THE
PRACTICA
PROGRAM

An immersive 20-week learning on how to be a psychologist outside of the classroom.

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The Practica Program is a 20-week immersive course, which reintroduces theoretical psychology into the socio-cultural practices of urban India. Trainees will gain knowledge about practice-based approaches, through interactive and reflective courses. The first cycle of The Practica was completed in February 2021, and we are now thrilled to present The Practica Program 2.0, launching on September 4, 2021! Each course of The Practica will be conducted every weekend, for a total duration of 6 hours (3 per day). All trainers are subject matter experts, coming from specialized fields within psychology and beyond. At the end of the program, each trainee will have the opportunity to earn a job at Heart It Out! Click here to apply now. To enrich learning and develop expertise, each of our courses are also being offered as individual workshops that interested students and professionals can register for. For more details, please go through the course outline.

To enrich learning and develop expertise, each of our courses are also being offered as individual workshops that interested students and professionals can register for. For more details, please go through the course outline.

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Having studied psychology through the Western lens, we noticed a concerningly wide gap between what was taught, and what we saw in the field as practitoners. Years of collective experience and community wisdom, has led us to slowly unravel the reality of the mental health field in India. At Heart It Out, we now un-learn, re-learn, and adapt our approach to the needs of our community as psychologists.
Our vision is to practice from a mindset of cultural sensitivity, empathy, and kindness, aided by interdisciplinary insights and experiential learning

Objectives

  • Enable psychology graduates to develop confidence as practicing psychotherapists
  • Bridge the gap between academic learning and practical knowledge
  • Provide insights into the reality of the mental health field in India
  • Engage in experiential and peer-driven learning
  • Introduce creative and reflective tools that can be used in therapy
  • Explore pertinent topics in the field of mental health & practice
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Career Outcomes

After graduating from college, trainees can kickstart their career with a pre-placement offer from us! Upon successful completion of The Practica Program, each trainee will be evaluated. Based on their performance, they will be offered one of the following jobs at Heart It Out-

  • Psychologist
  • Assistant Psychologist
  • First Responder/ Care Buddy
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator

Eligibility Criteria
You are eligible to apply if you are,

A student of Psychology at an undergraduate, postgraduate, or doctorate level
Committed to practicing as a psychotherapist in India
Willing to dedicate weekend mornings for the practica
An open-minded, curious, kind, and respectful human

Fee

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EMI:
Rs. 8400 per month for 6 months

Application Process
Application Deadline: August 30th, 2021

  • Enable psychology graduates to develop confidence as practicing psychotherapists
  • Bridge the gap between academic learning and practical knowledge
  • Provide insights into the reality of the mental health field in India
  • Engage in experiential and peer-driven learning
  • Introduce creative and reflective tools that can be used in therapy
  • Explore pertinent topics in the field of mental health & practice

Week

1

Orientation & Welcome Week (for full-time trainees)

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Sep 4 & 5

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3hrs

  • Get a glimpse into The Practica Program
  • Meet the team!
  • Chill with co-trainees

Week

2

Schools of Thought in Psychology 101 & 201

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Sep 11 & 12

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3+3hrs

  • Explore the relevance and applicability of the various schools of thought in 21st Century India.
  • Curate a personalized and eclectic mix of various schools of thought.
  • Apply the tenets and perspectives learned through practice, efficiently.

Week

3

Counselling Skills
101 & 201

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Sep 18 & 19

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3+3hrs

  • Modify patterns of attending behaviour to establish rapport with clients.
  • Understand the role of various cues in attending behaviour.
  • Practice refined questioning skills.

Week

4

Counselling Skills
301 & 401

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Sep 25 & 26

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3hrs

  • Implement culturally-informed counselling skills.
  • Strategise efficient approaches and tools for a well-informed practice.
  • Integrate innate & acquired skills that are pertinent to psychotherapy.

Week

5

Psychiatry and
Pharmacology

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Oct 9 & 10

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3+3hrs

  • Learn the introductory concepts of psychiatry.
  • Understand the role of drugs in treatments.
  • Explore the relationship between psychology and pharmacology based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

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6

Self Work in Mental
Health Professionals

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Oct 16 & 17

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3+3hrs

  • Understanding the risk of burnout
  • Explore extensive ways of self-care for mental health professionals
  • Learn and implement resources for practice.

