Singapore University of Social Sciences

Theories and Techniques in Counselling

Theories and Techniques in Counselling (CET331)

Applications Open: 19 March 2022

Applications Close: 18 May 2022

Next Available Intake: 08 June 2022

Course Types: Short Course

Language: English

Duration: 4 days

Fees: $2400

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


Level: Advanced
Duration: 4 days
Dates: 08 - 11 June 2022
Venue: ZOOM


Synopsis

This course gives an overview of major theories and techniques in counselling. The focus will be on the application of these psychotherapy approaches and theories in various settings, especially in the community. The course will also equip participants with the knowledge and skills to apply integrative approaches in counselling when dealing with clients from diverse backgrounds and presenting issues. Ethical and professional issues relating to participants’ work in family counselling will also be discussed.

Who Should Attend

This course is for professionals, both counsellors and social workers, as well as individuals embarking on a career switch into the social service sectors seeking to gain strong foundational practical and theoretical skills in counselling.

Topics

  • Introduction to Counselling
  • The Counselling Process
  • Counsellor in Personal and Professional Contexts
  • Overview of Microskills in Counselling
  • Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Counselling
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Cognitive Focus in Counselling
  • Emotive Focus in Counselling
  • Behavioural Focus in Counselling
  • Integrative Approaches in Counselling
  • Special Issue: Dealing with Clients in Crisis

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine personal values that influence counselling processes
  • Develop self-evaluation skills as a counsellor
  • Demonstrate basic microskills required in counselling
  • Appraise professional and ethical issues in counselling
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to counselling
  • Experiment with different counselling approaches to test out the theories

Objective

A. Knowledge and Understanding (Theory Component)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Examine personal values that influence counselling processes
  • Appraise professional and ethical issues in counselling
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to counselling

B. Key Skills (Practical Component)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop self-evaluation skills as a counsellor
  • Demonstrate basic microskills required in counselling
  • Apply different counselling approaches

Schedule

TimeAgenda
 Day 1
09:00 – 10:00Introduction and Course Overview
10:00 – 10:30Introduction to Counselling
10:30 – 10:45Break
10:45 – 12:00Counsellor in Personal and Professional Contexts
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:00The Counselling Process
14:00 – 15:15Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Counselling (I)
15:15 – 15:30
Break 
15:30 – 16:30
Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Counselling (II)
16:30 – 17:30
Assessment
Day 2
09:00 - 10:30The Therapeutic Relationship
10:30 - 10:45Break
10:45 - 12:00Humanistic Approaches
12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:30Person-Centered Therapy
14:30 – 15:15Behavioural Focus in Counselling (I)
15:15 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 16:30Behavioural Focus in Counselling (II)
16:30 – 17:30Assessment
Day 3
09:00 – 10:30Cognitive Focus in Counselling
10:30 - 10:45Break
10:45 – 12:15Emotive Focus in Counselling
12:15 – 13:15Lunch
13:15 – 14:00The Counselling Framework
14:00 – 15:15

Role-play : Using the Counselling Framework
Discussion

15:15 - 15:30Break
15:30 – 16:30Integrative Approaches in Counselling
16:30 – 17:30Assessment
Day 4
09:00 – 10:30Reflection Exercise : Integrative Perspective 
10:30 - 10:45Break
10:45 - 12:00Case Study : Integrative Perspective
12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 14:30

Role-play : Integrative Perspective
Discussion

14:30 – 16:00Special Issue: Dealing with Client in Crisis
16:00 – 16:15Break
16:15 – 16:30Evaluation
16:30 – 17:30Assessment


Assessments

  • Online Tests (3 hours)
    Participants will be tested on their understanding of the theories and concepts covered in the course. They will be given 1 hour to complete the test at the end of lessons 1 to 3. The test will consist of open-ended questions.
  • Project (1 hour)
    Participants will be assessed based on their ability to apply the counselling approaches on a case study. They will be given 1 hour to complete this project.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in any field from a recognised institution
  • Need to be working with a SSA at the point of application

About the Trainer

Eileen ChuaDr Eileen Chua
Dr Eileen Chua's training is in the area of social work and counselling psychology. She has a wealth of social work and counselling experience working with individuals and families in the community, school/institution and hospital settings. She has handled cases on mental health issues, family violence, marital and family issues, youth issues, grief and loss issues. She also provided clinical supervision to social workers and counsellors in the various settings. She conducts workshops in institutions, corporations, and the community on areas such as, stress management, communication, and mental health first-aid.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents to cet@suss.edu.sg:

  1. Coloured copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or "Employment"/"S" Pass for foreign applicant
  2. Application form

Course Fee

International ParticipantsS'poreans (aged below 40) and PRsSkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy1
(S'poreans aged 40 and above)
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs2
Full Course fee (A)$2400$2400$2400 $2400
SSG grant (70%) (B)-($1680)($1680) ($1680)
Nett course fee (A) - (B) = (C)$2400$720$720$720
7% GST on nett course fee (D)$168$50.40$50.40 $50.40
Total nett course fee payable, including GST (C) + (D) = (E)$2568$770.40$770.40 $770.40
Less additional funding if eligible under various schemes (F)--($480)($480)
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding from the various funding schemes (E) - (F) = (G)$2568$770.40$290.40$290.40

1 Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy: Singaporeans aged 40 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.
2 Enhanced Training Support for SMEs: SME-sponsored employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) aged 21 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.


  • Participants are required to achieve at least 75% attendance and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement.
  • Participants are required to complete all surveys and feedbacks related to the course
  • The course fees are reviewed annually and may be revised. The University reserves the right to adjust the course fees without prior notice.
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences reserves the right to amend and/or revise the above schedule without prior notice

For clarification, please contact the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) via the following:

Telephone: +65 6248 0263
Email: CET@suss.edu.sg
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