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Extended Training for Psychology Students

240-hours intensive training + supervised internship with the opportunity to work on real cases with real clients

What are extended trainings and how are they different from psychology internships?

Most psychology students lack the skills required to work with clients directly and hence organisations are very skeptical of giving students the opportunity to practically work with real clients during internships. This negatively impacts the student’s ability to maximize his/her learnings from the internship.

Extended training has been created to address this issue with classical psychology internships.

In the first phase of the extended training, psychology students receive intensive training in specific therapeutic models that can be used with clients successfully.

In the next phase, the student gets the opportunity to conduct sessions with real clients. The sessions conducted by the psychology interns are supervised and reviewed by a mentor.

This ensures that as a responsible organisation we are not exposing clients to untrained students and at the same time the students joining the internship get practical exposure of working with clients.

How do I know what is right for me, extended training or internship?

If you are not looking for practical experience to work with clients but would like to get better conceptual clarity about certain therapeutic processes and techniques with the help of case discussions, then you should opt for psychology internships.

If you are looking to responsibly work with clients and get your work reviewed by a mentor as a part of your internship then you must opt for extended training.

Who is eligible to join the ICHARS extended training?

The extended training program was originally designed keeping in mind the requirements of the students pursuing Masters in Psychology from IGNOU, but if you fall into one of the following categories, you are eligible to join:

  1. Students pursuing their Masters in Psychology or Social Work from any UGC recognised university
  2. Psychologists looking for Training, mentorship and practical exposure
It has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of the IGNOU students

Average batch size

We will only be taking a maximum of 30 participants per batch to ensure personalised attention to each participants during training as well as internship

How would the extended training be conducted?

This is a completely online extended training program. The training program will be conducted over zoom, and supervised practice sessions during training will be done in the breakout rooms.

All the activities that need to be completed by participants of this extended training + internship have also been designed such that they can be completed online.

As a part of the internship, you will also be working with clients via zoom (if you have a pro account) otherwise via Google Meet or Jitsi.

Is the extended training program paid or free?

The internship component of extended training is free. What you pay (Rs. 8000+Gst) for is the Anxiety Counselling Course that you attend during the first phase of the extended training.

What will you learn and do during this extended training?

  • Intensive course on PROS Anxiety Counselling (20 hours)
  • Intensive training on becoming a Mental Health Ambassador/Influencer (60 hours)
  • Participating in free therapy drives and conducting client sessions (60 hours)
  • Case Discussions and Supervision – (30 hours)
  • Case documentation (10 hours)
  • Hands-on experience in conducting group sessions (60 hours):
    • Support groups
    • Live sessions
    • Talk it out sessions
  • Plus some surprises

PS: We continue to support our students even after the completion of the training/internships

How soon can I start?

The next batch will start in the first week of November.

Last date to apply is the 25th of October.

The Orientation Program will be conducted on the 28th of October.

Interviews will be scheduled between the 29th to 31st of October. On 1st of November we will contact you and inform you about the final status of your application to register.

Payment of Fees from 1st November to 4th November.

Commencement of internship from 7th November.

Registration Process

  • Click the apply now button below
  • Join the WhatsApp group (that opens on clicking apply now)
  • Attend orientation program
    (Dates will be announced in the whatsapp group)
  • Interview with our team
  • If selected, join the extended training

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