Singapore University of Social Sciences

Practising Psychology in Singapore

Practising Psychology in Singapore (CET508)

Applications Open: 01 April 2021

Applications Close: 31 May 2021

Next Available Intake: July 2021

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: General Studies

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


CET508 Practising Psychology in Singapore is an on-boarding programme designed to empower new psychologists with the skills and competencies necessary to practise in Singapore, with a specific emphasis on the social service sector. Focusing on the practical skills of good practice, this course focuses on developing the basic technical skills and competencies of an associate psychologist to prepare him/her to provide psychological services in multi-disciplinary settings.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Overview of the social service sector and other organisations that hire psychologists in Singapore
  • Ethical practice: Self-care, ethics, supervision, reflexive practice, and professionalism
  • Collaborative practice across disciplines and sectors
  • Clinical assessment
  • Clinical formulation
  • Report-writing
  • Programme evaluation
  • Assessment measures
  • Interviewing and counselling skills
  • Basic cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Behavioural interventions
  • Basic crisis management

Learning Outcome

  • Review the current landscape of social service and psychological practice in Singapore
  • Appraise the importance of professional ethical practice
  • Examine how collaborative practice is critical in professional practice
  • Develop strategies to engage clients
  • Demonstrate professional skills in assessment and formulation
  • Conduct programme evaluation to assess effectiveness of initiatives
  • Employ effective interviewing and counselling skills
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