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 modern and postmodern approaches in counselling
  • Defend the importance of common factors & salient issues involved in counselling
  • Appraise the integrative approaches to counselling in local context
  • Construct a personal theory of counselling based on self-analysis as well as one’s own view of the counsellor’s role and integration of various counselling approaches
  • Design integrative intervention strategies that aim to facilitate decision-making and behaviour change relevant to the local context
  • Recommend strategies for evaluation and termination of integrative counselling in local context
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