IGNOU launches masters' degree in counseling and family therapy

Published On: 25 Jun 2012

 | Last Updated On: 25 Jun 2012

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has launched a new Masters level degree in counselling and family therapy. The course is the first of its kind and aims at training students to help people with family ties, and to improve individual's resilience. The course will be available from July 2012.

The course will be offered by the School of Continuing Education (SOCE) which is inviting applications for Masters Degree programme in counseling and Family therapy (MSc CFT). The course aims to promote positivity by strengthening family ties, improving parenting and improving the resilience shown by individuals in vulnerable situations. The course also deals with maladaptive behavior, psychosomatic disorders etc.

Officials from the university revealed that there is an increasing need for such courses in order to train people to support and promote positive family ties. This will help families cope with problems more effectively. The course will train them professionally either for self employment or wage-employment.

Students who take up the programme will have to work on their dissertation while also undergoing an internship, during their second year. This combination will help them acquire the skills required to become a qualified counselor.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to specialize in Substance Abuse Counseling, Family Therapy, Child and Adolescent Counseling and Marital and Family therapy.

Students who complete the first year of the programme successfully will be awarded a PGDCFT. Those are awarded with this degree can continue to pursue the second year, which will award an MSc.

The programme was designed in collaboration with the National Centre for Disability Studies at IGNOU. Officials from the university revealed that course is suitable for students who are looking to work in the following fields: care for the aged, family settings, self help groups, schools, colleges, vocational counseling, correctional settings, refugee camps, rehabilitation programmes.


To be eligible for this programme a candidate should have successfully completed graduation in one of the following fields: Human Development, Childhood studies, Home Science, family relationships, Psychology, Sociology, anthropology, medicine, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy. Candidates who have completed a PG Diploma in guidance and counseling from a recognized university can also apply for this programme. The last date to apply for the programme is July 30, 2012 without late fee and August 14, 2012 with Rs.200 as late fee.

Source: Times of India

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