Training in Counselling for the workers of PSDF’s Family Counselling Centre

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Training in Counselling for the workers of PSDF’s Family Counselling Centre


The objectif of the project is to train the counsellors and the workers of PSDF’s Family Centre in advance counselling skills.

Since 2007, PSDF has a counselling centre aimed mostly at women but open to all. Around 500 women every year seek counsel from PSDF through their counselling centre.

The Family Counselling Centre (FCC) seeks to prepare individuals and families for meeting a spectrum of life changes and difficulties. It offers counsel to women in order to empower them and contribute to their social development.

To achieve these objectives, it offers services aimed at preventing and resolving problems and crises, strengthening family coping skills and locating accessible resource networks.

The majority of the FCC's cases concern the following issues: dowry demands, marital maladjustment with spouse and/or in-laws, domestic violence and spousal conflicts due to personality differences, interference of in-laws, extra-marital relationships and/or alcohol or drug addictions or financial problems.

PSDF's Self Help Groups also meet with the FCC on the 3rd Saturday of every month to discuss issues covering the subjects listed below with PSDF staff: alcohol abuse, domestic violence, extra-marital relationships and problems in relationships with in-laws (especially property disputes).

However, it is not really acceptable in Indian culture to talk about family problems and the FCC is having a hard time really reaching out to the community. The FCC workers do not have any former training in counselling. They are mostly trained social workers. They would like to know how to identify the problem of their beneficiaries and to solve their family problems in a more efficient way. They are multiple unspoken signs which can be taken as signs of ongoing problems.

Therefore, it would really help them if they could identify problems through analysing these unspoken signs and without relying only on their beneficiaries telling them there is one. Specialized trainings in family counselling are not easily available in India so PSDF would like some support to train their staff in this field.

Intervention attendue du volontaire

PSDF would like someone to train their staff so that they can identify problems through analysing non-verbal signs and help solving them in a more accurate and efficient way.

The volunteer will have to pay a special attention to transferring knowledge on:
- face reading
- non-verbal communication
- trust building techniques
- confidence enhancing reactions and answers
- Problem-solving skills.

The volunteer will have to work on enhancing the confidence of the counselling centre’s workers and increase their understanding of what they are doing.


The volunteer will work from 10 am to 1pm and from 2 pm to 4pm. A rickshaw will pick up the volunteer in the morning and drop him/her off in the evening.

The trip from the guesthouse to PSDF’s counselling office takes around 15 minutes.

The volunteer can take their breakfasts at the guesthouse, lunches at the PSDF office and dinner in the restaurants outside the guesthouse.

Type de bénéficiaires

All the participants will be women working in PSDF's Family Counselling Centre.

Profil des bénéficiaires

They all speak English and are college graduates.

Most of them have a social work degree.They have never received any training in counselling before.

Dispositif(s) possible(s)

Congé Solidaire;Mission Solidaire

Notre partenaire local

People's Social Development Foundation (PSDF)


The People’s Social Development Foundation (PSDF) was created in 1999 by a self motivated group of intellectuals. They wanted to answer to the lack of interest given by the state and mainstream development agencies to the districts of Cuddalore and Villupuram, both in the Tamil Nadu region, even though they are considered to be among the poorest areas of the state. PSDF was set up to tackle some of the challenges the region has to face.

It focuses on helping slum dwellers, dalits as well as poor women and their children.
PSDF aims to:
- support the women community to express their needs and empower them in their overall development through Self Help Group’s,
- develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of youths, women and children through formal and non-formal education and child development programs,
- participate in raising the awareness of the local population to work for a more equal society where people are not segregated against because of their sex, caste, religion or political view,
- promote education, welfare and social security for the downtrodden people,
- bring economic self-reliance among the people below the poverty line in rural areas, by motivating them to take income generation self-employment ventures through economically viable, eco-friendly and agro based small-scale industries.

After starting with opening 3 crèches with their personal money, PSDF has expanded their actions. It now receives support from the state Social Welfare Board. It has 4 main ongoing programs:
- Crèches for poor working mothers: PSDF has 10 crèches which each takes care of 25 children from 1 to 5 years old. Lunch is provided to the children and mothers can just drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the evening. This ensures that the children are taken care of while their parents work and that both of the parents can work.
Therefore, it contributes to increasing the people’s livelihoods.
- Self-help groups (SHG) for women: PSDF supports the creation of SHGs in order to promote saving habits and entrepreneurial skills among the women and to free them from the clutches of the local money lenders. This program has given them self esteem in a culture which limits them to chores of the home. It has also helped them escape the clutches of moneylenders. PSDF’s micro credit plan has already touched 5000 women through its 170 SHG.
- Counselling for women: PSDF has one Family Counselling centre for women to encourage them to talk about their problems and help them solve them. Created in 2007, this centre reaches out to an average of 500 women every year.
- Dalit and women empowerment: Different vocational courses are put into place by PSDF on a regular basis to enhance their beneficiaries’ income generating activity potentials. These include: tailoring training, batik training, vermi-compost training… PSDF has already trained more than 1000 women in tailoring and reached out to more than 50 000 women through their awareness program.

PSDF employs 5 people in their office, 20 crèche workers and has 50 volunteer Self-help group leaders.

PSDF is one of the historical partners of Planète Urgence in India. The partnership exists since 2010. PSDF’s initial demands were for training courses in animation/pedagogy as well as first aid for their crèche workers. Between 2010 and 2013, 5 volunteers have transferred their skills to PSDF’s crèche workers (2 in animation and pedagogy and 3 in first aid).

Accueil et transfert

An employee from PSDF will pick up the volunteer at the airport in a taxi.

They will then go together to Pondicherry. It will take around 3 hours from Chennai to Pondicherry.

Aéroport d'arrivée

Madras [Meenambakkam]


The volunteer will be staying in a guesthouse in a room with an en-suite bathroom, electricity and a mosquito net.

Matériel disponible sur place

The training will take place in PSDF’s Family Counselling Centre. There will be a whiteboard, paperboard and computers made available for the volunteer to use for the training.

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Partenaire : People's Social Development Foundation (PSDF)

Inde, Pondichéry

GPS : lat 11.942169
lon 79.808379

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Nombre attendu de volontaire(s) sur la mission : 1

Durée : 2 semaines

Dates :

📅 01-01-2019 au 31-12-2019

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