Certificate Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Monday Online Batch – May 2024

Course Title : Certificate Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Batch 52
For whom (target group) : This is a comprehensive introductory or foundation course for all those who wish to study and obtain essential training in the basic skills and techniques of psychological counselling with an introduction to the different schools and approaches of psychotherapy. This course is also suitable for practicing trainee counselors and other social workers who want to broaden their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in psychological counselling and psychotherapy, or for those who wish to embark on further academic and/or professional studies and clinical training in the field of advanced counselling psychology and psychotherapy.
Entry Requirements : University Graduates or Members of recognized Professional bodies, or Members of the Clergy, or Humanitarian / NGO / Social workers with Two passes at the G.C.E A/L, or Professional / Academic Diploma or Advanced / Higher (National) Diploma holders or Holders of a Certificate / Diploma in Psychology or Social Work, and Age not less than 20 years, and Fluency of the English language is essential.
Course Duration : 4.5 Months (36 Hours) – part time study
Contact Hours : 2 Hrs. per week
Total No. of Classes : 18 class-contact sessions
Total No. of Contact Hrs : 36 Hrs. of Online live lectures via Zoom
Class Times : 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm Sri Lankan time (on Mondays only for the online Zoom group class). Individual Class: Flexible (3 to 6 hours per week – on weekdays only)
Course Modules (Syllabus Outline) :
  1. Introduction to the philosophy and the historical development of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  2. Types of Counselling: Directive and Non-Directive
  3. The Counsellor’s Role
  4. Counselling Goals
  5. Introduction to Counselling Skills
  6. Confrontation in Counselling
  7. Influencing Skills in Counselling
  8. Body Language in Communication
  9. Counsellors and Psychologists
  10. The Three Major Approaches to Counselling
  11. The Psychodynamic Approach
  12. The Person-Centred Approach
  13. The Behavioural and the Cognitive Behavioural Model
  14. Coping with Change
  15. The Counselling Questionnaire
  16. Dealing with Anger and Stress
  17. Dealing with Loss, Grief, Guilt, Depression, PTSD, Deliberate Self-Harm (DSH) and Suicide tendencies
  18. Cultural and Cross-Cultural Issues
  19. Legal and Ethical Situations in Counselling
  20. The Importance of Counselling Supervision
  21. Counselling and Psychotherapy  Case Studies
Recommended reading:
  1. An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: From Theory to Practice (2013), by Andrew Reeves, Sage Publications
  2. On Being a Therapist, by Jeffrey A. Kottler
  3. The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients, by Irvin D. Yalom
  4. Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, by Professor Gerald Corey
  5. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, by Professor Linda Seligman
  6. On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy, by Carl R. Rogers

ACCPH (UK) and IAOTH (Ireland) Accredited Progression Pathways

  1. Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  2. Diploma in Psychology & Counselling

Mode of Final Examination and Assessment

The award of the IMH Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (CCP) will be contingent upon passing a 2-hour internally set unseen MCQ examination paper to be answered on a closed book examination mode. The minimum pass mark is an exam score performance of 60%.

Regular Group Course Fees : Rs. 51,000/- + Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Please note that the full course fee of Rs. 52,000/- has to be paid in full and in advance by cash, card or cheque payment)
Individual Fast- Track Course Fees : Rs. 99,000/- +Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Could be paid by cash, credit card or cheque in two equal installments of Rs. 50,000/-)
Distance Learning / Online Course Delivery USD $180 (for foreign students and other professionals and healthcare workers living out of the Western Province in Sri Lanka or overseas will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis).
Course Accreditation-1 This course is fully accredited by the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH), UK

Course Accreditation-2 This course i fully endorsed and accredited by the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH), Ireland

Course Start Dates


: Next Online Live Zoom Batch: Monday 20th May 2024 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm Sri Lankan time. This online live Zoom course will run for 18 weeks duration (4.5 Months)

Individual Class: On a mutually agreeable date and time (to be decided jointly by the participant and the resource person).

Course / Program Resource Person – Instructor / Lecturer:

Prof. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe, OLS, Ph.D.(Psy.), Dh.C.(Florida), FRSM(UK), FRSPH(UK), FACCPH(UK), FTBCCT(UK), MBCS(UK), Adv.Dip.(Psychology), Adv.Dip.(Child Psychology), Adv.Dip.(Dietetics), Dip.(Adv. Counselling & Psychotherapy), Dip.(Hypnotherapy), Dip.(Couples Therapy), Dip.CBT(UK), Dip.Human Rights(SL), Dip.(Forensic Psychology), Dip.(Clinical Psychology) – Counselling Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (USA), Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (USA), Certified Trauma Support Specialist (USA), Certified Master Life Coach (AUNLP, USA), Certified Relationship Coach (CPR, USA), Accredited Health and Wellness Coach (NFA, USA), Certified Human Rights Consultant (USA)

International Affiliate Member of the Society for Counseling Psychology (USA) – Division 17 of the American Psychological Society (APA, USA

Online List of all past IMH Students See the Complete List of Past IMH Certificate Holders and Diplomates  2009-2023 by clicking this page link.