Department of Counseling Psychology

 Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA)


The Department of Counselling Psychology of Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy is always willing to prepare highly knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated, and ethical professional practitioners, who will endeavor to enhance human potential throughout the life span and who can effectively practice within a variety of settings.

The Department of Counselling Psychology  promotes counselling as an effective, viable means of assisting individuals throughout the life span. A counselor, regardless of his or her theoretical stance or work setting, functions as a change agent who is sensitive to and knowledgeable about the range of human development reflected in individual differences and cultural, political and linguistic diversity. Effective and positive change is brought about by assisting clients to: examine and modify their behavior for more effective living; cope with, adjust to, or otherwise negotiate the environments affecting their psychosocial well-being; and effect change in the larger society. The Department of Counselling Psychology offers following courses.


B.A. General Degree in Counselling Psychology

Diploma in Buddhist counselling (weekend)

Higher Diploma in Buddhist counselling (weekend)

Diploma in Counseling for School Counselors

The courses are based on theory and research, an understanding of ethical practices, and a set of professional and interpersonal skills. All the courses provides a broad-based sequence of studies and supervised experiences that will prepare the students to be knowledgeable and skilled practitioners who can function in a variety of settings. By the time they have completed this program, students will have acquired knowledge and competencies in the following general areas:


·         Theoretical background of counselling approaches

·         Buddhist counselling

·         Individual and group counselling theory and techniques

·         Legal and ethical aspects of counselling

·         Human development and learning

·         Career education and counselling

·         School counselling

·         Family counselling


With the aim of providing diverse experience all the students are given the experience of visiting the places like the Pallekele Open Prison, Kandy Cancer Hospital, Elders' Home etc.