Week

7

Gender, Sex and
Sexuality

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Oct 30 & 31

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3+3hrs

  • Get introduced to the etiology of gender, sex, and sexuality
  • Learn about paraphilic disorders, sexual motivation and criminality, and Prevention of Sexual Harassment (PoSH).
  • Learn about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), mental health disparities, and gender-inclusive vocabulary.

Week

8

Substance Use and
Behavioural Addictions

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Nov 13 & 14

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3hrs

  • Understand the role of a psychotherapist while treatment treating addictive behaviours.
  • Learn efficient therapeutic techniques for substance use treatment.
  • Identify and understand behavioural, physiological, and emotional components of addiction.

Week

9

Assessments and Tools in
Therapy Settings

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Nov 20 & 21

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3+3hrs

  • Explore the purpose and variety of tests and assessments.
  • Implement tests and measurements into practice.
  • Learn about the personal, professional, and cultural implications of test results

Week

10

Research and Development
in Psychology

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Nov 27 & 28

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3+3hrs

  • Learn about efficient data collection and management techniques
  • Explore research methodologies & statistics.
  • Learn how to carry out quantitative and qualitative studies.

Week

11

Alternative Healing
and Medicine

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Dec 4 & 5

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3+3hrs

  • Explore alternative healing practices- reiki, reflexology, hypnotherapy, naturopathy, mindfulness, etc.
  • Explore methods to incorporate alternative healing techniques.
  • Understand the modern value of traditional practices.

Week

12

Group Work and
Supervision

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Dec 11 & 12

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3+3hrs

  • Attend supervised therapy sessions & get feedback.
  • Understand the importance of peer support and community building.
  • Learn the skills and methods of facilitation.

Week

13

Family and Couples
Therapy

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Dec 18 & 19

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3+3hrs

  • Explore approaches to devise an objective set of presenting problems.
  • Explore interventions to strengthen interpersonal relationships, and consequently improve quality of life.
  • Learn the skills needed to facilitate family and couples therapy.

Week

14

Child and Adolescent
Care

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Jan 8 & 9

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3+3hrs

  • Explore evidence-based approaches to provide the support needed for healthy growth and development of young people.
  • Examine potential gaps in child and adolescent care, and how they can be bridged based on the reality of the 21st century.
  • Adapt mindsets to cultural influences on child & adolescent development.

Week

15

Geriatric Care & Death,
Loss and Grief

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Jan 15 & 16

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3+3hrs

  • Understand geriatric mental health, and how to improve quality of life.
  • Explore strategies to support clients with processing and coping with loss.
  • Understand the various dimensions of geriatric care

Week

16

Mental Health Law &
Emergency Care

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Jan 23 & 24

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3+3hrs

  • Inculcate lawful responsibility for mental health practice.
  • Learn the protocol for emergency psychological interventions.
  • Incorporate an ethically-informed practice.

Week

17

Community
Well-being

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Jan 29 & 30

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3+3hrs

  • Gain insights into fostering and nurturing a diverse community.
  • Explore interventions to strengthen interpersonal relationships, and consequently improve quality of life.
  • Unravel the needs of the community.

Week

18

Technology in Mental Health
and Practice

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Feb 5 & 6

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3+3hrs

  • Explore the influence of technology in driving mental healthcare.
  • Apply technological tools to improve efficiency, track processes, and maintain records.
  • Adapt to the digital age as a mental health professional.

Week

19

Continuous Learning
Processes

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Feb 12 & 13

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3+3hrs

  • Explore various avenues to build expertise.
  • Discover ways to stay updated in the field of mental health.
  • Inspect recommended resources for continued engagement.

Week

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Final Evaluation & Graduation
(for full-time trainees)

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Feb 26-28

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3+3hrs

  • Capstone Project
  • Graduation
  • Interview

Full Program fee (Aug 8 - Sep 3) - Rs. 50,000/-

Early Bird Offer (August 1- August 7)-Rs. 42,500/-

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