Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (CEP) Admissions

Post graduate certificate programme in Couple and Family Therapy by TISS

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Centre: Centre for Human Ecology

Intake: 20


• Professionals who have completed their Masters in psychology from a UGC recognized University

• Have minimum two years experience of working with couple and family concerns




Admission Requirements:

1.  Online Application Form

2.  Resume`

3.  2 reference letters from past/current faculty member, employer or supervisor

Medium of Instruction:


Duration of the course:

15 weeks (Three and a half months) in odd semester 


Mode of Transaction:

This is a part time course transacted online. Classes will be taught twice a week by core faculty as well as the guest faculty. Additionally, skill labs and group supervision sessions will be held once a week. Candidates will be expected to carry out the required hours of couple and family therapy field work in their respective practice settings.



                                           IMPORTANT DATES

Last Date for Receiving Applications:

20th December 2023
Announcement of Selected Candidates Shortlisted for Interview

 Last week December 2023

Announcement of Final list of Eligible Candidates  (Result Announcement)  First week of January 2024
Last Date to make fee payment

10th January, 2024

Commencement of Course

8th January 2024


About Couple and Family Therapy:


Couples and Family Therapies mark a departure from the traditional individualistic therapeutic understanding of mental health and adopt a systemic framework of viewing relationships. Couples and Family therapies emerged simultaneously in the 1950s in a variety of different countries and within a variety of different movements, disciplines, therapeutic, and research traditions. The basic premise of these therapies is that human problems are essentially interpersonal, not intrapersonal; and therefore, their resolution requires an approach to intervention that directly addresses relationships amongst people. The proposed course equips its participants with a theoretical understanding of the nature of difficulties faced by couples and families, ways of assessing and conceptualizing the same, and methods of applying this knowledge to intervene. Thus, it offers a judicious mix of perspectives, knowledge, and skills in couple and family therapy.


Rationale for the Course: 

Family and marriage are important institutions in India. Today families and marriages are undergoing major transitions in a globalizing world. This has resulted in tensions between the traditional forms and values that informed the institutions of marriage and family, and the modern ones. Today’s families and couple relationships are adopting diverse forms and practices. This diversity has allowed for greater acknowledgment of different scripts for family and couple relationships. At the same time, it has also posed unique challenges, especially in the context of growing urbanization and diminishing support systems. The rising number of divorces and reports of domestic violence are some of the many indications of the conflicts experienced by today’s couples and families.  This also coincides with the reality that a greater number of families and couples are willing to access help from formal support services such as criminal justice, legal and health systems, family counseling centers, voluntary organizations, and mental health professionals. Counseling and therapeutic services are important sources of help for many couples and families. 

The COVID-19 pandemic too has raised the need to address relational and familial conflicts. The joint nature of Indian familial structures coupled with a collectivistic framework of families meant that several individuals felt forced to stay with families for extended periods without any usual respites such as work, school, or leisure outside of the home. Counselors across the country and the globe saw a rise in marital and other familial discords, including concerns related to younger children, adolescents, the elderly, survivors of violence, as well as the unique stressors of marginalized groups such as queer individuals. The hierarchical and unequal nature of families meant further marginalization of those groups lower in power in such structures. All of this has further accelerated the need for services and trained professionals that address couple and family concerns in India.

Distribution of Credit Hours:

Course Objectives: 

  • To gain a contextual understanding of the changing nature of family and couple structures in today’s globalizing world, and of the nature of relational concerns and difficulties faced by Indian families and couples
  • To build a critical understanding of the role played by issues of power, gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, etc in shaping family and couple dynamics in India
  • To learn about the history and origin of the family and couple therapy, and about basic concepts of System’s theory
  • To compare and contrast major theoretical models in family and couples therapy, and critically appraise them 
  • To build assessment skills and develop ways of conceptualizing couple and family concerns 
  • To learn a variety of intervention techniques proposed by major theoretical schools of family and couple therapy models, ways of documenting therapeutic work, and seeking feedback
  • To examine ethical and legal frameworks that inform couple and family therapy


Course Structure:

Sr.No Module Name Credits

Introduction to family systems and family therapy

(Taught module covering a range of topics such as Family systems in India, Systems Theory, History of Family Therapy, Major theoretical schools, Working with queer families, Integrative Frameworks and schools, Legal frameworks and family therapy in India)

5  Credits (75 Hours)


Introduction to Couple systems and Couple therapy 

(Taught module covering a range of topics such as Couple systems in India, History of couple therapy, Major theoretical schools, Integrative frameworks and Domestic violence counselling)

3 Credits (45 Hours)



Practitioners will be expected to work with couples and families in their respective setting of practice or a setting of their choice. Fieldwork will be carried out concurrently alongside the theory classes and other coursework activities. 

6 Credits (90 Hours)




Supervision (individual and group formats) will serve as a space for the participants to reflect upon the intersections between theory and practice, and also between the personal and professional aspects of self.

2 Credits (30 Hours)



Case presentations 

During the course, participants will present work from the field in the form of structured case presentations to the group. 

2 Credits (30 Hours)


Practicing skills in couple and family therapy  

This module will be dedicated to helping participants enact and practice skills and techniques learnt in the classroom through role plays and other practice exercises.

2 Credits  (30 Hours)


Total Number of Credits -20

Fee Structure: Particulars Fees to be paid at the start of the Course 
1 Tuition Fee 32300
2 Examination Fees 1000
3 Field work/Internship: Experiential Learning charges 0
4 IT Charges 2000
5 Library Charges 1500
6 Other charges (ID card, Convocation and Misc) 2500
7 Students' Competency Fund 0
8 Lab/Studio Fund 0
9 Development Fund 5000
10 Students' Union Fund* 0
11 Alumni Fund* 500
12 Health Care Fund* 0


Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit through ND process) 5000
  Total Rs. 49800


Note: Caution Deposit and Library Deposit will be returned to the student on completion of the Course). Fees are payable at one-go. Fees are non-refundable.

Applications can be sent at: and


Course anchored by:

Dr. Aparna Joshi,

Assistant Professor,

School of Human Ecology,

Tata Institute of Social Sciences