Programme Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Contemplative Counselling Psychology programme comprises the first half of the Master of Arts in Contemplative Counselling Psychology programme. The programme aims to prepare competent and committed graduates who are capable of providing guidance and counselling services that are responsive to the changing needs of schools and the wider society. Consistent with the emerging challenges of society and the University’s vision to provide relevant and quality education, this programme is designed keeping Bhutan’s context in mind while ensuring globally recognized standards. It will focus on guidance and counselling strategies that are preventive, developmental, and remedial in nature.

Through their own self exploration and growth, the programme will prepare counselling personnel who can help their students/clients to achieve optimal personal growth, ability to self reflect, acquire positive social skills and values, realize their full academic potentials, and make important life decisions. Contemplative practices and mindfulness awareness will be an integral part of the programme to develop both insight and wisdom into one’s own psychological experiences and those of others, thus cultivating the capacity to be present and compassionate.

Learning outcomes of the programme

On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of counselling theories and their applications, and develop a personal philosophy of counselling.
  • Foster helpful relationships that are built on trust and respect with clients and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate effective use of counselling skills and processes, and guidance.
  • Practice group processes and skills for guidance and counselling effectively.
  • Exhibit sound knowledge of career development theories, and use these to help clients prepare and plan for their career.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the theories of human growth and development and apply them effectively to counselling work.
  • Comprehend the process of addiction and effective intervention strategies to reduce the impact of substance use and addictive behaviours on the individual and society.
  • Recognize the kinds of confusion that distort relationships.
  • Engage in reflective practice by challenging themselves to improve, and take responsibility for their own personal and professional growth and development.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of code of ethics in counselling and apply it in decision making processes.
  • Practice mindfulness-awareness through sitting meditation.

Curriculum Structure

Semester I

 COU502Introduction to Contemplative Counselling15 Credits
 COU503Counselling Process & Skills15  Credits
COU504Counselling Theories 15  Credits
COU506Career Development & Consultation 15  Credits

Semester II

COU505Group Procedures in Counselling 15  Credits
PSY502The Psychology of Human Development 15  Credits
PSY504The Science of Addiction and Prevention 15  Credits
FLD501Field Placement: Practicum


15  Credits

For more information about the programme, please contact:

Dr. Sonam Rinchen
Acting Dean of Academic Affairs
Phone: +975-05-365397


Mr. Wangchuk Dorji
Program Leader