Singapore University of Social Sciences

Special Topics in Systemic Therapy: Person-of-the-Therapist (POTT)

Special Topics in Systemic Therapy: Person-of-the-Therapist (POTT) (COU578)

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


The “Person-of-the-Therapist” (POTT) is based on the premise that within the therapeutic relationship is a personal process that occurs between therapist and client. The essence of the POTT training model is the idea that therapists are capable of developing an expertise in how they proactively use themselves (signature themes, family-of-origin, personal/ clinical experiences, etc.) in the therapeutic process to enhance the effectiveness of their efforts. The students have to take responsibility not only for their psychological issues but also for their personal biases about morality, values, and philosophy of life. The students’ progress through three stages during the course of their training. In the first class presentation, they look to identify their signature themes. The next two class presentations, they seek to put the signature themes in the context of their clinical work. Focusing on the goals of the POTT training, the instructor(s) help the students to harness these new understandings and behaviours, and their improved self for the betterment of their clinical work.

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


  • Person of the Therapist (POTT)
  • The use of self in therapy
  • Examining personal strengths
  • Examining person weaknesses
  • Utilising past experiences on personal and professional growth
  • Impact of family on personal and professional growth
  • Personal and professional integration
  • Ground rules and ethical consideration
  • Group reflection activity 1
  • Group reflection activity 2
  • Group reflection activity 3
  • Group reflection activity 4

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise personal issues and experiences affecting clinical work, and have a familiarity, comfort with, and command of these issues.
  • Modify personal vulnerabilities into clinical assets in therapy.
  • Organise knowledge about self in an active and constructive way for counselling
  • Analyse strengths and weaknesses and work through self in the context of one’s clinical work.
  • Propose professional and personal development to effectively engage and work with diverse clientele.
  • Recommend different pathways to apply self therapeutically in a therapist–client relationship.
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