Centre: Centre for Lifelong Learning
Intake: 35 (Including students progressing from Certificate in Counselling Skills and Diploma in Counselling Skills)
Additional Admission Requirements
To progress to the Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Skills the candidate has to complete all the requirements of the Diploma in Counseling Skills.
Duration : 45 Week (3 Semester, Part-time Weekend Programme)
The distribution is as follows:
1st Semester - 15 Weeks
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Saturday - 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
2nd Semester - 15 Weeks
Friday - 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Saturday - 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
3rd Semester - 15 Weeks
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Saturday - 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
**Intake: 35 (Including students progressing from Certificate in Counselling Skills and Diploma in Counselling Skills)
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Last Date of submission of application form
3rd April, 2020
Displaying the list of short-listed candidates for personal interview
8th April, 2020
Interview date - Skype interview for outstation candidates
24th April, 2020
Interview date - Personal interview at TISS campus for local candidates (Mumbai and Pune)
22nd - 24th April, 2020
Declaration of Selection list with waiting list (On TISS website)
Last date for completing admission procedure for selected candidates
Date of commencement of program
First Contact program / I Semester Classes
Second Contact Program / II Semester
Second Semester exam viva voce
Conclusion of Program
The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) was established on February 15, 2006, with the objective of providing training for adult learners in the areas of expertise in the Institute. The CLL was earlier known as Department of Extra Mural Studies, which was established in 1981.
It caters to two kinds of adult learners: (a) The Professional groups getting trained for their continuing education and (b) the general population from diverse backgrounds who are outside the formal education system or those who have not had the opportunity to access formal education system and want to access training or goal-oriented short-term vocational programmes.
By promoting the philosophy of lifelong learning, the CLL would maximise the capacities and potential of adult learners to contribute meaningfully as citizens to create a society that promotes and protects the values of dignity, equity, social justice and human rights.
Develop lifelong learning as a discipline of study and field of practice, and, engage with diverse populations of adult learners, irrespective of caste, gender, class, ability and age
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING [with exit option at Certificate and Diploma level Read More ]
Goal of the Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
To create a skilled cadre, with advanced knowledge and skills of counselling with sensitivity and socially awareness, compassionate and empathetic individuals who while leading a productive life will also utilize their knowledge and skills for a value added contribution to the development of a peaceful, inclusive, healthy environment in their personal and professional domains.
Objectives of the Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
By the end of the Course, the students will be able to:
Methodology: The course emphasizes an experiential style of learning. Central to counselling skills practice is the idea that to understand the experience of the other one has to first understand ‘the Self’. The course is structured so that students learn not only from what is taught, but also by actively engaging in the various exercises including self-exploration. Much of the learning will be in small groups and there will be an emphasis on the learner, where appropriate, sharing, and reflecting on their own experiences. Since Post Graduate Diploma in counselling skills programme is a value addition programme for the the adult learners- as part of the learning students are expected to apply , integrate the learnings to their existing place of work as helpers which during which they will be mentored and or supervised.
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: English
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling
List of Courses and Distribution of Credits
Additional Requirements During the course:
Personal Counselling - a minimum of 25 hours face to face personal therapy-counselling during the course.
Client work - a minimum of 180 hours Client work including one to one work with at least 5 different clients in an agecy setting. Cancellations and non-attendance do not count towards this total.
Supervision Candidates will be required to undergo supervision at their agency for client work.
PGDC 1 : Introduction to Counselling Theories – ll: 2 CREDITS, (30 hrs)
Rationale for the Course:
Learners would examine Counselling theories that are more complex and in greater depth. An understanding of the philosophical background of theories and also their basic assumptions and methodologies would lead to a deep understanding of counselling theories and a systematic application in managing change for both personal and professional growth.
Learner Objectives of the Course: On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Unit 1: Understanding key concepts of Counselling Theories: Psychoanalytic-Psychodynamic theories- by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Adler and Ego Psychology by Erik Erikson, Sudhir Kakar.
Unit 2 : Key elements of counselling theories Existential theories by Viktor Frankyl and Yalom
Unit 3: Group Counselling : Nature and purpose of groups, Group processes and dynamics, stages in group counselling and techniques.
Unit 4: Working with Families; Understand the systems of interactions between family members; Learn the Theories and methods of Family Therapy especially - Structural Family Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy and Conjoint Family Therapy; and skills to reduce distress and conflict and improving adjustments within the family
Methodology: Role play, lecture and Discussion method.
Mode of Assessment: Group Assignment, Written exam.
