School: School of Human Ecology
Centre: Centre for Lifelong Learning
a) Candidates should have completed (i) B.A. Psychology, (ii) B.A./B.Sc. Home Science with specialisation in child/Human Development; (iii) B.A. in Social Work, or (iv) B.A. General with minimum three papers in Psychology.
b) Candidates who will appear for their final year B.A. examination in 2016, with the above subjects and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply.
c) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.
d) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 10, 2017 are eligible to apply to all the programme.
Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2017. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands canceled.
The Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Counseling Psychology) programme has been developed from the M.A. in Counselling programme that was introduced in 2009.The need for the human being to deal with a variety of hurdles in order to successfully transition through life has always been there. However, the pressures to cope with these have increased in the recent past. The reasons for the intensified demands have come from the fast changing social, cultural and economic environments that we live in today. 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 an attitude 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 these stressors. While the burdens are increasing on a daily basis, the support networks are diminishing in inverse proportion. The earlier familial and social support systems are shrinking, and are 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 crises 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 counselling that has a developmental and contextual stance. Development is seen as a continuous process, taking place throughout the life span of an individual, with the outcomes of earlier stages influencing the subsequent stages of growth and adaptation. Training of counsellors 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 M.A. programme develops a sound theoretical base from which students can develop skills necessary for practice in fieldwork and internship settings. The emphasis is on a seamless translation from theory to practice, while also nurturing the capacity for research in the mental health profession. Supervision is built into the practice component allowing students to benefit from feedback provided by trained professionals in the field. In the light of tremendous demand for professional counsellors 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 counselling and issue-based counselling with a focus on primary prevention and therapeutic interventions. The programme also develops research skills of students. On completion of the programme, students can find employment in schools, hospitals, NGOs and other organisations working on issues of mental health.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Philosophy of Research
Elective Course & Practice
Counselling Process & Micro-skills (Part 1 and 2)
CN 0 2
Personal & Interpersonal Development of the Counselor - I (PIDC)
Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy - I
Socio-cultural Context of Counselling
Research Methods - I
CN 0 6
Practicum - I
Understanding Psychological Problem with Practical
Personal & Interpersonal Development of the Counselor - II
Human Growth & Development
Theoretical Approaches and Techniques of Psychotherapy - II
Research Methods - II
Practicum - II
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
Internship (Compulsory, non-credit course)
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