Singapore University of Social Sciences

Applied Counselling Psychology Skills

Applied Counselling Psychology Skills (PSY454)

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: Business Administration, International Trade, Science and Technology

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This is an applied course that builds on the fundamentals of counselling psychology, which were introduced through PSY354 Counselling Psychology in Singapore. Focusing on applying counselling skills as practising counselling psychologists, students will learn practical skills that will help them work with clients, in individual and group settings. Specifically, this course is designed to enhance students’ required skills and competencies of communication, interpersonal skills, service orientation, and psychological consultation, as specified by the SkillsFuture framework for Social Service (Psychology). This course will enable students to be more work-ready and learn to apply counselling techniques in the Singaporean context.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Counselling techniques
  • Applying counselling theories
  • Soft skills
  • Group therapy approaches
  • Group facilitation techniques
  • Conducting an effective intake interview
  • Asking helpful questions for a mental status exam
  • Conducting effective career counselling
  • Managing multiple clients in one session
  • Managing multicultural issues in a counselling session
  • Managing ethical issues in a counselling session
  • Counselling in the Singapore context

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the practical effectiveness of theories in counselling in the Singapore context
  • Analyse the basics of counselling applied to different types of consultations such as individual, couple, family, and group
  • Plan and conduct effective intake interviews
  • Demonstrate effective individual counselling skills
  • Develop group facilitation skills to lead group counselling sessions
  • Apply active listening and effective questioning techniques in counselling
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