Certificate in Foundational Systemic Applications in Social Work and Clinical Practice




This course builds on the “Certificate in Foundational Systemic Thinking in Social Work and Clinical Practice” by bridging thinking to clinical and casework practice. It seeks to promote relational and collaborative practice that brings intentionality to the forth. This is closely connected with the “use of the self” as a main tool in practice, especially in the uncertain and risk environment that practice is operating from.


This course enables participants to:
1. Incorporate systemic thinking into practice through a more conversational approach to working with others.
2. Deepen their self-reflexivity through examining their relational positioning and stance in the context of uncertainty and risks


21 Hours (2 weeks)


Participants will attend lectures together with the Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Thinking and Approaches (PGC-STA) as this course is its 2nd module. The course will be over 4 days and will cover the topics as shown below:


Course sessions Trainers
1a. Reflexive practice (I): Domains of Action

1b. Therapeutic practice: Interventive Interviewing (I)

Elijah Sim, Terence Tan
2a. Reflexive practice (II): Safe uncertainty and relational risk-taking

2b. Therapeutic practice: Interventive Interviewing (II)

Elijah Sim, Terence Tan

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Participants will be engaged in the learning process with lectures, small group discussions led by an experienced team of Therapists from CCC and experiential exercises through online interactive tools.

In view of COVID-19 safety measures, the training will be conducted online via Zoom. It will be an interactive training with utilisation of breakout group discussions, experiential exercises in small groups with facilitators.

Applicant Requirements:
1. The course is relevant for social workers, counsellors, case managers and practitioners who are in direct practice with individuals and families.
2. Participants from “Certificate in foundational systemic thinking in social work and clinical practice” will be eligible to apply.

Methods of Assessment

Written assignment.

Requirements for Completion

Trainees should:
1. Attain at least 80% of attendance of the total course hours (21 Hours)
2. Complete and submit 1 written assignment by the stipulated deadline and obtain at least a pass in the written assignment.

2021 Intake

Applications open on 1 June 2021  and close on 10 August 2021.
Date of commencement 20 September 2021
Date of completion 29 September 2021


  • Trainees can sign up for this course as a bundle with the Certificate in Foundational Systemic Thinking in Social Work and Clinical Practice (CST)
  • Applicants will be notified via email within 7 days from the closing date of application if they have been accepted into the course.

How to Apply

Please submit the Training Application Form when the applications open.


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