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Lectures (Non-CPE Registered)

As an established counselling academy, ECTA is committed to offering high-quality short-courses to help both new and experienced helping professionals enhance their counselling support competencies. If you are a psychotherapist, counsellor, para-counsellor, social worker, psychologist or have a professional responsibility supporting the psycho-emotional wellbeing of another person, you may wish to expand your “toolkit” of modalities and approaches. This is your opportunity to do so.

All ECTA short-courses listed below are facilitated by experienced clinical practitioners qualified to teach up to Masters Degree level. Register now to secure your place for any of these short-courses.

Topics Covered Under Lectures

Please click specific topics for course schedule, fees and other details:

Topic
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Synopsis
In Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, therapists help people review their emotions, beliefs, early-life experiences, so that they are able to acquire insight into their maladaptive patterns and defense mechanisms that have formed over time, and which may be causing present-day problems in their lives. Transference, which is the transferring of one’s feelings for a parent, for example, onto the counsellor, can also help illuminate the early relationship experiences of a client and how they affect his / her present day relationships. This intimate look at interpersonal relationships can help a client to see his or her part in relationship patterns and empower him or her to transform that dynamic.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– Understand the fundamental principles of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
– Know how Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is used in Counselling Case Management
– Use the framework of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Counselling Practice
Facilitator
Professor Lyn Chua
Total Training Hours
22 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: Friday, 3 May 2024 
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Date: Saturday, 4 May 2024
Time: 9am to 5pm

Date: Friday, 17 May 2024
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Date: Saturday, 18 May 2024
Time: 9am to 5pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$763.00 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)

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Topic
Narrative Therapy
Synopsis
Throughout a person’s life, personal experiences are transformed into personal stories that are given meaning and help shape a person’s identity. In articulating and framing those stories in the context of counselling, Narrative Therapy separates the person from the problem and encourages people to rely on their own skill sets to resolve the problems that exist in their everyday lives. In this regard, Narrative therapy places the client in the position of the narrator of his / her own life, and utilizes the power of the client’s personal stories to discover his / her life purpose.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– understand the concept and process of Narrative Therapy
– know the strengths and limitations of Narrative Therapy in Counselling Case Management
– apply Narrative Therapy to Counselling Case Management
Facilitator
Ms Ee Cheng Lian Vivian
Total Training Hours
6 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: Friday, 5 July 2024
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Date:  Friday, 12 July 2024
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$228.90 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)

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Topic
Reality Therapy
Synopsis
Reality Therapy is founded on the principles of Choice Theory. It proposes that all human issues occur when one or more of five basic psychological needs are not met, and that an individual can only control his or her own behaviour through conscious decision-making. The founder of Reality Therapy, William Glasser, believed that when someone makes choices to change his or her own behavior, rather than attempting to change someone else’s, that person will be more successful at attaining his or her desires. The Reality Therapy approach to counselling and problem-solving focuses on the present situation and how the client can create a better future, instead of concentrating at length on the past. Typically, clients seek to discover what they really want and whether their current behaviour is actually bringing them nearer to, or further away from, that goal.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– understand the concept and process of Reality Therapy
– know the strengths and limitations of Reality Therapy in Counselling Case Management
– apply Reality Therapy to Counselling Case Management
Facilitator
Sister Elizabeth Tham
Total Training Hours
21 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: Thursday, 1 August 2024
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Date: Friday, 2 August 2024
Time: 9am to 6pm

Date: Saturday, 3 August 2024
Time: 9am to 6pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$724.85 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)

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Topic
Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy
Synopsis
Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy was developed by Dr Eric Berne in the 1950’s, and is based on three philosophical tenets: First, that people are fundamentally OK. Second, that everyone (apart from the severely brain-damaged) has the capacity to think. And third, that people decide on their own destiny and those decisions can be changed. A core theory in TA is the Ego State model, which comprises the Parent, Adult, and Child parts of a person’s personality structure. Other clinical applications may also involve Script Analysis, Strokes, Structural Analysis, Game Analysis, and Life Positions. Using these approaches, TA seeks to help individuals gain greater self-awareness of their own internal processes, and how these processes influence their sense of self, and their interaction with other people in their life.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– appreciate the basic framework of Transactional Analysis (TA)
– apply the key TA concepts effectively in case management
– conceptualise and support common issues using TA strategies
– understand strengths and limitations of TA
Facilitator
Dr Jessica Leong
Total Training Hours
16 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: TBA

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$490.50 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected  to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)

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Topic
Solution – Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Synopsis
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) focuses on a client’s future possibilities and the solutions that can help him or her achieve them, rather than the challenges and problems that brought him or her to seek counselling in the first place. This emphasis, and the relatively short number of therapy sessions envisaged for typical cases, sets SFBT apart from many other major psychotherapeutic approaches. Other key features of SFBT include clear, concise, and realistic goal-setting, and the structured and systematic conversational approach adopted by the SFBT therapist.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to: – appreciate the basic framework of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) – apply the key SFBT techniques effectively in case management – conceptualise and support common counselling issues using structured SFBT strategies – understand strengths and limitations of SFBT
Facilitator
Dr Jane Tuomola
Total Training Hours
14 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: TBA

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$425.10 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected  to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)

Apply Now

Topic
Person – Centered Therapy (PCT)
Synopsis
Person-Centered Therapy (PCT) is a humanistic theory of psychotherapy developed by Carl Rogers, and is widely-regarded as a major influence on most modern psychotherapeutic approaches and schools of thought. PCT emphasises the cultivation of a client’s internal resources through the quality of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. In this regard, the PCT therapist is encouraged to assume the three “core conditions” of empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard for their client.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– understand the core conditions of Person – Centered Therapy (PCT) – a humanistic approach to counselling
– use the Person-Centered approach to establish the therapeutic relationship with clients
– use Person-Centered therapeutic relationship to strengthen the “being” of a client
Facilitator
Mr David Blakely
Total Training Hours
6 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2024
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$163.50 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected  to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)

