Graduate Diploma of Counselling
- Accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
- Organised by the Executive Counselling and Training Academy in academic partnership with Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health
- The Master of Counselling offered at the Hawthorn, Australia campus of Swinburne University of Technology is equivalent to the Master of Counselling (Advanced) offered in Singapore in partnership with ECTA.
Graduate Diploma of Counselling
The Graduate Diploma of 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 Counselling, and Stage 3: Master of Counselling (Advanced).
Total Credit Points: 50.0
COURSE STRUCTURECredit Points (CP)
PSC70015: Specific Approaches to Counselling12.5
PSC70017: Advanced Interventions in Counselling and Group Processes12.5
PSC70002: Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorders12.5
PSC70009: Counselling Research Processes12.5
Awarded with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling CP: 50.0
The Graduate Diploma of 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.
By the end of the course, the counselling intern will be able to:
- gain a deeper understanding of the major theoretical approaches;
- examine professional ethics;
- undertake research into cross-cultural issues; and
- develop the knowledge and competencies to manage counselling issues and interventions.
The Graduate Diploma of 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 Counselling, and Stage 3: Master of Counselling (Advanced). Lectures are held usually held 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)
Case Management :30
Group Supervision :9
Individual Supervision :6
Counselling Direct Contact Hours :30
Related Counselling Activities & Counselling Facilities: Experience :24
Personal Journal :26
Applicants who do not possess at least 4 GCE “O” Level Credits, including a credit for English Language are invited to attempt the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and must attain an overall band score of at least 6.5 points.
Applicant must be either a Singapore Citizen, or Singapore Permanent Resident, or have a valid Work Permit, or valid Dependent Pass.
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 quality of work and personal suitability for the counselling programme.
Lecturer : Students Ratio
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Please refer to the Fee Payment Structure for more information.
The course assessments are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of 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 Online Assessment and 1 Written Examination required for this unit
PSC70009 / Counselling Research and Processes (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Major Group Research Project and 1 Individual Essay required for this unit
PSC70002 / Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorder (12.5 Credit Points)
1 Essay and 1 Case Study required for this unit
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 unit
The graduating criteria are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of the Course Orientation. 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 Counselling. Please click here for sample certificate.
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.