The Counselling services at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, began in mid-90's and are a part of Student Support Services. The Counselling Centre has been providing services like individual counselling and developmental group activities for TISS students and staff. It is open six days a week and its hours are adapted to students needs. The Counsellors help the students in their day-to-day concerns and also enhance their overall functioning. Workshops on topics relevant to increasing the capacities of the students are regularly conducted by the Counsellors. The Counselling services are available only for TISS students and staff. They are not available for the general public. [ Top ]
The Counselling Centre services are available from 11.30 am to 8.00 pm from Monday to Saturday, at the Mumbai Campus.
They can be contacted on Ext: 5612/5914 or on e-mail: counsellors[at]tiss[dot]edu for appointments. [ Top ]
Main Campus: The Counselling Centre, Health Centre, Ground Floor, Main Campus, TISS Contact: 25525000, Extn: 5612
Naoroji Campus: Hostel No.5, Naoroji Campus, TISSContact: 25525000, Extn.: 5914[ Top ]
The Counselling team in Mumbai Campus consists of three Full-time Counsellors and two Part-time Counsellors who provide Mental Health services to students and staff. They are available on call at other times. A visiting Psychiatrist is available once a week. A retired Professor from the School of Social work is the Consultant for the Counselling Services.
Counselling is a systematic process involving the following steps:
Thus, counselling helps people to move towards their goals. It also helps people to enhance their overall well being.[ Top ]
You can come personally, call or e-mail the counsellors for an appointment to share your concerns, improve upon your skills and well-being or just chat.[ Top ]
A fun event in the form of a ‘Mela’, 'Celebrating Life' was organized in March 2010. The positive response it received from students led to another ‘Mela’, 'Celebrating Relationships' that was organized in November 2010. Following that many Melas with various themes like, 'Celebrating Differences', 'Celebrating Love' and so on have been organized. In July 2014, the Mela was themed 'Celebrating Change'.
The objective of the Mela, is to create an informal platform to reach out to students through various fun-activities to help them de-stress. Students, faculty members and staff all join in the fun. It also serves as a platform to disseminate information on emotional health and hygiene and to introduce the Peer Supporters to the larger student body. [ View Album ] [ Top ]
The Peer Support Training Programme
Research has shown that students of all ages often seek out their peers first, when they need to discuss a problem. Student Peer referrals have always featured as a form of referral and have provided valuable assistance in identification. The Peer Support Training for students is being conducted since 2008, by the TISS Counselling Centre. This has resulted in creating a pool of volunteer Peer Supporters amongst students. The Peer Support Training equips students to be better listeners, provide support and refer students who may be experiencing more severe problems. It is a preventive programme, which complements the Counselling services.
For the academic year 2014-15, more than 15 student Peer Supporters were identified and trained. The Peer supporters have also been actively involved with other activities of the Centre like the “Mela”, “Treasure Hunt” and other creative and awareness builing activities. During the current Academic session of 2015-16, 40 student volunteers have completed the Peer Support Training. [ View Album ] [ Top ]
Mental Health Week
The Counselling Centre observes the Mental Health Week each year. This is done by organising different kinds of events – creative, knowledge & awareness based. In the last year, Essay competition, Poster competition and PPT competition, and video screenings were organised. Other than that creative activities like clay modelling, drawing and games were also organised. Students and staff both participated in these activities. [ View Album ] [ Top ]
Stress Buster Activities
The Counseling Centre organises Stress-buster activities, all-round the year, but especially before exams and towards the end of the year when students are most stressed due to academic deadlines. The activities are creative – like freehand drawing and painting, making sculptures with clay-doh, playing a musical instrument etc, and various games like Twister, Jhenga and many other one-minute games. The idea and aim is simple – busting students' stress and providing them a platform to take a break and do something fun and interesting while at it. The students thoroughly enjoy these activities and ask us to do it more often. [ View Album ] [ Top ]
The Counseling Centre organizes and conducts various workshops for students. They have been a good medium for addressing various student concerns and helping them to acquire information on a wide range of issues. The workshops also serve as a medium through which the students interact with the Counsellors and makes them comfortable to approach the Centre.
The various methodologies used are discussions, role-plays, audio-visuals and lectures. In the year (2014-15), some of the workshops conducted were on 'Adjustment', 'Time Management and Managing Test Anxiety', 'Building Resilience' and on 'Understanding Relationships'. The last, covered aspects of communication, assertiveness and sexuality in relationships.[ Top ]
The Counselling Centre started a new initiative in January 2015 – An E-bulletin of the Centre called 'TISS Bytes'. This e-bulletin aims to reach out to all students and covers various issues that they may be grappling with in their daily lives. Each month calls for a different theme and last year we covered different subjects like – Personality, Interview and placement tips, handling family and romantic relationships, facing exams, Travel, a Holi special on colours and so on. The e-bulletin is emailed every fortnight and has been very well-received by everyone at TISS. We encourage students to contribute towards the bulletin.[ Top ]
Apart from the above, the Centre regularly keeps innovating and organising different activities all throughout the year. Some of these are:
Will Counselling be confidential?A. Yes, anything discussed within the Counselling session will remain private and confidential. Counsellor cannot reveal what is said in a Counselling session and cannot give evidence in Court about what has been said in the Counselling session.
These confidentiality provisions, however, are limited where there is a need to:
Protect a child or children.
Prevent or lessen a serious or imminent threat to life, health or property.
Prevent the commission or likely commission of a crime.
Prevent violence or a threat of violence to a person or property.[ Top ]
What are the kinds of concerns for which people seek Counselling?Any concern or experience, from an everyday concern to a unique circumstance or situation (like a separation) can constitute a reason to seek help from a Counsellor. Counselling addresses concerns across many life stage events and circumstances.
Common reasons why people seek out Counselling include:
Relationship difficulties, e.g. frequent fights, extramarital affairs, sexual worries, loss of intimacy.
Illness, grief and loss.
Life transition and adjustment issues.
Personal growth and understanding.
Sexuality and gender identity.
Anxiety, stress or Depression.
Individuals or couples considering marriage.
Separation or divorce issues.
Violence and abuse in the relationship.
Workplace problems, retrenchment or retirement.[ Top ]
What are the different Counselling approaches used at the TISS Counselling Centre?Counsellors use a range of different Counselling and therapeutic approaches and Counselling ‘modalities’ to offer assistance to you such as, Rogerian model of Psychotherapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour therapy, and Supportive Psychotherapy.[ Top ]
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