Location: Chennai (Banyan)
The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Counseling Psychology) programme is offered by the Center for Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, BALM and RAnchi. This is a new programme that has been developed from the existing Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Counseling Psychology) programme that was introduced in 2009.
The need to deal with hurdles in order to successfully transition through life has always been there. However, the pressures to cope have increased in the recent past. The reasons for the intensified demands have come from the fast changing social, cultural and economic environments with which people come into contact. The processes of urbanisation, modernisation and globalisation have led to an increased momentum of change. The existing support systems provided by the family, the school, the peer group, and the workplace have proved to be insufficient to deal with the surging multitude of demands, expectations, roles and tasks placed on the individual’s shoulders. There is the added strain of wanting to be “perfect” in the various roles and tasks that society imposes on the individual and social institutions such as the family. New sets of coping mechanisms have to be developed by individuals and institutions to deal with the various stresses and strains.
While the burdens are increasing on a daily basis, the support networks are diminishing in inverse proportion. The earlier family and social support system is shrinking and is no longer infallible in enabling the individual to handle the vicissitudes of everyday life. The relationships which were earlier seen as inviolate and a resource for support can no longer be assumed to be permanent. Relationship crisis can cause additional anxiety for an already tense individual. The world is becoming increasingly competitive, thereby reducing the individual to managing on her own with limited alternatives available.
The primary focus of the Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Counseling Psychology) programme is to impart education in counseling that has a developmental and contextual stance. Development is seen as a continuous process across the life span, with the outcomes of earlier stages influencing the subsequent stages of growth and adaptation; so also the problems and issues that may arise in a particular stage or context, which would continue or intensify in the next stage. Training of counselors will address the requirement of individuals encountering difficulties in coping with different situations and experiences, like marriage and family, substance abuse, issues in the workplace, and overall wellbeing and quality of life. The MA programme develops a sound theoretical base from which students can develop skills necessary for practice in fieldwork and internship settings. The emphasis is a blend of theory and practice. Supervision is inbuilt into the fieldwork component allowing students to benefit from feedback provided by trained professionals in the field.
In the light of tremendous demand for professional counselors in India and the realisation that many individuals need this professional support, the specific goal of this programme will be to equip learners to practice developmental counseling and issue-based counseling with a focus on primary prevention and therapeutic interventions. The programme also develops the researcher in the counselor.
On completion of the programme, students can find employment in schools, hospitals, NGOs and other organisations working with on issues of mental health.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Philosophy of Research
Elective course & Practice
Internship (Compulsory, non-credit course)
Counselling Process & Micro-skills
Personal & Interpersonal Development of the Counselor I (PIDC)
Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy I
Socio-cultural Context of Counselling
Understanding Psychological Problems with Practical
Ethics in Counselling Practice
Human Growth & Development
Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy - II
Practicum - II
Psychological Assessment with practical
Emerging Approaches & Issues in Psychotherapy
CNE 1 or 2
Elective course (Theory & practical)
Research Project (contd.)
CNE 1or 2
Elective Course (Theory & Practicals)
Community Mental Health
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