PGDC 2 : Introduction to Counselling Process – II: 2 CREDITS, (30 hrs)
Counselling is a process of change managing the process is central to counselling skills. Thus, awareness of counselling processes from different theoretical and methodological process requires a greater level of awareness and a complex set of understandings and skills
Objectives of the Course: By the end of the course, the student will be able to
Different models/paradigms of counselling; Commonly occurring problems for which clients seek counselling; The nature of relationship between the counsellor and the client, ethical issues and standards/regulations; Interpersonal skills in counselling; The process of counselling - assessing body language, listening, reacting to client and client’s problems, concluding the session: relationship building; transference and counter transference; reassessment of problems and concerns; goal setting; initiating interventions; supporting the implementation; evaluating action and sustaining change; termination and follow-up.
Unit I: The counselling relationship: The nature of relationship between the counsellor and the client.
Unit II: The process of counselling: assessing body language, silence, listening, reacting to client and client’s problems, the clinical interview and note taking. the various sessions and monitoring progress, concluding the session. Counselling Process Recordings.
Unit III: Different models/paradigms of counselling; relationship building; reassessment of problems and concerns; goal setting; initiating interventions; supporting the implementation; evaluating action and sustaining change; termination and follow-up.
Methodology: Role-play, lecture and discussion method.
Mode of Assessment: Group Assignment/ Individual Assignment, Written exam.
PGDC 3 : Mental Health, Well- Being and Understanding Psychological Problems: 2 CREDITS (30 hrs)
Rationale for the Course
Understanding human beings and their functioning is fundamental to counselling. In order to comprehend their functioning, it becomes important to learn about how human beings behave as they adapt in dealing and coping with life situations, both general and specific. There is a need to recognise problems and issues, if any, and also the positive adaptations and behaviour on the continuum of adaptive and maladaptive behaviour. This course aims at imparting knowledge and developing skills of identifying such behaviour and understanding human beings on this continuum and the positive adaptations and behaviour.
However, there is developing critique and the limitation of the application of medical model to the human condition and narratives of mental dysfunction and distress. Students need to become aware of these critiques and have an inclusive perspective from social and cultural dimensions of human behaviour and experiences
Objectives of the Course: by the end of the course the student will be to:
Conceptions of adaptive and maladaptive behaviour-historical overview; developmental psychopathology and aetiology; the diagnostic classification system -; maladaptive behaviour and issues for coping across the lifespan, other conditions that may be a focus of clinical intervention; contemporary critique of medical model of mental health.
Unit I: Adaptive and maladaptive behaviours. Concepts of mental health, wellbeing, and mental illness.
Unit II: Basics of classification of psychiatric disorders and the need for understanding this classification.
Unit III: Signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders: prognosis, Psychosocial factors, and the Role of a counsellor in understanding and using this information in referral
Unit IV: Childhood disorders - emotional disturbances and disorders; over controlled, under controlled disorders and developmental disorders; adolescent problems and disorders - persistent anti-social behaviour, delinquency, depression and suicidal behaviour; stress and coping in adulthood - characteristics of healthy coping; depression, psychosis, anxiety, neurosis, personality, psychosomatic substance abuse/other addictive and sexual disorders in adulthood, Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia - coping and adaptation in old age. Other conditions that may be a focus of clinical intervention- relational problems related to abuse or neglect, additional conditions (identity, acculturation, academics, occupational, phases of life, work place, and age related).
Unit V: Adaptive strategies and interventions: Strategies of and for the community in coping and adaptation (tertiary interventions); cultural understanding and Community-based programmes for enhancing well-being and coping.
Methodology: lecture and discussion method- using activity
Mode of Assessment: Group Assignment, Written exam
PGDC 4 : Community Mental Health: 2 CREDITS (30 hrs)
Rationale: To promote mental health there is a need to living conditions and environment that support mental health and allow people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle. There is need for services at community levels so that the care giving responsibility is just not with the patient's family members. There is a need for co creating a society that respects and protects basic, civil, political, and cultural rights is needed to be built to promote mental health.
Objectives of the Course: By the end of the course the student will be to:
Unit 1: Understanding the development of community mental health services: Origin-History, Definition of community mental health, goal of community mental health services, scope of community mental health
Unit 2: Community services halfway homes, psychiatric wards of general hospitals (including partial hospitalization), day care centers -community mental health centers, and Self-help groups for mental health
Unit 3: Relevance and scope of community in Indian context: Mental health policies in India and way forward, Critique of Medical model
Methodology: lecture and discussion method, case studies, short films.
