DURATION: One Year from the date of enrollment and admissions are open throughout the year. (However the deadline can be extended under Special Circumstances)

ADMISSION: Any time of the year

FORM: PG Diploma GC Application form

MODE OF EDUCATION: Through Distance Education


Longer life spans have created a new need for trained professionals who can work with older adults to enhance their lives and maximize their potential. Counseling the elderly is a new and challenging field that promises a more satisfying, meaningful life. Counselors who choose to work with the elderly population must have significant knowledge of their specific issues, experiences, and concerns. The gerontological counsellor must explore the impact of psychological, biological, and sociocultural factors on the aging process, and prepare himself/herself to counsel older adults and their families. They can be employed for the day care of the elderly in individual homes, old age homes, gerontological wards of hospitals, welfare organizations, clinics and hospitals, which treat and handle the elderly and also in individual homes where the elderly reside.

– The candidate must be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized University -Indian/Foreign (proof of degree is essential)
– The course is open to candidates from India and abroad.
– Those who are graduating in the current year can also apply.
However, the award of the diploma in counselling is subject to the candidate submitting his/her degree certificate.

– The fee for the course is Rs.20,500/- (all inclusive)
– For Non-Indian Nationals is Rs. 22,000/- (all inclusive)
Note: Under no circumstances will the fee be refunded.

How to enroll ?
Download and take a printout of the application form from this site. Fill in the application form and enclose the following documents:
– Photocopy of degree certificate
– Photocopy of proof of age (SSC certificate, etc.)
– Affix one photo in the application form and send one extra photograph for the Identity Card
– DD for Rs.20, 500/- or Rs. 22,000 (as applicable to you) drawn in favour of `Indian Institute of Counselling’ payable at New Delhi.
Net banking is also available. The details would be provided if required.


Paper I: Foundations of Human Behaviour
Paper II: Introduction to Clinical Psychology
Paper III: Research methodology and statistics
Paper IV: Psychological Testing (Theory)
Paper V: Counselling Psychology
Paper VI: Introduction to Gerontology
Paper VII: Issues and interventions in Counselling
Paper VIII: Independent Project

The PROJECT WORK has to be carried out in consultation with the Course Director’s approval and supervision. It should be based on a topic in Gerontology.
– A thesis would have to be submitted at the end of the work. The thesis should be based on fieldwork/case studies, etc.
– The thesis should be about 100 to 150 typed pages (double space).
– A counselling intervention is to be included.
– In lieu of the project work, the student can attach himself/ herself to an organization where counselling work is carried out and complete an Internship programme of a minimum of 2 months. A certificate of having completed the internship has to be submitted along with the thesis. The internship could be used to collect the data along with counselling intervention.
-The dissertation can be submitted for evaluation at the end of the internship period.

The Institute will send assignments to students which need to be answered in the student’s own words after reading the study material and then sent back to the institute by post as a hard copy for evaluation.Answers must be printed in double space and sent by courier or air mail. The assignments are aimed at testing the student’s understanding of the concepts involved, details of the theories (if any) and the background of the topic. So it is important to read the study material carefully while preparing the answers. The performance of each student will be assessed at the end of each semester as per the assignment schedule.

Each assignment would carry 20 Marks
Semester I – 200 Marks
Semester II – 200 Marks
Semester III – 300 Marks
Total Marks: 700

i) Dr. (Mrs.) Vasantha R. Patri – B.A. (Banaras Hindu University), M.A. (Psychology), Kerala University – (Gold medallist in B.A. and M.A. examinations) and a Ph.D. (Netherlands) in the field of Cross-Cultural Communication
ii) Dr. (Mrs.) Prem Kapoor, M.A. (Psychology), Agra University, Ph.D., (Delhi University) in the field of Personality. Was Reader in Psychology in the Indraprastha College of Delhi University for nearly 40 years. She is also a counsellor on marital problems in the Patiala House courts, New Delhi.
iii) Ms. Durga Pant – M.A. (Philosophy with Psychology as a Minor subject) from the Lucknow University. Is a gold medallist both in B.A. and M.A. examinations. She taught philosophy in the Indraprastha College of Delhi University for over 40 years. She also did advanced studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (USA). Her forte is logic and ethical issues in Counselling Psychology.
iv) Ms. Shivani Jain has a Masters degree in Social Welfare from the Delhi School of Social Work and a diploma in counselling from the Indian Institute of Counselling. She has wide experience as a counsellor in NGOs and schools. She had done counselling for patients in rehabilitation centres, health education for women in maternity wards and mothers, group work for physically challenged children, family planning education for women, and health education of adolescent girls.
v) Ms. Annie Baxi has completed her Masters degree in Psychology from the North Campus of the Delhi University. She is a Senior Counselling assistant at the Indian Institute of Counselling, New Delhi.
vi) Ms. Taraasha Chopra has completed her Masters degree in Mental Health Counselling from the State University of New York. She is the Junior Counselling assistant at the Indian Institute of Counselling, New Delhi.