M.Sc. COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY

 

Programme Objectives

To facilitate the students to:

1.      Demonstrate the knowledge of psychology in the field of counselling.

2.      Analyse and apply psychological principles of counselling psychology.

3.      Use psychological assessments for counselling psychology functions and emphasize the need of counselling assessments.

4.      Use the subject knowledge and ethical principles to promote professionalism in the psychology field.

5.      Ability to express their ideas and thoughts in order to communicate effectively to solve problems and think creatively.

6.      Acquire the ability to critically analyse and think broadly with reference to the context.

7.      Conduct independent research and understand the current trends and needs and apply the knowledge to improve the standards wherever they are.

8.      Apply and use the knowledge, skill, attitude to practice in counselling as well as independently as a consultant.

9.      Capacity to apply their competencies to solve the different issues related to counselling process.

Programme Expected Outcomes

To empower the students in the 6 thrust areas of:

Ø  Self-awareness and healing

Ø  Strong theoretical foundation

Ø  Corresponding practical exposure and training

Ø  Paper publication and minor projects

Ø  Strong vocational competency and job proficiency

Ø  Social sensitivity, responsiveness and participation

Programme Specific Outcomes

PS01

Create a foundation of psychological knowledge, conceptualize self and others holistically, construct self-reflection, strengths and a sense of personal & social responsibility.

PS02

Promote professionalism by adhering to the legal and ethical standards of counselling psychology.

PS03

Foster a community of counselling psychologists who hold core counselling values and a scientific mind-set to serve the important role of training and development.

PS04

Equip research self-efficacy to contribute to research and practice of counselling psychology by understanding, and addressing issues that impact the lives of individuals.

PS05

Prepare for mental health well-being in the digital age and evolving global economy, with its diverse needs.


 

Bio-Psychology

Course Objectives:

·         To introduce and familiarize concepts related to biological psychology

·         To provide an understanding on the biological foundations of human behaviour

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Comprehend the nature of biological psychology

·         Appreciate the biological foundations of psychological processes

 

Cognitive Psychology

Course Objectives:

Cognitive processes determine much of behaviour. This paper introduces students to many of

the important cognitive processes from perception and memory to consciousness and language.

Both the important perspectives – cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience – are focused

upon. Cognitive psychology is a fast-changing field and current research and theoretical trends

have been kept in mind.

Psychopathology – Paper I

Course Objectives:

     • To provide an in-depth knowledge of psychopathological conditions as defined in the DSM.

     • To enable the students to identify psychopathological conditions in persons

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Gain expertise on the broad spectrum of strategies for Diagnosis, Assessment and interventions programmes for psychopathology

·         Identify psychopathological conditions in persons

Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy-I

Course Objectives:

·         To provide a theoretical foundation for counselling and psychotherapy practice.

·         To help in conceptualizing client problems using various theories.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Appreciate the need of theoretical foundations for counselling practice

·         Gain knowledge on the theoretical principles related to counselling practice

·         Integrate the theoretical learnings to their contextual practice situations


 

Elective:   Educational Counselling

Course Objectives:

·         To equip the students to an introductory knowledge about School counselling

·         To learn the techniques and content of School counselling.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Appreciate the need to work with stakeholders of the school milieu

·         Develop and implement strategies required for school guidance and counselling

 

                                       Elective Paper: Family Counselling

Course Objectives:

·         To introduce the students to the theories and counselling strategies used in the context of Workplace and Family Therapy

·         To embark the appropriate counselling models to specific cases

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Develop insights on the need and practice of family counselling

·         Design family interventions by applying the therapeutic models

Organizational Behaviour

(Interdisciplinary)

Course Objectives:

·         To describe the term organizational behaviour, challenges and its opportunities.

·         To provide knowledge relating to contemporary theories of motivation in practice.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Gain knowledge on concepts related to organizational behaviour

·         Imbibe and translate in action the spirit of team work and organizational culture.

Building Relationship with Self and Others

(Soft Skills)

Course Objectives:

·         To familiarize concepts on understating self and others

·         To gain insights on the importance of relationship building

Course Outcomes:

 At the end of the course the student will be able to

·           Express self-concept and examine self-esteem through practical exercises

·           Practice interpersonal communication and relationships skills

·           Identify personal and social values

·           Assess conflicts and practice conflict management strategies

Counselling across Lifespan

Course Objectives:

·         To introduce counselling at various life span periods.

·         To understand the techniques related to the issues at lifespan periods

Course Outcomes:

·         Explain the importance of psychological counselling for various issues during childhood.

·         Apply the knowledge acquired for providing adolescent counselling.

·         Identify the conceptual frame work for counseling young adults.

·         Summarize information on counseling techniques related to lifespan issues.

