We wrote to various professionals who had interacted with us over the years to share their experience of Parivarthan. These are a few of the letters received by us.
- Wendy Laughlin, MSc (Counselling Training and Supervision) Dip Couns.
School of Applied Community and Health Studies, Centre for Personal and Professional Development, University of Bristol, UK
"As a stand-alone counselling center, not attached to any Educational or Medical Facility Parivarthan has proved to be an innovative leader in the field of counselling. In catering to both beginning and advanced clinicians and trainees both nationally and internationally, Parivarthan has established itself as a solid training site and counselling center." Read more...
- Jan Rippin
Cruse Bereavement Care, Radstock, UK
“ The careful system of referrals ensures that everyone who approaches Parivarthan for help is looked after with confidentiality and respect. The systems of referral and record keeping we saw are meticulous so that individuals are supported and work accurately assessed” Read more...
- Meg Tenny Verrani
MS, LCMFT. Maryland, USA
“Not only does Parivarthan require certain standards in training for it’s staff, it also creates opportunities for others in the community to gain training. I had the good fortune to participate in the Life Skills Program, Interpersonal Communication and Listening Skills and a part of the Basic Skills in Counselling. Both programs are grounded in concrete research and theory.”
- Grace Poore
Shakti Productions, LLC. Maryland USA
“My work as a filmmaker, community activist, human rights defender and trainer relies on civil society partners like Parivarthan who are willing to take concepts, theories and ideas and translate them into day to day application, while challenging stereotypes, damaging myths, and fears of inclusion” Read more...
- Arpana G. Inman
Ph. D. Associate Professor and Training Director, Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University, Pensylvania, USA
“Given that counselling continues to be a new phenomenon in India, I was very impressed with the range of clients and the breadth of issues that this Center dealt with. The counsellors seemed well trained, were committed to receiving ongoing supervision, and genuinely concerned about reaching out to the local community.” Read more...
TRAINING: COUNSELLING SKILLS (BSIC) & LIFE SKILLS TRAINING(LST)
- VINEETA GANGU
Counsellor, Basic Skills in Counselling (2005-06)
“ The Course content was extremely detailed and the topics covered gave me a well rounded understanding of Counselling. I would rate it on par with the best available anywhere.
The work expected as well as the inputs from the training sessions were intense in both quality and quantity and of an exceptionally high standard.” Read more...
- VIVEK SAXENA
Counsellor-in-training, Basic Skills in Counselling (2008-09)
“Parivarthan has done a great job of adapting counseling training to Indian settings. …… it has given me a really sound perspective on the core skills, theory and practices. It is designed to cater to diverse styles of learning and backgrounds…..
I’d like to point out Parivarthan’s social leadership in an environment where in general, most education centers operate with the primary perspective of increasing their revenue. Parivarthan does not aggressively “sell” counselling. Their fee operates on a sliding scale to enable the less privileged to also gain.” Read more...
- DEEPA GUPTA
Counsellor, Basic Skills in Counselling (2004-05)
“The training was a journey of self-discovery and enabled me to develop my skills as a counselor, It also helped to improve and enhance all my relationships.” Read more...
- MARGARET SMAILES
Participant at Parivarthan’s Life Skill Training Modules I & II
“When we left for India, I had just completed the first year of my counselling studies, and was very keen to continue in Bangalore (although I didn’t for one minute imagine that this would be possible.) …………
But the downside of my Parivarthan experience - no where else has ever, any where nearly matched up to them!! Read more...
- HARITHA SARMA
Sr. Programme Executive, Human and Institutional Development Forum(HIDF), Bangalore
“ …. I would like to thank Parivarthan for the exemplary service it is providing. In a fast changing society like ours, where traditional ways and means of supporting individuals in the time of crisis are rapidly disappearing, I feel organisation like yours is critical for the well being of society.
…. I found Parivarthan a meaningful place to interact. After getting frustrated and demoralised to an extent by counselors who are prescriptive and judgemental, I feel the support received in Parivarthan is of totally different quality.
Another aspect I like about Parivarthan is affordability of services.” Read more...
- Valli Rammohan,ASHRAYA (Children’s Home)
“ Ashraya has used Parivarthan for counselling for many of our Projects like the Children’s Home and the Government Boys Observation Home.
The Government Observation Home is a place that houses young boys in conflict with the law. It was incredibly difficult finding Kannada-speaking counsellors who were willing to commit themselves to a long-term project. Without Parivarthan’s help, we could never have exposed the boys to the benefits of long term counselling. Read more...
- Lynne Fernandez, Managing Trustee, NRITYAGRAM, The Dance Village
“ One of Parivarthan’s first Outreach services was offered at Nrityagram in 1995/96. a counsellor would be available at our Dance Village, once a week, to help the young dancers, many of whom had left home for the first time, to help them cope with the transition of being away from their families and living in a community.
Parivarthan has grown since those days of yore, with many, many more people accessing their services in counselling and training, as they have continued to keep “quality” as their watchword in all their endeavours.” Read more...