Diploma in Clicnical Pastoral Counselling (DCPC)
The 'Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Counselling (DCPC)' is a programme of the Serampore University in India. The University offered this programme for the first time in 2001-02. The TMA Institute of Counselling is one of the major institutions in India Offering the DCPC programme.
Aim and Scope
The university has designed the programme to meet the needs of Christian counselors who look forward to a full-time counseling ministry in the setting of schools/colleges, hospitals or social work agencies. It is also aimed at imparting professional level competence for those who are called for a full-time counseling ministry in the setting of a counseling centre.
Nature of the Programme
This is a one year, full time, residential programme. Candidates will be examined by the university through comprehensive examination, which are externally evaluated. There are in addition internally examined papers. The candidates will also receive intensive training under supervision.
Christians of any denomination who fulfill one of the following set of qualification are eligible to apply:
Graduation in any discipline from a recognized university with three years of work experience. The work experience need not be in the setting of a church. However, the candidates should have a record of exercising lay leadership in their church or in the local congregation for a period of three years.
B.D. or B.Th. holders of Serampore University with three years of work experience.
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction shall be English.
Food and Accommodation
The centre runs a mess for the students. Accommodation is also available for men and women. Residential requirement is compulsory unless exempted under special circumstances.
Selection of candidates
Candidates will be selected on the basis of a written test and interview. The dates will be announced in advance.
The course consists of nine compulsory papers, two optional papers and a project not exceeding five thousand words. It would also involve extensive practice of counseling under the supervision of the counselors of the Institute. The details are given below:-
DCPC - 1 Basic Skills in Clinical Pastoral Counselling
DCPC - 2 Biblical and Theological Bases of Clinical Pastoral Counselling
DCPC - 3 Introduction to Personality Theories
DCPC - 4 Introduction to schools of counseling an Psychotherapy
DCPC - 5 Human development and counseling during development stages
DCPC - 6 Marriage and family counseling
DCPC - 7 Crisis Counselling
DCPC - 8 Counselling the addicts and the HIV/AIDS Patients
DCPC - 9 Psychopathology and Counselling of the Mentally and Physically Ill
Two courses from the following list shall be opted:
DCPC - 10 Ministry to the differently abled
DCPC - 11 Ministry to the Aged
DCPC - 12 History of Medicine, Medical Terminology etc
DCPC - 13 Healing Ministry and the Sacramental Life of the Church
DCPC - 14 Counselling and the gender issues
DCPC - 15 Counselling children with special problems
DCPC - 16 Management Skills
A student shall choose a project which involves the application of his/her skills in counseling and write a project report not exceeding 5000 words.
The candidates have to do extensive practical work. Verbatim reports on 30 practice sessions are to be supervised by the staff.
Professional training in pastoral counseling involves having therapy for personal growth. Overcoming personal problems is vital in being helpful to others. Hence every trainee is required to do personal therapy with the trainers.
The nine compulsory papers are grouped into four comprehensive papers for which questions are set and answer scripts evaluated by the Serampore University. Each comprehensive paper carries 100 marks. The project work done under the supervision of a staff person is also valued by the university and carries 100 marks. Five hundred marks are set apart for verbatim reports, book reviews and the two optional papers. These will be internally valued. Thus out of a total of 1000 marks, half would be externally valued and the other half internally valued.
Application forms are available from The Director, TMA Institute of Counselling, Amalagiri P.O., Kottayam - 686561. The forms may be obtained in person from the institute or by mail free of cost or may be downloaded for the TMAIC website, www.tmaic.org. You will be registered as an applicant when the application form is returned together with a Demand Draft for Rs. 400/- in favour of TMA Institute of Counselling payable at the State Bank of Travancore, Ammancherry.