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Master of Arts in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counseling Practice)

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Intake: 50


Mental health concerns are on the rise in developing countries like India. The globalising world is witnessing increasing stress levels. The processes of urbanization, modernization and globalization have led to an increased momentum of change. Poverty, migration, industrialisation, rising inflation, violence, upwardly mobile lifestyles, growing aspirations and media exposure are all contributory factors to the rising tensions in everyday life. The gap between individuals’ resources and life demands is increasing day by day. While the burdens are increasing on a daily basis, the existing support systems provided by the family, the school, the peer group, and the workplace are proving to be insufficient to deal with the surging multitude of demands, expectations, roles and tasks placed on the individual’s shoulders.

The Mental Health Survey (2015-16), showed that the treatment gap for mental disorders ranged between 70 to 92% for different disorders. Anecdotal reports suggest that the total number of psychiatrists in India could be between 3,500 and 5,000 which translates to one psychiatrist to 200,000 to 300,000 people. The existing training infrastructure produces about 320 psychiatrists, 50 clinical psychologists and 185 mental health nurses per year. Scarcity of trained and supervised services and professionals is one of the fundamental barriers to the progress of mental health services in India. This clearly points out to the need for training mental health professionals who can effectively respond to the mental health needs of communities.

It is in the context of the scarcity of trained professionals to provide mental health services in the country that the School of Human Ecology (SHE), in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai first launched the M. A. in Counselling program in 2009. Since then, through the process of constant reflection, feedback from the students and from the field, the School of Human Ecology has designed a single Masters program to be titled MA Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Practice).

The scope of the proposed M.A. in Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counseling Practice) course is to make interventions; the aim of which is enhancing person-environment-fit, building resilience for effective coping and enhancing well-being and Quality of Life. The program will focus on the development of practitioners with a sound base in research as specified in the Boulder Model for clinical psychology training (Frank, 1984), as scientist-practitioners. However, the stance informing the course contents and pedagogy will be a developmental and contextual one. Training will be geared towards increasing awareness of diversity and socio-cultural contexts in which individuals are enmeshed.

The specific goal of the M.A. Applied Psychology (Clinical and Counselling Practice) will be to equip learners to practice developmental, mental health and issue-based assessment and interventions with a focus on primary prevention and therapeutic interventions. The current M.A. programme aims to develop students’ self awareness and a sound theoretical base from which they can build skills necessary for practice in fieldwork and internship settings. The emphasis is on a seamless blend of theory and practice. The focus is also on developing research capacities of students. Supervision is inbuilt into the practice component allowing students to benefit from feedback provided by trained professionals in the field.


Distribution of Credit Hours:


Detail Credit
First year (Semester I -II)     Foundation Courses 7
Applied psychology courses 19
Fieldwork practicum 6
Research methodology courses 4
 Research project 1
Second year (Semester III -IV)    Applied psychology courses 10
Disciplinary elective courses 4
Field work practicum 10
Research project 5

Semesterwise Courses:

Semester Course
Course Title MA Applied Psychology
(Clinical and counselling
I FC Foundation Courses 7
AP1 Counselling process &Micro-
skills- I
AP2 Counselling process &Micro-
skills- II
AP3 Approaches to psychotherapy and
AP4 Introduction to Research
AP5 Understanding Psychological
Problems –I
AP6 Human growth and development 3
AP7 Preparation for clinical and
counselling field practice
  Total semester I credits 22
AP8 Understanding Psychological
Problems –II
AP9  Approaches to Psychotherapy and
 AP10  Statistics and Data Analysis 2
AP11 Psychological assessment and
diagnostics- I
(Two credits for class room
teaching and two credits for
AP12.1  Research Project 1
(for proposal presentation)
AP13 Field Practicum – I 4
(2 credits for field visits, 2
credits FW in hospitals for
observations, case histories –
linked with UPP AP8 course)
(School of Human Ecology offers one of the Foundation elective
CBCS titled, ‘Socio-cultural contexts of counselling’
Total semester II credits 19
III         AP14 Psychological Assessment and
Diagnostics- II
(Two credits for class room
teaching and two credits for
AP15 Approaches to Psychotherapy and
Counseling –III
AP16 Community Mental Health 2
AP17 Qualitative Data Analysis 2
AP18 Ethics in clinical and counselling 2
AP19 Disciplinary Electives 2
AP19.1 Child and Adolescent
AP 19.2 Couple and Family
AP 19.3 Therapy for
substance use and addiction
AP20 Field Practicum - II 4
(Field work is linked with
the disciplinary electives)
AP12.2 Research Project (contd.) 4
(Field work is linked with
the disciplinary electives)
 Total sem III credits 20
IV     AP 21 Disciplinary elective 2
AP 21.1 School counselling
AP 21.2 counselling older
AP 21.3 Advanced assessment
and therapeutic techniques in
clinical practice
AP 21.4Trauma Therapy
AP12.3 Research Project (contd.) 3
(Analysis presentation, Viva
Voce and Final Submission of
AP22 Field Practicum III

(Linked to the Disciplinary

AP23 Internship (Compulsory, non-credit
 Total sem IV credits 9
  Total Credits (Sem I+II+III+IV) 70


Note: The total number of credits, list of CBCS courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.



Fee Structure:

Components M.A. In Applied Psychology( Clinical & Counselling Practice)_(Mumbai)
Fees Sem I Sem II
Sem III Sem IV
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000 16,000 16,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
IT Charges 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000
Library Charges 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0 0 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 0 0 0 0
Lab / Studio Fund 3,500 3,500 3,500 3,500
Development Fund 10,000 0 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500 0 0
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0    
  Semester wise Course Fee 55,000 31,000 42,500 30,500
  Yearly Fees 86,000 73,000
  Total Course Fee 1,59,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.

*Institute reserves the rights to revise the Fees Structure of programme if necessary.