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Nirmala Institute of Education is offering a M.A. Degree Program in Wellness Counselling approved by the Goa University for training professional counsellors for Education and Industry.

In his Inaugural Address as President of the American Psychological Association, Professor Martin Seligman proposed the idea that the ultimate goal of a professional psychologist is to help people attain happiness in their lives. They have been generally doing it by helping people to overcome mental disorders and dysfunctions through a variety of therapies, or, more positively, by teaching them to get to know their strengths and to make use them to achieve a happy life.

Prof. Seligman says that happiness has three dimensions that can be cultivated: the Pleasant Life, the Good Life, and the Meaningful Life. We achieve the Pleasant Life by learning to savour and appreciate such basic pleasures as companionship, the natural environment, and our body needs. We can remain pleasantly stuck at this stage, or we can move on to experience the Good Life which is achieved by getting to know our unique talents and strengths and by using them creatively to enhance our own lives and those of others. Modern psychology tells us that life is only genuinely satisfying if we discover value within ourselves, and this we can do by developing our unique strengths and contributing to the happiness of our fellow humans. The final stage is the Meaningful Life in which we find a deep sense of fulfilment by employing our unique strengths for a purpose greater than ourselves.

The Wellness Counselling approach brings together the apparently conflicting views of human happiness, the individualistic approach which emphasizes that we should nurture our own strengths, and the altruistic approach that involves commitment to a greater purpose.

Occupational wellness entails seeking personal satisfaction and enrichment in one's life through work. The occupational wellness psychologists contributes one’s unique gifts, skills and talents to a work that is personally meaningful and rewarding. Being occupationally well allows the counsellor to find personal self-fulfilment and to make a contribution to the well-being of the community at large. Research indicates that having a satisfying work life positively impacts physical and emotional health.

The Wellness Psychologist, working in an industrial organization, helps workers to:

  • Develop skills that are functional and transferable
  • Choose careers which are consistent with their personal values interests and beliefs
  • Learn to accurately assess their strengths and weaknesses
  • Explore their talents and interests
  • Maintain healthy work-life balance
  • Seek professional development opportunities
  • Participate in an internship

These functions are similar to those performed by the Human Resource Manager, but the outcome is often more effective because of the person-oriented approach of the wellness psychologist which is different from that of a “manager” who focuses more on completing the job than on the wellness of the person. The Wellness Counselling Program will help you to identify your strengths and talents and to develop them, and to guide others to do the same.

For more information, please contact Nirmala Institute of Education