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Institute of Mental Health
No. 36A, Shrubbery Gardens
Colombo 04

Phone : +94 11 2506004
Fax : +94 11 7270928
Mobile : +94 714 749625
Email : info@imhlk.com
Certificate Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy (CCP)

Course Title : Certificate Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy

For whom

(target group)

This is a comprehensive introductory or foundation course for all those who wish to study and obtain essential training in the basic skills and techniques of psychological counselling with an introduction to the different schools and approaches of psychotherapy. This course is also suitable for practicing trainee counselors and other social workers who want to broaden their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in psychological counselling and psychotherapy, or for those who wish to embark on further academic and/or professional studies and clinical training in the field of advanced counselling psychology and psychotherapy.
Entry Requirements :
University Graduates or Members of recognized Professional bodies, or Members of the Clergy, or Humanitarian / NGO / Social workers with Two passes at the G.C.E A/L, or Professional / Academic Diploma or Advanced / Higher (National) Diploma holders or Holders of a Certificate / Diploma in Psychology or Social Work, and Age not less than 20 years, and Fluency of the English language is essential.
Course Duration : 3 Months (36 Hours) – part time study
Contact Hours : 3 Hrs. per week
Total No. of Classes : 12 class-contact sessions
Total No. of Contact Hrs : 36 Hrs. of Lectures and teaching/discussion time
Class Times :

10.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m. (on Saturdays for the group class) Individual Class: Flexible (3 hours per week – on weekdays or on weekends)


Course Modules (Syllabus Outline) :


Introduction to the philosophy and the historical development of Counselling and Psychotherapy


Types of Counselling


The Counsellor’s Role


Counselling Goals


Introduction to Counselling Skills


Confrontation in Counselling


Influencing Skills in Counselling


Body Language in Communication


Counsellors and Psychologists


The Three Major Approaches to Counselling


The Psychodynamic Approach


The Person-Centred Approach


The Behavioural and the Cognitive Behavioural Model


Coping with Change


The Counselling Questionnaire


Dealing with Anger and Stress


Dealing with Loss, Grief, Depression, PTSD and Suicide tendencies


Cultural and Cross-Cultural Issues


Ethical Situations in Counselling


The Importance of Counselling Supervision


Case Studies


Mode of Final Examination and Assessment

The award of the IMH Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (CCP) will be contingent upon passing a 3-hour internally set unseen written examination paper to be answered on a closed book examination mode. The written paper will contribute 80% of the total marks, where the balance 20% of the final examination marks will be awarded on the submission of two separate time-constrained topical take-home assignments.

Regular Group Course Fees :
Rs. 19,000/- + Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Could be paid by cash, credit card or cheque in two equal installments of Rs. 10,000/-)
Individual Course Fees :
Rs. 49,000/- +Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Could be paid by cash, credit card or cheque in two equal installments of Rs. 25,000/-)
Course Start Date :

Group Class: Saturday the 28th of July 2012 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m (A maximum of only 7 students will be enrolled for the group class)


Individual Class: On a mutually agreeable date and time (to be decided jointly by the participant and the resource person).


Resource Person   

: Dr. Romesh C. P. Jayasinghe FRSPH(UK)