Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (STP) Admissions

Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Focused Therapy

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Centre: Centre for Human Ecology

Intake: 25



Eligibility for the Course

a. M.Phil in Clinical Psychology (RCI affiliated), from a recognized University

b. M.A Degree in Psychology/Applied Psychology from a recognized University, with a minimum 2 years of experience as a practicing psychologist/ counsellor.




Kindly mail us the Statement of Purpose on (Mandatory)


Shortlisted Candidates for Interview 


List of Final Selected Candidates



Important Dates:

Last Date for Receiving Applications 5 th Novermber  2021
Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates for Interview 10th November 2021
Announcement of List of Selected Candidates 30th November 2021
Last Date to make fee payment for Semester I 10th December 2021
Commencement of Course:

24th January 2022





                                              Course Overview

The present curriculum for the ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Focused Therapy’ is based on the needs of counsellors and psychotherapists working with trauma across life span. The curriculum rests on ethical, practice and research guidelines on trauma-informed and trauma-focused counselling and psychotherapy. The curriculum covers scientific understanding of trauma which is critical to conceptualize the trauma lens as also ethical aspects of trauma-informed care. The course introduces some of the major theoretical frameworks for trauma therapy and arms the practitioners with practical skills in handling and treating trauma. The course does not include specific training by relevant certifying organizations like EMDR, IFS etc. However, the course introduces the theoretical bases of these interventions and would urge practitioners to follow their choice and participate in continuous learning in expanding their skills in various evidence-based trauma focused interventions. The program has been designed with professionals in mind, with blended learning (online and offline) to develop knowledge and skills, along with practice through supervised field work and case presentations, while continuing to meet individual life and work demands.


The course is a one-year PG Diploma course with a predominantly online pedagogy. Spread across two semesters, the course maps out to approximately 36 weeks of classes and contact hours in a year.

Transaction of Course

This is a part time course for professionals. Classes and contact hours are designed in a way to enable learners to pursue the course alongside their practice. There will be 8- 10 hours per week of classes/ contact hours in a staggered manner. Classes may be conducted during early mornings, late afternoons and evenings on weekdays. Occasionally some contact hours may be transacted during the weekends. The course is split into two semesters and will be transacted via online/ blended mode in keeping with prevalent Covid-19 norms at the time of beginning the semesters.

Evaluation modalities will be blended/ online during the pandemic.

The course will be taught by the faculty from SHE anchoring the course, and nationally and internationally acclaimed guest faculty. Clinical supervisors for the course are trained trauma therapists.

The course combines critical elements of trauma-focused approaches to psychotherapy and is designed in a manner to be trauma-informed for the developing trauma therapist.

Some highlights of the course:

11 Modules, spanning theory and skills building

4 Credits on intensive learning of trauma informed counselling skills

8 Credits on trauma focused therapies including EMDR, Parts Work, IFS, Somatic and Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies, working with adults, couples and children

Experiential Trainings on Developing and Nurturing the “Self” of the Therapist

12 Credits of Fieldwork and Practicum

Total 90 hours of supervision consultations

Research and publication as thrust areas 

Innovations in Trauma Informed Pedagogy for Learners









Distribution of Credit Hours:

Course Structure

The detailed course structure will be available at the time of admission into the course.

PG Diploma in ‘Trauma Focused Therapy’

40 credits

Module 1 Foundations of Trauma Therapy 4 credits
Module 2 Trauma-Informed Counselling Skills 4 credits
Module 3 Field Work I: Application of Trauma Therapy in Practice Space 4 credits
Module 4 Supervision I: Reflective Practice with Clinical Supervisors 2 credits
Module 5 Case Presentation I 2 credits
Module 6 Therapeutic Approaches to Trauma Therapy 4 credits
Module 7 Trauma Therapy for Special Populations 4 credits
Module 8 Field Work II: Application of Trauma Focused Modalities in Practice Space 8 credits
Module 9 Supervision II: Reflective Practice with Clinical Supervisors 4 credits
Module 10 Case Presentation II 2 credits
Module 11 Research 2 credits

Semesterwise Courses:

Course Objectives:


The objectives of the PGD course in Trauma Focused Therapy are:

1.To develop a comprehensive perspective and sensitivity to the etiology of trauma in various presentations of trauma-related symptoms and narratives

2.To develop an intersectional lens of how social identities influence the development of trauma and resilience.

3.To be informed by a strong base of neurobiology of trauma.

4.To be able to conduct assessment of trauma in an ethical and sensitive manner for treatment planning.

