The Indian Psychoanalytical Society offers training in psychoanalysis (for details, see training section), runs a psychiatric counseling course, runs a psychiatric clinic - Girindra Sekhar memorial clinic (for details see the other activity section) apart from holding various clinical and academic seminars and conferences.

 Psychiatric Counselling Course

About the course:

This is a 1 year certificate course which imparts formal training in counseling, so, that the candidate can provide psychological service to individuals and communities who are under stress or distress. As a result of this training the individual can take up individual practice as a counselor or as part of a team or institution. The course is practical oriented and training given by senior, experienced psychologists and psychiatrists.

Who can apply

Eligibility: Post Graduates or Graduates in Psychology, Philosophy, Education, Social Work or medicine may apply. Age within 35 years at the time of application.

How to apply

Applications are to be made on prescribed forms which is to be collected from the Society Office or can be downloaded from the link below: Form for Counselling Course.docx012528_form.docx

Procedure of Training

It is a counseling course comprising of theoretical and practical classes. Theoretical classes usually take place 3 days a week between 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. (often more days are required). Over and above these students are required to do practical work with distressed individuals and be attached with the Society’s out patient’s clinic on other days. They would also have to undergo supervision under a supervisor for their practical cases which are to be submitted at the end of the year for their examination. All students must appear for theoretical and practical examination after 1 year on the assigned dates. Successful candidates will get the Society’s Certificate.


Total: 5 papers – 3 theoretical of 100 marks each, 2 oral and practical papers of 100 marks each.

PAPER I: 1ST HALF:                                                                                          50 MARKS

1          Basic concepts:

Brain and Behaviour: Neuro-anatomy:

·         Central Nervous system,  Autonomic Nervous System, Peripheral Nervous System;

2. Brief introduction:

·         Sensation, Perception, Emotion, Motivation, Intelligence, memory and Personality

3. Theories of Learning:

·         Classical conditioning,  operant conditioning, Insight learning,

·         Memory – stages and types, nature and causes of forgetting

4. Emotion and Motivation:

·         Emotion: Physiological correlates and cognitive Theories

·         Motivation: Concepts of need, drives and reinforcement


PAPER I:  2ND HALF                                                                                                     50 MARKS

1.      Personality: Meaning and determinants, concept of types and traits


2.      Theories of personality:

·         Theories of Freud, Jung, Adler and Erikson

·         Bhaviouristic theories: Skinner

·         Humanistic theories: Existential, and Rogers

3.      Concept of psychopathology: Medical concept, psycho-social concept


Paper II: 1st Half                                                                                             50 Marks


1.      Clinical Manifestation and typical signs and symptoms of mental disorders


2.      Clinical features and etiologies:

2.1: Anxiety Disorders:

General Anxiety disorder, Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

3.      Clinical features and aetiologies:

3.1: Mood disorder: Bipolar Affective Disorder, Major Depression, Dysthymia

3.2: Schizoprenic Disorders


4.      Clinical features and etiologies

4.1:Personality disorders – 3 different clusters

4.2: Delusional Disorders

Paper II: 2nd Half                                                                                                         50 Marks


1.      Clinical Features and etiologies:

1.1: Sexual dysfunction

1.2: Substance abuse and related disorders

2.      Disorders and conditions first manifested in childhood and adolescence:

2.1: Mental retardation

2.2: Pervasive developmental disorders

.                       2.3: Attention deficit disorders

2.4: Disruptive Bahaviour Disorders

2.5: Learning disorders

2.6: Eating disorders

3.      Organic Brain disorders.

4.  HIV infection and AIDS:

4.1: aetiology, clinical features and Management

5.      Emergency in Psychological Counselling:

5.1: Suicide and Violence


 PAPER III:  1ST HALF                                                                           50 MARKS

1.      Psychological Interview, Case taking, Mental status examination.

2.      Introduction to psychological testing: How to select the appropriate test?

3.      Brief introduction to some tests for cognitive functioning:


4.1: Personality Tests:

