Counselling in India - A Practitioner's Conference

Non-medical psychological services are beginning to gain more importance in the changing Indian landscape. Individuals, families and organisations are all reaching out to these services in greater numbers and with greater diversity. Yet, what constitutes professional, ethical psychological counselling is still a debate here. Equally, there is a dearth of locally generated and recorded knowledge and practice that can contextualize this field in India.

Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre has been a stable name associated with quality services and training in the field of Professional Counselling in India for the last 20 years. We would like to celebrate our 20th anniversary with a coming together of practitioners. We envision this conference as a space to come together, share our practices, brainstorm and build networks.

Conference Theme

The theme of the conference is “Transformation and Identity”. We plan to have several workshops and brain storming sessions using experiential and interactive methods besides panel discussions and poster presentations. Our aim is to explore the theme as relevant to the profession of counselling in India, the counsellor and the client.

Counselling in India: Identity and Transformation

The profession

  1. How do we view the profession in relation to other mental health professions in India?
  2. What constitutes professional counselling? What must be the basic guidelines for ethical practice?
  3. What are some considerations specific to our cultural context? How do our social and political realities influence the profession?
  4. What are some tried and tested interventions? What are some newer or evolving trends?
  5. What are our hopes for the future?

The counsellor

  1. Who is a professional counsellor? What are we called to do?
  2. How does the counsellor influence the counselling process?
  3. How do we evaluate the usefulness of the practice?
  4. What constitutes appropriate training and professional development?

The client

  1. Who are our clients? What can we learn from our clients?
  2. What does transformation mean for the client? What kind of changes does the client look for through counselling?
  3. What are some considerations specific to our cultural context? How does the client relate to the counsellor?

We invite applications for workshops and poster presentations. Please see the tabs on the left for more information on these.

Registrations for the conference will open in June and we will soon put up registration information on this website

For more information, to be added to our mailing list or to let us know that you are interested to attend, email us at


August 28 & 29, 2015
(Friday and Saturday)


Ecumenical Christian Centre
Bangalore 560 066

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Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre
1st Floor, #3310, 8th Cross,
13th Main, HAL 2nd Stage,
Bangalore 560 008.
Tel: 91 80 25273462 / 25298686