Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (STP) Admissions

Part-Time Training Programme in Couple and Family Therapy

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Centre: Centre for Human Ecology

Intake: 15


 1. Completed Masters in Psychology from a UGC recognized university

 2. 3-5 years’ experience of working with couple and family issues

 3. Currently involved in psycho-social interventions with couples and families


Medium of Instruction: English





Last date of submission of application form :

  8th January, 2021

Personal Interview (Telephonic) :

 11th & 12th January 2021

Announcement of selection:

13th January, 2021

Course orientation and commencement:

 15th January 2021

Teaching commences on

19th January 2021

Course end Date

Third week of April, 2021


Part-Time Training Programme in Couple and Family Therapy

Details of the Course:

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.

The Course helps the participants in following ways: 

To gain a contextual understanding of the nature of relational concerns and difficulties faced by Indian families and couples in today’s globalizing world
To learn about history and origin of family and couple therapy, and about basic concepts of System’s theory
To learn about theories of how problems develop in couple and family relationships
To study assessment skills involved in couple and family therapy
To know how to conceptualize/hypothesize family and couple issues
To Compare and contrast major theoretical models in family and couples therapy, and learn a variety of techniques proposed by these theoretical models
To gain detailed understanding of addressing couple concerns (heterosexual and queer) and special techniques of dealing with the same
To understand the role of broader socio-cultural contexts such as class, caste, gender and power issues in relationships and address these issues appropriately
To examine ethical and legal concerns that emerge during couple and family counselling and ways of addressing the same


Methods of learning:

Virtual Lectures, online classroom discussions, Therapeutic session videos, case studies and presentations, experiential exercises and self-study to understand concepts related to family and couple interventions and reading of research articles.


Course Faculty:

The course will be taught by faculty members of the School of Human Ecology, and guest faculty, with specialised training and vast practice experience as couple and family therapists.


Maximum number of students to be admitted to the course: 15
Duration of the Course: 15 weeks (three and a half months- Once a week)
Number of hours required to be completed by the participants over 15 weeks: (Total 100 hours)


60 Hours of classroom teaching (4 hours a week, classes will be held once a week virtually)
15 Hours of Supervision provided by faculty members from School of Human Ecology
Participants are required to undertake 25 hours of counseling work addressing relationship issues faced by couples and families in their respective settings/practice and bring the case study for supervision. 

Fees: Rs 18000/- (Fees once paid, will be non-refundable)

Process of application: Participants need to send their completed application forms by email on or 8th of January, 2021. Applications will be screened for eligibility criteria. Suitable candidates will be interviewed telephonically. Selected candidates will be informed by email. Once selected, participants need to fulfil all the requirements of course completion (including attendance for lectures, field work, supervision and course evaluation) in order to get the final certificate of completion. All matters related to the selection will be at the sole discretion of School of Human Ecology. Candidates will not be provided with accommodation facilities.

Applications can be sent at: and


Kindly write to the above-mentioned email IDs if you have any further queries.


Dr. Aparna Joshi

Assistant professor, School of Human Ecology,

Project Director iCALL and Sukoon

Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Email Id:

Distribution of Credit Hours:

  • Distribution of credit hours: 100 hours (spanning over 15 weeks)

Class room teaching: 60 Hours


Sr No

Course Content



No of hours


Understanding systems Theory



6 hours


History of family and couple therapy



6 hours


Family relationships and Therapy: Concepts, theories, schools, assessment and techniques



25 hours


Couple relationships and therapy: concepts, theories, schools, assessment and techniques


15 hours


Socio- legal contexts of couple and family relationships in India


8 hours


* 25 hours of field work initiated by the participants in their respective setting

* 15 Hours of supervision

Semesterwise Courses:

  • Detailed description of the Modules

Module I: 6 hours

Understanding systems Theory:

This module will expose the participants to the shift in the paradigm that is required when the practitioners move from individual to couple or family work. The module will also throw light on some of the key concepts espoused by the systems theory which forms a departure from the individualistic understating widely prevalent in psychology practitioners. It will also help the participants develop a holistic understanding of couple and family systems.

