MSF-SUSS Family Counselling Certification Programme (FCCP)

The well-being of families has always been a fundamental concern for the government. With an increasing trend in the cases of family issues, there is a pressing need to hire and train more family counsellors to look into family development and well-being. It is also important to continuously upskill family counsellors so that they are well-equipped to deal with family issues.

On 14 August 2020, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build a pipeline of family counsellors and to equip the family counsellors with the knowledge and skills to address family relationship issues in the community. This will open up more job opportunities for individuals who are passionate about making a difference in families and serving the community.

Counsellors hired by agencies under the Strengthening Families Programme@Family Service Centre (FAM@FSC) are required to attend the MSF-SUSS Family Counselling Certification Programme (FCCP) as part of their training roadmap.

The programme courses are also open to members of public for their professional development or personal interest.
 

MSF-SUSS FCCP

The MSF-SUSS FCCP consists of 10 courses. The MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion in Foundational Counselling comprises 5 foundational courses, and the MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion for Specialisation in Family and Couple Counselling comprises 5 core courses. Please see the table below for the courses of the respective certificates. 

CertificatesCourses
MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion in Foundational Counselling
(5 foundational courses)
MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion for Specialisation in Family and Couple Counselling
(5 core courses)

Course Synopsis

The duration of each course of the MSF-SUSS FCCP is 28 hours, with the exception of course CET332 Practicum: Specialised Counselling Skills which is conducted over 3-4 months.

(CET330) Micro and Advanced Skills in Counselling

This course focuses on the application of counselling skills. Lessons will be conducted in the training laboratory and classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to practise their micro-counselling skills through role-plays under live supervision. Participants are also required to reflect on their experiences to demonstrate self-awareness and develop qualities of an effective counsellor through therapeutic presence. Participants will learn how their culture, personal values and beliefs can impact the counselling process.

(CET331) Theories and Techniques in Counselling

This course gives an overview of major theories and techniques in counselling. It focuses on the application of psychotherapy approaches and theories in various settings, especially in the community. This course will also equip participants with the knowledge and skills to apply integrative approaches in counselling when dealing with clients from diverse backgrounds and presenting issues. Ethical and professional issues relating to participants' work in family counselling will also be discussed.

(CET332) Practicum: Specialised Counselling Skills

This course aims to strengthen the practical skills of the participants and to help them develop their own individualised style in counselling. It aims to help participants specialise in counselling models. Experienced practitioners in family counselling will supervise participants individually.

(CET333) Human Development: A Psychosocial Approach

This course focuses on the theories and practice of psychosocial developments from infancy to old age. Understanding the psychosocial aspects of life span development and their implications for counselling will enhance participants’ skills and effectiveness in relating to clients from various age groups.

(CET334) Counselling in a Multicultural Context

The aim of this course is to provide awareness and understanding of multicultural counselling and therapy. Participants will learn how to handle ethical dilemmas with reference to the Code of Ethics. This course also equips participants with the skills to identify the factors in the multicultural contexts that influence their client's behaviour. Participants will also explore the impact of these factors on the client's behaviour and reflect on their own practice.

(CET335) Counselling Children and Adolescents

This course takes a practice-based approach to counselling children and adolescents using theories on development, family, culture and ethics. Participants will learn and apply both theoretical and technical components of child and adolescent psychotherapeutic work across a common structural-procedural psychotherapeutic process.

(CET336) Couple Counselling: The Gottman Approach

This course focuses on couple counselling based on the clinical work and research done by Drs John and Julie Gottman over the past 30 years. The Gottman Method is an approach to couple counselling that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. The course aims to equip participants with knowledge and skills for assessment and intervention in couple counselling, based on the Gottman Approach which is developed by Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre Ltd (‘EMCC”) with consent from The Gottman Institute, USA. EMCC is the exclusive institutional partner of The Gottman Institute in Singapore.

