Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychology - ACC Institute of Human Services

Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychology

Introduction to the Programme

The programme has been designed for:

  • Participants who want to gain entry qualification to professional counselling.
  • Professionals who wish to develop counselling skills and knowledge for application in their work areas such as in health, social services, educational, customer service, human resource and supervisory work settings.
  • The Psychology component not only prepares students who wish to specialise in Psychology but also for those who are interested in Psychology for their personal growth.

The programme provides participants with:

  • A professional entry qualification to counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Opportunities for personal growth
  • Acquisition of crucial interpersonal skills and related knowledge.
  • The core concepts of psychology theories with in-depth grounding of the main foundational components in psychology.
  • Examples of case studies to integrate theories with applications.
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of research methodology where experimental research are connected to practical applications.
  • An understanding of the ethical and professional issues and consideration of the cultural issues will be discussed.

The programme aims to:

Counselling Psychology Component

  • Provide knowledge about major approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Provide training in counselling skills and practice
  • Introduce the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors in human service industries.
  • Introduce knowledge and skills in working with different client groups and specific client issues.

Applied Psychology Component

  • Provide the essential knowledge to study the mental processes, behaviour and emotions of children and adults for the purpose of describing, explaining, predicting and controlling behaviours.
  • Provide understanding on the scientific methods needed to study behaviour.
  • Provide knowledge in understanding interpersonal relationships and the relationship with the society through the social-psychological development of personality, language, thought and behaviour.
  • To understand the biological effects on human behaviours resulting in abnormality

Programme Features

Counselling Psychology Component

  • Integrate the 3 areas salient to counsellor training programmes:
    • Personal growth
    • Theoretical and research-based knowledge in counselling psychology
    • Skills in counselling
  • Students are taught a range of counselling skills that can be applied across work settings and client groups
  • Focus on developing counsellor awareness including:
    • How the student’s interpersonal style affects the counselling process
    • Students will be taught to reflect and learn from their training experiences

Applied Psychology Component

  • Provides students with the core concepts of psychology theories with in-depth grounding of the main foundational components in psychology
  • Students are given examples of case studies to integrate theories with applications
  • Students are taught the fundamentals of research methodology where experimental research is connected to practical applications.
  • Ethical and professional issues and consideration of the cultural issues will be discussed

Teaching and Assessment

The programme will be delivered through lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations, video presentations, practical and experiential exercises, case studies, and role-plays. Students will be assessed through written assignments, projects, oral presentations, and videotaped counselling project/examination.

Programme Structure

Lecturer-Student Ratio

The lecturer-student ratio is set at 1:25 to ensure optimum teaching, learning and sharing between the lecturer and students.

Programme Duration

The total duration of the programme is 15 months.

Contact Hours
Contact Hours= 372 hours
Practicuum= 100+ hours
Total Hours = 472+ hours

Research and Study Hours
Student’s Personal Counselling Experience= 2 hours
Research and Readings = 325 hours
Assessment = 173 hours
Total Hours = 500 hours

Programme Delivery

Each classroom session is 3 hours, held once or twice a week.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the course, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Diploma holders in any field
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Mature applicants not meeting the admission requirements are invited to apply as the program recognises relevant life experiences that students bring with them
  • Application will be considered on a case-by-case basis; in some circumstances, interview might be needed

Course Modules

Students are required to complete following modules:

  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Counsellor Awareness
  • Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Process and Model
  • Cognitive Interventions
  • The Therapeutic Alliance

Module Description: This unit provides an introduction and basic training in the nature and processes of counselling. Counselling skills including the microskills on which counselling activity is based such as listening, asking questions, reflecting, and clarifying, will be introduced. Students will be taught how to initiate counselling interactions, develop a counselling relationship and conduct a counselling session. The unit will also introduce the focus on counsellor awareness including students developing a basic awareness of how their own interpersonal styles, beliefs and internal processes affect the counselling process.

Textbook: Ivey A. and Ivey M (2007) Intentional interviewing and counseling, 6th ed. Brooks/Cole CENGAGE Learning.

Assessment Method:

  • Role Play Video
    • Candidates are to subject themselves to a 30-minute audio recorded counselling session.  In this activity, the candidate is to demonstrate their skills in facilitating a pre-intake interview from rapport building into establishing counselling goals.
  • Self-Evaluation
    • Students in 1500 words, are to write a self-evaluation of their performance as a counsellor
  • Major theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Theory-based Intervention Techniques/Styles
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Counselling Specific Client Groups
  • Multicultural Issues in Counselling
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Counselling

Module Description: This unit will introduce major theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. It will provide theory-based practical intervention techniques that can be incorporated in the counselling process. This unit will focus on theoretical knowledge and issues related to human lifespan development and working with different client groups such as children, adolescents and the elderly. It will also introduce students to issues related to working with clients from different cultures. Relevant professional and ethical issues and their implications for everyday practice of counselling will also be covered in this unit.

