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 Study topics include: Under-achievement  in school can have profound consequences for children and adults in later life, not  only in terms of economic uncertainty, but also in terms of well being, health, self esteem and  participation in family and community life. For young children in school, the experience of success and enjoyment in learning is vital if they are to be encouraged and motivated to reach their full educational potential. Emphasis in the course :-

The child-counselor relationship; theoretical and practical foundations; improved parenting skills and styles. child counseling skills and approaches; understanding adolescence;  the process of therapeutic change; play therapy; self-esteem building; social skills; developing protective behaviors.

  • The Teenage Years - Communicating with adolescents
  • The young person’s world and counseling environments,
  • A step by step approach to assessment-problem parenting,
  • problematic children, two way comm.,
  • adolescence and difficulties,
  • bringing out the best in your children,
  • psychological abuse, and concerns,
  • proactive counseling for young people,
  • promoting change in youth,
  • planning counseling strategies-
  • cognitive and behavioral strategies ,raising confident children and teens

Why should I choose this program?

The course is aimed at people in the caring and training professions and those who wish to broaden their counseling skills as related to psychological issues of children & youth. It gives best learning for the parents who are desirous to improve their parenting skills and become counselors to others.

This course is useful for those who may be working in the statutory or voluntary sectors with those who wish to work for mental health issues. Nurses, counselors, prison officers, probation workers, psychotherapists, forensic /legal fast track family courts; and other mental health workers may find this course invaluable for useful skills and therapeutic interventions It combines academic, practical and experiential components within a supportive and challenging environment. As well as exploring the main therapeutic theories, you will examine philosophical and spiritual perspectives and cross-cultural approaches.

You will learn about the practical and ethical issues of working with clients in a variety of situations.

The course combines theoretical and experiential components, with skills practice sessions and self-development group work.

It offers

  • A solid grounding for students wishing to apply for further professional training
  • The opportunity for people who already work in the helping professions to develop their interpersonal skill

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of psychotherapy and     counseling theories, with a focus on existential, psychodynamic and humanistic/integrative perspectives. Cognitive/behavioural approaches are also considered
  • Develop your competence in the use of essential communication and counseling skills
  • Develop your aptitude for self-evaluation in the use of such skills
  • Examine your beliefs, assumptions and prejudices in order to help others do the same
  • Develop your capacity to reflect on your own interpersonal and emotional processes, patterns and experiences
  • Think critically about psychotherapy and counselling theory and practice

Future opportunities

Successfully completing this course will enable you to meet one of the main entry requirements for our M.S/PG Diploma in Psychotherapy & Counseling.

Direct progression, however, will depend on your academic background and professional/voluntary experience.

Please see the entry requirements for the M.S/PG Diploma for further information.

The course specializes in the aims, processes and skills of working with children and young people thus there is an emphasis on working through play and with the arts. Other significant strands of the training include:-

  • child and adolescent development, psychological wellness and  skills, developing improved parenting skills (exclusion of violence, child abuse, sexual assault/harassment and mental health problems-which are dealt with in school counseling study modules)
  • professional issues, ethics and child protection, child mental health, developing children’s emotional well-being,
  • Multi agency work, working in a school setting, working with families and working with groups. This training enables participants to become effective and psychotherapeutic counselors.
  • The impact of globalization and rapid development of the regional economies have created a more affluent and complex society and Work culture. The Children and adolescents as well as families are facing increased psycho-social problems in all spheres of activities. There is an increasing demand for professionally trained counselors to help individuals deal with the sometimes overwhelming concerns of everyday living.
  • The focus of this course in on improved parenting skills and modifications to challenging behavior of children.


IISPSC&G designed and developed these courses


  1. After having in- depth studies on international models and the program bacp u k; guidelines with modifications.(http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/guidance.),  incorporation  of BACP U K- Good Practices ,Guidance For Counseling in Schools.
  2. These have been aligned to needs of Developing Countries. as well as features of international Models from U S A and U K. The model has been endorsed by experts Advisory Committee.
  3. The Institute courses are recognized, accredited as an Affiliated to IBAM Academy India, AAS Professionals Ltd U K, and Professionally endorsed Member Institute of BACP U K . It offers the Courses with special features conforming to needs of developing countries, with an opportunity for multicultural interactions and exposure to alternative strategies for



Learn how to work effectively with children and young people!

  • Accredited training with one-to-one tutor support.
  • Study at home in your own time.
  • Suitable for both education and counseling professionals, and vital information on parenting principles /skills for parents.
  • A useful addition to your CV and as evidence of Continuing Professional or
  • Personal Development for counselor accreditation purposes.

Flexible Distance Learning


There are no set class times, so you can fit study into your life in a way that suits you. You’ll benefit from one-to-one support from an expert personal tutor who you can contact by email or telephone at any time.

This is a comprehensive introduction to working effectively and therapeutically with children and young people up to the age of 18 years.


Indicative  Course Study modules and contents.