Module II: 6 hours
History of Family and Couple Therapy:

This module will lay down the historical context in which family and couple therapy originated in the west and in India. The contents covered in this module will enable the practitioner to appreciate the history of the family and couple therapy movement and contributions of leading theorists. It will trace the journey of the field of family and couple therapy from its initial focus on problems and deficits to newer approaches that offer a strengths-based perspective and a contextual understanding of couple and family problems. The module will also help the participants develop a critical lens of looking at mainstream theories by introducing the larger socio-cultural context in which couple and family systems are situated.


Module III: 25 hours

Family Relationships and Therapy

This module focuses on some of the important schools of family therapy and theoretical concepts offered by each of these schools. The module will introduce the participants to various issues and difficulties for which families seek therapy. It will equip the participants to understand how each of these schools conceptualises family problems, assesses them and finally intervenes. Participants will learn unique skills of assessing family systems, forming a hypothesis and choosing from a wide range of intervention strategies proposed by each of these schools.

Both the modules on couple and family relationships and therapy will also expose participants to identification of family strengths and resilience and to ways of promoting the same.


Module IV: 15 hours 

Couple relationships and Therapy

The module begins with acquainting the participants with key researches in the area of couple relationships and therapy. Marriage is one of the many forms of couple relationships. The module will sensitise the participants to different forms that a couple relationship can assume and key relationship issues for which couples often seek therapy. It then will move on to cover various evidence based theories of understanding couple relationships. The focus will be on understating different aspects of couple relationships such as intimacy, communication, conflict resolution, sexuality, division of labour, gender roles etc. It will then introduce different ways of assessing and conceptualising difficulties faced by the couples and of intervening with the same. This is essentially done by borrowing from some of the major evidence based schools and theories of couple counselling.

Domestic violence is a reality for many Indian women. The module will help the participants in understanding, assessing and intervening with incidents of abuse and violence during the process of couple and family counselling.


Module V: 8 hours

Socio-Legal Contexts of couple and family relationships in India

Participants are acquainted with some of the socio- legal issues involved in couple and family counselling. This module will lay down the wider context in which couples and families exist in India and also the legal frameworks that influence them. The module will briefly introduce ethical frameworks that help the participants appreciate challenges faced during the process of couple and family counselling and ways of addressing the same.

  • Methods of learning:

1) 60 Hours of class room teaching: 4 Hours in a week Classes will be held once a week virtually.

Lectures, Classroom discussions, session videos, case studies and presentations, experiential exercises and self study to understand concepts related to family and couple interventions and reading of research articles.

2) 25 Hours of field work

Participants will be expected to work with couples and families in their current setting of practice. This work will involve intake and assessment processes, hypothesis formation, hypothesis feeding and interventions. The field work component will help the participants link the theory to the practice.

3)  15 Hours of Supervision:

Participants will be expected to bring and discuss cases from the settings in which they are currently working. Supervision sessions will be held for an hour every week. These supervision sessions will help the participants apply concepts and techniques learnt during classroom teaching to the cases from the field. Supervision sessions will also address practitioner’s personal issues that emerge during the process of counselling and will help the practitioner establish a ‘connect’ between the personal and professional selves.

  • Course Evaluation:

Case presentation & Wtire up : 40% wightage

Participant picks up one couple or family case from the field setting in which they are currently working. Participants are expected to detail the case history and present findings of the assessment carried out. A hypothesis is presented using any of the theoretical models of the participant’s choice, and real or proposed interventions are described. A detailed case write up  will be shared by students.

Film analysis using family and couple assessment: 10% wightage

This is a group assignment where the Participants are expected to pick up a film which depicts family or couple dynamics and analyse it using any of the schools of family or couple therapy. Participants are also expected to suggest a plan of intervention based on their analysis.

Final Assignment 50% weightage

This is a written test that examines participant’s knowledge of key constructs and theories covered during classroom teaching and its application to the case studies presented.

Fee Structure:





Sem I


Tuition Fee



Identity Card









Field Work






Convocation Charges



Development Fund