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The desirable profile of prospective professional counselor for College /technical institutes -must have the ability to:

  • Understand, respect and value a client’s beliefs and experiences.
  • Believe in the client’s capacity to find their own best solutions.
  • Empathize well and have highly developed communication skills.
  • Be open to developing their own personal awareness and be able to work with developmental feedback; personal and professional.
  • Be open to exploring his/her client work honestly during the supervision process.


Definition of Professional Counseling services – is the application of mental health, psychological, or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systematic intervention strategies. By using these strategies, professional Counselors address wellness, personal growth. Career development issues, as well as mental health pathology. Professional Counselors have graduate training and education and often work in schools, colleges and universities, career agencies, substance abuse facilities, and clinics and hospitals.(UNESCO,WHO)


Role and Functions of Professional Counselors professional counselors are uniquely empowered  as campus based professionals, who help students  succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally .they collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supporting learning environments.  They become autonomous Professional counselors for college /university students offering counseling services as a life long occupation.

“ISCA National Model for comprehensive and integrated professional counseling services focuses on 8 general domains for effective applications in everyday professional activities. They are equipped to promote, support Psychological wellness of students, resilience by collaborating with all concerned stakeholders, facilitating environmental changes conducive to good health and adjustments for students, and accessing resources to address a wide variety of behavioral, learning, mental, andphysical needs.” (ISCA)


Course structure

Total 12 STUDY MODULES (300 HOURS STUDY-8 hours per week) 24 months – Course fee Rs 44000/-plus registration  1500/- and actual courier expenses Rs 1200/-inland-RPQ =RECOGNITION OF PREVIOUS QUALIFICATION & EXPERIENCE ADMISSIBLE.

ISP MODULE 14 -The growing teens and the young person’s world, professional counseling environment, data based decision making, at the individual and systems levels, evaluation there of.

IISP MODULE 15 Environmental stresses and hazards for young people, impact on the development of mental health related problems. Academic counseling skills at Adolescents and youth.UG level

IISP MODULE 16 Making proactive application of counseling strategies, comprising specialist skills, techniques and approaches for the young people

  • Making counseling relevant to their needs,
  • Foundation of counseling theories, principles of proactive approach,
  • Application of useful counseling micro skills,
  • Promoting change in attitude of the young people
  • Collaborative and consultative relationship with all stakeholders, 

IISP MODILE 17- Devising and developing Counseling Strategies appropriate to

  • Psycho –educational,
  • Cognitive behavioral,
  • Behavioral,
  • Creative & Symbolic


  • Recognizing, Defining and representing Problems
  • Looking insights about Insightful Problem Solving
  • Motivating Self Regulated Problem solving
  • Evaluations of feelings and thinking about implications for Problem Solving

IISP-MODULE 19 Thoughts that generates distorted thinking

  • Types of distorted thoughts and process of thinking,
  • Steps to apply counseling approach to reduce distorted thinking,
  • Motivational principles / core beliefs to manage anger,
  • Use of threats/anger as a psychological defense
  • General approaches to resolving conlicts,
  • In genuine and hollow beliefs about assertiveness,

IISC406 – Career Counseling and guidance (3 Credits)


  • Main Functions and experiencing all of our emotions
  • Basic Survival needs, relational societal needs and Spiritual /Existential needs,
  • Embarrassing situations and shame-a feeling of distress,
  • Anger as prejudice, jealousy, resentment and cause of distorted values and beliefs
  • Envy and ego centric behavior


 A frame work of college/institute - wide prevention and safety system, positive behavior management school wide policy

  • Defining & describing all the dangerous threats to student’s security and safety,
  • How to create policy and adopt preventive measures school wide and outside.-A comprehensive sustainable approach.
  • Preventive strategies, interactive and experiential strategies, including training of peer group,
  • Collaborative and support group interventions,
  • Problem solving and resolution with follow up on assertiveness, self control on challenging behavior, anger management,

26. Case studies Project work 

Anti ragging, bullying policy, sexual assault case studies,/ case histories project work  and process of dealing with bystanders and triangle dynamics behavior evaluations.

