Singapore University of Social Sciences

Practicum 3: Advanced Counselling Skills

Practicum 3: Advanced Counselling Skills (COU393)


In COU393 Practicum 3: Advanced Counselling Skills, it is expected of students to further hone their counselling skills, deepen their case conceptualisation and employ a few counselling modalities at a practicum site different from that in COU391 Practicum 2: General Counselling Skills. This would provide students with a greater exposure in counselling a wider clientele group presenting diverse issues. Like in COU391, students will receive 16 hours of clinical supervision of which 9 are individual, and 7 group supervision hours.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 10
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Preparation for Practicum
  • Desired Learning Outcomes - Learning Contract
  • Starting the Practicum
  • Nature and Scope of the Practicum
  • Micro-skills in Counselling
  • Advanced Counselling Skills
  • Case Formulation and Case Conceptualisation
  • Professional Conduct and Development Activities
  • 9. Protocols at the Practicum Site – Forms for Writing Case-notes, Informed Consent, Video-recording, Making Referrals, etc
  • Ethical Guidelines for Professional Counsellors
  • Clinical supervision: Individual and Group - Roles and Responsibilities of Supervisors and Supervisees
  • Assessment of Practicum

Learning Outcome

  • Critique the contributions and shortcomings of counsellor and client factors in the development of the therapeutic alliance.
  • Analyse their personhood in the Peron-of-the-Therapist Model
  • Appraise the impact of transference and counter-transference on the counselling process
  • Apply strategies to manage transference and counter-transference
  • Deepen their understanding of ethical issues in counselling practice, how to navigate ethical dilemmas, and make ethical decisions
  • Demonstrate advanced counselling skills in relation to the different stages of the counselling process
  • Evaluate these skills and articulate areas of improvement in future counselling sessions
  • Employ a few counselling modalities that are aligned to their personal theory of counselling
  • Evaluate their competence in the use of these modalities vis-à-vis counselling processes and outcomes
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