 

Counselling Skills 1

 

Course Objectives:

·         To provide an overview of the effective helping skills required for a professional Counsellor

·         To develop a deeper understanding of one’s own interpersonal styles in a systematic way

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Gain knowledge on the various helping skills required for counselling practice

·         Apply the skills in the context of Counselling the Clients

 

                                                   Psychopathology - Paper II

Course Objectives:

    • To identify the various psychological disorders as defined in the DSM.

    • To initiate the students into the Process of Psychiatry for Mental Health professionals

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Able to undertake clinical Diagnosis & Assessment of psychiatric disorders

·         Design psychological interventions for psychopathology.


 

Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy-II

Course Objectives:

·         To provide a theoretical foundation for counselling and psychotherapy practice.

·         To help in conceptualizing client problems using various theories.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Appreciate the need of theoretical foundations for counselling practice

·         Gain knowledge on the theoretical principles related to counselling practice

·         Integrate the theoretical learnings to their contextual practice situations

 

Elective Paper: Addiction Counselling

Course Objectives:

·         To familiarize the students with the skills required to assess the prevailing situations and presenting problems

·         To provide psychological intervention for persons suffering with various addictions

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         To identify treatment issues for special populations.

·         To recognize wraparound services with persons experiencing stressors resulting from addictive behaviors.                  

Elective Paper - Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counselling

 

Course Objectives:

·         To learn to encounter unexpected death, impending marital break-up, substance abuse issues, potential suicide, family conflict, unexpected health concerns and the like.

·         To learn a range of skilful responses different from those appropriate in more tradition forms of counselling

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Develop insights on crises and its psychological implications

·         Gain expertise on the theory and practice of crisis counselling

 


 

Computer Applications and Statistics

Course Objectives:

·         To learn Various operating systems using a computer

·         To prepare students on the application of computers for their professional work

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will be able to

·         Operate the MS Office programme and effectively use it in writing their assignments.

·         Able to use SPSS.

Life Skills Training

(Soft Skills)

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Know oneself better (Physical and Intellectual wellness)

·         Become emotionally matured and socially committed

·         Become aware of a Power understood or experienced beyond them

·         Practice personal and professional ethics

·         Adapt community oriented sustainable lifestyle  

 

LEAP (Outreach)

 

Department of Service Learning (Outreach) was established in the year 2001-2002 with the Ignatian pedagogy of neighbourhood development by Rev. Dr. V. Joseph Xavier S.J. This programme aims at forming men and women for others for a better society. Outreach is the third dimension of higher education in Loyola College and endeavours training the college students for their attitudinal change. It is a novel step in the Jesuit higher education for promoting a value-based, fraternity, equality, justice and a violence free society. Every student is made to critically understand the society and develop critical consciousness which motivates them to serve mankind. Seasoning of the heart, Spiritual blending of the mind, pro-poor are the key areas of invisible change to be created among the student community.

Objectives

 

•     To raise the social awareness of students of this college and motivate them and their teachers to transfer the knowledge and skills they have to rural communities.

•     To expose the students to rural and urban realities that will result in a personal transformation

•     To help them serve the masses of this country

•     To empower rural communities so that they can take up developmental projects for their own welfare.

 

Outreach programme is meant to arouse in the students a sense of social justice, an interest, responsibility, compassion and concern for and sensitivity to the plight of the underprivileged through exposure to the actual living conditions in the slums and villages and by meaningful community service. In short, through this complex process inbuilt in the curriculum, the students.

 

Counselling Skills 2 (Practice, Case Presentations & Discussions)

 

Course Objectives:

·         To guide students to learn the necessary skills and attitude to handle clients

·         To develop a deeper understanding of one’s own interpersonal styles in a systematic way

·         To help the students to carry out one mock counselling, verbatim analysis, and case studies.

 

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Gain knowledge on the various helping skills required for counselling practice

·         Apply the skills in the context of Counselling the Clients

  Positive Psychology

 

Course Objectives:

     • To enable the students to understand the aim and scope of positive psychology

     • To apply the basic concepts from the course to analyse their own lives and personal strengths

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Appreciate the use the concepts of positive psychology

·         Promote health and healing across cultures

 

Psychological Testing

 

Course Objectives:

• To provide students with an understanding of the principles on which frameworks of assessments in Counselling psychology practice is built.

   • To explore various types of assessment models and their administration and develop

      Competence to identify appropriate assessment tools for various client concerns.

Course Outcomes:

Students will learn to administer at least 15 Tests

(Evaluation will be both Formative and Summative-Subject to Testing procedures and

results obtained)

Research Methodology

Course Objectives:

·         To acquire good knowledge of major concepts relevant to conducting and independent research

·         To gain understanding on the nature, strength and weakness of various research design and measurement and data collection methods.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Develop necessary critical thinking skills in order to evaluate different research approaches utilized in various sector

·         Apply a range of quantitative and / or quantitative research techniques to Counselling Psychology problem / issues

 

                                             Elective Paper: Medical Counselling

 

Course Objectives:

    • To introduce the students to the concept of medical psychology and related aspects

    • To inform the students about the psychological implications of illness and disability

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

    • Appreciate the hospital as formal organization

    • Apply the skills required for counselling in a medical setting

 

Elective Paper: Work Place Counselling

 

Course Objectives:

·         To enable the students to understand the importance of work place relationship

·         To have an insight into the various kinds of statutory and non-statutory welfare Measures for employees in different organizational set up

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Understand the emerging issues in Industrial relations and Global HR practices.