Textbook: Corey, G. (2009) Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy, 8th ed. Thomson, Brooks/Cole.

Assessment Method: 

  • Case Study: Mei Ling
    • Candidates will have to analyze the case of Mei Ling and submit an effective treatment program, which is theoretically sound.
  • Essay Writing
    • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding ethical issues in counselling.
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Addiction Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma

Module Description: This unit introduces common problem areas that clients may present in counselling. Topics covered are stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, addiction issues, relationship issues and trauma. These specific client issues will be incorporated within the overall counselling model and process. Professional and ethical issues in counselling will be further addressed in this unit especially in relation to the specific client issues.

Assessment Method: 

  • Case Study
    • Candidates are to submit their proposed treatment plan for 2 counselling cases.
  • Oral Presentation
    • Candidates are to do research about a counselling issue and present it in class.
  • Resource Folder
    • Candidates are to conduct research about the counselling industry and counselling services in Singapore and compile the evidence for submission.
  • History of Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • States of Consciousness
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning

Module Description: This unit provides a scientific overview of the essential concepts. Every endeavor will be made to show how these concepts are related to daily living.

Textbook: Psychology Core Concepts 6th Ed – Preston

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding the introduction to psychology.
  • Introduction and Prenatal Development
  • Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Middle Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Late Adulthood

Module Description: This unit gives a complete and balanced coverage of human development across the entire life span. The development is traced from conception through late life in sequential order. Physical, intellectual, social and emotional that impact development will be addressed. Theory is integrated with applications. Cultural variations and implications will be discussed as well.

Textbook: Human Development Across the Lifespan 6th Ed – Dacey John S. Travers John F. (2006)

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding developmental psychology.
  • Personal Perception, Self
  • Social Cognition, Attitudes
  • Social Influence, Prejudice
  • Interpersonal Attraction, Personal Relationships
  • Group Behaviour and Gender
  • Helping Behaviour and Aggression

Module Description: This unit provides students a balanced up-to-date coverage of basic topics, researches and theories to think about and make sense of the world. It helps students to understand the relevance of social psychological principles to current events. Meaningful examples will be shown on how theories can be applied to daily experiences and current social issues. Issues on self and group relationships, social cognition, attitudes, perceptions, gender plus an understanding of these issues within cross-cultural and multi-cultural context will also be discussed.

Textbook: Social Psychology 8th Ed – David G. Myers

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding social psychology.
  • Perception and Attention
  • Sensory Memory, Short-Term Memory and Working Memory
  • Long-Term Memory, Everyday Memory and Memory Errors
  • Visual Imagery
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Decision-Making

Module Description: This unit connects studies of cognition with everyday life. Landmark studies and latest researches are discussed with concrete examples and illustrations to help students understand better the scientific importance of the cognitive theories and the relevance to daily lives. Both behavioural and psychological to cognition will be examined.

Textbook: Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research & Everyday Experience 2nd Edition by E. Bruce Goldstein

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding cognitive psychology.
  • Anxiety Disorders and Somatoform Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Eating and Sleep Disorders
  • Substance Related and Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia
  • Development and Cognitive Disorders

Module Description: This unit introduces an integrative, multi-dimensional and a scientist-practitioner approach to psychopathology. Through these approaches students learn that psychological disorders are rooted in multiple factors; biological, psychological, cultural, social, familial and gender factors. Based on the updated diagnostic criteria of DSM-IV, it examines the definition of the mental disorders, development, etiology, treatment and prevention of mental disorders. Case studies featuring real clients are incorporated to give a realistic content.

Textbook: Essentials of Abnormal Psychology International Student Edition 4th Ed –  V Mark Durand, David H. Barlow

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding abnormal psychology.
  • Scientific-Psychology
  • Research Techniques Observation & Correlation
  • Research Techniques Experiments
  • Ethics In Psychology Research
  • How to Read and Write Research Reports
  • Application on Research

Module Description: This unit takes an example-based approach to the fundamentals of research methodology. It helps students to connect the concepts of sound methodology with their practical applications. Examples of real world cases in specific topical areas will be discussed.

Textbook: Experimental Psychology 8th Ed -Kantowitz, Roediger III & Elmes (2005)

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding experimental psychology.
  • Memory, Thinking and Intelligence
  • Emotion and Motivation
  • Personality
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychotherapies

Module Description: This unit is a continuation of Introduction to Psychology 1, which provides a scientific overview of the essential concepts.

