Singapore University of Social Sciences

Behaviour Therapy

Behaviour Therapy (COU555)

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 teaches the theories and practice of various Behavioural therapies, building on fundamental Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and venturing into third-wave approaches of Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-based interventions.Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is currently the most evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach. Its premise is that our thoughts about a situation affect how we feel and how we behave in that situation. By learning to challenge and modify unhelpful thoughts and change maladaptive behaviours, we learn to change how we feel. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based communication style shown to enhance engagement, increase readiness, reduce tension, and guide conversations to support positive behaviour change. Mindfulness is an experiential intervention that helps one be aware of one’s present moment purposefully and without judgement. Specifically, through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, acceptance is learned whilst values are identified through behavioural change exercises.

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


  • Introduction to Behavior Therapy
  • Basic Principles
  • Understanding the Process of Behavior Therapy
  • How To Conduct Behavioral Assessments; Cultural considerations when conducting assessments
  • Introduction to different types of behavioral approaches (theory and application): Acceleration BT; Deceleration BT; Reinforcement and Punishment Combined
  • More types of behavioral therapy: exposure therapy; modeling therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Behavioral therapy in context of psychological interventions today
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (with a behavioral bent) - more culturally relevant in Asia

Learning Outcome

  • Compare and contrast different approaches to Behaviour Therapy
  • Debate on the pros and cons of Behaviour Therapy
  • Appraise familial, cultural and social concerns in Behaviour Therapy
  • Defend the usefulness of Behaviour Therapy with certain client groups
  • Critique outcome studies in Behaviour Therapy
  • Examine ethical and professional issues in Behaviour Therapy
  • Experiment with different approaches to Behaviour Therapy
  • Set up assessment procedures for individual clients
  • Examine and report on outcomes of intervention
  • Appraise outcome studies to inform and improve practice
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of selected behavioural techniques
  • Select a behavioural approach of personal preference with justification
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