Mode of Assessment: Group Assignment/ Project Work, Written exam.
PGDC 5 : Theoretical Techniques and Approaches – ll
2 CREDITS (30 hrs)
This course builds on the theories taught during the second semester. Various approaches and models used for counselling will be introduced to students in greater detail and depth. Students will be trained in the use of these techniques in diverse settings. Exposure to the various theoretical approaches, models, and techniques will facilitate the students to develop a unique style and system of counselling.
Objectives of the Course: at the end of the course the students will be able to:
Techniques in psycho-dynamic therapy; behaviour modification; cognitive behaviour therapy; existential approaches; positive psychology; transpersonal and eastern approaches, group counselling, Narrative and Solutions Based Counselling.
Unit 1: Positive Psychology: Resilience Building, Crisis Counselling/ Grief Counselling.
Unit 2: Narrative Therapy
Unit 3: Solutions Focused Counselling
PGDC 6 : Developing Personal Self and Professional Self: 2 CREDITS (30 hrs)
Rationale: Effective practice requires deep insight into one’s self both as a person and as a professional. Helping professions and counselling mandate the use of self-awareness as a tool for building and maintaining relationships as well as bringing about change.
Learner Objectives of the Course: On completion of this course, the learners will be able to:
Unit 1: Power and Relationships: Personal and professional relationship- its nature and characteristics. Types of power and its influence on these relationships.
Unit 2: Conflict management
Unit 3: Influencing Skills for change
Unit 4: Inter personal communication skills.
Methodology: lecture and discussion method, case studies, short films
Mode of Assessment: Group Assignment and Individual assignment.
FP III- FIELD PRACTICUM - III : 6 CREDITS (180 hrs)
Rationale for Field Practicum
Field Instruction provides an opportunity for students to integrate theory with practice. It is here that the experiential nature of the learning process comes to life as students have the opportunity to test out in ‘reality’, the relevance and applicability of knowledge, values, and skills obtained in the classroom. Thus, the Field Practicum enables students to undergo the complete Experiential Learning Cycle by moving from the ‘concrete act of doing’ to ‘making observations’ for ‘reflection’ and ‘developing insights’ to decide on ‘action plans’ that once again can be verified in the real world for effective practice.
Further, it offers avenues for reviewing the quality of interventions in the practice arena along with the opportunity for examining one’s own knowledge, values and competency in a practical setting.
Objectives of Field Practicum
The students will be able to:
The Field Practicum process will be as follows:
Block Field Work
This will offer an opportunity to students for direct counselling in any one-placement setting. A range of settings will be included over which students will be spread. The settings will cover schools, child guidance clinics, psychiatric clinics, career counselling centres, family counselling centres, adoption agencies, drug rehabilitation facilities, disability rehabilitation settings, etc.Field Work will include supervised placements of students in diverse setting to enable them to do direct counselling with client groups (individually and in groups). A continuous performance assessment of the student will take place through student recordings and supervisory reports from field supervisors. There will be a mid- Field Work review and feedback as well as a final evaluation of student performance guided by prescribed assessment tools.
Students will have to complete 180 hrs of supervised field work over a period of maximum 3 months by working in the field agency for minimum 3 hrs each day or 15 hrs over a week. Students will be working in the field setting, for example in a Government or Non governmental institution, a community based orgnisation, school, college health settings like hospital. Student are expected to apply, integrate the learnings from class room over the three semesters during field work.
The Block Field Work will be recorded and documented in the form of recoring and/or journal writing. These hours of fieldwork will be evaluated for the final grade.
A grade point of 4.0 is the minimum requirement for passing in Individual courses, including in fieldwork/ internship/research project. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 is required for passing in a Semester. Letter Grades and corresponding qualifying descriptions and grade point range are given below.
Remarks in the Semester Grade Sheet
S1 - Supplementary – 1
S2 - Supplementary – 2
Re - Repeat Course / Fieldwork / Internship / Research Project
I - Improvement Examination
R - Re-evaluation
M - Mandatory
Op - Optional
Au - Audit
EC - Extra Credit
Semester Result Description
PP - Passed and Promoted (Passed in all courses, fieldwork/internship and research project)
FS - Failed and allowed to keep Semester (that is, failed in up to two courses or 4 credits)
FR - Failed and Repeat Semester (that is, failed in 3 or more courses or more than 4 credits)
[These rules are under review for Short Term programms]
Fee Structure for Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Programme
P. G. Diploma
* - Payable atleast once
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