Total 8 module from the following. Compulsory modules 1 to 5 ,16 and any other Special study module totaling to 8 and case study project work with flexible duration of 12 months- (RPQ Recognition of previous qualification and experience admissible)


P.G Diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic Counseling (Adolescent specialism also available)  8 study modules including two optional- 5 assignments.


Module 1& 2  An insight to  child development-(text book and tutor guided study module) Developmental Psychology,early views on emotional development, attachments and mothering ,family and other care givers, temperament & personality, Acquiring Behavior-conditioning and Social learning Theory,


Diploma introduction to child psychology & development SCHOOL COUNSELLORS’ PROGRAM—(COMMON-PG DIP ECEC-01 with focus to-PRIMARY –NURSARY COUNSELLING SKILLS CHILDREN- INTRODUCTION TO CHILD DEVELOPMENT Text Bok and tutor guided study modules  2

Unit One: The First Year of Life

  • Infant reflexes; Social development during the first year of life including the social smile and onset of fear of strangers.

Unit Two: The Formation of Attachments

  • Imprinting; Attachment (Bowlby) including cross-cultural studies; Harlow and surrogate mothers; Relevance of animal studies in child development.

Unit Three: Consequences of Breakdowns in Attachments

  • Maternal deprivation; Implications of theories of attachment and maternal deprivation when placing children with surrogates.

Unit Four: The Home, Family and School

  • Group vs family care and studies of effects of maternal employment and father absent families; Importance of peers and siblings.

Unit Five: Basic Principles of Research Methods

  • Nature and purpose of research, what is an experiment, supporting and refuting hypotheses, independent and dependent variables, control of variables, standardised instructions and procedures, methods of sampling, design of investigations.

Unit Six: The Development of Visual Perception

  • Introduction to the nature/nurture debate on visual perception; Fantz - form perception; Gibson and Walk - depth perception; how the physiology of the human visual system helps us judge depth and distance; Bower - size constancy; animal experiments on early sensory deprivation.

Unit Seven: The Development of Language and Communication

  • Development of non-verbal communication in humans, gestures etc; comparisons with non-human primates; outline of language development in humans; including naturalistic observational in humans; including naturalistic observational studies and criticisms of these; Innate and reinforcement theories.

Unit Eight: Intelligence and Intelligence Testing

  • Definitions of intelligence; mental age and IQ; Tests of intelligence; Advantages and disadvantages of IQ testing.

Unit Nine: The Nature/Nurture Debate in the Study of Intelligence

  • Twins studies; stability of IQ; Are early experiences decisive for later development?

Unit Ten: Data Collection and Interpretation

  • Tables and histograms, correlation and scatter grams; Mean; Range; Drawing conclusions from data.


Module Two the Child as an Individual

Unit Eleven: How Children Think

  • Piaget's theory of cognitive development; including studies of egocentrism and criticisms of his work.

Unit Twelve: Learning Theory - How Behavior is acquired

  • Learning and conditioning - classical conditioning and operant conditioning; including explanations of extinction, discrimination and generalization; positive and negative reinforcement; Social Learning Theory and criticisms.

Unit Thirteen: Freud's Psychodynamic Theory - An Alternative Approach

  • Personality structure, 5 stage theory, criticisms.

Unit Fourteen: Moral Development

  • Definition in psychological terms; investigation of moral behaviour, moral feelings and moral judgment.

Unit Fifteen: The Development of Gender Roles

  • Sex-typing; Gender identity; Biological, social and cultural theories.

Unit Sixteen: Aggression in Children

  • Biological basis of aggression; Psychological theory and aggression; Aggression as a learned response;
    Imitation of aggression; viewing violence; Punishment for aggression; sex differences in aggression.

Unit Seventeen: Methods Used in Child Development Research

  • Observational, Survey, Correlation, Experimental - advantages and disadvantages.

Unit Eighteen: Play

  • The importance of play to learning;
    Piaget's theory of play; forms of play;
    Relevance of psychological theories to pre-school education;Play and learning in nursery schools; Play therapy.

Unit Nineteen: Learning in School

  • Programmed learning and its relationship to learning theory - advantages and disadvantages; Discovery learning and its effectiveness.

Unit Twenty: Behavior Modification

  • Explanation and examples; Relationship to learning theory; Points systems, Advantages and disadvantages.


this course will certainly make you a more understanding mother or father as regards what goes through your child's mind from day to day, especially when they 'play up' and you cannot make any logical sense of their behavior.


Spl Study Module f compulsory-- BASIC PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES & Concepts -An orientation/ Re- orientation relevant to professional counseling Skills, theory & practices


Module 3/46 (A).Counseling Skills & Theory & Approaches-All about counseling skills theories, skills and approaches, other psychological vocations, effective counseling process, qualities of an effective counselor, underlying theory of Existential Counseling & psychotherapy, Psychodynamic counseling. Phenomenology and humanistic approaches, cognitive & Psychoanalytic approach, 2002 study ranking 99, most eminent psychologists of 20th century,


Module 4./46(B) & 5.(C) counseling skills and theories-Gestalt therapy, psychodrama, transaction Analysis, Behavioral and Cognitive Approaches, Roger’s Theory Of Self, Basic of theory of Person centered Counseling, Therapeutic Approach of person centered Counseling, His theory based on 19 propositions, significance of Maslow’ work in relation to counseling, Existential Counseling, Psychodrama ,


 Module6. Behavioral & cognitive Approaches- Evolution of Behaviour Therapy-J B Watson,E.L Thorndike, B.F.Skinner, Social learning Theory, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, counseling skills in the group. Theoretical approaches to group work, limitations.


