Singapore University of Social Sciences

Counselling Psychology in Singapore

Applications Open: 01 April 2019

Applications Close: 16 June 2019

Next Available Intake: July 2019

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1312 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences


Synopsis

Students will learn to assist their clients with managing their physical, emotional and mental well-being by improving their sense of self, alleviating feelings of distress and resolving crises. Since these skills are relevant in any stage of our lives, students will also critically appraise the theories in counselling and psychotherapy, learning how to adapt the best practices that are optimal in helping their clients manage moderate to severe issues in their lives and even the lives of those around them. Current approaches and modalities in counselling and psychotherapy will also be addressed to prepare students with updated best practices in the professional realm. Understanding the Singapore landscape is critical in the counselling process and this course will equip students with the practical and theoretical skills to help their clients more effectively. This course focuses on how counselling is unique in the Singaporean context, highlighting the common mental illnesses and the impact of stress on Singaporeans’ well-being.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • Processes and approaches in counselling
  • Counselling psychology and psychotherapy theories
  • Therapies and intervention techniques
  • Conducting a useful and comprehensive intake interview
  • Navigating through the different counselling settings – individual, couple, family, group, and school
  • Lifespan development: Understanding typical issues clients experience at different stages in life
  • Identifying the more common mental illnesses that cause psychological distress
  • Multiculturalism and diversity in counselling
  • Understanding the counselling scene in Singapore – current challenges and future needs
  • Career versus therapeutic counselling
  • Legal, professional and ethical limits in counselling
  • Skills practice: therapy role-plays and practice of counselling interventions

Learning Outcome

  • Evaluate the essential components of the counselling process
  • Appraise the theories in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Analyse the basics of counselling applied to specific settings such as the individual, couple, family, group, and school in the Singapore context
  • Design optimal counselling treatment plans customised to achieving their therapy goals
  • Apply and practice basic skills and interventions essential in counselling in Singapore
  • Conduct a comprehensive intake interview to understand client’s needs
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