Academic Programmes

  • University Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Organised by the Executive Counselling & Training Academy


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Ms Helen Keswani
Office: 6346 6411, 6339 5191


Course Details

Lectures in this part-time course are delivered by lecturers from Swinburne University of Technology, with a live demonstration component facilitated by a clinical practitioner based in Singapore. Areas covered in this course include:
  • Application of counselling techniques to selected client problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, post-traumatic stress, interpersonal-skill deficits;
  • Introduction to crisis counselling;
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) models for counselling;
  • Mindfulness and the comparison to CBT;
  • Schema Therapy;
  • Counselling for substance abuse;
  • Post-traumatic stress;
  • Marital and family conflict;
  • Child abuse;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Pain management; and
  • Sleep disorders.

This course is also offered as an elective unit in the Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) course accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, and organized by the Executive Counselling and Training Academy. Participants of this course will join a Masters cohort taking this unit as an elective.

Course Assessments

Video recorded counselling session (role-play) with counselling report <Individual Task> - 50%

Behaviour change report <Individual Task> - 50%



This course comprises 80 contact hours over the course of three months. Lectures are usually conducted over a combination of three weekday half-days, three weekday full days, and four Saturdays full days (schedule may be subject to change).

An additional two months after the date of the last lecture (approximately) is provided to participants to complete their practicum component, and to submit their assignments.

Course Completion

Once enrolled, students must fulfill the following requirements to earn the Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:

  1. Complete and submit all assignments.
  2. Attend a minimum of 80% of contact hours.
  3. Complete 20 face-to-face counselling hours.
  4. Complete 2 hours of clinical supervision.

A “University Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” will be awarded by Swinburne University of Technology upon successful completion.

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Entry Requirements

  • Post-Graduate Diploma or Master in Counselling
  • Degree in Psychology or in any health-related discipline


Designed within a workshop context, the participants will examine various critical cognitive behavioural interventions with children, adolescents and adults. Interns will also explore skills of cognitive restructuring and associated cognitive interventions alongside behavioural intervention strategies. In addition, Interns will develop their own theoretical understanding of CBT and conduct evaluations of treatment outcomes arising from these interventions

Topics Covered

  • Use of Cognitive Behavoiural Therapy Techniques to selected clients.
  • Develop CBT assignment and formulation.
  • Evaluate CBT competencies using the congitive behavioural therapy rating scale.
  • Be familar with various anxiety disorder; depression and anger using DSM-V criteria.
  • Identify negative thoughts; self processing and safety behaviours.
  • Intergrate various scale (social phobia scale; social interaction anxiety scale and depression and anxiety stress scale) use of schema model and schema therapy.
  • Aware of the concept of mindfulness and it comparision to CBT interventions

Next Intake:  10 May 2018

Course Fees

Course Fee S$3,000 (excluding GST)
Application Fee* S$250.00 (excluding GST)
Administrative Fee -
FPS Premium S$23.36 (excluding GST)

Total Fees without GST S$3,273.36
Total Fees with GST S$3,502.50