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.

PREREQUISITE:

Completed Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling)

The Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is a 6-month course. It is the second stage of a 24-month "nested suite" course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate 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)
PSC70015: Specific Approaches to Counselling
12.5
PSC70017: Advanced Interventions in Counselling and Group Processes
12.5
PSC70002: Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorders
12.5
PSC70009: Counselling Research Processes
12.5

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

Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is designed to develop counselling competencies and provide training for professionals who seek to incorporate advanced counselling skills in their primary occupational role. The aim is to equip our Counselling Interns with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to establish and maintain an effective alliance with their Clients in order to assist them to work through issues and concerns towards making an effective change.

The course will introduce our Counselling Interns to the major theoretical principles and develop in them an understanding on how various interventions can be applied in counselling settings. Counselling Interns will also learn to competently apply research methodology in a multi-cultural setting. The course is intended to prepare Counselling Interns for professional practice as a counsellor in a range of human service organisations.

Course Objectives

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

  1. gain a deeper understanding of the major theoretical approaches;
  2. examine professional ethics;
  3. undertake research into cross-cultural issues; and
  4. develop the knowledge and competencies to manage counselling issues and interventions.

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.

PSC70015 / Specific Approaches to Counselling (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Essay, 1 E-Assessment and 1 Written Examination required for this module

PSC70009 / Counselling Research and Processes(12.5 Credit Points)
1 Group Research Project and 1 Individual Methological Reflection required for this module


PSC70002 / Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorder (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Essay and 1 Case Study required for this module


PSC70017 / Advanced Interventions in Counselling and Group Practices (12.5 Credit Points)
Practicum log of counselling hours and clinical supervisor's final report required for this module

Duration

The Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is a 6-month course. It is the second stage of a 24-month "nested suite" course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling), and Stage 3: Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling). Lectures are held usually on one weekday evening per week and on some saturdays for the full day.

Duration: Part-time, 6 months

Next Intake: March / April & September / October

CONTACT HOURS FOR THIS STAGE (250 Hours)

Lectures :125
Case Management :30
Group Supervision :9
Individual Supervision :6
Counselling Direct Contact Hours :30
Related Counselling Activities & Counselling Facilities: Experience :24
Personal Journal :26

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.

Upon graduation, students will be awarded the Graduate Diploma 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.

RESIDENCY 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.