P.G. Diploma in Psychological Counseling & Guidance

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Course Offered Duration (in Years) Eligibility
P.G Diploma In Psychological Counseling & Guidance 1

Graduate in any subject with a minimum of 55% marks from a recognized University / Institution.

A Personal Interview will be conducted by the Competent Authority of the University

Disclaimer: TNU reserves the right for relaxation in admission criteria for the most deserving candidates.

The Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling aims to counsel and guide the young generation for defining their career path ahead. It also help to develop understanding and competencies required to counsel students especially in their adolescence. The answer to such problems lies in the fields of counselling psychology, which is not only an important branch of Psychology but infects, deal with the application of psychological principles as well as therapeutic techniques in combination. Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling at The Neotia University (TNU) is a 1-year full-time Diploma course designed for professionals who need a basic understanding of the discipline of psychology and counselling skills as value addition for their respective jobs. Students learn theoretical knowledge, ethical reasoning principles, research methods, and recent development in guidance and counselling. The course curriculum is design by Industry and Academic experts that includes the multi-media approach i.e., Self-learning, Counselling Sessions, Workshop, Assignments, etc. The department has state of the art laboratories for practical sessions in counselling. Faculty members are Ph.D holders with Clinical Psychologist license from RCI (Rehabilitation Council of India). Individuals completing this course is consider eligible and equipped for the post of Counsellor or Counselling Psychologist (in case of Master in Psychology).

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Career Prospects

The programme is of special relevance to school teachers, counsellors, NGO workers, etc. to make the individuals aware of his /her inherent potential, interests, talent and capabilities. Counsellors are a pre-requisite for each educational institution (schools & colleges), hospitals, health, rehabilitation and social welfare departments of the Central and State Government, Corporate

Sectors, training Industry, Non-Governmental Organizations, and National and State Level Commission for Women & Children. Doctors, mental health professionals, teachers, human resource managers, social workers, corporate mentors, to name a few, will benefit by being more effective in their chosen profession. The job industry is huge; students can work in a School, College, Universities, NGOs, or set up their own private clinic. There is a good salary scope in the various fields. Students can also pursue higher studies.

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Course Structure

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Semester 1

Credit – 24

  • Paper I – Theory and Practice of Counselling – 6 Credit
  • Paper II – Educational Guidance and Career Counselling – 6 Credit
  • Paper III – Understanding Abnormal Behaviour – 6 Credit
  • Paper VI – Term Paper leading to Dissertation/ Project – 2 Credit
  • Practical Paper – 4 Credit

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Approaches of Counselling

UNIT I: Behaviour Therapy (BT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Psychoanalytic Approaches to Therapy: Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Third Wave Behavior Therapy: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Social and Cultural Determinants to Therapy



UNIT II: Humanistic Approach (Person-centered Therapy), Existential Ideas (especially pertaining to loss and death), Logotherapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)


UNIT III: Educational Guidance and Career Counseling- Purpose of Educational Guidance, Process of Vocational and Career Counseling, Concept of Intelligence, Interest, Aptitude, Creativity, Motivation; Basics of career counseling, Decision Making


UNIT IV: Stress and Stress Management: Definition and Classification, Types of Stressors, Effects of Stress, Causal Factors and their effects, Stress Management Techniques



Personality and Adjustment

UNIT: Freudian and neo- Freudian theories of personality: Psychoanalytic perspective (Sigmund Freud), Analytical Perspective (Jung), Individual Psychology (Adler), Ego psychology (Anna Freud), Object relations theory, Self-psychology



UNIT II: Humanistic & Existential: Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, HS Sullivan, Victor Frankl, Rollo May, Irvin Yalom


UNIT III: Adjustment Problems, Causes of Maladjustment. Conflict, Types of Conflict, Psychological Approaches to Adjustment, Standards of Adjustment, Factors Influencing Adjustment


UNIT IV: Psychodynamics of Adjustment and Coping: Adjustment problems, causes of maladjustment, Coping strategies for adjustment problems, Mental Health Problems: Characteristics, Need and Status in India



