Singapore University of Social Sciences

Laboratory on Basic Counselling Skills

Laboratory on Basic Counselling Skills (COU498)

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 counselling skill-based course to be conducted in the training laboratory and classroom is to enable our students in the Foundation Studies to: • Acquire the theoretical framework and basic counselling skills in the stages of the counselling process. • Practise the micro-counselling skills through role-plays and live supervision. • Develop qualities of an effective counsellor through the training model of the Person-of-the-Therapist (POTT) • Show cultural sensitivity and adaption within the multicultural context of Singapore. • Demonstrate the skills needed to provide and receive feedback on counselling skills and interventions. • Critically examine and evaluate the impact of personal values and beliefs on the counselling process, including ethical issues in counselling.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills
  • An Overview of the Counselling Process
  • Ethical Issues in Counselling
  • Self-Awareness & Counselling
  • Cultural Awareness Change Talk in Counselling
  • Exploration Stage
  • Micro-counselling Skills: Reflecting and summarising skills
  • Insight Stage
  • Micro-counselling skills: Confronting, Interpreting and Informing Skills
  • Action Stage and Integration
  • Micro-counselling Skills: Pulling it All Altogether
  • The Person-of-the-Therapist

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the theoretical framework and importance of micro-counselling skills in the counselling session.
  • Discuss factors that contribute to establishing a positive therapeutic relationship and cultural sensitivity of clients.
  • Analyse the different micro-counselling skills (e.g. listening, leading, reflecting, summarising, confronting, interpreting and informing skills) that are appropriate at different stages of counselling (e.g. in the exploration, insight and action stages), including the use of self (person-of-the-therapist) in the counselling process.
  • Apply communication and counselling skills that facilitate the counselling process.
  • Appraise the impact of poor communication and use of micro-counselling skills on clients.
  • Demonstrate the competency of using micro-counselling skills, and the person-of-the-therapist in the counselling process.
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