Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (PGDCP)

The Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling Psychology (PGDCP) aims to enhance competence among students from a holistic and interdisciplinary outlook. The course gives an understanding, exposure and basic training on counselling skills. The candidates are expected to acquire additional qualification in Psychology to equip themselves to provide Professional Counselling services to the community at large.

Objectives

The fundamental goal of the course is

  1. To help the students build up awareness, knowledge and skills in Counseling.
  2. It also equips the students with understanding, imparts right attitudes and trains them in skills that are necessary for understanding the problems of individuals and groups.

 

Name of the course                        :               Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling Psychology

Course Code                                     :               PGDCP

Eligibility                                            :               A degree in any subject with 50% marks

Intake                                                 :               25

Duration                                            :               2 Semesters

 

Eligibility for Admission

Degree in any subject from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks, as basic educational qualifications. Weightage of 5 marks each will be given for those who have studied Psychology as a subject in any Graduate or Post Graduate degree the candidates hold subjected to a maximum of 40 marks.

Selection Procedure

Admission will be based on the rank list prepared by adding the aggregate percentage in basic degree (Total percentage of part III), weightage of 5 marks each for psychology papers studied in the basic qualifying degree or in any other additional degree the candidates hold subject to a maximum of 40 marks and the total marks in entrance test.

Entrance Test and Interview

Candidates need to take a one hour written test consisting of 60 marks for objective type of questions (30 questions on counseling/ basics of human behavior, 20 questions on general mental ability and 10 questions on social awareness, carrying one mark each) and 20 marks for descriptive type of questions (4 questions with five marks each or two questions with ten mark each to assess the social awareness of the students). The descriptive questions will be pertaining to social awareness, analytical and reasoning ability. The rest 20 marks out of total 100 marks are assigned to interview to assess the temperamental qualities the students need to have to do the counselling course.

The medium of Instruction and Examination

The medium of instruction shall be English. However, candidates will be permitted to write the examination either in English or in Malayalam. At the end of each semester, there shall be one comprehensive examination by the university. The candidate who has failed in one or more papers in the exam may reappear in the subsequent semester examination(s) along with the junior batch to complete those papers. A student with sufficient attendance in the first semester can continue to the second semester.

Scheme of Examination

There shall be a university examination at the end of each semester. The candidate who has failed in one or more papers in a semester may appear in the subsequent semester examination(s) along with the junior batch to complete those papers.

Minimum Marks for a Pass

Minimum marks for a pass is 50% separately for all papers, practical and viva voce (internal and external combined) and it will be a second class. The general rules and regulations of Diploma Programmes of the University will be followed in the case of reappearance, improvement, supplementary exam etc. There will not be ranking and classification of marks/ results. 

COURSE CONTENT AND SCHEME OF EVALUATION

Course Content

MARKS

Hours

Internal

External

Total

SEMESTER I

 

20

 

80

 

100

 

60

Paper I Fundamentals of human behaviour

Paper II Understanding abnormal behaviour

20

80

100

60

Paper III Counselling process & skills

20

80

100

60

Paper IV Social perspectives of counselling

20

80

100

60

Total for Semester I

80

320

400

240

SEMESTER II

 

20

 

80

 

100

 

60

Paper V Theories of counselling

Paper VI Counselling in special settings

20

80

100

60

Paper VII Practicum

20

80

100

240

Paper VIII – Viva-voce

 

100

100

 

Total For Semester II

60

340

400

360

Course Total

140

660

800

600

 

Internal Evaluation (Theory papers)

Sl No

Item

Marks

1

Mid-semester class test

8

2

Mid-semester Seminar Presentation / Assignment

8

3

Attendance

4

4

Total

20

 

The mid-semester class test is intended to get feedback about the performance of the student. The teacher teaching each paper will value the class test paper and return the answer script to the student with necessary comments and suggestions for improvement.

The seminar presentation should be done in the class on a relevant topic of interest to the student from each paper. The teacher teaching each paper will evaluate the seminar on content, communication skills, originality and ability to defend arguments and clarify questions. There should be at least one class test and one seminar presentation for each theory paper.

If there are more than one class test and seminar presentation for each paper are held, the average mark for each will be considered.

Attendance

75% attendance is necessary for each paper for appearing the university examinations.

Mark division for the attendance:

Less than 75%                    :               0

75% to 80%                         :               1

81% to 85%                         :               2

86% to 94%                         :               3

95% to 100%                       :               4

 

The teacher teaching each paper should maintain a record of attendance with the date and signature of each student.

 

PGDCP Syllabus