Textbook: Psychology Core Concepts 6th Ed – Preston

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding the introduction to psychology.
  • Theory behind Psychological testing and Assessments
  • Related legal, ethical and social consideration
  • Basic of test construction and evaluation including reliability and validity.
  • Various Instruments would be covered in this unit for example Personality profiling tools, Career test, etc.

Module Description: This unit provides students with hands on experience on administrating; scoring and interpreting various psychometric tools applied in different field of psychology. Students will acquire principles of assessment, evaluation, referral, treatment planning, and report writing.


  1. Psychological Testing: Principles, Applications, and Issues, International Edition, 7th Edition
  2. Robert M. Kaplan – University of California, San Diego
  3. Dennis P. Saccuzzo – San Diego State University

Assessment Method: 

  • To administer the psychometric tools covered in this unit
  • Essay Writing
  • Students are to write out their interpretation of the psychometric tools they administered.
  • Job Analysis and Evaluation
  • Employee Selection: Recruiting and Interviewing
  • Employee Selection: References and Testing
  • Evaluating Selection Techniques and Decisions
  • Evaluating Employee Performance
  • Designing and Evaluating Training Systems
  • Employee Motivation
  • Employee Satisfaction and Commitment
  • Organizational Communication
  • Leadership
  • Group Behaviour and Conflict
  • Organization Development
  • Stress Management

Module Description: This unit helps students discover the relevance of industrial/organizational psychology in everyday life through practical application as they analyze topics such as resume writing, interview survival, job description authoring, performance appraisal, employment law, job satisfaction, work motivation, and leadership.


  1. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, International Edition, 6th Edition
  2. Michael G. Aamodt – Radford University

Assessment Method: 

  • Examination
  • Essay Writing
  • Candidates are to answer a two-item essay questionnaire regarding the Industrial / Organization to psychology.
  • Counselling Contact hours
  • Case Management: 22-hours
  • Personal Supervision: 6-hours
  • Group Supervision: 10-hours
  • Counselling Activities: 10-hours
  • Personal Journal: 30-hours

Module Description: Students in this practicum will have the opportunity to apply counselling theory, knowledge and skills-based training in actual counselling sessions.

Assessment Method: 

To pass this practicum, students will be assessed by demonstrating competency in counselling through fulfilling of the following counselling related hours:

  • Counselling Contact hours
    • Students are required to engage in face-to-face counselling sessions for a stipulated number of hours verified by the school clinical supervisors or faculty members.
  • Case Management: 22-hours
    • Students are required to find themselves a voluntary welfare organization and be attached as a volunteer to provide counselling function within that organization. The hours would be verified by the centre director or trained professionals. This will also be counter-signed by the school faculty member.
  • Personal Supervision: 10-hours
    • Students contact counselling and case management would be supervised by the school clinical supervisor on a one-on-one basis.
  • Group Supervision: 6-hours
    • Students contact counselling and case management would be supervised by the school clinical supervisor on a group basis.
  • Counselling Activities: 10-hours
    • Students are required to find themselves the opportunity to engage in counselling related activities ranging from administrative works (e.g. Assisting in case notes filing) to social activities.
  • Personal Journal: 30-hours
    • Students are required to read at least three books of their choice in related field of counselling or psychology. They are then to write a summary of the book with their personal reflection about it.


  • Ms Jane Eirene Santos-Kwok
  • Ms Eng Kai Jun, Jovie

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Graduation Requirements

Student must achieve at least 75% attendance for all modules and a minimum passing mark of 50 for all assignments to be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychology.

Fees and Charges

Fees are payable to: ACC Institute of Human Services Pte. Ltd. 

Course Fee$9,440.00*
Registration Fee$100.00
Miscellaneous Fees$280.00
Module 1 Textbook$57.00
Total Before GST$9,877.00
Total after GST$10,667.16

*Textbooks for subsequent modules not included.
*Miscellaneous fees refer to the fees for Student Membership and 2 sessions of Personal Counselling as a Client (i.e. Student Counselling).
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Payment Schedule

Please be informed that the school will not collect one-time payment for this programme. Students will pay accordingly to the 3 instalments as seen below:

6 months Course Fee$3,770.00
Registration Fee$100.00
Module 1 Textbook$57.00
Total Before GST$3,927.00
Total after GST$4,241.16
Course Fee$3,770.00
Total Before GST$3,770.00
Total after GST$4,071.60
Balance Course Fee$1,900.00
Total Before GST$1,900.00
Total after GST$2,052.00

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