International Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology Skills (IGDCS), Online Course

Ongoing 28 May 14 Batch of IGDCS - Online Comprehensive Counselling Psychology Course.

After twenty-two years of conducting face-to-face, classroom, and distance learning courses (by postal mail) in counselling psychology, the team of veteran, expert counsellors of Banjara Academy started this comprehensive online counselling course for individuals from any part of the world to learn online the basics of psychology and the practical skills of human dynamics and counselling psychology - the International Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology Skills (IGDCS) course. This online diploma course helps you understand human behaviour in the framework of modern psychology and covers all aspects of counselling psychology - counselling persons in all age-groups and in various situations in life. Our comprehensive online course in counselling qualifies you as a Certified Professional Counsellor. Areas of counselling covered include counselling children, adolescents, teenagers, senior citizens; marriage counselling; stress counselling; addiction counselling; grief counselling; family counselling; counselling for depression, loneliness, loss, among others.

Our unique mentoring system and thrust on assignments make IGDCS a very interactive online course for you to develop greater self-awareness, improve your own relationships and, of course, learn to be an effective counsellor who can reach out to your near and dear and others around you in need of emotional support. Do check out this link for the outline of our online counselling course contents.

The IGDCS has been designed from many years of experience of professionals working in and teaching counselling, and is managed and conducted by a broad cross-section of counsellors, psychologists, medical professionals, special educators, human resources experts and wonderful human beings.
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Eligibility : The online course in counselling psychology is open to persons all over the world, of all ages and from all walks of life. Admissions are subject to an interview with an assessor of our Candidates Selection Board.
Course Expense : Rs 29,550/- (Rupees Twenty-nine thousand five hundred and fifty only) - includes 12.36% Service Tax.

Duration : One year from the date of getting the user name and password to access the course online.
Date for enrollment : In batches, announced from time to time. New Batch started from 28 May 2014. Admissions just CLOSED.

You can do the IGDCS from any part of the world and we train you to be a top-notch psychological counsellor.
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Even if you have no prior theoretical knowledge of psychology, the IGDCS will make you understand, master, and practise the skills of psychological counselling, opening up job opportunities for you in offices and factories, educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), hospitals, nursing homes, alongside busy medical professionals, women’s or community organizations, old-age homes, hospices, de-addiction centres, with families, youth and children, for marital harmony, etc. You can set up your own counselling practice too.

The IGDCS has been designed from many years of experience of professionals working in and teaching counselling, and is managed and conducted by a broad cross-section of counsellors, psychologists, medical professionals, special educators, human resources experts and wonderful human beings.

The IGDCS simultaneously nurtures your personal growth and development by making you understand your own strengths and weaknesses.

An Outline of the Contents of our Comprehensive Online Course in Counselling Skills, the International Graduate Diploma in Counselling Skills (IGDCS)

  1. Global scenario of human relationships
    Need for counselling & how it can be done
    Development of psychotherapies over the ages.
  2. Significance of the human approach in the 21st century
    Understanding emotions and their management
    Building and Strengthening Relationships.
  3. Directive and non-directive counselling
    Overview of various psychotherapies
    Person centered therapy.
  4. General techniques of counselling
    Stages of counselling process
    Developing one's own comfort level, congruence.
  5. Skills of counselling –
    Non-judgmentalism, listening, empathy, positive strokes.
  6. Sharpening skills
    Confidence building
    Case studies / practice.
  7. Empowering counsellee
    Problem-solving & coping techniques
    Counselling in the world of work.
  8. Counselling children, adolescents, youth, mid-age and old age
    Marriage & sexuality
    Family and parenting.
  9. Depression & suicide
    Loss / crisis intervention, Illness/disability & rehabilitation
    Addictions – to alcohol, drugs, or relationships.
  10. Stress management techniques & improving quality of life
    Preventing burnout, balancing roles, ethics
    Specialised counselling techniques.
  11. Limitations of counsellor & referrals/networking
    Job opportunities or setting up practice
    Further study and skills enhancement.
  12. Further case studies
  13. Practical work
    Final assessment.

FREE Online Psychological Counselling by Banjara Academy for anyone, anywhere in the world FREE online counselling for the depressed

  • Are you stressed about your child?
  • Is your marriage in trouble?
  • Are you stressed about your education?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by anxiety and fear?

Just mail your counsellor now, sharing your problems, your worries, your anxieties, your fears. Your counsellor will reply to you, and be there for you until you need her to help you cope and get going.

Sreedhar, Director of Online Courses and Online Counselling by email of Banjara AcademyLeading Banjara Academy's online email counselling team of volunteer-counsellors, I realize it is not an easy task reaching out to a person one has never met, never seen, without the added advantage of gestures, eye contact, a gentle reassuring touch, tone of voice and yet providing empathy, positive strokes, making the person feel heard and understood.

With the aid of only written words, it is quite a task building trust, making people open up and share and helping them cope and feel better. So when in many instances they write back saying thank you and that they feel so much better, the feeling one gets is priceless and incomparable - knowing one has done something right, something good!

Hats off to all the volunteeer-counsellors of Banjara Academy who have been carrying on this work silently, anonymously for the last couple of years. Truly commendable! - Sreedhar MA

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