·         Apply skills of workplace counselling in the setting

Academic Writing

(Soft Skills)

Course Objectives:

·         To learn the styles and process of academic writing

·         To develop abilities for formal academic writing

Course Outcomes (Cos):

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Describe the need and importance of academic writing

·         Use the structure and formats of academic writing

·         Review academic literature

                                                    Summer Internship

 

Course Outcomes:

    • To bring to bear within counselling structure, awareness of personality theories, relational

       and social contextual perspectives and their link to healing

    • To offer critique of prevailing attitudes and assumptions as contributors to human distress,

       personal and relational breakdown

    • To refine the use of self, empathy and relational engagement as primary assessment

       and intervention vehicles

 

The students are expected to have a minimum of 400 direct hours with the clients in a setting

preferred by the students and approved by the department. The students are expected to submit 5 case studies relating to various areas of counselling under the supervised guidance of qualified counsellors. The supervised practicum should be carried out in collaboration with any of the identified competent institutions /organizations/ Counselling centers / Educational institutions/ mental health organizations.

 

Formative assessment will be based on the Visit to competent institutions authorized by the Department; maintenance of records of Client-Counsellor sessions, Supervisor’s interventions, assessment and report; presentations in the assessment group and feedback.

 

The Supervisor/Guide at the site of the Internship and the Lecturer who is in charge of the

Student’s internship will give marks for a total of 100.

 

                                              Supervision cum Case study

 

This course seeks to provide students an opportunity for praxis growth as counsellors. Attention is given to the application of learned theory and skills in the context of counselling relationship with particular attention being paid to the beginning of therapeutic relationships and the process of counselling. Supervision is an individual-in-group model. This course offers students the opportunity to integrate theoretical insights with practical issues of assessment, diagnosis and response strategies for individuals and families. Any model of counselling can be used in this effort as a strong commitment to various dimensions of assessment and response.

 

The students are expected to have a minimum of 400 direct hours with the clients in a setting

preferred by the students and approved by the department. The students are expected to submit 5 case studies relating to various areas of counselling under the supervised guidance of qualified counsellors. The supervised practicum counselling should be carried out in collaboration with any of the identified competent institutions /organizations/ Counselling centres / Educational institutions/ mental health organizations.

 

Formative assessment will be based on the Supervisor’s evaluation, Supervisee’s self-progress report and group assessment, using standard formats. Total marks would be 100.

 

Current Trends in Counselling

Course Objectives:

• To enable students to be in touch with the Counselling profession all over the world.

• To help the students reflect on the challenges the Counselling profession is facing now.

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Appreciate the trends in counselling

·         Become effective helpers in spite of the challenges.

                                              


 

Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling

 

Course Objectives:

·         To establish minimum standards of ethical practice for counselling psychologists.

·         To practice Positive ethics that strives to achieve the highest ethical standards in the profession

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Introspect one’s own belief systems that lay the foundation for ethics

·         Establish a professional relationship

 

Group Counselling and Psychotherapy

 

Course Objectives:

    • To explore various group therapies that have emerged

    • To learn appropriate styles and techniques for Group Therapy

   

Course Outcomes:

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Apply Counselling skills and techniques with the experimental groups

·         Master the skills and understand how to modify them to fit specialized groups

 

Research Project /Thesis

 

The M.Sc. Project or Thesis Group provides the student with the opportunity to synthesize his or her didactic and clinical earnings of the past two years, which include the psychological, personal and professional dimensions of the students’ overall experience. Believing that learning has transpired and that personal synthesis has accompanied the student’s journey into the professional counselling community, the project should exemplify the steps taken along the way.  The facilitated the preparation, writing and presentation of the Integration Project or Thesis, the student participates in this group. The process of class is built upon a consultation model, with the faculty leader available to advise the students on the development of their projects.

 

The guide who helps the student to write the project or thesis and the examiner who evaluates

during a Viva will both give marks for a total of 100.

 


 

Career Development

(Soft Skills)

Course Objectives:

·         To know the nuances of career counselling

·         To integrate the art of counselling people for designing their career

Course Outcomes (Cos)

At the end of the course the student will be able to

·         Know about one’s career choices

·         Gain experience in preparing resume and face interviews

·         Imbibe qualities for personal effectiveness at workplace

Self-Study (for active Learners)

 

The self-study paper is designed to provide active learners opportunities to acquire credits more than the minimum required to complete their programme. The student can choose a faculty from the department and in consultation with the faculty, based on the area of interest a syllabus is frames and approved.   The student does a self-study and is assessed by the faculty for gaining the credit.

 

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