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PG Diploma in Gerontological Counselling


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.

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.

Net banking is also available. The details would be provided if required.Once we receive these documents, send us a mail and we will proceed with sending you the study material and assignments.

Course Curriculum

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 Research Project / Internship


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.

Things you need to know about the course –

  • There are no classes. We provide you the study material. This would be followed up by sending you the assignment questions to your email ID.
  • You are required to read it, understand the contents and then answer the assignments questions. All the answers to the individual papers are to be completed, keyed into the computer, a print out taken and then sent as a hard copy, for evaluation.
  • All the papers, for which assignments are sent, need to be completed. You have 10 months to complete all the written assignments for the papers.
  • Towards the end of the final paper you can think and plan either your individual research or internship. You have 2 months to complete this project.
  • The thesis has to be submitted in a typed form. It should be of about 100-120 type written pages. It should be bound. The format and content is given separately.
  • If you are doing an internship, the supervisor has to provide an internship certificate where the following details need to be provided.
    • The place of internship.
    • The duration of the internship with dates
    • The nature of the activities engaged in by the intern.
    • The observations/remarks of the supervisor.
    • The internship report would have to be submitted in a spiral bound form where the student has to mention all the details of the internship and the learning that took place during the period.
  • Only upon successful completion of the written work and the thesis/ internship would be diploma be awarded.

P.S. – We are not affiliated to any university. There is no UGC or RCI recognition. The Indian Institute of Counselling is registered as an Educational Trust and the diploma will be awarded by the name of Indian Institute of Counselling.

About IIC

The Indian Institute Of Counselling is fully committed to the emotional well-being and psychologically healthier and balanced lives of individuals and institutions. It offers various services, including personal growth and development training, academic and life-skills training

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New Delhi, Pincode- 110049
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