The course will be funded under the non-preapproved route for VWOs.


The Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice course aims to equip social service professionals with the knowledge and skills essential to competent counselling.  Its distinctive feature is that more than 50% of course time is devoted to clinical practice under supervision thereby giving social service professionals the opportunity to hone their clinical skills. It also promotes professional development and personal growth of the participants.

This course is fully recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) as a course that prepares individuals to be registered counsellors in Singapore.


This course enables participants to:
1. Grasp the concepts and theories of counselling.
2. Describe, discriminate and demonstrate core counselling skills.
3. Utilise the Problem-Solving Approach as a practice model. 
4. Understand how to work with specific client groups and issues.
5. Enhance competency in counselling practice through live supervision and consultation of their clinical work.


300 hours (part-time), 10 months.


Classes are held on Mondays. The course is full day, initially from 9am to 5pm for the first 10 weeks, and gradually progressively adjusted such that the classes will be from 11am to 9pm by the beginning of the second semester. The course comprises of the two main components of theory and supervised clinical practice, covered in the following modules.


Course Modules Trainers
1. Counselling Concepts and Theories Steven Soh, Jadelyn Lim (Mrs Jade Low), Cheryl Lim, Valerie Oh, Charlotte Chen
2. Problem-Solving Approach: An Approach to Counselling Cheryl Lim, Charlotte Chen, Valerie Oh
3. Working with Specific Client Groups Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Foo Soo Jen, Sim Sian Kiong (Elijah). Rebecca Tan (Mrs Rebecca Lo), Terence Tan, Tony Ong
4. Counselling Skills and Supervised Practice Cheryl LIm, Valerie Oh, Charlotte Chen

Minimum Class Size: 15

Average Teacher-Student Ratio:  1:6

Teaching and Learning Strategies

We are planning for the lectures of July 2021 intake to be conducted in our premises.

Group supervision will be conducted in small groups (less than 10 persons) in our premises as well. Each group will be assigned with a supervisor for interactive and experiential learning such as group discussions, reflective exercises, audio/video-taped demonstration of clinical work and supervised practice of clinical work.

However, in the event that the pandemic worsens and that we are unable to gather, we will adjust and run the training with adaption to the prevailing safe management measures. We will make these arrangements as soon as there is clarity about what is safe.

Applicants should:
1. Be at least 23 years old and be proficient in English
2. Possess a degree preferably in Counselling, Psychology, Social Work and/or other related field
3. Have acquired at least 2 years working experience involving formal counselling work

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments, project paper, written examination, clinical viva, clinical supervisor’s assessment.

Requirements for Completion

Trainees should:
1. Attain attendance of at least 80% of total course hours (300 hours).
2. Obtain a pass grade (scoring 50% and above) for each of the three components, namely, the written examination, clinical evaluation and project paper.
3. Submit 100-hour log of counselling work at agency of practice.
4. Fulfil required number of sessions for individual supervision and personal tape reviews.
5. Submit all written coursework.

2021/2022 Intake

2020/2021 INTAKE: JULY 2021
Applications closed on 31 Mar 2021 5pm.
Date of commencement 5 July 2021
Date of completion 23 May 2022

Documents for Application

Submission of the following supportive documents is required for processing of the application:
1. CV
2. Educational qualifications
3. Letter of reference from the home agency/ Employer 
4. Personal statement – A letter of introduction not exceeding 500 words on your reasons and/or experiences that have shaped your desire to apply for this course of study


Applicants will be notified via email within 7 days from the closing date of application if they have been shortlisted for an interview.

The interview dates are 13 April to 22 April 2021.

Successful applicants will have to attend a compulsory meeting to sign the Student Contract on 19 May 2021, 1.00pm via Zoom platform.

How to Apply

Please submit the Training Application Form for the online course application.


For further information, please submit your enquiries using the Contact Us form. Please remember to mention the name of the course you are enquiring for.

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