Singapore University of Social Sciences

Counselling Children

Counselling Children (COU155)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This is a skill-based course that examines in detail different approaches and relevant strategies in counseling children. Students will be engaged in discussing the development of mental health problems in childhood. The focus is on a proactive approach to counselling children.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Foundational concepts of child counselling
  • The process of child therapy
  • The child’s internal processes of therapeutic change
  • Active listening
  • Dealing with resistance and transference
  • Dealing with self-concept and self-destructive beliefs
  • Actively facilitating change
  • Termination of counselling
  • Selecting the appropriate media or activity
  • Building self-esteem
  • Social skills training
  • Education in protective behaviours

Learning Outcome

  • Define goals in counselling with children. (B1)
  • Discuss the child-counsellor relationship. (B2)
  • Describe children’s internal processes for therapeutic change. (B2)
  • Explain the purpose and nature of play therapy with children. (B2)
  • Appraise children’s self-concept and self-destructive beliefs. (B4)
  • Develop active facilitation skills for change in working with children. (B3)
  • Apply play therapy techniques in working with children. (B3)
  • Apply strategies in handling resistance, transference and termination. (B3)
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