Overview

The primary aim of the Diploma in Counselling programme is to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills pertaining to the theories and techniques of counselling.

Objective

To equip all graduating students with vital knowledge and skills to ensure that each and every student is effectively well-equipped to begin a career in counselling
To develop students’ intellectual capabilities in interpretation and analysis, critical evaluation, selection and synthesis, reasoned argument, research and problem solving skills related to counselling
To enable students to hone certain vital skills that are essential in the field of counselling such as communication skills, problem-solving skills, team work and personal responsibility.

Course Structure

The programme consists of 8 modules:

Course Synopsis

Introduction to Counselling Theories This course examines the basic techniques and therapeutic processes that characterize various theoretical approaches in counselling and psychotherapy. The models are clustered according to the four major forces in psychology: Psychodynamic (Psychoanalytic, Adlerian); Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural (Behavioural, Cognitive-Behavioural, Reality); Humanistic (Existential, Person-Centred, Gestalt); and Contextual/Systemic (Feminist, Family Systems, Multicultural). Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the various approaches as well as self-reflection in relation to values, beliefs, assumptions about human nature, and worldview.

Introduction to Psychology This course is designed to introduce the scientific study of human nature. You will learn how psychologists ask questions from several different perspectives: questions about the relation of brain and behavior, about perception, about learning and thinking, about development, about social behavior and personality, and about psychopathology and psychotherapy. You will also learn the methods psychologists use to find the answers to these questions and become acquainted with many important findings and theoretical approaches in the field of psychology. At the end of the course, you will learn to think critically about psychological evidence, and evaluate its validity and relevance to important issues in your life.

Counselling Skills and Techniques The module is designed as an introduction to interviewing with a focus in developing knowledge, attitudes and skills essential to effective counselling. Personal skills integration is covered and is simulated in practice sessions. It also provides students with the basic ethical practice necessary to safeguard counselling clients.

Ethics and Legal Issues Professional ethics provide critical guidance to the provision of all services as counselors. This course will offer an in depth focus on the relevant knowledge, awareness and skills necessary to practice safely and responsibly in counseling and school psychology. Students will engage in dialog throughout the course and work in peer consultation teams to identify and resolve ethical dilemmas and adopt sound ethical and professional practices. Considerations of diversity are extremely important in the context of counseling ethics. Sensitivity to culture, ethnic, gender, and people with disabilities is imperative in learning how to apply ethical standards in a positive and competent manner to all populations. Students will complete written and oral assignments designed to further awareness and mirror actual standards of the profession.

Conflict, Crisis and Case Management This module is designed to introduce students to the theories of crisis intervention and equips them with the principles of effective crisis responding skills. Students will learn their role and responsibilities in crisis situations as well as develop skills that will enable them to work with people in crisis. Special attention will be paid to grief and bereavement counselling and other developmental life crisis.

Domestic and Family Violence This program will provide the opportunity to enhance your learning in key specialized practice areas in relation to domestic and family violence. The courses in this program relate to responding to victims and perpetrators, and leadership and management from a domestic and family violence perspective.

Group Counselling This module provides a study in the principles of group counseling dynamics, theory and techniques. Students participate in experiential groups. Emphasis is on developing competencies in self-intervention and growth as well as competence in processes of small group phenomena.

Career Counselling The module is designed to provide an introduction to major psychosocial and biomedical issues that are common in older persons. The emphasis is on fundamental knowledge and skills developing to understand more fully the aging process as well as common emotional, psychiatric and cognitive disorders that present in the elderly. It also explores the effective approaches in counselling, basic counselling techniques and qualities necessary for a geriatric counsellor.

Teacher Qualifications

All teachers are registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE). All teachers have the required qualifications.
Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:30
Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity

Entry Requirements

Age: At least 17 years old.
Successful completion of a Polytechnic Diploma in any field or equivalent.

Education Pathways

For study advancement, students may consider progressing to a degree course of relevant discipline offered by other Institutions/Universities subject to their acceptance at point of application.

Note: Graduates progression pathway is subject to the respective Institutions’/Universities’ entry requirements at the point of application.