Mental Retardation

The course will help one to understand the types and levels of mental retardation, its causal factors and basic screening and diagnosis

Swati Bhagchandani

6 weeks long

Workload: 4 hours/week

To Know about Course details and Commencement dates Text or WhatsApp the Course No and Your Email ID to 0091 979 00 88 002 or email us at /   

Eg;  008 SPACE to 09790088002

About the Course

It is observed that people generally get confused between the term ‘mental retardation’ and ‘mental illness.  The two however are different from each other primarily with regard to the level of intelligence. People with mental retardation have sub average intelligence whereas ones suffering with mental illnesses may have normal or high intelligence.

Mental Retardation occurs due to several factors including pre-natal, post-natal, and genetic factors. The level of intelligence varies from sub average to profound retardation. Diagnosis of the problem and its severity has its benefits in daily life management.

The course will help one to understand the types and levels of mental retardation, its causal factors and basic screening and diagnosis.
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About the Instructor(s)
Ms Swati has an Undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from Amity University, Lucknow; and a Post Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Lucknow, Lucknow. She has undergone a two months training in Counselling Psychology from the Christian Counselling Centre, Vellore.  Her career started from The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (A.I.I.M.S.) wherein she worked with pre-mature and high risk infants, assessing their developmental pattern. In addition she holds experience in the clinical setup, diagnosing and counselling children with various problems like mental retardation, autism, global developmental delays, learning disabilities, ADHD and behavioural problems, in the pediatrics department at A.I.I.M.S., Delhi.  Currently she is seeking her super specialization in clinical psychology.
Course Format

Offline and online mode of training with voice assisted power point presentations and a manual provided at the start of the course. The participant will have a week’s time to master one particular module of the course and he/she can contact the trainer either through email/ chat or video chat for any clarifications.

Course Objectives
  • Understanding Mental Retardation and its types and levels
  •  Recognizing the Causes of Mental Retardation
  • Learning to screen a child with mental retardation
  • Counselling the parents with a mentally retarded child
  • Becoming aware of the rights of mentally retarded children
Course Fee
Individual Participants from India (in Indian Rupee)
Group Participants from India
(minimum members in a group is three) (in Indian Rupee)
Individual Participants from Rest of the world (in US Dollars)
Group Participants from Rest of the world (minimum members in a group is three) (in US Dollars)

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Rs. 2,000/-
US$ 50/-

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Important Dates
  • Participant Capacity is Limited to 12 per batch.
  • To Know about Course details and Commencement dates Text the Course No and Your Email ID to 0091 979 00 88 002 or email us at Eg; 008 SPACE to 0979 00 88 002
Learning Kit
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Links and references to reading material
  • General screening questions
Trainer’s Support
  • Voice associated power point presentations
  • Case Illustrations
  • Additional Reference Documents (on request)
  • Sessions through Skype for discussion and clarification (on request)
  • Additional support through email / chat during the course period
Course Syllabus

Fortnight 1:  Understanding Mental Retardation and related concepts

Fortnight 2:  Screening for MR

Fortnight 3:  Counselling parents with MR children and awareness of their rights

Recommended Background
  • A passion to work with children
  • A UG or PG Study in Psychology
  • Those who are doing their UG or PG can also enroll
  • Social workers working with children/ UG students with Special Ed.
Suggested Readings
Reference list will be provided during the course period
Course Plan
  • Three Sessions
  • Six weeks
  • Power point Presentation with associated Audio
  • Activities to understand better
  • Discussion through Skype
Learning Outcome

  • Ability to differentiate a MR person from a mentally ill person
  • Ability to recognize the symptoms of the type and the level of MR
  • Ability to screen a Child with MR
  • Ability to counsel the parents with regard to their behavioral treatment and management of the child as well as making them aware of their rights.

Further Learning

Technical Requirements
  • A computer or a laptop with Microsoft Office with mike and headphone facility
  • A good Internet connection
  • Having web cam is an added advantage
Statement of Accomplishment
On completion, the participant will be certified by the International Association of Holistic Psychology
Contact to register

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