Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (STP) Admissions

Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision for Mental Health Practice

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Intake: 15


Mental Health Professionals, with post graduate degree in Applied Psychology/Clinical or Counselling Psychology from a recognized University, AND working in the area of mental health, counselling, psychotherapy, with a minimum of three years of relevant work experience. 


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Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision for Mental Health Practice 2021 Result




Last Date for Receiving Applications: 20th June 2021

Announcement of Selected Candidates for Interview: 2nd July 2021

Announcement of List of Eligible Candidates: 9th July 2021 ( Result Announced)

Last Date to make fee payment: 19th July 2021

Commencement of Course: 26th July 2021


Intake: 15 (Including GOI Reservation)

Course transaction:

This is a part time course for working professionals and involves a blended format of contact and online sessions. Keeping the current pandemic situation the contact sessions may be transacted through online sessions to ensure safety of all participants. There will be 10 full days of contact/online classes through the course and the rest of the sessions will be 2-4 hours per week.


Course Overview

The Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision for Mental Health Practice offers a comprehensive and contextually sensitive perspective on the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to undertake the role of a supervisor for mental health professionals in India.  It provides a foundation to support mental health professionals in developing key competencies in supervision. The aim of this training curriculum is to enable qualified psychotherapists to acquire the knowledge and competencies and reflective capacities required to practise as supervisors in line with evidence-based practice. The course will enable professionals to obtain formal training and certification in supervision and become part of a professional network of supervisors. The course is focused on experiential learning and the acquisition of key skills for trained psychotherapists and counsellors who wish to expand the purview of their skills and supervise other mental health professionals. 


Objectives of the Course

To develop a strong theoretical base in supervision practice through critical engagement with major theories and models of supervision

To develop a contextually sensitive lens with an emphasis on social justice in counselling and supervision in India

To promote reflection and awareness of one’s own supervisory style and identify assumptions influencing one’s stance as a supervisor 

To enhance competencies in providing developmentally tailored supervision to individuals across various stages of development and learning styles

To enhance relational capacities required to foster a strong supervisory alliance

To develop skills in using major techniques and methods of supervision 

To create a supervisory space that is in keeping with ethical codes and principles.

To integrate theoretical knowledge with experiential learning through ‘supervision of supervision’

Distribution of Credit Hours:

 The detailed credit structure will be available at the time of admission 

Theoretical Modules

Module 1

Preparing to Supervise: Foundations of Mental Health Supervision

 2 credits
Module 2

Becoming a Supervisor 


 2 credits
Module 3

Mental Health Practice in India: Supervision in Context

 2 credits
Module 4

Developing a supervisee-centered approach

Adult learning and counsellor development – I:

  2 credits
Module 5

Developing a supervisee-centered approach – II:  

The supervisory alliance

 2 credits
Module 6 Supervision Methods and Techniques – (Basic)   2 credits
Module 7 Supervision Methods and Techniques – (Advanced)  2 credits
Module 8 Ethical Practice and Documentation in Supervision  2 credits
Module 9 Group and Peer Supervision   2 credits
Practicum and Experiential Learning
Module 10 Supervision practicum (SP)  10credits 
Module 11 Supported Supervision (SS) 4 credits 
Module 12 Learning Labs (LL) 4 credits 
Module 13 Reflective Practice (RP) 2 credits 
Module 14 Case Presentation 2 credits 

Semesterwise Courses:


The total duration of the course will be 7 months (28 weeks) and will involve the completion of 14 modules. The 28 weeks will be distributed into preparatory work, contact hours, distance learning, practicum and experiential learning.

Preparatory period. The course will begin with an initial online preparatory period of one week duration during which learners will be introduced to readings that will orient and initiate them into the curriculum. The learners will be expected to complete readings provided to them before they arrive for the contact Block 1.

Contact Block 1. Post the preparatory period there will be full day online/contact classes. This will be for 4 days and module 1 – 6 will be covered during this time. During the contact program, learners will attend lectures, participate in group activities and engage in experiential exercises.

Distance learning. During the course, learners will continue their engagement via distance learning. The distance learning will require learners to complete course readings, assignments and maintain a reflective journal.

Supervision practicum (SP). As part of the course, the learners will be expected to carry out field practice in the form of carrying out supervision sessions for other professionals in individual and group format.

Supported Supervision (SS). During the course, six supported supervision sessions will be organised by the faculty to review the supervision sessions conducted by learners in their practicum.

Learning Labs (LL). Monthly learning labs will be focused on skill-building and will cover procedural knowledge and deliberate practice of skills drawn from theoretical concepts covered in the course. 

Reflective Practice (RP).  Learners will be required to complete reflective and experiential activities and maintain a reflective journal throughout the duration of the course. 

Contact block 2. This will be covered in week 9 for 4 days and will include Modules 6 to 9. During the contact program, learners will attend lectures, participate in group activities and engage in experiential exercises.

Contact Block 3.  The third and final contact block will take place at the end of the course in week 28 and include Case presentations and wrap up of the course. 

Case Presentation. At the end of the course, all learners will be expected to discuss their individual and group sessions in the form of a case presentation. 



Application Procedure

Submit your applications via the link:

Applicants need to be complete.

Telephonic/Video interviews will be scheduled with shortlisted candidates.

Selections will be based upon an evaluation of the purpose statement, professional experience, understanding of work and reflection on personal practice.

The course organizers reserve the final right with respect to selection of participants.

Fee Structure:

Fees payable

Fees payable is mentioned semester wise. The Caution Deposit and Library Deposit will be returned to the student on completion of the Course.


The course will only be offered if there are a minimum of 6-8 students

The course is a self-financed and professional course. There are no scholarships available. Students will be required to pay the semester fee.

No travel or other allowances will be offered.


The course will be anchored and taught by the Rahbar team.


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Sr.NO Particulars

Fees to be paid at the start of the course

(in INR)

Fees to be paid in week 14

(in INR)

1 Tuition Fees 30000/- 30000/-
2 Identity Card 300  
3 Development Charges 2,500/- 2,500/-
4 Computer fees 1000/- 1000/-
5 Library Deposit 1000/-  
6 Caution Deposit 5000/-  
7 Supervision Fees 7000/- 7000/-
8 Examination Fees 2000/- 2000/-
9 Convocation Fee   2000/-
10 Total 48,800/- 44,500/-