Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Couples


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

Application Deadline: 29 February 2024


This is a 94.5-hours part-time programme to equip trainees to work with couples. This programme will provide trainees with a greater understanding of the dynamics of couples from a systemic framework. Its distinctive feature is the emphasis on facilitating trainees’ development of a repertoire of skills and techniques through guidance and supervision of their clinical practice with couples.

This course is module 1 of Post Graduate Diploma in Family and Systemic Practice (PGDFSP). Lectures will be combined while supervision groups will be conducted separately. The course will include a 2-day intensive training with an overseas trainer who is a renowned systemic practitioner.

Learning Outcomes

This course enables participants to:
1. Develop an intermediate level of theoretical and clinical training in working with couples with a systemic approach.
2. Apply clinical and case management skills appropriately in convening and engaging couples in a range of challenging issues and in working with them systemically in multi-disciplinary settings.
3. Increase self-reflexivity by generating an understanding of self as a practitioner in clinical practice and in the management of ethical dilemmas.


94.5 hours (part-time), 5 months.


The course will be on Fridays, 9.00am to 6.00pm.

There will be a block of intensive training session (2 consecutive full-days, possibly Thu-Fri, subject to further confirmation) from a visiting lecturer in May 2024 respectively.

*Supervision of Clinical Practice with Couples will be on Fridays 9.00am-4.00pm.

Course Modules Trainers

1. Principles and Precepts in Working with Couples

  • In this component, trainees will revisit and reconnect with a selection of systemic theories and models that are effective for working with couples.
  • It seeks to lay a theoretical foundation based on systemic concepts, and introduce useful frameworks of practice with couples.
  • 2-day intensive training with a visiting lecturer on specialised topics.
Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng),
Terence Tan

2. Working with Specific Issues

  • This component focuses on common challenges faced by couples in the Singapore context.
  • A broad spectrum of issues, challenges and contexts will be addressed, namely: working with emotions and high conflicts, betrayal and infidelity, relational and domestic violence, separation and divorce, post-divorce and reconstituted families, sex and sexuality, grief and loss, trauma, mental health concerns, illness and disabilities, spirituality.
  • Practical ideas on how to work with these challenges will also be explored.
Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng),
Foo Soo Jen, Cheryl Lim,
Charlotte Chen, Andrew Wong,
Terence Tan, Lim Li Zhen and
Jadelyn Lim (Mrs Jade Low).

3. Supervision of Clinical Practice with Couples

  • Opportunities will be given to trainees for the acquisition and honing of counselling skills in working with couples through skills demonstration and practice, group and individual supervision.
Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng),
Foo Soo Jen
Minimum Class Size: 10
Average Teacher-Student Ratio:  1:10

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The course includes an integrated approach comprising lectures, interactive group activities, experiential exercises, and case studies.

Group supervision will be conducted in small groups (less than 10 persons) at our premises. 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.

Applicant Requirements:
1. Be at least 23 years old and be proficient in English.
2. Possess a degree in Counselling, Psychology or Social Work and or post graduate diploma in Social Work or Counselling.
3. Have completed CST, CSA or PGC-STA (conducted by CCC) or equivalent of a postgraduate certificate/basic course in systemic thinking and family therapy with at least 40 training course hours.
4. Have a minimum of 2 of relevant work experience and currently involved in working with couples in diverse settings such as family service centres, FAM@FSC, counselling centres and medical/psychiatric hospitals.
5. Obtain relevant permission for audio/video recorded materials to be utilised for supervision in class, and/or for clients to be brought in for live supervised practice.

Methods of Assessment

Written assignment.

Assessment Schedule

Submission of written assignment by the course end date.

Requirements for Completion

Trainees should:
1. Attain attendance of at least 80% of the total 94.5 course hours
2. Submit and pass (score 50% and above) a written assignment
3. Completion of log of clinical work with couples in home agency (20hrs)
4. Video/ ‘live’ supervision presentation in class (at least 2hr)

Trainees will be awarded ‘Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Couples’ upon fulfilling the Requirements for Completion.

Opportunities for Further Education

Post Graduate Certificate in:

  • Systemic Practice with Children, Youth and their Families
  • Supervision and Practice in Working with Couples and Families

Post Graduate Diploma in:

  • Family and Systemic Practice


APRIL 2024
Date of commencement 5 April 2024
Date of completion 8 August 2024

Documents for Application

Submission of the following supportive documents is required for processing of the application:
1. CV
2. Educational qualifications and highest English language proficiency (with grades attained, if applicable)
3. Completed Letter of reference from the home agency/ Employer 
4. Completed Certification by Centre Head

Shortlisted Applicants

  • Applicants will be notified via email within 7 days from the closing date of application if they are accepted to the course.

How to Apply

Please submit the Training Application Form when the applications are open.

Closing date for the April 2024 intake is 19 January 2024. 


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