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The HAP is the first Academy of its kind in the twin cities to offer training in psychological counseling in order to bridge the gap between formal psychological education and practical application of psychology in everyday life. We are engaged in a wide array of training activities for beginning and advanced counselors and helpers, as well as for those seeking to improve their helping skills. Our trainings include:

   Basic Skills in Psychological Counseling: An Online Counselor Training Course (6 months duration):

This is an intensive basic level course specifically aimed at training psychological counselors for basic counseling. The course is intensive and involves in-depth training, thus allowing students who complete the course the ability to practice counseling preferably under supervision. Most of our students, understand that counselor training is a process and thus choose to seek clinical supervision even after completion to ensure their continued growth and development as counselors. This is typically a face to face course, but given the challenges of the pandemic as of 2020 we have successfully offered this course online in 2020 and 2021 and will be offering it as an online only course again  from July 2021 (via zoom) as well. We have found great success with the online version of this course as well and have received excellent feedback from our current students who are doing this course online.

Next Start date: July 10th 2021

Course Fee: Rs 50,000/- (+ 18% GST)

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   Continuing Education for counselors: A webinar for mental health professionals:


May 15th 2021 4 pm to 6:30 pm

clients tell the truth to their counselors or do they struggle with being honest? Did you know that 93% of clients have reported lying/not being completely honest with their counselors! In fact, do we even know when clients are not telling us everything. Research shows that 65% of clients left things unsaid but only 27% of counselors realized this. Clients covert processes, reactions they have, things they leave unsaid and secrets can have a big impact on how counseling/therapy moves forward. This webinar will discuss this area in more detail.

If clients canít be honest with their counselors, then are counselors being honest with their clients? Ask yourself, are you always honest with your clients.. Maybe, maybe not.. we did some basic research to figure out answers to this question.

What then do clients lie about? Surely it is limited to embarrassing things like random sexual encounters or too much substance useÖ. Or is it? What if itís about their suicidal thoughts, whether they find counseling useful, how they feel about you- their counselor or whether they even want to be in counseling any longer? Will knowing the answers to these questions impact your work with them.

COME JOIN us for this webinar and learn all about what lies beneath the surface. Using current and recently conducted research, you will learn about the whys and whats of the secrets and lies that we hear or not in counseling. This session will also address the important question of how counselors/counseling can help clients who donít tell the whole truth.

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   Psychological Counseling Webinar Series

This is a two week online counseling course to enhance knowledge of psychological theory and practical skills needed in counseling. This is a short version of our Basic course and can be a great introductory course for beginning counselors or a refresher course for people training in psychology but needing more exposure to practical counseling. It will cover:

Basic Skills in Psychological Counseling (telecounseling and in person counseling)
Suicide Risk Assessment/Self inury
Ethics and Professional Standards

The course will be conducted via Zoom
Next Start date: May 23rd 2021 9 am to 1 pm until May 28th 2021

Course Fee: Rs. 6000/- (plus 18% GST)

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   School Counseling Online Course

This is a two week online course designed to  enhance knowledge and skill in school counseling. It is an introductory course to train indivdiauls in the needs of students and school systems and how to effectively meet those needs. It will cover various aspects of school based counseling including:

Basic Skills in Counseling Children
Abnormal Psychoogy
Child & Adolescent Development
Suicide Risk assessment
Basics of learning difficulties
Interventions with chilldren
Ethics in School Counseling
School Counseling in the Indian context

Next Start date: To be decided

Course Fee: Rs.4,000/- (+ 18% GST)

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Who should join the above courses

These courses are open to all graduates. It is designed for anyone choosing to becoming a psychological counselor and seeking professional training for the same. Individuals who join could be (1) those who have little or no professional experience but wish to extend their knowledge of interpersonal and counseling skills and (2) counselors, healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, managers, home-makers, human resource personnel and all others who wish to increase their interpersonal and counseling skills and apply them within their professional practice. Depending on your background and skill, you will benefit in different ways from each course. For more information, feel free to call/email us if you are uncertain about which course is best suited to meet your needs.


About fees: PLEASE NOTE: We have a strict no refund policy so fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances

About our courses

All of our training is achieved through role-plays, experiential learning, lectures and demonstrations, and other learning techniques. A hallmark of HAP training is the energy of its teachers and students and the dynamic nature of the classes.

Another important component of our course is the camaraderie and close friendships that develop among our students and staff. We genuinely enjoy each otherís company and choose our students carefully to ensure that our positive energy and enthusiasm continues with each batch.

Quality Maintenance

There will be a limited number of students admitted in our course which ensures the highest possible quality of teaching and training. It encourages the emergence of healthy group dynamics as well as sufficient time for individual students to contribute to the course. Our trainers will provide the necessary support to all students to fulfill their aim, matching the students learning and training efforts.

We are often told by students who have trained with others that our course is very different than other courses of this kind. We have since learned that we are the only training academy that offers the blend of theory and practical skills, in addition to world-class practical training within the twin cities. Our students often choose to continue to work with us after course completion, speaking to our ability to teach and guide as well as form lasting relationships with people we train.

Expectation of students

Students who join the HAP are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards of practice. This includes but is not limited to, regular class attendance, punctuality, completion of assigned class work and assignments, excellent record keeping, and respect for everyone that they work with. Students may expect the same level of professionalism from their faculty and staff at the HAP.

We believe in open communication and in being genuine and model that for our students. Feedback is a two way process and our open door policy allows students to opportunity to discuss anything with us with the knowledge that we will be open to learning and growing together.

Accreditation or certification for counseling courses

The accreditation or certification for counseling courses is currently not offered by any accrediting or certifying body in India. The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology maintains responsibility for the above course and its content under the guidance of Dr. Diana Monteiro, Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider (Tennessee, USA, License no. 2665).

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