Singapore University of Social Sciences

Integrative Approaches to Counselling

Integrative Approaches to Counselling (COU509)

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 course discusses the need for integration of the various approaches to counselling, andpresents in detail Corey’s integrative approach to counselling. The latter illuminates on thecognitive, affective and behavioural dimensions of counselling and based on these arenas,purports an integrative perspective to counselling. Other integrative approaches includingLazarus’ Multimodal Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and Prochaska and Norcross’Transtheoretical Model, will also be discussed.This course further challenges students to begin developing an integrative perspective tocounselling. In view of the expediency to understand and deal with diversity issues inmulticultural Singapore, developing an integrative perspective would be efficacious.

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


  • The Art of Counselling
  • Humanistic model
  • Common Factors approach
  • Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Third wave therapies
  • Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Constructivist therapies
  • Integrative therapies

Learning Outcome

  • Critique the various approaches to counselling.
  • Defend the importance of common factors in counselling.
  • Discuss issues involved in client resistance and motivations to change.
  • Appraise the humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural elements in counselling.
  • Appraise the postmodern counselling approaches.
  • Appraise the integrative approaches focus in counselling.
  • Construct a personal theory of counselling, based on self-analysis, view of the counsellor’s role and integration of various counselling approaches.
  • Propose intervention strategies in working with transference and countertransference in counselling.
  • Design intervention strategies that work towards decisions and behavioural change.
  • Recommend strategies for evaluation and termination.
  • Experiment with an integrative approach to counselling in the local context.
  • Plan steps in working towards an integrative approach to counselling.
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