Certificate in Foundational Systemic Thinking in Social Work and Clinical Practice




This Certificate course aims to introduce foundational systemic ideas that would promote an appreciation/ understanding of people, families, support networks and systems, from a relational lens and developmental life cycle perspective.

Participants will be provided with an in-depth understanding of salient systemic concepts such as general systems theory, circularity, feedback loops, context (inclusive of wider social and cultural discourse) and appreciate how the family functions and organises itself during transitional points, that supports personal autonomy while maintaining togetherness.


This course enables participants to:
1. Be equipped with a holistic approach in understanding complex issues beyond the presenting symptoms that are manifested in individuals and families.
2. Enhance participants with a deeper level of self-awareness and begin to develop greater self-reflexivity


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 1st module. The course will be over 4 days and will cover the topics as shown below:


Course sessions Trainers
1. Introduction to systemic thinking Elijah Sim, Terence Tan
2. The development of the self in the relational world Elijah Sim, Terence Tan
3. Problem development and resolution 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 at entry level or any level of experience working with individuals and families.

Requirements for Completion

CST does not have an assignment component. However, to be awarded the Certificate of Attendance for CST, the Trainees must attain at least 80% of attendance.

2021 Intake

Applications open on 1 June 2021  and close on 10 August 2021.
Date of commencement 6 September 2021
Date of completion 15 September 2021


  • Applicants can sign up for this course as a bundle with the Certificate in Foundational Systemic Applications in Social Work and Clinical Practice (CSA)
  • 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.


For further information, please submit your enquiries using the Contact Us form. Please remember to choose Certificate in Foundational Systemic Thinking/Applications in Social Work & Clinical Practice from the drop-down menu.

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