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Counselling Psychology



At a time such as this when the tsunami disaster has left thousand stranded and further hundreds suffering from post traumatic stress related disorders, the crying need is addressed by the new programme pioneered by IPP to train professional Counsellors. The 90 quarter unit Counseling Psychology Program at IPP aims at training students to meet the community need for ethical, competent, and adaptable mental health professionals. It is designed to meet the academic requirements established by IPP . IPP hopes to consolidate this further by seeking affiliation with Southern Queensland University to run its accredited programmes in Sri Lanka. Students receive broad training that prepares them for work in diverse and changing settings. The well-trained counselor will understand that:

1. Counseling involves the application of intervention techniques based on the best theory and empirical research available;

2. The counseling relationship is central to effective therapeutic intervention;

3. Counselors creatively use their knowledge, skills, and personal experiences to
create an environment where clients can make positive change;

4. Clients’ adaptive and maladaptive functioning is determined by multiple factors
including individual, familial and cultural influences; and

5. Training and education in counseling is a lifelong process that begins in graduate school and continues throughout the counselor’s professional career.

The curricular objectives of the Counseling Psychology therefore emphasize:

1. A foundation in the theory and research upon which clinical practice is based;

2. Development of self-awareness and relationship-building skills that contribute to strong therapeutic alliances with clients;

3. Experiential learning, through which students learn and practice relevant skills and come to trust their own internal experiencing in work with clients;

4. An understanding of and a sensitivity to the effects of diverse individual, familial, and cultural factors; and,

5. Development of skills needed for life long learning and continued professional

Experiential Learning Requirements

The Counseling Psychology Program is sequentially arranged and includes an emphasis on principles of experiential learning. Students are expected to participate from both e-mail, fax, telephonic communication and client perspectives in individual, dyadic, and group exercises. Enrollment in the program implies student consent to engage in individual and group experiential learning activities in various courses.


Trimester 1
CPSY 535 Domestic Violence
CPSY 540 Theories of Individual Counseling
CPSY 600 Human Communication
CPSY 610 Psychopathology and Diagnostic Interviewing
CPSY 636 Chemical Dependency

Trimester 2
CPSY 520 Research Methods in Counseling Psychology
CPSY 611 Treatment Planning
CPSY 620 Adult and Family Development
CPSY 642 Behavioral Intervention
CPSY 643 Cognitive Intervention

Trimester 3
CPSY 512 Psychological Testing
CPSY 630 Clinical Ethics
CPSY 631 Legal and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy
CPSY 650 Theories of Family Counseling
CPSY 681 Practicum I

Trimester 4
CPSY 634 Psychopharmacology
CPSY 644 Dynamic Intervention
CPSY 651 Techniques of Family Counseling
CPSY 660 Theories of Group Counseling
CPSY 682 Practicum II

Trimester 5
CPSY 633 Cross Cultural Issues in Counseling
CPSY 661 Techniques of Group Counseling
CPSY 670 Theories of Developmental Counseling with Children and adolescents
CPSY 691 Traineeship I

Trimester 6
CPSY 530 Human Sexuality
CPSY 645 Dyadic Intervention
CPSY 671 Techniques of Child and Adolescent Counseling
CPSY 692 Traineeship II

CPSY 697 Project In Counseling Psychology

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                   Institute of Professional Psychologists,      Coordinating Office - 22A, 4th Lane, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka.                     Phone: +94 11 3172677        Fax: +94 11 2612951        Email:



Last Reviewed 04/04/2012