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Frequently Asked Questions - Courses

1. How to do registration? Should I come in person?

Registration can be done online by Clicking the button “Register & Pay” in the webpage . It will ask your basic details such as name, phone number, email id, qualification and address. There will not be any option to choose the batch. Then it will take you to payment gateway. You can pay the full fee through debit card/credit card/netbanking/UPI/Paytm Wallet.

Paytm is only a gateway so even if you don’t have paytm account, you will be able to make the payment in other modes such as debit card, credit card, netbanking and UPI. Once you complete the registration, please whats app @ +91-98409 24035 to choose the batch.

If you want to come in person to pay, please whatsapp @ +91-98409 24035 and discuss the timing as I work based on appointments only

2. Is it a recognized course? Is it affiliated to any university? Is the certificate valid?

Yes, it is a recognized course. Chennai Counseling Services is registered under Small Scales Industries Act. As per the laws of India, any registered organization can conduct Skill Development Diploma and Certificate Courses and NO affiliation with University is required. (Only for Degree Courses, affiliation with a university is required). Thus your certificate is valid. Certificate will have the Govt. of India Registration Number of Chennai Counseling Services which is a proof that your certificate is valid.

This is not a qualifying course but a Skill Development Course. Therefore no affiliation with university is sought. The parallel can be brought from computer institutes like NIIT or CSC offering Skill Development & Non Formal/Non Academic Diploma Courses which are NOT affiliated to any University. References:

3. Does it assure a job for me?/Do you provide placement after this course?/I am a fresher and I don’t have experience, who will give me job?

I will inform you whenever I come to know about job opportunities through WhatsApp group. If you are interested in the opportunity and eligible as per the employer’s requirements, you can apply and appear for the interview. Actually our focus is to empower you to give proposals to institutions and go as a consultant counselor and/or practice as an independent counsellor in your own private practice.

Experience may be required to give advice or suggestion and NOT counseling. Expertise in Counselling will fetch you the job. During interview, if you are asked “You don’t have experience, how can we believe you will give good counselling?”, your answer can be “Experience is not equal to expertise. I have enough skills in Counselling. I am ready to do counselling in front of you if you can give me a client”. Sometimes you need to psycho-educate the employers on the difference between advice and counselling. CCS believes in empowering you to get the expertise and skills in Counselling.

4. I do not have any educational background in Psychology/Social Work/Counselling. Am I eligible for this course?

Yes, you are eligible. However there are 2 conditions.

  • The course name for those who do not have educational background in Psychology / Social Work / Counselling will be Diploma in Psychological Counselling.
  • A material on Basic Psychology will be sent once you register in the course, you need to read it thoroughly and come for the course. So if you don’t have psychology educational background, once you complete the registration, please whatsapp @ +91-98409 24035 and get the PDF of the basic psychology material.

5. I want to visit the place and enquire in person. When to come?

I work based on appointments only. Please send SMS/WhatsApp message to 9840924035 in advance. A mutually convenient time will be fixed for meeting.

6. Will it be only theoretical? To what extent practical aspects are covered?

No, it will be both practical and theoretical. Every day, at least 1 live counselling session will happen for you to observe. The facilitator will be the counsellor for first few days. Once you become confident, you will start playing the role of the counsellor. If you are struck during the session, you can freeze the session and get ideas from fellow participants or from the facilitator or look at your notes. Once you get some clarity, you can unfreeze the session and continue the process. ‘N’ number of times, you can freeze and unfreeze the counselling session. There will be a discussion on the session immediately to correlate with the theories learnt.

7. Will you send us for internships to other places? / Why internship is not a part of the training?

Since there is enough practice available in the course itself, internship is not added into the course. However if you are interested, you can enquire with the facilitator about the places providing internship and apply.

8. If I complete the course, will I get the license to practice as a counselor?

Right now in India, there is NO licensing body for counsellors. However ethically if you are trained well through a course, you may practice. It is better to have a Post Graduation / PG Diploma in Psychology / Counselling / Social Work from a UGC Recognized University either in Full Time Mode or Distance Mode if you are very serious about taking it up as a Career. Please note that some organizations/ institutions ask for such a Degree to employ counselors. CCS’ Diploma is only a Skill Development Course and not a qualifying course.

