Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology - ACC Singapore
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Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology

The Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology will give students a good foundation in counselling and psychology. Not only will students learn about the theories of counselling, they will also learn practical counselling skills such as active listening and paraphrasing.

Besides being suitable for individuals who wish to gain an entry-level qualification in counselling, this diploma also caters to individuals and professionals who wish to enhance their interpersonal effectiveness, be it at work or home. Our Specialist Diploma in Counselling Psychology can benefit you in the following ways where you learn how to:

  • Build a strong foundation in counselling skills and knowledge
  • Build meaningful and deep relationships with counseling skills
  • Reach out and help those in emotional distress
  • Manage your own emotions more effectively with counselling psychology
  • Achieve personal breakthrough with more accurate self-understanding

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Programme Overview

  • Participants who have no experience in counselling to gain a basic 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, education, customer service, human resource and supervisory work settings
  • A professional basic entry qualification to counselling
  • Opportunities for personal growth
  • Acquisition of crucial interpersonal skills and related knowledge
  • Provide a basic level of knowledge about major approaches to counselling and psychotherapy
  • Provide training in basic counselling skills and practice
  • Introduce the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors in human service industries
  • Introduce a basic level of knowledge and skills in working with different client groups and specific client issues.
  • 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

Programme Structure

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.

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

There are a total of 3 modules with assignments. Each module consists of 12 sessions.
Contact Hours: 108 hours
Total Duration: 6 months

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

  • Ms Goh Chiou Yun, Carol
  • Mr Tan Choon Hooi, Klein
  • Ms Karen Sciberras
  • Mdm Tan Lay Geok

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

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
  • 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.

Total Number of Hours: 36 hours

Assessment Method: 2 assignments

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  • 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 module.

Total Number of Hours: 36 hours

Assessment Method: 3 assignments

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  • 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.

Total Number of Hours: 36 hours

Assessment Method: 3 assignments

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Fees and Charges

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

Without Bursary

Course Fee*$4,480.00
Registration Fee$60.00
Module 1 Textbook$57.00
Total Before GST$4,597.00
Total after GST$5,010.73

With Bursary

Course Fee*$4,480.00
Shepherd Bursary Award^-$800.00
Registration Fee$60.00
Module 1 Textbook$57.00
Total Before GST$3,797.00
Total after GST$4,138.73

*Textbooks not included.
^Subject to approval of the Shepherd Bursary Award Application
#Depends on how much Skillsfuture Credits the individual has and wishes to use to offset the course fees

We do not accept Cash over the counter. You may however do a bank transfer or bank deposit and forward the proof of your deposit to us at courses@acc.edu.sg. Please call us at 6339 5411 for the bank details.

Payment Option 1:
Lump sum payment by Cheque, Nets or Credit Card.

Payment Option 2:
0% interest free installment plan with selected merchant banks

Payment Option 3:
In-house installment plan where there is a $50 administrative fee for each installment payment after the initial payment. The installment plan only applies to the course fees.

For example, if you plan to opt for 3 installment payments for this with the bursary, the installment plan would be:

First Payment (Before Course Start Date)Course Fee ($1,226.66) + Registration Fee ($60.00) + Module 1 Textbook Fee ($57.00) $1,343.66 (before GST)
(after GST)
Second Payment (2 Months after Course Start Date)Course Fee ($1,226.66) + Installment Admin Fee ($50.00)$1,276.66 (before GST)
(after GST)
Last Payment (4 Months after Course Start Date)Course Fee ($1,226.66) + Installment Admin Fee ($50.00)$1,276.66 (before GST)
(after GST)
Total Before GST$3,896.98
Total after GST$4,208.74

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Fully Available via Online Learning
Available in Mandarin (辅导心理学专科文凭课程)

Course Overview

Study Mode: Part-time only
Duration: 6 months
Modules: 3 modules, each with 12 lessons

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