(CET337) Narrative Therapy in Family Counselling

This course focuses on building the skills of narrative practices with individual(s) and couples in family counselling. Participants will hone their skills in Narrative Therapy through role-plays and group activities in class. The course will feature key narrative ideas and practices, including recent developments in narrative therapy: externalising conversations, re-authoring conversations, outsider-witness practices, remembering conversations, listening for alternative storylines, and documenting change.

(CET338) Structural Family Therapy

This course focuses on the application of practical counselling skills and techniques on families using the Structural Family Therapy (SFT) model. Participants will learn the theoretical concepts and framework of the SFT model developed by Salvador Minuchin. Participants will analyse the SFT model to determine how the model can be used to guide their approach to working with families. Participants will also learn clinical practice issues central to a systemic approach to family counselling through videos of family interviews. This course encourages participants to draw on their previous experiences and to apply the course materials through role-plays.

(CET339) Couple Counselling: Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy

This course provides participants with theories on love relationship and attachment between adults, as well as the process of addressing and healing distressed relationships. Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an experiential/systemic therapy which focuses on helping spouses/partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. Participants will learn the nine therapeutic steps in EFT. The course will also equip participants with basic EFT skills to direct couples away from conflict deadlocks into forming new bonding interactions in their relationships.

The overview of the MSF-SUSS FCCP for counsellors hired by FAM@FSCs is shown below.

MSF-SUSS Family Counselling Certification Programme Struction

*Optional OJT blueprint as part of workplace learning.
 

Workplace Learning

Workplace learning will be conducted on-site at the hiring agencies for newly hired counsellors. They will undergo 1-2 months of onboarding programme before enrolling for the MSF-SUSS FCCP.

On-site workplace supervisors will provide newly hired counsellors on-job-training (OJT) to familiarise them with the agency’s standard operating procedures and the job scope of a family counsellor. SUSS will support FAM@FSCs with an optional OJT blueprint to assist them in executing the OJT process in a structured and consistent manner.

MSF-SUSS FCCP Requirements

The MSF-SUSS FCCP consists of 2 tracks for counsellors hired by FAM@FSCs: Track A and Track B. Track A targets counselling graduates who will be required to complete the MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion for Specialisation in Family and Couple Counselling. Track B targets mid-career professionals with qualifications in related fields, who will be required to complete the MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion in Foundational Counselling and the MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion for Specialisation in Family and Couple Counselling. See table below for the entry requirements for FAM@FSC counsellors.

Entry RequirementsCourse Requirements
Track A
  • Bachelor's Degree or Graduate Diploma or Master's Degree in Counselling, and
  • 3 years of experience working with families or children
  • MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion for Specialisation in Family and Couple Counselling (5 core courses)
Track B
  • Degree in related fields such as Psychology, Social Work, or Education and
  • • 3 years of experience working with families or children
  • MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion in Foundational Counselling (5 foundational courses)
  • MSF-SUSS Certificate of Completion for Specialisation in Family and Couple Counselling (5 core courses)


Please check your eligibility for the MSF-SUSS FCCP if you wish to seek employment with one of the FAM@FSCs.

SUSS Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all participants upon completion of each course. The MSF-SUSS FCCP joint certificates will only be awarded to FAM@FSC counsellors upon completion of the required courses.

Applicants who are interested to be hired by FAM@FSCs may visit the career pages of the following agencies:

  • FAM@FSC (AMKFSC - Ang Mo Kio) (AMKFSC Community Services Ltd)
  • FAM@FSC (Care Corner-Tampines) (Care Corner Singapore Ltd)
  • FAM@FSC (Care Corner-Eunos) (Care Corner Centre Singapore Ltd)
  • FAM@FSC (Fei Yue-Choa Chu Kang) (Fei Yue Community Services)
  • FAM@FSC (Thye Hua Kwan-Commonwealth) (Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities)
  • FAM@FSC (Montfort Care-Kreta Ayer) (operational from December 2021)
  • FAM@FSC (Methodist Welfare Services-TBC) (operational from July 2022)
  • FAM@FSC (Kampong Kapor-TBC)(operational from July 2022)
  • FAM@FSC (Lakeside Family Services-TBC) (operational from December 2022)