Non-projective tests: STAI, Beck Depression Inventory Test

4.2: Projective Tests:

Draw a person, Rorschach, TAT, CAT


PAPER III:  2nd HALF                                                                                     50 MARKS

1.      Therapeutic Counselling:

1.1: Definition, Meaning, role of the Counsellor, Basic skills, Counselling situation, Initiation, Pre-therapeutic and Therapeutic interview, Rapport formation, Attending and listening skills, Necessity of reflection, Questioning and intervention, Interpretation – how far to interpret, barriers in counselling – transference, counter-transference, techniques of termination and evaluation.

2.   Different Approaches in counselling and psychotherapy:

2.1: Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically oriented approaches;

2.2: Behaviour therapy

2.3: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy        

3.  Client-centred (non-directive) approach (Rogers)

4.  Organic therapies (In brief)

5.      Counselling in different fields:

5,1: Educational, vocational, marital, family, patients with serious physical illness and substance abuse;

6.      Some specific techniques of counselling and psychotherapy:

6.1: Supportive, Group therapy, Crisis intervention, Management of stress and anger

7.      Counselling children:

7.1: Special problems and skills, approaches for pre-school, School going and adolescence elated problems.


Practical Papers

Paper IV:                                                                                                         Full Marks: 100

1.      Each student will be placed in a psychiatric institution or clinic under the supervision of a teacher or guide so that he/she may get acquainted with the different kinds of mental health problems and also get acquainted with:

1.1: Interview and history taking;

1.2: Mental status examination;

1.3: using psychological tests: administration, scoring, interpretation of data and reporting;

1.4: Defining the problems presented by the students;

1.5: Provisional diagnosis and foundation of intervention strategies to deal with the target problems/s(and to refer to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists when required).


2.      Case work utilizing the methods outlines above (in point 1)with three clients. Each candidate will maintain a case-diary and after completion of the case will submit a practical note-book duly signed by the supervisor.



PRACTICAL PAPER V:                                                                                     FULL MARKS: 100

1.      Conducting interview and counselling under supervision on two clients for  8 – 12 sittings.  It is aimed at helping to develop:

1.1: Communication skills

1.2:  Establishing working alliance

1.3: Selecting and following proper methodology according to the need of the patient.

1.4: Handling transference, counter-transference and resistance

1.5: methods of evaluation and termination of counselling (where possible).

2.  The candidate is required to maintain a case-diary

3. After completion of the counselling for the scheduled period, the candidate is to submit a practical note- book duly signed by the supervisor.








G. S. Memorial Clinic

The Indian Psychoanalytical Society runs a psychiatric and psychological clinic at its premises under the name of Girindrasekhar Clinic, where for a nominal charge individual even from under privileged background can avail of best psychiatric and psychological help. Eminent psychoanalysts, psychiatrist and counselors are attached to the clinic. The clinic offers the following services:

Psychiatric clinic: Dr. Arabinda Brahma: Mondays and Thursdays: 2-30 PM -4.30 PM.

                         Dr. D. Banerjee: Mondays and Saturdays: 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM.

                         Dr. Dr. A. B. Ghosh: Tuesdays: 3 PM - 4 PM.

                         Dr. (Mrs.) S. Biswas: Wednesdays: 2.30PM - 3.30 PM.

Psychometric testing:

I. Q. tests and various personality tests - by prior appointments only.


Suhasini Devi Basu Memorial Awards

  • The Society confers one award to the best essay writer on psychoanalysis from among the students of psychoanalysis. Best essay gets the Subhasini Devi Basu Memorial Prize.
  •  Debabrata Mukherjee Memorial Medal is awarded to the students with best performance in   the Psychiatric Counselling Course.

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Main Sources:
Ernest Jones: Sigmund Freud, Life And Work
Ernest Jones: Free AssociationsZeitschrift für Psychoanalyse
International Journal of Psycho-Analysis