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Ongoing Online PGDP 23 Batch from November 2022 to May 2023

Post graduate Diploma in Psycho-therapies (PGDP) is a course that covers all major psychotherapeutic approaches, with primary focus on Rogerian principles.While the syllabus is largely based on MA/M.Sc. (Psychology and Counselling) syllabii of Indian universities, it is adjusted to the specific needs of our students at Banjara and elsewhere who are interested in learning and getting a deeper understanding of the process of counseling.

We believe that to be a counselor, along with the particular skill sets, we first need to understand ourselves. The theoretical foundation will bring in a deeper insight into the bases of the counseling process and most importantly, an awareness leading to becoming a ‘person’ as a counselor.

The syllabus includes major psychotherapy frameworks structured by Freud, Ellis, Beck among others, with a primary focus on Humanistic and Rogerian approaches. The syllabus is mainly a guideline and a reference frame – the course itself follows a non-traditional path and is more process based rather than a customary “exam-marks” style. Students are expected to listen, read, study, discuss, interact and be participatory with the topics and themes to gain a wider understanding and connective learning.

This is a process-based, theoretical and experiential based course and you will get the best out of the sessions if you come well prepared. We will also have video or live sessions with Guest speakers who will give an in-depth coverage on the topics.

The highlight of the course is a Weekly Interactive Mentoring Session, which will help you to improve your understanding of the topics previously covered in the Online class. We will also have a monthly Interactive Review Session with the faculty, to discuss the important topics covered in that month. This shall further enhance your learning and application.

Course Details

  • Six-month Online course with Live classes on first three Mondays in a month for 2 hours each (2:30 pm to 4:30 pm) and one Interactive Live Review session with the faculty on the 4thMonday (2:30 pm to 4:30 pm).
  • Your Mentor: A Group Mentoring Session every week, in a smaller group, on a convenient day decided at the start of the program by the mentor and the mentees. The mentor will be your friend and guide who will help you to enhance your learning and review your progress.
  • Weekly notes, with assignments once a month
  • Monthly live sessions by Dr. Ali Khwaja (Chairman and Founder, Banjara) and other eminent Guest Faculty.

Certificate will be awarded by Banjara Academy on full attendance, timely submission of questionnaires and assignments to the satisfaction of assessors, and proper responses in sessions. Those not coming up to the expectations of Faculty will be given a participation certificate.


Graduates of psychology or related mental health fields, social work, or practicing counselors or those who have done or are doing Diploma in Counseling Skills at Banjara Academy.

Duration of course

 15th Nov 2021 to 15th May 2022

Our Faculty

Dr. Lakshmi K.

M.A.(Psychology), M.A. (Health Counseling, SCU, USA), M. Phil, Ph.D

Lakshmi has studied and is trained in psychotherapy, counseling and clinical work in various universities including a Masters graduate programme and M.Phil from Osmania University, and a Masters in Health Counselling from Santa Clara University, USA, eventually completing her Ph.D. from National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). She has been a longstanding counselor and faculty member at Banjara Academy. She has been guest and visiting faculty and visiting counsellor at Bangalore University (PG students), NID, Bangalore campus, and at NIAS, Bangalore. Lakshmi’s pet passion is knowing the self and through the self process attaining well-being and mental health. She has also been trained in grief therapy and has trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from Psychotherapy Advanced Resources Centre (PARC), Bangalore.

Dr. Chandra Janakiraman

B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A. Psychology, Ph.D. in Psychology

Chandra has had a teaching experience at various educational levels – ranging from pre-school to post-graduation and university level psychology, and in in-service teacher education. She has had an exposure to different education systems – both in India and abroad, and has done coursework development. She has worked as a remedial teacher in Nan-gang Elementary School, Taipei, Taiwan where she identified and diagnosed specific problems in learning at the individual level, teaching, counseling, family counseling, etc. Chandra has also counseled and worked on empowering parents to help children who were struggling with schoolwork. In addition, she has been a Trainer/Training Mentor/Subject Matter Expert at Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini and other schools, and Direct Taxes Regional Training Institute, Bangalore. Chandra has participated actively and regularly in the community volunteer program for assisting classroom teachers in a pre-school and a primary school in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. (2001 to 2005). Also, she has participated in the UGC Refresher Course for Faculty of Psychology, is qualified for NET in Psychology, and has been awarded UGC-JRF and SRF Scholarships from 1993 to 1998 for Doctoral Research.

Dr Ali Khwaja (Founder-Banjara Academy)


A Montessorian, an engineering graduate of IIT Bombay, MIE, MIIM, with a Ph.D in behavioral sciences, he has always carved out his own path and been a free-lancer, ensuring that work is joy every day. He is invited regularly to conduct workshops or lectures for Defence, Central Government, prestigious National institutions, schools and colleges, but he prefers to be informal, learning while he teaches, and being honest and congruent in whatever he says or does. He is the founder and Chairman of Banjara Academy, a unique institution committed to improvement of quality of life. He nurtures and motivates over 300 volunteers to give free service in 10 hospitals and the Academy’s own counselling centres. He conducts a very popular and practical one year part-time Diploma in Counselling Skills and a 6-month Certificate in Life Skills. He written over 30 books and 80 booklets on all practical aspects of day-to-day life, and writes regular columns and articles in many reputed publications, and edits a unique newsletter. His videos on Banjara’s website get thousands of viewers from all over the world. Notwithstanding all that, he loves all human beings alike, is willing to listen, and his prime focus is on empowering individuals to help themselves.