Schedule and Dates for the MSF-SUSS FCCP

Foundational Courses:

S/N.Course NameDateDuration
1(CET333) Human Development: A Psychosocial Approach1 - 4 Jun 2022
9am to 5.30pm
28 hours
2(CET331) Theories and Techniques in Counselling8 - 11 Jun 2022
9am to 5.30pm
28 hours
3(CET330) Micro and Advanced Skills in Counselling22 - 25 Jun 2022
9am to 5.30pm
28 hours
4(CET334) Counselling in a Multicultural Context13 - 16 Jul 2022
9am to 5.30pm
28 hours
5(CET332) Practicum: Specialised Counselling Skills4 Jul - 28 Oct 20224 months
Practicum eBriefing28 Jun 2022
10am - 12 pm
2 hours


Core Courses:

S/N.Course NameDateDuration
1 (CET339) Couple Counselling: Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy21, 23, 28, 30 Jul 2022
9am - 5.30pm
28 hours
2(CET335) Counselling Children and Adolescents3 - 6 Aug 2022
9am - 5.30pm
28 hours
3(CET337) Narrative Therapy in Family Counselling16, 17, 19, 20 Aug 2022
9am - 5.30pm
28 hours
4(CET338) Structural Family Therapy24 - 27 Aug 2022
9am - 5.30pm
28 hours
5(CET336) Couple Counselling: The Gottman Approach7 - 10 Sep 2022
9am - 5.30pm
28 hours

Foundational Courses:

S/N.Course NameDateDuration
1(CET330) Micro and Advanced Skills in Counselling17 - 20 Nov 202128 hours
2(CET331) Theories and Techniques in Counselling24 - 27 Nov 202128 hours
3(CET333) Human Development: A Psychosocial Approach8 - 11 Dec 202128 hours
4(CET334) Counselling in a Multicultural Context15 - 18 Dec 202128 hours
5(CET332) Practicum: Specialised Counselling Skills10 Jan - 6 Mar 20224 months
Practicum eBriefing14 Dec 2021
(9am - 12pm)
3 hours


Core Courses:

S/N.Course NameDateDuration
1(CET336) Couple Counselling: The Gottman Approach12 - 15 Jan 202228 hours
2(CET335) Counselling Children and Adolescents26 - 29 Jan 202228 hours
3(CET337) Narrative Therapy in Family Counselling9 - 12 Feb 202228 hours
4(CET338) Structural Family Therapy16 - 19 Feb 202228 hours
5(CET339) Couple Counselling: Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy24 Feb, 26 Feb, 3 Mar, 4 Mar 2022 28 hours
RunFoundational CoursesCore Courses
1Nov 2021 - Dec 2021
*Practicum from Jan to May 2022
Jan - Mar 2022
2June 2022 - July 2022
*Practicum from Jul to Oct 2022
Jul - Sep 2022
3Nov 2022 - Dec 2022
*Practicum from Jan to May 2023
Jan - Mar 2023
4June 2023 - July 2023
*Practicum from Jul to Oct 2023
Jul – Sep 2023

Upcoming Event


MSF-SUSS FCCP Run 2 eRoadshow

Date: 25 February 2022 (Friday)
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Mode: Zoom Video Conferencing
Register for the session by 23 February 2022 (Wednesday), 11.59pm.

TimeProgramme
14.00 - 14.30Part 1: Overview of Programme
14.30 - 15.10Part 2A: Sharing on the Work of a Family Counsellor
Part 2B: Experience of Attending MSF-SUSS FCCP
15.10 - 15.55Part 3: Q&A
15.55 - 16:00Closing of the e-Roadshow

Enquiries

For further enquiries on the certification programme, you may email to fccp@suss.edu.sg.



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