Understanding Abnormal Behaviour

UNIT I: Classification of Mental Health Disorders and Conditions, Depression: Symptoms, Clinical Features, Etiology, and Treatment Evidence, Description and Features of other Mood Disorders



UNIT II: Anxiety Spectrum Disorders: Symptoms, Clinical features, Etiology and Treatment Evidence: Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Stress and Adjustment Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex-PTSD, Dissociative Disorders, Somatization Disorders


UNIT III: Common Manifestations of Anxiety and Depression through Childhood and Adolescence, Habit and Impulse control Disorders, Parent-Child Relationship, Peer Relationship, Teacher and student relationship, Suicide: Perspectives, tendencies, suicide prevention strategies and measures


UNIT IV: Common Neurodevelopmental Conditions and Externalizing Conditions: Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation), Learning Disorders and Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Disruptive Behavior Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder



Paper IV




Practical Paper I

Identification and Assessment 

  • Identification and Assessment:

(i) Intelligence, (ii) Aptitude, (iii) Interest and Motivation, (iv) Personality, Mental Health, v) Creativity



2. Identification and Assessment of Development and Learning Disorder or Difficulties: (a) Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation), (b) Autism Spectrum Disorders, (c)Learning Disorders


3. Identification and Assessment of Externalizing Behavior Deficits: (a) Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, (b) Disruptive Behavior Disorder, (c) Oppositional Defiant Disorder, (d)DAP (e) CAT

Emotional Dysregulation: Assessment and Planning for Intervention


4. Identification and Assessment of Internalizing Behavior Deficits: (i) Anxiety, (ii) Depression, (iii) Somatization


5. Identification and Assessment of Problems of Interpersonal Relationships:

(a)Parent-Child Relationship, (b) Peer Relationship, (c)Teacher-student Relationship.



Semester 2

Credit – 26

  • Paper V- Approaches of Counselling – 6 Credit
  • Paper VI – Dissertation/ Project – 8 Credit
  • Practical on Grief – 4 Credit
  • Internship – 8 Credit

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Theory and  Practice of Counselling 

UNIT I: Basics of Psychotherapy and Counseling, the Client-Counsellor Relationship, The Counselling Interview, Case Histories, Transference, and Countertransference, Working Through Resistance, Termination, Ethical and Legal Issues Pertaining to Counseling and Therapy: Needs for Ethical Standards, Ethical Codes, and Guidelines



UNIT II: Trauma and Crisis Intervention: Abuse. Kinds of Abuse, Causal theories of Abuse and Effects of Abuse, Concept of Psychological Trauma, Kinds of Psychological Trauma, Addressing Trauma Reactions and Manifestations, Psychological First Aid (PFA), Terminal and Chronic Illness, Stages of Death and Dying, Grief and Bereavement, Approaches to addressing Grief, feeling of loss and bereavement, Palliative Care


UNIT III: Counselling and Guidance in Special Groups: Characteristics and Needs of Special Groups- Socially and Economically disadvantaged, Destitute and Orphans, Delinquents, School and college drop-outs, HIV/AIDS patients, Substance Misusers, Counseling in Industrial Settings and Community Centers (NGOs), Health Counseling



Counselling  Process with Families

UNIT I: Counseling Process with Families, Communication Styles in Families, Concept of Family Structure, Multisystemic Approaches, Origins of Family Therapy, Principles and Characteristics of Family Therapy, Child Guidance, Marriage counseling


UNIT II: Process and stages of Family Therapy: Planning, Assessment, Treatment, Disengaging and Recontracting, Group Therapy: Group analysis, encounter groups, psychodrama, Gestalt therapy in group setting, Counseling for the Geriatric population: Geriatric Depression, Empty nest syndrome


UNIT III: Family Therapy with Child and Adolescent -focused Problem: Child Sexual Abuse (CSA), Domestic Violence, Violence Against Women, Legal Considerations: Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Systemic model of Physical child abuse, Family therapy for Physical Child Abuse



Theory Paper IV (continued)




Practical Paper II on Loss & Grief Coping

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