Note: Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) is the licensing body for Special Educators, Clinical Psychologists, Rehabilitation Psychologists and few other professionals who work with disabled population and NOT FOR COUNSELORS as they do NOT work on “REHABILITATION” and actually work with normal population who have day- today issues.

Source: RTI Response from RCI in 2011 (Full RTI Response Letter is available in the link: No RCI registration needed for psychologists/Counsellors unless they are specifically clinical psychologists or rehabilitation psychologists or rehabilitation counselors who work with mentally and physically disabled .

“Further, it is to inform you that disability rehabilitation includes continuum of services like prevention, early identification, early intervention and inclusion of persons with disabilities including persons with mental illness. As informed earlier, clinical psychologists, rehabilitation psychologists and vocational counsellors are among the 16 categories of professionals allocated under the RCI Act. However, school psychologists and educational counselors working for non-disabled persons are beyond the purview of the Council. Similarly, sports psychologists, industrial psychologists, para psychologists, experimental psychologists etc. are also not covered under the RCI Act and therefore do not require registration with RCI. The RCI Act, 1992 & RCI (Amendment) Act, 2000, list of recognized universities/institutions, approved training programmes and other details are available on the RCI website” – Excerpt from RTI Response by RCI.

9. What will be the medium of Instruction?

Medium of Instruction is English. The materials will also be in English. However if every participant is comfortable in Tamil, classes may be taken in Tamil.

10. What if I miss some classes? Will I be able to compensate?

If you miss some classes, you can note down the missed topics and when you come for 2 hours of personal work, you can learn the topics from the facilitator personally. Minimum of 70% attendance is required for the completion of the course. So 6 days should be attended out of 9 days. 1 day is assigned for viva voce examination.

11. The dates you have given are not suitable for me, but I am interested in joining the course. What to be done?

Please whatsapp @ +91-98409 24035 with your name and educational background. You will be communicated via whatsapp when such a course takes place.

12. What is the difference between Diploma and Certificate Course?

Diploma course is for 60 Hours and where as certificate course is for 40 Hours. So the topics covered in Diploma will be more.

14. Can we pay the fee in installments?

Yes, 2 installments are possible. it is applicable only for Diploma Programme. Please pay Rs. 4750 to block a seat and then another 4750 on or before 5th of the forthcoming month. Installment option is not open if you are registering in the same month of the first class.

Payment cannot be done through website. Please transfer money to the owner’s bank account. The details are as follows,

Indian Bank, Karthik Lakshmanan R M, Sav A/C 6205891784, Choolaimedu branch, IFSC IDIB000C123

Kindly note that in case of cancellation, the refund percentage is calculated based on the full fee and not the money paid. it is clearly given in this page: In case you are paying in installments, it will be assumed that you have read and agreed to the refund policy fully.

In case you are not paying the final installment on or before 5th of the forthcoming month, your seat is deemed to be cancelled and no refund would be provided.

15. Is there any last date for registration?

Seats are filled on first come first served basis. The number of seats available is given in the webpage for every batch. When you want to register, if there are seats still available, you can register. So there is no such last date.

If you register for a batch in which seats are not available, only 90% of the refund would be given. So kindly check in the webpage for seats availability before you pay.

16. What will be the content of the certificate given?

The Diploma certificate will have CCS registration number and it will state that you have completed 60 hours of theoretical and practical training in psychological counselling and you have also passed viva voce examination.

17. When will the course materials be given?

The course materials will be given on the first day of class in the form of spiral bound book. It has 120 pages.

18. Why don’t you provide courses for lesser number of hours or Online courses?

It is almost impossible to develop counselling skills if the number of hours is less than 40 as there will not be much exposure. If you are not able to attend 60 hrs Diploma Course, you may opt 40 hrs certificate course if batches are available.

Counselling Training requires lots and lots of personal interaction, so it was decided not to provide online course.

19. Will the viva voice examination be done publicly?

No it is a private one -on- one viva voice.examination.

20. Describe the venue

It is a fully air conditioned hall which can accommodate 20 people easily. It has movable comfortable chairs and a white board. Inverter is also available. Two rest rooms and a wash basin are there. Mineral Water and Tea vending machine are also in place. Projector will be used whenever required.