The Centre aims at developing a wide knowledge base in the area of counselling and related services that will ultimately benefit both clients and mental health professionals.
The following Study was a part of the Workshop Presentation on Couples Therapy in India - Learnings and Challenges that was presented at the International Conference on Psychology in Mental Health (July 2007) organized by the Department of Mental Health and Social Psychology, at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences(NIMHANS), Bangalore:
A Research Project entitled, Life Skills in the Community, was conducted on the Module I of our Life Skills Training Programme (Interpersonal Communication and Listening Skills) that Parivarthan offers to adults who have not been taught the ten basic life skills as identified by the World Health Organisation (1977) as the "core set of skills" needed for the overall well being of every child and adolescent.
The data collected through this Project validated our premise that through this training programme, life skills can be taught to adults and when learnt, promotes self growth and improved interpersonal relationships in the family and in the workplace.
This study presents how Indian counsellors in urban India work with Western counselling methods with Indian clients. The study is categorised as part of the cross-cultural counselling research field where a major assumption is that counselling methods are part universal, part contextual. This study explores how counsellors in Parivarthan, Bangalore culturally adapt Western methods.
The counsellors use Western counselling methods only but adapt their approach and language with indigenous elements and emphasise the individuality of each client. They use a person-centred and an integrative approach, in which they are informed by several Western counselling methods, but do not use them dogmatically.
The individuals’ needs and the relationship between counsellor and client is emphasised. Parivarthan Counselling, Training and Research Centre is part of a complex organisational field with influences from India, the East as well as from the West.