Singapore University of Social Sciences

Cross-Cultural Counselling

Cross-Cultural Counselling (COU303)

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


In this course, students learn how to work with clients different from themselves by evaluating the context of life circumstances from which these clients come. They will understand and assess the roles of race, ethnicity, culture, lifestyle, disability and religion play on client's life and the implications these have on counselling practices.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • What is culture? The Dimensions of Culture
  • The Effects of Culture
  • The Importance of Group Membership. Multiculturalism - A Brief Overview of History
  • What is Valuing? Barriers to Recognising Values. A Model of Values
  • Understanding the History of Multicultural Singapore. Development of Counselling in Singapore. Counselling Approaches - Now and the Future
  • The Development of Group Division and Deficit Hypothesis. Stereotypes, Prejudices and Discrimation. Oppression and Priviledge. Collectivism and Individualism
  • When Different Worlds Meet. Counsellor's Contribution to the Problems. Client's Contributions to the Problems
  • The Importance of Distress. The Value of Listening. The Therapeutic Alliance. Understanding Contextual Factors. The Telling and The Listening. Empowerment
  • Additional Ethical Considerations When Working in a Multicultural Perspective. Psychoanalytic Therapy; Adlerian Therapy
  • Existential Therapy; Person-Centred Therapy; Gestalt Therapy
  • Behaviour Therapy; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Reality Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy; Postmodern Approaches; Family Systems Therapy
  • Professional Research and Development. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in Multinational Companies

Learning Outcome

  • Formulate the dimensions of culture, values and discrimination and how these affect human behavior (B5)
  • Debate the effects of collectivism and individualism on personal self esteem (B4)
  • Examine the impact of language and words during counselling, especially in a multicultural context (B4)
  • Compare the development and effectiveness of different counselling approaches in Singapore (B4)
  • Analyse issues that may arise when counsellor and client of different cultural background meet (B4)
  • Illustrate the effects of cultural values in making empowering decisions (B3)
  • Demonstrate counselling techniques that foster good therapeutic alliance (B3)
  • Appraise the influence of counsellor objectivity and the cause of client’s mistrust and resistance (B4)
  • Illustrate the different therapeutic stances the counsellor can adopt (B3)
  • Recommend steps counsellors can take to enhance their multicultural competency in counselling (B5)
  • Demonstrate multicultural competency in counselling practice (B3)
  • Defend future trends in multicultural counselling (B5)
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