 Module 7. Ethical and  professional conduct of professional school/college and counselors. as related to ISCA Members/students.


Special  Modul8. Principles of Parenting   Am I Not Spoiling My Child, challenging task of parenting, parental warmth & affection vital, spoiled/growing children, children’s identity, but how do I control my child? Child and own Routine and reinforcement, Good Parenting Behaviors Avoid Spoiling, helping young children behave, disciplining child,


Special study module 9- parental approach to kids and General Strategies to Teach Self-Control Good Choice/Bad Choice Activity, to promote healthy learning and development and how to recognize feelings of  problem and solving activities. Role modeling and pause for thought.


Special module10.. This study module on Children’s Behavior helps in many ways and gives you valuable skills. Conditioning and  social learning theory.

It will help you

  • recognize the different types of behavior in children
  • understand the various factors influencing a child’s behavior
  • encourage positive behavior in children
  • set guidelines to deal with unwanted behavior
  • write and maintain suitable child management policies
  • understand the importance of observation and assessment
  • spot the warning signs of a child being bullied
  • identify strategies for dealing with bullying

Special module 11-“Successful Parenting Skills that builds- Children's self esteem to shape Behaviors, personality traits and habits “Childhood Challenges

Specialty study  module 12 counseling children & adolescents.

Identify the learning difficulties that hinder the learning process in children. Psychological abuses and issues- unnoticed/unattended, suspicion of BSELD (learning difficulties),Assessment specific learning difficulties by school teachers, four ways of parenting care/style, Child rearing tips for parents,

The Course Includes the Following Units:-

  • Unit 1 – Understanding the Relationship between Counselor and Client

The following topics are covered: Listening skills; Vocabulary of Counselling; and The Initial Interview.

  • Unit 2 – Child Counseling Skills

The following topics are covered: Active listening; Observation; Opening up and sharing experiences; and Children’s emotions.

  • Unit 3 – An insight in to Child Development

The following topics are covered: Babies from birth to twelve months; Children from twelve to eighteen months; Children from eighteen to twenty four months; Children from twenty four to thirty six months; Children from thirty six months to fifty months; Children from fifty months to five years; Children from five to six years; Children from six to eight years; Children from eight to twelve years; Children between twelve to sixteen Years; Antenatal; Prenatal; Postnatal; Accidents; Breakdown of relationships/marriages; Culture; Environment; Learning Difficulties; Loss or Bereavement; and Behavior


  • Unit 4 – Behavioral Psychology and Fears and Phobias

The following topics are covered: Behavioral Psychology; and Fears and phobias.

  • Unit 5 – Child Abuse

The following topics are covered: What is Physical Abuse?; Accidental injuries; Non-accidental injuries; What is Emotional Abuse; Sexual Abuse; Protecting a child from Sexual Abuse; and Neglect.

  • Unit 6 – Bullying

The following topics are covered: What constitutes Bullying?; Feelings; Who is affected; The Victim; and The Bully.

  • Unit 7 – Grief & Bereavement

The following topics are covered: Typically normal grief; Inhibited grief; Delayed grief; and Chronic grief.

  • Unit 8 – Dysfunctional Families

The following topics are covered: Deficient parents; Abusive parents; Physical Abuse; and Alcoholic parents.

  • Unit 9 – Play Therapy

The following topics are covered: Toys and Play equipment; Feelings; and Imaginary environment.


REDUCED FEE STRUCTURE: - AN AFFORDABLE can be paid in max two instalments ;-


Admission Criteria


Preferably B.A/ STUDYING FOR B .A- ANY STREAM, Previous counseling training or experience is not required, nor is a first degree or its equivalent. However, life experience, a mature attitude and a capacity for self-reflection are important and necessary qualities. Students with a varied background and experience are welcome.

Admission to the program is based partly on the supporting documents you send with your APPLICATION FORM AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENT AND APPLICABLE FEE.


How to apply Step 1 Apply

Apply directly to us using the application form available here

Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates
  • One reference: can be academic/professional/character reference (Your referee(s) should write a BRIEF NOTE reference explaining the nature and duration of their relationship to you and why you would make a suitable candidate for your chosen course.  OR
  • A PAGE  personal statement outlining your background; Aptitude and interests _why you want to study this program; how you feel you would benefit from the course of study; and why you feel you would make a suitable candidate for the course
  • A copy of your passport photograph

Step 2 making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer.* If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

Step 3 accepting the offer Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person. With payment of fee and the registration plus courier  charges, for commencing the course.

Although IISP endeavors to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application