THE
PRACTICA
PROGRAM

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.

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 practitioners. 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.

What will you learn?

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Counselling

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Psychiatry and
Pharmacology

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Family and
Couples therapy

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Community
well-being and
more

Career Outcomes

After graduating from college, jump start your career with a pre-placement offer from us.
Upon successful completion of The Practica Program, you will have a final evaluation. Based on your performance, you will be offered one of the following job positions at Heart It Out

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

    ...

    EMI:
    Rs. 8400 per month for 6 months

    Application process

    Fill out our application form to get started. There is no application fee

    The practica program schedule

    PROGRAM START DATE

    September 4, 2021

    APPLICATION DEADLINE

    August 20, 2021

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    Week

    1

    Orientation & Welcome Week (for full-time trainees)

    ...

    Sep 4 & 5

    ...

    3hrs

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

    Week

    2

    Schools of Thought in Psychology 101 & 201

    ...

    Sep 11 & 12

    ...

    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

    ...

    Sep 18 & 19

    ...

    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

    ...

    Sep 25 & 26

    ...

    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

    ...

    Oct 9 & 10

    ...

    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).

    Week

    6

    Self Work in Mental
    Health Professionals

    ...

    Oct 16 & 17

    ...

    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

    ...

    Oct 30 & 31

    ...

    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

    ...

    Nov 13 & 14

    ...

    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

    ...

    Nov 20 & 21

    ...

    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

    ...

    Nov 27 & 28

    ...

    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

    ...

    Dec 4 & 5

    ...

    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

    ...

    Dec 11 & 12

    ...

    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

    ...

    Dec 18 & 19

    ...

    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

    ...

    Jan 8 & 9

    ...

    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

    ...

    Jan 15 & 16

    ...

    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

    ...

    Jan 23 & 24

    ...

    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

    ...

    Jan 29 & 30

    ...

    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

    ...

    Feb 5 & 6

    ...

    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

    ...

    Feb 12 & 13

    ...

    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

    20

    Final Evaluation & Graduation
    (for full-time trainees)

    ...

    Feb 26-28

    ...

    3+3hrs

    • Capstone Project
    • Graduation
    • Interview

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

    Career Outcomes

    After graduating from college, jump start your career with a pre-placement offer from us.
    Upon successful completion of The Practica Program, you will have a final evaluation. Based on your performance, you will be offered one of the following job positions at Heart It Out

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

    ...

    EMI:
    Rs. 8400 per month for 6 months