Academic Programmes

  • Accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Organised by the Executive Counselling and Training Academy in partnership with Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • The Master of Social Science (Human Services-Counselling) offered at the Hawthorn, Australia campus of Swinburne University of Technology is equivalent to the Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) offered in Singapore in partnership with ECTA.

The Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is a 6-month course. It is the first stage of a 24-month "nested suite" course that also includes Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling), and Stage 3: Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling).

Total Credit Points: 50.0

Registration

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Course Structure

COURSE STRUCTURE Credit Points (CP)
PSC60013: Theories and Foundations of Counselling
12.5
PSC60014: Counselling Processes and Interventions
12.5
PSC60012: Specific Skills in Counselling
12.5
PSC60011: Professional Ethics and Supervision
12.5

Awarded with a Graduate Certificate of Social Science ( Professional Counselling) CP: 50.0

Course Aims

The Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is designed to provide counselling practice and training for professionals involved in mental health and social services as well as those in fields where counselling skills play a primary occupational role.

The course offers a broad approach to counselling with an Introduction to practical counselling skills and the processes of counselling. It also provides opportunities for skills acquisition and application. The course is practical in nature and is tailored to help the counselling intern develop an awareness of self and to obtain a well-articulated understanding of the stages of counselling.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the counselling intern will be able to:

  1. gain an understanding of the major counselling approaches;
  2. use counselling processes and interventions;
  3. develop generic helping skills to manage counselling cases;
  4. be aware of professional counselling ethics; and
  5. grow with individual and group supervision as well as personal therapy.

Course Assessments

The course assessments are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of the Pre-Course Administration briefing and course orientation session. Members of the public can have access to the information by calling or e-mailing ECTA.

PSC60012 / Specific Skills in Counselling (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Essay, 1 Case Study and Classroom Live Assessment  required for this module

PSC60013 / Theories and Foundations of Counselling (12.5 Credit Points)
2 Essays required for this module


PSC60014 / Counselling Processes and Interventions (12.5 Credit Points)
Online Assessment and 1 Essay required for this module


PSC60011 / Professional Ethics and Supervision (12.5 Credit Points)
Practicum log of counselling hours and clinical supervisor's final report required

Duration

The Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is a 6-month course. It is the first stage of a 24-month "nested suite" course that also includes Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling), and Stage 3: Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling). Lectures are usually held on one weekday evening per week, and on some Saturday for a full day.

Duration: Part-time, 6 months

Next Intake: March / April & September / October

CONTACT HOURS (182 Hours)

Lectures :90
Case Management :28
Group Supervision :6
Individual Supervision :5
Counselling Direct Contact Hours :10
Personal Counselling :3
Related Counselling Activities :10
Personal Journal :30

Graduating Criteria

The graduating criteria are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of the Pre-Course Administrative Briefing and Course Orientation session. Members of the public can have access to the information by calling or e-mailing ECTA for information.

Upon graduation, students will be awarded the Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling). Please click here for sample certificate.

Entry Requirements

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicant who do not possess at least 4 GCE "O" Level Credits, including for English Language are invitied to attempt the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and must attain an overall band score of at least 6.5 points.

RESIDENCEY STATUS REQUIREMENTS

Applicant must be either a Singapore Citizen, or Singapore Permanent Resident, or have a valid Work Permit, or valid Dependent Pass.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should possess a recognised degree, diploma or appropriate professional qualifications (in areas such as psychology, social work, medicine, nursing or education) or have completed a recognised counselling training at certificate level or have appropriate in-service training in a related discipline. All applicants should demonstrate appropriate motivation and commitment to pursue the course and provide evidence of appropriate opportunities for counselling practice and supervision. All applicants will be assessed for suitability through:

(a) a face-to-face interview;

(b) submission of an essay of 200 words explaining why they have chosen to pursue a counselling programme, and what they intend to do with the qualifications attained; and

(c) submission of one (1) character reference where the referee identified should have a good knowledge of the applicant’s character and personality.

Teaching Methodology

Counselling interns will develop and enhance their counselling skills through an integrated approach based on lectures, role-plays, video clip viewing, small group discussions and clinical supervision.

Course Fees

Please refer to the Fee Payment Structure for more information.

DISCOUNT FOR EARLY REGISTRATION

Applicants are eligible for a SGD300.00 (inclusive of GST) discount if they submit this application 12 weeks before the intake date. The discount amount will be deducted directly from the Administrative fees of the successful applicant.