•  Psychological services-Counselling for Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship conflict, Behavioural problems in children etc . • Health coaching and group therapy for psychosomatic & chronic health problems like diabetes, hypertension, cancer etc . •  Workshops/seminars for individuals and organisations in the following areas – Self-development, Emotional intelligence , Leadership, Personality-based & Behavioural Coaching

MindCare Clinic

Course: PG Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

(level: advanced; specialization: Indian Psychology )

Total Modules: 30

Credits: 48

Duration: One Year

Total Learning: Equivalent to 800 hours

Contact Hours with Trainer: 75-100 hours

Mode of training: Lectures, Discussions, Videotapes, Case studies, Role-play, Reflective log, Self-study (swadhyaya), Abhyasa or Coaching the Self, Family of Origin Coaching, Assignments

Course trainer: Dr. Satya Prakash Choudhary

Institute : MindCare Clinic and Institute of Behavioural Sciences


Syllabus/Topics covered in the training:

Module 1 & 2:

Overview of the diverse traditions of Yoga: Raja yoga of Patanjali, Vedantic yoga, Buddhist yoga, Tantric yoga, Hatha yoga

An overview of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

An overview of Ayurveda- The holistic principles of Ancient Indian Medicine

An overview of Buddhist theory and practice


Module 3:

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counsellor: Person and Professional

Ethical Issues in Counselling Practice

Examining our world view and its influence on our approach to Counselling

Modernism and Postmodernism as relevant to Psychotherapeutic approaches

Evidence-based approach to counselling- What constitutes evidence?


Module 4:

Individual and Systemic Approaches to Therapy


•  the ancient Indian approach in the works of Patanjali, Caraka and Vagbhatta

•  Modern approaches in the works of Rogers, May and Frankl

Person-Centered Therapy: Empathic conditions derived from ‘Astanga Hrdaya' compared to empathic conditions derived from Carl Rogers


Module 5:

An introduction to Psychodynamic Theory & Practice

An introduction to Family Therapy: Strategic, Bowen Family Systems, Milan/Post Milan, Brief Solution Focussed and Narrative models


Module 6:

Theoretical appreciation of the ‘Mind-Body-Spirit' as per Samkhya-Yoga-Vedanta

An integral model of ‘Mind-Body-Spirit' in Classical Ayurveda

Consciousness in Yoga, Vedanta, Caraka Samhita and Modern psychology

Self-concept in modern psychology, self-concept in yoga

Towards a theory of mind that can explain both illness and wellness


Module 7:

Yama and Niyama- yogic values for a wholesome life

Sadvrtta- The role of Wholesome Behavioural Regimen in Maintaining Mental Wellness

Being and Having: Questioning the philosophy of Consumerism as a way of life


Module 8:

The Klesas in Yoga psychology- the five causes of suffering

Avidya: Ignorance, the root of all suffering

Ahamkara- the “I” of the storm

Raga and Dvesha- Passionate pursuit and Aversive withdrawal

Abhinivesha- Self-righteous clinging, the doorway to perpetual suffering


Module 9:

The role of Asana and Breath work in Mind-Body approaches

Breath-work for emotional healing, heightened awareness, and trance states.

The theory and practice of Meditation: (i) Mindfulness based and (ii) Concentration based


Module 10 & 11:

Evolutionary Neurosciences

Attachment theory

Bowen Family Systems theory and Differentiation of Self

Family of origin, Early experiences and Revisiting the Family of origin

'Differentiation of Self' and "Self-Realization" through Abhyasa: "Coaching the Self" through evidence-based Mind-Body approaches adapted from both Yoga as well as Modern studies


Module 12:

Karma and Rta as seen in Family dynamics and Bert Hellinger's ‘Orders of Love'

The Unconscious in Psychodynamic Psychologies and the role of Karmasaya, Vasanas and Samskaras, in Yoga psychology

Projection and projective identification: Psychodynamic philosophy, Advaita Vedanta/Mayavada and Chitta matra Buddhism

Postmodernism, Sunyavada Buddhism and Advaita vedanta

Kundalini and the Unconscious mind

Kulakundalini and Family projection process and multigenerational influences


Module 13:

Consciousness and Healing: Integral approaches to ‘Mind-Body' Healing

Daivavyapasraya cikitsa- Spiritual approaches to Healing

Transpersonal approaches to Counselling and Psychotherapy

Mantra yoga/ Japa yoga: Chanting as a spiritual discipline; chanting as a ‘Relaxation Response'.

Bhakti yoga- the technique of idealized transference of emotions

Sacred Myth as a Therapeutic tool

‘Agni-Someeyam'- revitalizing an ancient approach to conceptualization and planning therapy

Module 14 & 15:

Personality theories

Assessment of Personality

Administering Psychological Assessments

Jungian typology

Millon Index of Personality Styles

Typological approach through Triguna and Tridosha siddhanthas

‘Agni-Soma' model of human behavior


Module 16, & 17: Mind-Body Medicine

Overview of the best of Leading Edge Thinkers, Research and Practice in Mind-Body Medicine

Psychoneuroimmunology: Evidence-based research studies

Afflicting & Healing Emotions: The role of Emotions in Illness and Wellness

Brahma Vihara bhavana: The nurturing of unbounded friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity as a mind-set that nurtures life and relationships

Brahma viharas in Patanjali Yoga, Buddhist psychology and Ayurveda (Vagbhatta's ‘Astanga Hrdayam')


Module 18:

Psychotherapeutic Work with Emotions

Acceptance, Forgiveness and Compassion

Anger and Grief management


Module 19 & 20:

Prescriptions for Self-Healing: Taking responsibility for Self 

Essential Tools, Strategies and Resources for Healing & Recovery

The Simonton Cancer Program as a model for complementary approaches to Mind-Body Medicine

Therapeutic Intentionality and other common denominators in Pranic healing, Reiki and Energy-based Medicine.  


Module 21:

Hypnosis, Visualization and Raja Yoga: Similarities and Dissimilarities

Traditional and Ericksonian approaches to Brief Hypnotic Psychotherapy


Modules 22 & 23:

Cognitive behavioral therapy, REBT and Yoga-Vedanta

Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Therapy

An introduction to Schema therapy

Self-Awareness and Manonigraha: Managing reactivity by managing the self through conscious living

Time out and Cool down techniques

The Yoga-Vedantic practices of viveka (discernment or rational thinking), vichara (reflective thinking), and "Sakshi bhava" or “Choiceless Awareness ” in coaching the self in Non-reactivity

Living Consciously in the moment as opposed to Living Automatically in response to old evolutionary and family of origin influences

Identifying Cognitive distortions- Rational thinking in Vedanta and REBT

Reflective functioning


Module 24:

Positive Psychology, Happiness and Yoga-Vedanta


Module 25:

Mental Health Assessment


Modules 26 & 27:

Initial interview- Engagement, Defining the Problem, Goal Setting, Developing Therapeutic Contracts

Interventive and Intentional Interviewing

Family Evaluation


Module 28 & 29:

Counselling skills practice-1

Counselling skills practice-2


Module 30:

Multicultural Counselling

An Integrative Perspective

Legal and Ethical Issues in Counselling Practice

Where can I go from here and what can I do next?




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MindcareClinic ,2nd Floor, Gyan Arcade, Besides Seeshmahal theatre, Greenlands road, Ameerpet, Hyderabad - AP. INDIA