people all over the world. Dr. Velumyan has trained hundreds of people and addressed hundreds of family cases.
Her fascination with psychology started 25 years ago when she was running her own business, while completing her studies for a degree in law. As a law student, she had a court appearance as an intern on a case that involved four youngsters accused of theft. That was a minor crime, an act of stupidity and naivety. Given that group crime was punished more severely, each of these youngsters was sentenced to seven years in prison. Only one of the young men had a family member present in court — his mother, all in tears. The other boys were from dysfunctional alcoholic families, and no family members were there for them.
Dr. Velumyan felt desperate and sorry for their helplessness and cried long after that. As a lawyer, she was aware of the conditions and consequences of imprisonment, and knew how destructive it would be for these young men. On that day, she realized the need for something that could prevent such negative actions and their harmful consequences — psychology was a clear opportunity that attracted her attention and interest.
She got her second higher education as a psychologist, continued as a graduate student and successfully defended her dissertation thesis, obtaining a PhD degree. Remarkably, the topic of her thesis was on child and adolescent psychology. Along with this, Dr. Velumyan was also certified in Analytical Therapy, Psychodrama, Family System Therapy, Psychosomatic Therapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis. In parallel, she spent hundreds of hours on self-healing psychotherapy to treat her own wounds, realizing the importance of communication and relationships within the family in the formation of reality perception.
Now, being a part of a living five generations of a scattered family, Dr. Velumyan has two grown-up, university-educated children and two grandchildren, she is a daughter and a granddaughter. She understands very well how differences and generation gaps influence overall relationships, and makes them work for love and peace for her large family. Dr. Velumyan has published in international psycho-didactiс journals and presented at psychological conferences in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Canada. She is the author of Programs for Trainers, created for those who work with children and teenagers developing their social-emotional skills.