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 JAN


  • 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 in local contexts.
  • Analyse the different micro-counselling skills that are appropriate at different stages of counselling, including the use of self in the counselling process in local contexts.
  • Deconstruct communication and counselling skills that facilitate the counselling process with specific populations.
  • Appraise the impact of poor communication and use of micro-counselling skills on clients in local contexts.
  • Evaluate the competency of using micro-counselling skills, and the person-of-the-therapist in the counselling process.
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