Schizophrenia Research Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization and a WHO Collaborating Centre in Chennai, South India. Founded in 1984 by a group of philanthropists and mental health professionals, SCARF has EDUCATION AND TRAINING as one of its objectives apart from rehabilitation and research in disorders of the mind. Read More..

Message from the Vice Chairman

The Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF) is delighted to offer a one-year Diploma Course on “Mental Health Care and Counselling ” for medical and allied professionals. While we see every day a significant rise in mental health problems in society, the care of mental health is still not adequately met with very few trained professionals available. It is with this intention to build capacity and create another cadre of trained persons that SCARF has initiated this course.It is our hope that people who complete this course will be able to work in diverse settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools, and community programmes. They would complement existing services.

We hope that the carefully planned course will attract persons from various specialities so that they can contribute to the delivery of mental health care in India.

– Dr. R. Thara



Diploma In Mental Health Care & Counselling

The course is designed to provide a strong foundation to participants in theoretical and practical aspects of mental health care. The course will comprise of

  • Recognition and Identification of various mental disorders
  • Counselling techniques
  • Psychological interventions
  • Family interventions
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Community care

Faculty will be experienced mental health professionals Read More..

Next Batch: 2024


  • If you have a degree in Psychology, social work, medical sociology, occupational therapy or nursing.
  • If you are a medical or dental graduate. Read More..


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