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Professional Diploma in School Counseling


Level 5


1 Year

School Psychology

School psychology is a field that applies principles from educational psychology, developmental psychology, counseling psychology, community psychology, and behavior analysis to meet the learning and behavioral health needs of children and adolescents. It is an area of applied psychology practiced by school counselors and school psychologists. They often collaborate with educators, families, school leaders, community members, and other professionals to create safe and supportive school environments.

School Counselors and School Psychologists carry out psychological testing, psycho-educational assessment, intervention, prevention, counseling, and consultation. They are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.

Professional Diploma in School Counseling

This program designed to equip individuals with knowledge and skills required practice as School counselors to provide psychological support to students.

Insights and skills gained through the program will help them better understand behaviors and thinking patterns of children and adolescents in order to support them in various issues and in different contexts. Students will study psychological development of humans from early childhood to teenage, identify abnormal behaviors and thinking and how to support children in these conditions working with parents and teachers.

As opposed to a traditional child psychology program this will approach the concepts from an applied aspect and discuss issues during teenage, which is very important in working with school children.

Aims & Objectives

Upon successful completion students will be able to :

  1. Understand the normal cognitive, social and moral development from early childhood to adolescence.

  2. Demonstrate core knowledge in Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Social approached to psychology

  3. Apply psychological theories to improve the quality and effectiveness in parenting, teaching and supporting vulnerable children

  4. Identify Psychological conditions in children and teenagers and decide how to support children and parents in these conditions

  5. Apply psychological insights & skills to counsel school children with problems working with parents and teachers

  6. Conduct non clinical psychological assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses of children

  7. Plan and conduct awareness campaigns to prevent child abuse, to protect and support vulnerable children

Program Delivery

Program is delivered using modern teaching methods and training techniques that inspires the minds of the students creating enthusiasm, interest and motivation to explore further in to the field. A variety of methods from face to face lectures to case studies, journal discussions, workshops and seminars, small group discussions and group activities are used to create and maintain passion of the students.

Program Structure


Duration                              Standard : 01 Year           

Delivery                               On Campus / Online

Modules                              12

Compulsory                        12

Electives                              N/A

Credit Value                       180 UK Credits

Level                                   05 (RQF Standard)

Classes                               Sundays

Awarding Body                 Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology

Accreditation                     Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission  Sri Lanka

Credit Transfer                  Available

Transfer abroad                  Available

Progression                        Higher Diploma / Bachelor’s Degree / Master’s Degree



Module Structure


Core Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1              Introduction to Psychology                                         

2              Biopsychology                                                                  

3              Cognitive Psychology                                                    

4              Developmental Psychology                                        

5              Social Psychology                                                            

6              Psychological Disorders of Children & Adols.       

7              Counseling Children & Adolescents                        

8              Educational Psychology                                                

9              Forensic Child Psychology                                           

10           Sexual Offenders                                                            

11           Psychometric Assessments                                        

12           Supervised Training                                                         


 Placement & Supervised Training

Students who wish to improve their practitioner skills by obtaining a supervised training and/or placement may benefit from the supervised training programs provided by CIRP life center, CIRP’s own psychotherapy and counseling center.


Assessments are designed to ensure that the students have achieved the required learning outcomes. Students are provided opportunity to take a range of assessments that will empower students to face the various different challenges and demands of their work life upon graduation including written examinations, essays and assignments submitted online, individual and group presentations, social media projects, mini research projects.

Entry Criteria  


Standard Entry  

Bachelor’s Degree or an Equivalent Academic Qualification or Professional Qualification in Teaching / Education

If you are not eligible under the standard entry, you may be eligible under the work related entry

Work related Entry

Individuals currently working with children may enter the programs if they meet any of the following criteria

                  Possess a Recognized Qualification in Pre-school / Child Care / Teaching

                  Minimum Two Year Experience in Teaching / Pre-school / Child Care / Special Needs / Day Care / Child Protection

Language Proficiency

A high level of English Proficiency  is required to successfully complete this program.

English Proficiency of the students will be assessed in the beginning of the programs and students who do not meet the expected standard will be asked to follow the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of mastery before commencing their studies.


Academic Progression in Sri Lanka


Upon successful completion of this Diploma students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in the following programs

                Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology                          Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology & Childcare

                BSc (Hons) Psychology

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, upon successful completion of this Diploma, you are eligible to apply for the following Postgraduate programs

                MSc Applied Psychology – Child & Adolescent Practice                   MSc Applied Psychology – Counseling Psychology

International Credit Transfer


Upon successful completion of this Diploma, students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in related programs through credit transferring.

We could recommend you the universities that we already have a partnership with or if you have a preferred country and/or a University we could support you to transfer the credits by working with the university

Employability – Local & Foreign

Our Qualifications are registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Qualification Authority of Sri Lanka, therefore your qualification is recognized by the Government of Sri Lanka as a vocational qualification. If you plan to apply for foreign employment, You are eligible to get your certificate endorsed by the Government of Sri Lanka as a recognized qualification. 

Award & Certificate

Diploma level qualifications awarded by CIRP and is recognized by TVEC Sri Lanka. Certificate is issued by CIRP and you are able to get the certificate attested by TVEC Sri Lanka as a registered qualification when you apply for foreign universities.

Student Life

CIRP offers and excellent campus life that provides students ample opportunities to enjoy their university life combining academic work with a range of other activities. Most are aimed at providing students the much required recreational time and sufficient time away from classrooms essential for psychological well-being. Working together with the students council, CIRP organizes many activities and events to bring our hidden talents in students, provide confidence, enhance social and interpersonal skills, embrace cultural diversity and have fun in a responsible  way in a safe environment. 

We invite all students to check out student life at CIRP.



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