MASTER OF COUNSELLING (ADVANCED)
Master of Counselling (Advanced) Course in Singapore
- 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 (Advanced) is recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
- 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.
Master of Counselling (Advanced)
Pre Requisite :
The Masters of Counselling (Advanced) is a 12-month course initiated by ECTA, the leading provider of counselling courses in Singapore. It is the third and final stage of a 24-month “nested suite” course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Counselling, and Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Counselling.
Total Credit Points: 100.0
Credit Points (CP)
PSC80010: Advanced Counselling Theories 25.0
PSC80011: Professional Practice & Counselling Settings 25.0
PSC80004: Advanced Counselling Placement 25.0
PSC80012: Advanced Training in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions 25.0
PSC80005: Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions 25.0
Awarded with a Master of Counselling (Advanced) CP: 100.0
The Master of Counselling (Advanced) 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 Counselling (Advanced) programme is taught and facilitated by academics with extensive clinical and field experience, and is awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology. 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 further hone 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; 21 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.
By the end of the course, the counselling intern will be able to:
- apply counselling, psychotherapeutic and psychological theories at an advanced level;
- implement various counselling approaches especially in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Family Therapy;
- act as a professional counsellor in accordance with ethical guidelines and professional boundaries;
- apply process of self monitoring, self examination and self awareness in on-going personal and professional development; and
- utilise a set of advanced interpersonal skills which emphasises processes of facilitation.
The Master of Counselling (Advanced) 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 Counselling, and Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Counselling. Lectures are held usually held on one weekday evening per week and some Saturdays for the full day.
Duration: Part-time, 12 months
CONTACT HOURS (568 Hours)
Case Management :100
Group Dynamics & Interventions :24
Individual Supervision :10
Counselling Direct Contact Hours :60
Professional Development Learning (PDL) & Counselling Facilities Experiences :47
Personal Journal :50
This programme is an extension of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Counselling accredited and awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology.
Applicants may be accepted directly into the Master of Counselling (Advanced) programme if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling (or its equivalent) from a recognised university or institution. Credit exemptions, where applicable, may be granted up to a maximum of 50% of the nested suite of courses.
Direct entry applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, subject to the decision of the Clinical and Academic Director of ECTA and approved by Swinburne University of Technology.
Selection is based on an interview and applicants’ aptitude for the programme as determined by applicants’ suitability, academic qualifications, and work experience.
Applicants will be expected to provide:
- evidence of a high standard of performance at the Graduate Diploma level;
- one (1) character reference where the referee preparing the reference should have a good knowledge of the applicant’s quality of work and suitability for the counselling programme;
- evidence of appropriate supervised counselling experience; and
- a 200-word statement explaining why they have chosen to pursue a counselling programme, and what they intend to do with the qualifications attained.
Lecturer : Students Ratio
|Course Title: Master of Counselling (Advanced)|
|Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy|
– Advanced Training in Congitive Behavioural Interventions (Elective)
|Certificate in Family Therapy|
– Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions (Elective)
|Advanced Counselling Placement|
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 the Course Orientation and Administration of Pre-Course Counselling 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 and 1 online Assessment are required for this unit
PSC80011 / Professional Practice and Counselling Settings (25.0 Credit Points)
1 Essay and 2 Case Studies required for this unit
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 unit
PSC80005 / Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions (25.0 Credit Points)
2 FT Assignments required for this unit
The graduation criteria are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of the Course Orientation and Administration of Pre-Course Counselling Sessions. 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 Counselling (Advanced). 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.