23, 24 &25 on counseling Skills, Theories & Principles Adolescents, youth

To develop understanding of the developmental needs of young people aged 11-25, focusing particularly on the process of adolescence. This training will offer the opportunity to study, critically discuss, practice, review and evaluate proactive counseling approaches specifically orientated to working with young people, which differ from approaches used with children and adults and which are underpinned by Youth Access core values and principles, and informed by Youth Access Quality Standards for Counseling.: . For assistance for emotional difficulties interpersonal RELATIONSHIPS problems, or stressful life situations.

  • Theories of adolescent development and changes in the adolescent behaveiour
  • Young people in transition from dependence towards autonomy
  • Attachment theory and its relevance in Adolescence
  • Youth Access Quality Standards for Counselling and Core Values and principles of working with young people
  • Code of ethics and counselors  role and responsibilities when working with young people


Professional Counselor (college / institutes/university STUDENTS’ Affairs & Wellbeing).

  • Prospective professional counselors are required to complete 8 assignments on the subjects of the course and on successful score of above 65% aggregate , they will be eligible for the award, which is recognized, and validated  as an affiliated & endorsed Institute by


Sample Model Professional Counselors’ Program For colleges

Model –PROFESSIONAL Counseling center &  Program - At One of the Reputed College (Professional Counseling SERVICES FOR STUDENTS --Now MADE MANDATORY BY The Hon’ble Supreme Court Of India, A.P High Court, MHRD- IN ALL IIMs, IITs & NITs –in all CBSE AFFILIATES & AICTE Approved colleges-emphasize on prevention Resources for ragging, bullying, violence & suicides)& career counseling

The Student professional Counseling and Career Centre is staffed by professional counselors whose primary goal is to facilitate the personal, social, academic, and vocational development of college /university students. To fulfill this role, the Student Counseling and Career Centre provides the following programs and services: 

"India should also start mental health promotion for young people through schools and colleges and introduce crisis counseling services and services for treatment of depression and alcohol addiction," The Times of India quoted him as saying. For assistance for emotional  difficulties interpersonal problems, or stressful life situations. 

Mental & psychological health issues 
Major depression increases the likelihood of substance abuse, impairs functioning at school, and influences an individual’s subsequent development in negative ways.  Depression can also co-occur with other disorders, including physical illnesses and other mental disorders, such as anxiety and eating disorders. It is important to have mental health services available on college campuses for students who need help.

GROUP DEVELOPMENT - Group programs that provide support, develop skills, and aid in self-improvement in specialized areas are announced and offered throughout the year. Educational and informational programs are also part of the Student Counseling and Career Centre’s activities. There is a nominal registration fee for some group programs.  
CAREER COUNSELLING - Career planning and counseling are available on an individual and group basis. Testing and assessment of interests, ability, and personality are available as well. There is a nominal charge for testing services.

CAREER RESOURCE CENTRE –To complement the career planning process, the Career Resource Centre maintains information on more that 230 occupations, a selection of university and community college calendars and career-related resource books and materials. The CRC is organized on a self-help basis, but a resource person is available to assist you on a drop-in basis.  
CAREER option Assessment of suitability PROGRAM - The Career Mentor Program provides an opportunity to meet with a professional working in a specific field. The counselors may take initiatives and arrange such inter actions with the career seekers students. The program involves exploring the world of work to gain a realistic view of a specific career Counselors undertakes assessment of individual student’s potential and abilities to matching job opportunities.

REFERRAL AND CONSULTATION - In addition to providing direct service to students, counselors are available to provide referral information and consultation service to other members / employers community.  
TRAINING - The Student Counseling and Career Centre provides placements and supervision of students who are pursuing/are interested in counseling as a profession. Therefore, during the regular academic session, students assist our professional staff in the provision of direct service to students.  
Students are encouraged to call the Student Counseling and Career Centre or drop by the main office to inquire about programs and services. Students who have not seen a counselor before may come during our drop-in times to see a counselor for a short introductory interview. Students will then be directed to individual or group counseling, career services, or referred elsewhere. Awards/Certificates Recognition

  • contact Ms Vani  Deepika, M. Sc (Psych) L.L.M, Adv. Dip R, P.G Dip (CBT)

           Course Coordinator Faculty e mail vanideepi@gmail.com