School Counseling Course


Admissions are open for the five month Basic Course in School Counseling. This is an intensive course aimed at training psychological counselors for working in schools and educational institutions.

This is a foundation course in school counseling and provides a laboratory setting in which students master skill sets needed for being a school-based counselor. The goal of the course is to train individuals to offer school counseling services as part of a comprehensive program that addresses the development of students in terms of academic/educational, career, personal/social and emotional skills, as well as school personnel, families, and the community at large. The practice of counseling in school occurs regularly, and the training for this specific area has been largely lacking, thus this course is designed to address ethical, professional, and legal aspects of being a school counselor.

Interested candidates may apply directly for this course by completing the interview process and registering. Please read the information below carefully prior to applying.

About the HAP

The HAP specializes in offering counseling training and counseling services, which are our main focus and all our efforts and facilities are devoted to these endeavours. We incorporate current research into our teaching and practice, thus keeping ourselves current and up to date within the field of psychology and counseling.

The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology (HAP) was founded by Dr. Diana Monteiro as a training academy to bridge the gap between formal psychological education and practical application of psychology in everyday life. The HAP is engaged in the training of individuals to ensure that adequate training in practical skills, theoretical knowledge and supervision is provided to those who are engaged in the process of helping others. For more information, please visit our website

Course Content

This course is designed to provide adequate training and knowledge in addition to needed skills for a person to learn psychology and counseling specifically to be a school counselor. We divide our course material fairly equally between theory and practical skills. The topic areas covered include the following:

Theory areas Practical areas
Fundamentals of Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

Basic skills for counseling children and adolescents
Child and Adolescent development

Counseling theories

Ethics and Professional Standards of practice in school counseling

Other topics as needed


Suicide risk assessment and crisis intervention with children and adolescents

Record Keeping

Interventions with children

School counseling in the Indian context

Clinical skills training with supervision practicum: A crucial component of our course lies in the training of students in clinical skills which is accomplished through supervision of our students in addition to in class activities. Supervision is a process in which the trainee counselor meets with a supervisor each week to learn skills, discuss his/her development as a person and a counselor and get feedback about their practical work in the course. Supervision is provided by trained/in-training supervisors to ensure all round development of counselors and occurs after the Wed/Sat class described above for two hours either before class on Wed or after class on Sat. To be eligible for supervision, students will have to pass the first theory exam at a 70% or higher rate. If they do so, then they will attend supervision which will occur once a week (separate from class time) for two hours on Wednesday and/or Saturday. This is known to be one of the most enriching aspects of the course and is a crucial component for skill development. We have often noted that students who do well in the course have a great balance of theory and practical knowledge and to encourage more students to do well, we have offered supervision this year only to students who demonstrate competence in theory. We do not believe that individuals should practice without sound knowledge of theory, thus we hope this year’s change will encourage more students to work hard to learn the theory so as to access supervision.

Class experience: All of our training is achieved through role-plays, experiential learning, practicum, lectures and demonstrations, and other learning techniques. A hallmark of HAP training is the energy of its teachers and students and the dynamic nature of the classes. Another important component of our course is the camaraderie and close friendships that develop among our students and staff. We genuinely enjoy each other’s company and choose our students carefully to ensure that our positive energy and enthusiasm continues with each batch.

Course material:  Each enrolled student will be given course material at the start of the course which are expected to be as an adjunct to the teaching and in class discussions. Course material is only a guide and most of the learning in our course happens with attendance in class lectures, discussions, and in class practice. Thus, those who read course material but do not attend the classes which find themselves often falling short of learning. Also, if you attend class without reading the course material, your learning will be limited as well. For best learning, it is extremely beneficial to keep up with class readings and attend classes regularly.

Examinations/Evaluation: Please note that this course involves continues evaluation in the form of in class examinations, participation points, and evaluation of several aspects of professional and personal development. Only students who pass the course evaluations at the required pass grades will be given course completion certificates. Those who do not pass the course but attend and complete the course will be given course participation certificates with an endorsement that they did not pass the course requirements.


Dates and Timings:

The course begins on Jan 6 2018 with twice a week classes (Classes are on: Wed 5 to 8 pm, Sat 9am to 12 pm).

Both classes are mandatory to attend. Students will also be expected to complete reading assignments at home. The overall time requirements for this course will range from 15-20 hours of work each week (inclusive of onsite and at home work).

Course Director and Faculty information

 Dr. Diana Monteiro, Director

Dr. Diana Monteiro obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, USA and worked as a licensed psychologist (in Tennessee, USA) before returning to India in 2008. Her ardour for providing psychological services made her initiate The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology in Vikrampuri, Secunderabad in 2009. At HAP, Dr. Monteiro and her team of hand-picked counsellors practice counselling, conduct courses and workshops, and supervise other counsellors-in-training. Dr. Monteiro comes across as someone who’s intelligent, accomplished and warm, a top-notch trainer and counsellor, and fun to be around. She inspires her trainees with her undying passion for Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Monteiro is often invited to conduct out-reach programs. Her seminars and workshops have covered a variety of topics, which when presented in her gregarious style (so well known in the twin-cities) are often said to be inspiring. Her specialty areas include working with adolescents and adults, suicide prevention, relationship concerns, communication and multicultural issues. She is adept at treating mental health issues from a positive psychology framework and uses strength-based approaches in counselling. Her philosophy of training is based on integrity, ethics and working hard and playing hard to ensure good all round development.

