Academic Programmes

  • Accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Organised by the Executive Counselling & Training Academy in partnership with Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • The Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling is recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • 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)

Completed Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling)

The Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is a 12-month course. It is the third and final stage of a 24-month "nested suite" course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling), and Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling).

Total Credit Points: 100.0

Registration

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Course Structure

COURSE STRUCTURE Credit Points (CP)
PSC80010: Advanced Counselling Theories
25.0
PSC80011: Professional Practice & Counselling Settings
25.0
PSC80004: Advanced Counselling Placement
25.0
Electives
PSC80012: Advanced Training in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
25.0
PSC80005: Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions
25.0

Awarded with a Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) CP: 100.0

Course Aims

The Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is jointly offered by the Swinburne University of Technology and the Executive Counselling and Training Academy. The programme is specifically designed to deepen counselling knowledge mastery and heighten skills-performance. Apart from keeping abreast of new and emerging counselling theories, our interns will have ample opportunities to explore and analyse advanced intervention models and approaches and apply them in various authentic counselling settings.

The Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) programme is taught and facilitated by academics with extensive clinical and field experience, and is awarded by the Swinburne University. The programme which can be completed in 24 months provides a professional qualification and is suitable for professionals involved in human resources, health, social services, and education. Professionals who are keen to enhance their communication and listening skills as well as hone further their skills in helping others to grow, will learn to transform their natural talents, abilities and inclinations towards a rewarding professional career.

An integral component of the programme is its 1000 contact hours, which include 492 lecture contact hours; 23 hours of individual supervision; 39 hours of group supervision; and 100 hours of client counselling during Practicum placements.

Other features of the course outside of these contact hours include counselling-related learning, such as clinical experiences at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, observations and activities at Child Guidance Clinic, Institute of Mental Health, Family Service Centres, case note documentation, attendance at conferences and meetings as well as participation in discussions on case management with families, educators, social workers, doctors, psychiatrists and other professionals involved in mental health.

The main objectives of the programme are to ensure the acquisition of an advanced level of knowledge of key counselling approaches; and the development of critical competencies for immediate application in counselling practice.

Course Objectives

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

  1. apply counselling, psychotherapeutic and psychological theories at an advanced level;
  2. implement various counselling approaches especially in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Family Therapy;
  3. act as a professional counsellor in accordance with ethical guidelines and professional boundaries;
  4. apply process of self monitoring, self examination and self awareness in on-going personal and professional development; and
  5. utilise a set of advanced interpersonal skills which emphasises processes of facilitation.

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.

PSC80010 / Advanced Counselling Theories (25.0 Credit Points)
2 Essays, 1 E-Assessment, 1 Case Study required for this module


PSC80011 / Professional Practice and Counselling Settings (25.0 Credit Points)
1 Essay and Two Case Studies required for this module


PSC80004 / Advanced Counselling Placement (25.0 Credit Points)
Practicum log of counselling hours and clinical supervisor's final report required


PSC80012 / Advanced Training in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions (25.0 Credit Points)
2 CBT Assignments required for this module

or  

PSC80005 / Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions (25.0 Credit Points)
2 FT Assignments required for this module

Duration

The Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling) is a 12-month course. It is the third and final stage of a 24-month "nested suite" course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling), and Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling). Lectures are held usually on one weekday evening per week and every alternate saturdays for a full day.

Duration: Part-time, 12 months

Next Intake: 13 May 2017 to 30 May 2018

CONTACT HOURS (568 Hours)

Lectures :277
Case Management :100
Group Dynamics & Interventions :24
Individual Supervision :12
Counselling Direct Contact Hours :60
Related Counselling Activities & Counselling Facilities: Experience :47
Personal Journal :48

Graduating Criteria

The graduation 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 Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling). Please click here for sample certificate.

Entry Requirements

This programme is an extension of the Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling) and the Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling) that are accredited and awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology.

Applicants may be accepted directly into the Master programme if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from a recognised university or institution. Exemptions may be granted up to a maximum of 50% of the nested suite of courses.

Such applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and subjected to the decision of the Clinical and Academic Director of ECTA and approved by Swinburne University of Technology.

Selection is based on a interview and the applicant's aptitute for the programme as determined by personal suitability academic qualifications and work experience. Each applicant will be expected to provide:

  1. evidence of a high standard of performance at the Graduate Diploma level;
  2. one character referee (the referee should have good knowledge on the applicant's quality of work and personal suitability for the counselling programme);
  3. evidence of appropriate supervised counselling experience; and
  4. a written statement of 200 words of his/her reasons for wanting to develop his/her counselling competencies.

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.