5.To practice evidence-based trauma focused interventions in an ethical manner as per trauma-informed guidelines.

6.To understand and apply basic principles, strategies, guidelines and techniques of trauma-informed counselling in a sensitive and ethical manner with individuals, couples and groups across ages.

7.To develop an acute understanding of self as a trauma therapist and thereby recognize the importance of supervision in therapist’s growth.


Mode of Application: Fill up and attach the following documents via the Online Application Form:

1.Statement of Purpose: Tell us your suitability regarding the course objectives describing your motivation to pursue this course on trauma-focused therapy. Describe your prior training in Psychotherapy and your professional experience this far. Describe and reflect upon your practice space and yourself as a therapist.

2. Recommendation Letters: Provide 2 letters of recommendation from a past faculty and current/ past Clinical Supervisor/ Teacher.


Only completed applications will be accepted for review. Only shortlisted candidates will be intimated for a telephonic/ video interview. Decision regarding selection of candidates rests on the course designers and organizers.

Intake: 25 (Including GoI reservation)

(Please note that the course will be offered if there are a minimum of 8-10 students)





Fee Structure:




Fees for Semester I

(in INR)

Fees for Semester II

(in INR)

1 Tuition Fees 35000/- 35000/-
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 8000/- 8000/-
8 Examination Fees 2000/- 2000/-
9 Convocation Fee   2000/-
  Total 54,800/- 50,500/-

Note: Caution Deposit and Library Deposit will be returned to the student on completion of the Course). Fees are payable semester-wise.

The course is a Self-Financed course. Few scholarships may be available based on financial need and merit of candidate(s). 1 scholarship for every 10 fully paid seats may be available.

Accommodation and Hostel


Not applicable for pandemic batches. Selected candidates will be assisted to find accommodation close to the Institute. There is no possibility of hostel facilities. No travel allowances applicable.




1. How long is the course for? Can I attend from my current location?

The course is for one year, spanning across 36 weeks of classes/ contact hours. Since it is in online modality completely, learners can attend it from their current location.

2. How many hours of classes do I need to attend every week?
Approximately 8-10 hours of classes per week

3. What will be the timings of the classes?

Class timings are designed for practicing professionals, who are learners of the course. However, from our experience, early morning, late afternoon and evening hours work best for most practitioners on weekdays.

4. Other than classes, how much more time do I need to spend for completing course requirements?

There are designated self-study and self-reflective units to be completed. This is aside the didactic and supervision hours.

5 . How will I be evaluated?

There will be assignment submissions and other activities that will be required for evaluation purposes. Additionally, end semester examinations will be conducted either in online or in-person modality, depending on prevalent covid 19 norms.

6.Does the course involve any real life interviewing or role plays?
The course is designed to provide the learners with enough practicum experience that helps in transfer of learning to their practice space.

7. Will I be able to discuss clients from my current practice space?

Learners are encouraged to bring case discussions from their current practice space for supervision. Ethical practices surrounding confidentiality and consent of clients must be adhered to.

8.Will I get a course completion certificate?

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will get a certificate of Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Focused Therapy, anchored by Nirantar, TISS

9.What if I discontinue due to personal reasons? Will I get a refund of my money?

Learners may request for deferment to a later semester in case of personal exigencies and unavoidable circumstances. However, such requests must be validated with appropriate documentation. Semester fees once paid cannot be refunded but may be used for a deferred semester.

10.How will Field Work be transacted if Covid -19 norms do not allow travelling to Mumbai?

Cases from the learners’ own practice space in the form of session recordings and/ or transcripts would be utilized. However, strict ethical practices surrounding confidentiality and consent of clients must be adhered to.

11 .Can I take the course completely online?

If and when the pandemic subsides and contact classes are organized in Mumbai campus for few weeks, learners will need to attend such classes.

12.Can I avail Scholarships?

This is a self-financed course. However, there may be a limited number of scholarships available based on financial need and merit of the candidates. Decision of the course organizers will be final in such cases.

13 . I don’t have a background in formal Psychology training. Am I still eligible for the course?
Please check the eligibility criteria for minimum qualifications and professional experience before you apply. At least a Masters in Psychology and a practice space is necessary.

14.I have a Ph.D in Psychology/ Social Sciences. Am I eligible for the course?

Minimum eligibility criteria holds. Applicants also need to be active practitioners in the field of psychotherapy.




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Anchored by:


Sukanya Ray                                                                Chetna Duggal

Assistant Professor                                                         Associate Professor

School of Human Ecology                                         School of Human Ecology