Department of Counselling Psychology
Engaged learning in caring and healing
A pioneering centre of excellence, setting standards of competence, compassion and ethics in Counselling
- To mould a caring cadre of professional counsellorscommitted to empowering individuals, families and society
- To enhance professional practice by encouraging critical reflection, freedom of inquiry, academic excellence and high standards of ethical decision-making
- To create benchmarks in counselling, counsellor education, training, research and publication
- To advocate for progressive state and national mental health policies
The Master of Science Program in Counselling Psychology established in 2014, is the first of its kind at the University of Kerala. Counselling Psychology focuses on personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span and on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental and organizational concerns. The program aims at equipping students with the knowledge, skills, attitude and professionalism to practice counselling in a wide range of settings with a high level of competence and compassion. Another area of focus of the department is in community outreachprograms to create awareness on wellness and mental health. The department has revived the on-campus Loyola Student Counselling Centre to provide counselling services to the local student community as well as training for its own students. Conducting research and working to improve mental health services and policies are other priority areas.