Certificate Course in Psychological Counselling for Peace and Reconciliation

Duration :

  • 17th March, 2018 – 28th April, 2018 (only on Saturdays)
  • 30th April, 2nd May – 5th May, 2018 (Intense Course)

9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Resource Persons :

  • Dr. Barbara Preitler (Austria)
  • Dr. Noora R. Castillo (Austria)
  • Rev. Fr. Chryshantha Jayalath OMI (Course In-Charge)
  • Rev. Fr. Soosaipillai Damien OMI
  • Mrs. Malkanthi Hettiarachchi

Pre-réquisites :

  • G.C.E. (A/L) cum adequate use of English
  1. Basic knowledge in psychological counselling.
  2. Limits of psychological counselling.
  3. Basic knowledge of psychological trauma and resilience, specific issues of trauma counselling.
  4. Basic knowledge in family counselling and specific in trauma counselling for families.
  5. Grief process models and psychosocial support for grieving families.
  6. Psychosocial intervention for communities.

By the end of the course the participants will

  • have a basic knowledge of counselling and trauma counselling.
  • have a basic knowledge of psychological trauma and be able to organize psycho-education on these issues.
  • understand the process of grief and will know how to support people in their grief.
  • know the limitations of psychological counselling.
  • know how to organize psycho-social programs for communities.

Lectures, assignments, panel discussions with external discussants exposure visits, dialogue and conflict transformation groups work, debates, role plays and mimes.

Assignments, written examinations, class room activities, and oral presentations.

  • Herman, J. Trauma and Recovery. New York: Basic Books, 1992.
  • Mollinca, R. Healing Invisible Wounds. Paths to Hope and Recovery in a Violent World. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006.
  • Patel, V. Where there is no Psychiatrist. A Mental Health Care Manual. London: Gaskell, 2003.
  • Preitler, B. Grief and Disappearance. Psychosocial Interventions. Delhi: Sage, 2015.