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Topic
Redecision Psychotherapy
Synopsis
The Redecision Therapy approach integrates the cognitive framework of Transaction Analysis Theory with the effective principles and methods drawn from Gestalt Therapy. Redecision Therapy is a powerful tool for therapeutic change. It emphasises childhood or early decisions made at a feeling position. The goal is for the client to decide to think, feel, and behave differently, in ways that they had not permitted themselves to before. To think, feel, and behave differently means changing the original Script Decision and making a Redecision.
Learner’s Outcome
– Understand the fundamental principles of Redecision Psychotherapy
– Demonstrate how Redecision Psychotherapy is used in Case Management
– Use the framework of Redecision Psychotherapy in Counselling Practice.
Facilitator
Dr. Jessica Leong
Total Training Hours
32 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2024
Time: 9.15am to 5.30pm

Date: Wednesday, 12 June 2024
Time: 9.15am to 5.30pm

Date: Saturday, 15 June 2024
Time: 9.15am to 5.30pm

Date: Saturday, 22 June 2024
Time: 9.15am to 5.30pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$ 1100.00 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected  to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)

Apply Now

Topic
Rapport and Counselling Relationship
Synopsis
Rapport and Counselling Relationship explores the fundamental dynamics of establishing and maintaining strong therapeutic alliances between counsellors and clients. It emphasizes the significance of rapport in building trust, empathy, and collaboration within counselling. It covers various aspects such as understanding rapport, strategies for building trust and empathy, cultural sensitivity, maintaining rapport throughout therapy, and ethical considerations. Overall, it offers valuable insights and practical tools for counsellors to cultivate strong therapeutic alliances that support meaningful growth and change in their clients.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– conduct the first interview with clients
– use the “6 Cs Model” in the change process
– refer clients for further interventions
Facilitator
Dr Jessica Leong, PhD (Counselling Psychology), MA (Counselling) and MSc (TA Psychotherapy)
Total Training Hours
17 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: 25 May 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 9.00am to 5.30pm

Date: 29 May 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 9.00am to 5.30pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$ 400.00 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected  to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)
Mode of Delivery
Dual mode of delivery – in-person as well as in ZOOM
Target Audience
Educators; professionals in medical and social sectors

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Topic
Marital Family Therapy
Synopsis
Marital Family Therapy offers a comprehensive exploration of counselling techniques designed to address relationship challenges and enhance marital satisfaction. It begins by dissecting the intricacies of marital dynamics, including communication styles and conflict resolution methods. Through thorough assessment and diagnosis, therapists gain insight into the unique dynamics of each couple’s relationship. Drawing from research and clinical practice, it outlines evidence-based interventions tailored to specific issues such as infidelity, parenting conflicts, and substance abuse. Cultural competence and sensitivity are emphasized to navigate the diversity of couples and relationships effectively. It also guides therapists in the termination process, ensuring couples are equipped to navigate challenges post-therapy. Overall, Marital Therapy equips therapists with practical strategies and cultural considerations to support couples in building healthier, more fulfilling relationships.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– Recognise the common presenting issues in marriages and family settings
– Conceptualise causes of marital and family problems
– Have an overview of at least two common psychotherapeutic approaches to marital or family therapy
– Support marital family issues using the Bowen Systemic Family Therapy
– Understand strengths and limitations of Marital and Family Therapy
Facilitator
Ms Choo Siew Noi, MSc (Family Therapy) and BA (Social Work)
Total Training Hours
12 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: TBA
Time: 6.45pm t0 9.45pm

Date: TBA
Time: 9am to 6.00pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$ 400.00 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected  to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)
Mode of Delivery
Dual mode of delivery – in-person as well as in ZOOM
Target Audience
Educators; professionals in medical and social sectors

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Topic
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
Synopsis
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered approach aimed at facilitating behaviour change by addressing ambivalence. It outlines foundational principles and techniques, emphasizing the therapist’s collaborative and empathetic stance. Through open-ended questions and reflective listening, therapists help clients explore motivations for change and empower them to make informed decisions. The stages of change model guides tailored interventions at each stage of readiness. With applications across diverse settings, including substance abuse treatment and healthcare, MI promotes ethical practice and ongoing learning to enhance client outcomes. Overall, it provides therapists with effective tools for fostering meaningful and sustainable change in their clients’ lives.
Learner’s Outcome
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
– have an overview of the spirit and assumptions that inform the Motivational Interviewing (MI) counselling approach.
– have some foundational understanding of the strategies and techniques being used in MI to reduce resistance during counselling sessions.
– have some foundational understanding of the strategies and techniques being used in MI to increase clients’ intrinsic motivation to change.
Facilitator
Mr SB Viknesan, MSocSc (Counselling), Grad Dip (Educational Psychology) and BSc (Psychology)
Total Training Hours
10 hours
Schedule
(Participants have to
attend all lectures to be
awarded the Certificate)

Date: 3 August 2024 (Saturday)
Time: 9.00am to 4.00pm

Date: 7 August 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 6.45pm to 9.45pm

Venue
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, 1 Kay Siang Road, #08-01/02 Singapore 248922
Fees
$ 250.00 (with GST) (All prices will be subjected  to change without prior notice)
Award
Certificate of Attendance (awarded by Executive Counselling and Training Academy)
Mode of Delivery
Dual mode of delivery – in-person as well as in ZOOM
Target Audience
Educators; professionals in medical and social sectors

Apply Now