Other faculty

The core team of counselors at HAP will be co-faculty for this course. Please find information about them by following the link below:

Who should join

This course is open to all graduates. It is designed for anyone choosing to becoming a school counselor and seeking professional training for the same. Individuals who join could be (1) those who have little or no professional experience but wish to extend their knowledge of school counseling skills (2) counselors, teachers, social workers, educational consultants and personnel who wish to increase their school counseling skills and apply them within their practice.  We have no age limit for our course, so as long as you are emotionally mature and stable, we will consider you for the course.

What can you do after the course?

We are often told by students who have trained with others that HAP courses are very different than other courses of this kind. We have since learned that we are the only training academy that offers the blend of theory and practical skills, in addition to world-class supervision within the twin cities. Our students often choose to continue to work with us after course completion, speaking to our ability to teach and guide as well as form lasting relationships with people we train. You are welcome to request to speak with our past students to obtain their viewpoint about our courses and their utility for you.

Please note that while there are no established rules or standards presently in the counseling area, we recommend that our students follow standards and thus ask that students who want to make school counseling their formal career (part time or full time) complete a Master’s degree in Psychology or an allied helping area. Without a formal degree, our course would not be useful in the future. Please note that with a formal degree, you might be lacking in skills, and thus we feel that our course gives you the chance to learn the needed skills, but we would still recommend getting a formal degree in the area before starting practice. If you have questions about this, call us and we can help you decide whether this course is right for you or not.

Expectation of students

Students who join the HAP are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards of practice. This includes but is not limited to, regular class attendance, punctuality, completion of assigned class work and assignments, excellent record keeping, and respect for everyone that they work with. Students may expect the same level of professionalism from their faculty and staff at the HAP.

We believe in open communication and in being genuine and model that for our students. Feedback is a two way process and our open door policy allows students to opportunity to discuss anything with us with the knowledge that we will be open to learning and growing together.

 Location and Facilities

Classes will be held The Hyderabad Academy of Psychology, 68 Gruhalaxmi Colony, Near Rainbow Children’s Hospital, Vikrampuri, Secunderabad 500015.

Our classroom is air conditioned and equipped with an LCD projector. Most of our theory classes involve power point and an active discussion of the topic at hand. We take one break during each class and refreshments (tea and snacks) are provided to students during the break. You are welcome to come by and see our facilities if you would like. Just call ahead to ensure that we are available.

Duration :  Five months with twice a week classes

Class timings: Wednesday 5 to 8 pm AND Saturday 9 am to 12 pm (both classes have to be attended to complete the course) 

Start date: 6 Jan 2018 ; End date: 26 May 2018

Fees: Rs. 40000/-  (if paying in full at any time before course commences, there is no extra fee added)

The course fee is inclusive of the applicable taxes and includes all course materials, snacks and certificate that will be given at the successful completion of the course.

 PLEASE NOTE: We have a strict no refund policy so fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances, so please join after making sure you want to do the course only. Once we accept a full batch we turn people away so we cannot fill your seat.


Special offer 1: Join by Aug 31st 2017 and pay 10% less : Rs. 36000 only (to be paid in full)

Special offer 2: Join by September 30th 2017 and pay 5% less: Rs. 38000 only (to be paid in full)

Course fees for paying in installments (on or before Oct 31st  2017)

Installment Fee Due
1 20000 On or before Oct 31st 2017
2 12500 Jan 31 2018
3 7500 Feb 28 2018

Course fees for paying by installment after Oct 31st 2017 (10% extra fee added)

Installment Fee Due
1 22000 After Oct 31st 2017
2 13500 Feb 15 2018
3 8500 March 15 2018

Fees can be paid by cash, check or via online banking directly into HAP’s bank account. Only payment of fees confirms your seat in the course.


To Apply

A meeting with the Director and/or faculty is required before you join. Once you have met with the Director and/or faculty, you will be informed immediately about the status of your admission. Once you are offered a seat, payment of the fees will confirm your admission into the program. Please note that we keep our admissions open until seats are filled and once we are full we do not accept any more students, so apply early and confirm your seat.

Meetings for admission:  Meetings for admission will be held by appointment only, so please call and make an appointment by calling 9493975140.

Documents required: Copy of degree/marksheet of highest degree obtained and completion of the application form which will be emailed to you once you have been accepted and wish to join the course.

Need additional information?

For more information AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE ABOVE INFORMATION CAREFULLY, call Dr. Diana Monteiro on 90002-34262 or call our office on 040-27847755 (between 10 am and 7 pm)

The accreditation or certification for counselling courses is currently not offered by any accrediting or certifying body in India. HAP maintains responsibility for the above course and its content under the guidance of Dr. Diana Monteiro, Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider (Tennessee, USA, License no. 2665). We reserve the right to change the above information as needed.