Diploma Awarding Ceremony – Batch IV

 20th November 2016



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” Your job is not to judge.
Your job is not to figure out if someone
deserves something
Your job is to lift the fallen,
to restore the broken   and to heal the hurting

The Diploma awarding ceremony of the 4th batch of students of the Centre for Holistic Healing took place on the 20th of November 2016 at the ‘Shiloh Diocesan Auditorium’ of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India in Vaddukoddai.

2 3      The welcome speech was delivered by the Director of the Centre for Holistic Healing Dr.   Thaya Thiagarajah.     Dr. K .Kajavinthan, head of the philosophy and psychology of the University of Jaffna was invited as the chief guest.  He delivered the convocation address emphasizing the combination of psychology and counseling in the counseling field. The guest of honour Venerable Nesakumar gave a powerful speech about the importance of counseling to the people in the North
                                                        The Rev. Dr. D. S. Solomon offered opening the prayer.  Mr Anandarajah on behalf of the students spoke about their experience of activities and studies of the psychosocial counseling. The coordinator of the Diploma in Counselling Mrs. Sasrubi Satheesh delivered the vote of thanks at the end of the ceremony.

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Selection of Candidates


When a new batch begins, the advertisement is flashed in the media like newspapers, websites etc. Applications are short listed and those who are selected are called for interviews.

     The Diploma in Counselling course is a one year program conducted over the weekends. The Centre for Holistic Healing felt the need of the hour soon after the civil war ended, and started crash courses for animators. This initiative thereafterdeveloped into one year course which follows the modified curriculum of the South- Eastern University of Sri Lanka.The curriculum includes four units of psychology and four units of counseling. After enduring thirty years of long armed civil war, the population suffers from trauma. Thus more emphasis is given to trauma and other emotional disorders to it. converThe Diploma in Counselling course is a one year program conducted over the weekends. The Centre for Holistic Healing felt the need of the hour soon after the civil war ended, and started crash courses for animators. This initiative thereafter developed into one year course which follows the modified curriculum of the South- Eastern University of Sri Lanka.The curriculum includes four units of psychology and four units of counseling. After enduring thirty years of long armed civil war, the population suffers from trauma. Thus more emphasis is given to trauma and other emotional disorders related to it.Applicants include school teachers, nursing students, those who are connected to other institutions like prevention of child abuse and alcoholic anonymous.

Curriculum of the Course-Theory

DC 101 General Psychology
DC 102 Developmental Psychology
DC 103 Social Psychology
DC 104 Psychology of Abnormal behaviour
DC 105 Counselling theories
DC 106 Counselling Techniques
DC 107 Planning of Treatment or Intervention
DC 108 Thesis / Dissertation
DC 109 Defending the Thesis
Special course Trauma & PTSD

Activities Related to the Subject

The following activities are expected to be fulfilled to complete the course:assignments in given topics, mid semester examination, short examination, brain storm sessions, participation in the role plays in the class, engagement in field work and counseling under supervision, participation in free medical clinics, attending the special course on trauma and PTSD, visits to the psychiatric hospitals under the leadership of the lecturers, submitting verbatim with the clients, undergoing secondary counseling if necessary and the final examination.

Field Work: The students meet individuals during field work in the villages or in their work places create rapport. They are expected identify those who need counseling and keep records of their sessions. They are also expected to refer those who suffer from trauma or PTSD to the Director or if necessary to the psychiatrist. They submit the verbatim to the lecturers for correction. In this way, they improve the counseling skills, techniques and body language.

Participation in the free medical clinic: Free medical clinics are held in rural war hit areas where access to medical facility is difficult. However, this ministry paves way for the students to interact with people who suffer from physically and mentally illnesses. This is also an opportunity to get in touch with the Day Care Center children for medical care and assessment by the doctors.

Visits to Psychiatric Hospitals:The students visit psychiatric hospitals under the guidance of qualified psychiatrists in order to gain exposure to psychiatric patients and identify their illnesses and symptoms.

Relaxation: Each class starts with breathing exercise, and relaxation. It plays an important role as most of the students live in stress because of various reasons. This helps them to ease the mind and body and prepare for concentration.

Role play and Counseling under supervision: During the lecture, role plays, case studies and group discussions help the students to widen the knowledge of counseling and how to be practical in real life issues.

Dissertation or Thesis:At the end of the program each student is expected to submit a topic. The lecturers help guide them.  The thesis is submitted two weeks before the viva examination. The viva examiners evaluate the thesis and one or two best ones are selected.

Social Service:The students take part in doing social work in the villages, creating awareness programs on burning issues, nutrition programs etc. This makes them understand that counseling is not just a subject in our context but includes other aspects related to living in the aftermath of war and being aware of various symptoms of diseases the consequences and prevention.

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In conclusion, the CHH is obliged to the donors, lecturers, and the coordinator Mrs Sasrubi for providing the support needed to make these diploma classes a success, and to help combat trauma in the post-war situation.

Dr.Thayalini Thiagarajah.
Director, Centre for Holistic Healing.

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