Counselling Psychology as ‘Profession’ in India is yet in its nascent stage, though quite a large number of the psychology students are now being employed as counsellors. In the current socio-political context, rapid economic changes, technological advancements, social and familial changes like urbanisation and movement from collectivism towards individualism have led to abundant social and emotional upheaval. These rapid changes demand for a quick skill modification, adjustment, adaptation and response by the individuals; thus exposing everyone toconstant and prolonged multiple stresses at each stage of life. All this has led to higher incidence and prevalence of anxiety and depression, increased marital discords, domestic violence, addictions to various substances and poor family/work/social relationships. Such an alarming situation has raised the mental health concerns; calling for a dire need to address mental health issues in the communities. Counselling psychology, both as an academic and professional field has a potential role in addressing mental health crisis. Counselling as a profession has proven its credibility as preventive, facilitative, developmental and crisis intervention in many developed countries with its well defined and systematic framework. Though the counselling psychology has recently started picking up very fast in India, yet the significance and the services of counselling psychology need to be tapped as the application of counselling psychology is in its stage of infancy. Communication through this journal is going to definitely prove to be instrumental in achieving this goal.
India is one of the most ancient civilizations and has a long history of help seeking behaviours, mechanism for providing support and enhancing resilience. Considering the multi-cultural and diverse nature of Indian society, western counselling models seldom fit to provide the required knowledge and related skills. Although there is emerging interest of Indian scholars and psychologists on studying indigenous psychology and its contribution to counselling, more empirical evidence needs to be generated. In this context, it is important to study relevance of Western and Indian models for its applicability, cultural sensitivity to improve health status and quality of life.
This Journal is an attempt to provide a platform for scholars, practitioners, psychologists to document counselling practices, share perspectives from India and around the globe. It also aims to generate discourse on counselling psychology issues that substantially advance the understanding of professional issues, the training of counselling psychologists, counsellors and the application and practice of counselling psychology for improving health of an individual and the society as a whole. The focus is on both the prevention and the enhancement of mental health.