ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY

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1 ACC School of Counselling & Psychology Pte Ltd Tel: (65) Penang Road #13-22 Park Mall SC Singapore ) Introduction to the programme ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY 1.1 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 specialize in Psychology but also for those who are interested in Psychology for their personal growth. 1.2 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. 1.3 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 socialpsychological development of personality, language, thought and behaviour. to understand the biological effects on human behaviours resulting in abnormality 1.4 The programme features: Counselling Psychology Component Integrates the 3 areas salient to counsellor training programmes: o personal growth o theoretical and research-based knowledge in counselling psychology o skills in counselling. Students are taught a range of counselling skills that can be applied across work settings and client groups. Focuses on developing counsellor awareness including: o how the student's interpersonal style affects the counselling process o students learning to reflect and learn from their training experiences. ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY Page 1/7

2 1.4.2 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 2. Teaching Methods 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 and examination. 3. Admission Requirements To be eligible for admission to the course, applicants must fulfill the following conditions: diploma holders in any field be at least 18 years of age mature-aged applicants not meeting the admission requirements are invited to apply as the program recognises relevant life experiences that students bring with them. applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. applicants may need to attend an interview. 4. Programme Modules Participants are required to complete 6 coursework units that include: 4.1 Foundations of Counselling Introduction to Counselling Counsellor Awareness Counselling Skills Counselling Process and Model Cognitive Interventions The Therapeutic Alliance 4.2 Counselling Psychology: Theory and Practice 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 4.3 Counselling on Specific Client Issues Stress Anxiety Depression Grief and Loss Self-esteem Issues Addiction Issues Relationship Issues Trauma 4.4 Introduction to Psychology 1 History of Psychology Brain and Behaviour States of Consciousness ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY Page 2/7

3 Sensation and Perception Learning 4.5 Developmental Psychology Introduction and Prenatal Development Infancy and Early Childhood Middle Childhood Adolescence Adulthood Late Adulthood 4.6 Social Psychology Personal Perception, Self Social Cognition, Attitudes Social Influence, Prejudice Interpersonal Attraction, Personal Relationships Group Behaviour and Gender Helping Behaviour and Aggression 4.7 Health Psychology Theoretical Foundation and Research in Health Psychology Defining, Measuring and Understanding Stress Understanding Pain, and Maintaining with Stress and Pain Behaviours and Chronic Disease Behavioural Health: Preventing Injuries and Smoking Behavioural Health: Alcohol and Other Drugs; Eating/Weight and Exercising 4.8 Cognitive 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 4.9 Abnormal 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 4.10 Experimental Psychology Scientific-Psychology Research Techniques Observation & Correlation Research Techniques Experiments Ethics In Psychology Research How to Read and Write Research Reports Application on Research 4.11 Foundations in Psychology 2 Memory, Thinking and Intelligence Emotion and Motivation Personality Psychological Disorders Psychotherapies ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY Page 3/7

4 4.12 Psychological Measurement 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 Organization Psychology 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 4.14 Practicum Counselling Contact hours: 10-hours Case Management: 22-hours Personal Supervision: 6-hours Group Supervision: 6-hours Counselling Activities: 10-hours Personal Journal: 30-hours Modules Description 5.1 Foundations of Counselling 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. 5.2 Counselling Psychology: Theory and Practice 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. 5.3 Counselling on Specific Client Issues 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. 5.4 Introduction To Psychology 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. ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY Page 4/7

5 5.5 Developmental Psychology 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. 5.6 Social Psychology 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 multicultural context will also be discussed. 5.7 Health Psychology This unit provides a balanced coverage of the cognitive, behavioural, biological approaches integrated with an understanding of the current research base. It includes a clear conceptualization of pain and stress, the latest vital information on relationship between nutrition, health, mind and body of eating and weight, and new coverage on death and dying. This will be an interactive module with hands-on exercises and applications on daily living. 5.8 Cognitive Psychology 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. 5.9 Abnormal Psychology 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 Experimental Psychology 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 Foundations in Psychology 2 This unit is a continuation of Introduction to Psychology 1, which provides a scientific overview of the essential concepts Psychological Measurement 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 5.13 Industrial / Organization Psychology 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 Practicum ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY Page 5/7

6 Students in this practicum will have the opportunity to apply counselling theory, knowledge and skills-based training in actual counselling sessions. Assessment: To pass this practicum, students will be assesed by demonstrating competency in counselling through fulfilling of the following counselling related hours: Counselling Contact hours: 10-hours Students are required to engage in face-to-face counselling sessions for at least 10-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: 6-hours Students contact counseling and case management would be supervised by the school clinical supervisor on a one-on-one basis. Group Supervision: 6-hours Students contact counseling 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. 6. Contact hours Classroom Lectures 360 Student s Personal Counselling Experience 2 Research & Readings 325 Assessment 173 Practicum 84 Total Contact Hours Programme Overview Programme Duration Programme Delivery 1 year 3 months Duration of each classroom session will be 3 hours twice a week in the evenings. ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY Page 6/7

7 Programme Structure & Fees Programme Duration Programme Delivery Fees and Charges 1 year 3 months Duration of each classroom session will be 3 hours, thrice a week in the evenings. Payable to : ACC School of Counselling & Psychology Pte Ltd Course Fee: Registration Fee: Module 1 Text Book: Total Before GST: Total With GST: S$9, S$60.00 S$48.00 S$9, S$10, **Payment Option 1: Lump sum payment of S$10, * (including GST) **Payment Option 2: 0% interest free instalment plan with selected merchant banks ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY Page 7/7

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