Dr. Varghese Pudussery
Founding Director of Santhwana Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which was started in 1990 at ChittoorRoad, Kacheripady,Ernakulam........
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Certificate Course In Counselling & Personality Development
This course consists of 30 sessions of 3 hours each. The sessions will be held from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. during the first three Sundays of 10 consecutive months from July to April. Medium: Malayalam & English combined
To impart knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects of counselling, increase awareness, sharpen skills and orient attitudes of participants to improve their behavioral skills for better self adjustment and social adaptation leading to improved performance in various life roles.
Who Can Benefit
Any one interested in improving personal effectiveness and efficiency by developing skills will find the programme beneficial. Former participants include Students, Teachers, Company Executives, Entrepreneurs, Healthcare Professionals, NGO Activists, Priests, Nuns, Social Workers and Housewives etc.
Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Personality Development, Non Directive Counselling, Counselling Practicum, Transactional Analysis, Communication Skills, Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Stress Management, Mental Health, Family Therapy, Relaxation Programme, Anxiety, Teenage Depression and Suicide, Typology, Time Management, Psychotic Disorders, Self Awareness, Self Esteem, Assertiveness Training, Working Better, Loving Better, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Grief Counselling, Effective Parenting, Anger Management, Kleptomania, Johari Window - A Model for Self Discovery, Paranoia, Behavioural Problems in Children, Hysteria, Academic Pressure, Job Stress etc.
A wide range of methodology will be employed consisting of Lecturettes, Discussions, Group work, Group dynamics, Games, Role plays and Audio-Video programmes.
1.Counselling Services
Crisis intervention, Marital discord, Loneliness, Feeling of inadequacy, Depression, Anxiety, Poor Scholastic performance, Teenage problems, Alcoholism & drug dependence, irrational fear, Sexual problems, Stress & Strain, Referral services.
Personal & Family counselling facility is available by appointment. Phone: 2352961
2.Advanced Course In Counselling (follow up)
This programme aims at refreshing and upgrading the participants of the basic course by Group interaction, Therapy sessions, Practical exercises and Expert help.

This programme is scheduled on every 4th Sunday from 2.00pm to 5.00pm (July-April).Medium: Malayalam & English combined.
3.Course On Stress Management
The objective of this programme is to help the participants to manage scientifically the stress induced by various life situations.

This course deals with the areas like Causes of stress, Assessing stress, Symptoms and signals of stress, Emotional and behavioural problems, Employment stress, Time Management, Job satisfaction, Family and health, Stress solutions, Meditation, Relaxation technique etc.
4.Aptitude Test & Career Guidance
This test is meant for students from the 10th standard up to undergraduate level. It is given in English on the computer. It helps the students to know their aptitude and choose the career properly.
5.Course On Transactional Analysis
In this course the participants are introduced to the theories and principles of TA to improve their communication and personality through better awareness of oneself and others. The topics of this course includes Introduction to TA, Ego states, Strokes, Time structuring, Symbiosis and discounting, Rackets and games, Scripts, Re-decisions, Transactional Analysis Therapy.
6.Course On Learning Disability
This course aims at helping children having specific learning difficulties. The topics include identification, Assessment & management of children having learning disability.
7.Diploma Course In Marriage & Family Counselling
We have started one year Diploma Course in Marriage and Family Counselling through distance education.
8.Remedial Teaching
Remedial teaching helps students with poor scholastic performance, improve their skills in different areas based on their assessment. Whether it is dyslexia, slow learning, lack of working methods, poor time management or other difficulties, every possible resource is used to help students overcome them.
9.Santhwana Support Centre for Children Facing Academic Difficulties
This centre operates throughout to help children having learning difficulties. We offer diagnosis, assessment and remedial services in areas like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Attention Deficit Disorders and Conduct Disorders.

These services are available by appointment. Phone: 2352961
10.Personality Developement & Accelerated Learning for Students
This programme is designed to accelerate our students' growth to maturity by assessing their learning problems, emotional issues and personality problems and help them overcome these problems.

The scientifically deviced methodology, incorporating Interactive sessions, Assessments, Group dynamics, Discussions, Fun and Play in true holiday spirit make this programme unique. It is a 5 day's non-residential programme scheduled for the summer vacation.
11.Yoga Course And Therapy
The objective of this course is to introduce individuals to Yoga and help them adopt it as a life style. Course content includes theory and practice of Asanas, Pranayama, Yoganidra and Meditation
12.Calligraphy - Handwriting Improvement Course
Handwriting is a motor-reflex skill which requires eye-hand-brain-coordination and fine muscle control. It is possible to change the handwriting of people of all ages and can attain the art of writing through Graphotherapy.
13.Neuro – Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Neuro – linguistic programming is probably the latest comprehensive synthesis of modern psychological therapeutic approaches. This approach is especially helpful for personal growth and professional excellence. It improves motivation, empowerment, communication skills, self appreciation and self esteem. This teaches how to get relieved of Traumas, Phobias, Psychosomatic diseases like Asthma, Migraine etc. It also helps to solve conflicts and stress and increases efficiency in various walks of life.