Singapore University of Social Sciences

Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working with Individuals

Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working with Individuals (SWK551)

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


Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working with Individuals presents the basic principles and concepts of clinical work, including the systematic study and differential assessment of human problems in urban societies. Interventions using integrated models of practice with individuals are covered in this course. The emphasis is on assessment and intervention based on several major theories of human behaviour and social work practice including cognitive-behavioural, psycho-dynamic and systems constructs.

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


  • Principles and concepts of clinical social work
  • Stages of change
  • Resistance in therapy
  • Therapeutic Models for intervention
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Case Formulation
  • Working with different populations
  • Crisis intervention
  • Issues in clinical intervention
  • Ethics, values and research in Clinical Social Work
  • Counter-transference
  • Vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the various models of practice such as psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and multicultural approaches, when working with individuals.
  • Design differential assessments with a variety of client situations.
  • Examine and criticise each model of practice.
  • Formulate interventions in social work situations with a diverse client population.
  • Analyse appropriate ethics and research associated with clinical social work.
  • Appraise the different needs of each population type.
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