School of Counselling & Promotion of Wellbeing

School of Counselling & Promotion of Wellbeing​

P G Diploma Course in Counselling & Wellbeing

This course helps students to develop knowledge and a clear understanding of the nature of counselling and the characteristics of the counsellor as a therapeutic professional. In the course you will explore values in counselling, ethical issues in counselling and processes that guide culturally responsible practices. This course provides a strong skills foundation and theory base from which to provide counselling support within the community and health services. The course introduces students to counselling theories as well as an understanding of mental health and wellness, ethical practice, and personal and professional development. This course explores what constitutes, promotes and sustains wellbeing in daily living to effectively navigate and flourish in life and apply this knowledge to support others too. It has been designed to develop strategies and tools to create positive and meaningful interactions with others, helping to develop resilience in today’s rapidly changing world. The course is based on a rich understanding of the complexities of human behaviour. It imparts a deep insight into why we think and act the way we do and how to empower people to act differently. The course explores ways to help others develop better selfawareness for a more positive path in life. It helps you develop the practical skills to become a counsellor relating to mental health, family and relationships. Students are expected to gain the practical skills and strategies to successfully explore a career in counselling, including how to support individuals and couples, considering the cultural and social context in which they live and how this may affect them. The course provides students with the opportunities to develop knowledge of a range of theoretical models of counselling, and the capacity to apply counselling skills to their practice. Students in the course will develop skills in a range of counselling modalities, learn to practice within ethical frameworks and apply ethical decision making skills to their practice, demonstrate sensitivity to all forms of cultural diversity, and provide a culturally safe service to a wide range of clients.

The course provides students with a comprehensive education in the knowledge, theoretical concepts and best practices pertinent to counselling, specifically in areas relating to theoretical approaches to therapeutic change, counselling skills and approaches to understanding mental health. It teaches an advanced understanding of counselling and psychotherapy practice, and helps you develop the high level skills needed to practice as a professional counsellor in many specialized therapeutic areas.

The course focuses on the interpersonal relationship between the client and therapist, and the philosophies and practices of major schools of counselling. More specifically, the course provides students with opportunities to build their analytical and critical thinking skills. The course provides a critical perspective on the influence of social structures on individual wellbeing, and develops skills necessary for counselling clients from diverse backgrounds 

The course aims to provide students with:

  • An insight to internal psychological processes of self.
  •  Ability to create trust and to support clients.
  •  Understand affirmative human connection.
  •  Develop the attitude and skills to care for the health, happiness and wellbeing of people.
  • Make a positive contribution to people’s lives and to do more for the community.
School of Counselling & Promotion of Wellbeing


Objective of the Course: There is a growing demand for counsellors in schools, welfare organizations, marriage/family counselling centres, NGOs/International agencies, support groups for alcohol / substance users, jails/correction centres, community-based mental health programmes, police training centres and human relations programmes. In view of the felt need for counsellors, the Institute has begun a one-year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Counselling, offered through participatory and experiential modes. This course is for those who wish to offer their services to the society but do not have adequate skills in counselling.

Eligibility: The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized UniversityIndian/Foreign. Those who are graduating in the current year can also apply.

Duration: Eighteen months. Classes are held on Thursdays and Fridays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Skills Facilitation classes are held on specific Saturdays.. Workshops are held for full day on pre-notified Holidays. DUE TO PANDEMIC ALL CLASSES ARE NOW HELD ONLINE, 6:30-8:30

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Course Content: The course has been designed for those who wish to combine study with work commitments. The course includes participatory and experiential learning, whole day workshops, and interactive group work, face-to-face individual personal growth sessions, hands-on skills training and Dissertation and Internship opportunity in schools under supervision of facilitators.

Basic Counselling Skills: Characteristics of a Counsellor, Barriers to Listening, Active Listening, Improper Responses, Proper Responding – Reflection,, Paraphrasing & other responses in counselling, Different Aspects of the Process of Counselling. 

School of Counselling & Promotion of Wellbeing


Professor Soumitra Basu

Faculty, Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University

Dr. Sujata Roychoudhury

Consultant Psychologist & Wellbeing Specialist

Mr. Kanchan Sengupta

Associate Coordinator
Faculty, Wellbeing Consultant & Counsellor

Ms Soma Ghosh

Associate Coordinator
Faculty, Wellbeing Consultant & Counsellor
School of Counselling & Promotion of Wellbeing

Academic Committee Members

Dr Debashis Chatterjee

Consultant Psychiatrist, President, WHY:Wellbeing & Happiness for You

Dr Debasish Sanyal

Professor & Head of Department of Psychiatry, KPC Medical College

Dr. Prasanta Kumar Roy

Head Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry

Professor Sati Chatterjee

Former Faculty, Department of English Jadavpur University & Former President NCEB

Professor Soumitra Basu

Faculty, Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Former Coordinator CCSSS, JU

Dr. Sujata Roychoudhury

Course Coordinator, Consultant Psychologist & Wellbeing Specialist

Smt Sumitra Mukherjee

Former Faculty, Rani Birla College & Counsellor

P.G. Diploma Course in Psychological Counselling & Wellbeing


Duration of the Course: Eighteen Months

Theory = 152 hours | Practical = 150 hours

Module Description-

Module I : Humanistic Therapy & Client Centered Counselling, Key Concepts in the Client Centered Approach, Carl Roger’s Theory of the Person, Conditions of Humanistic  counselling, The Counsellor-Client Relationship, Conditions for change, Basic Skills in Counselling.

Module II: Stages and Steps in the Process of Counselling, Qualities of a helper, Different styles of Communication, Feedback & Criticism, Areas of Positive Communication – Dealing with Manipulation.

Module III: Basic principles of Humanistic Cognitive Counselling & Techniques, Self Determination Theory (SDT).

Module IV: Psycho-Sexual Aspects of Wellbeing, Sex & Gender, Sexual Health, Differences in Sexual Orientation – LGBTQIA, Psychopathology and Concepts of abnormality, Referral, Classification of Mental Illness.

Module V: Ericksonian Theory, Personality Development in Adolescence & Special Areas of Counselling (Positive Parenting of Adolescents) Basic Concepts of Freudian Theory, Inter-personal Conflict & Individual Differences, Characteristics of healthy marital / couple relationship, Special issues in Couple Counselling.

Module VI: Special Areas of Counselling – Stress & its Neuro-Physiological Processes, Anger Management, Concept of Positive Psychology, Approaches to Wellbeing, Creative & Critical Thinking, Subjective Well-being & Happiness, Psychological Wellbeing (PWB), Other approaches to happiness, Self -Healing Process & Liberated Forgiveness Positive Coping Strategies.


Practical: Counselling Skills Application I & II and Module VII to Module X

Counselling Skills Application I & II

Module VII: Internship & Case Presentation

Module VIII: Group Project, Self-Growth & Workshop

Module IX: Dissertation

Module VIII: Group Project, Personal Growth & Workshop

Module IX: Dissertation

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