Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Couples


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


This is a 98-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 on 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 2.5 days intensive training with an overseas Trainer who is a renown systemic practitioner.


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 management of ethical dilemmas.


98 hours (part-time), 4 months.


The course will be on Thursdays, 2pm-5.30pm AND Fridays, 9am to 12.30pm.


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.
Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Foo Soo Jen, RebeccaTan (Mrs Rebecca Lo), Sim Sian Kiong (Elijah), Steven Soh, Tony Ong, Terence Tan and Jadelyn Lim (Mrs Jade Low).
2. Intensive Training and Practice

  • During this programme, there will be an intensive training workshop that facilitates the deepening of systemic thinking and effective practice with couples. It also includes a post-workshop session to consolidate learning from the workshop.
2.5 days’ intensive training with a visiting lecturer on specialised topics.
3. 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, RebeccaTan (Mrs Rebecca Lo), Sim Sian Kiong (Elijah), Steven Soh, Tony Ong, Terence Tan and Jadelyn Lim (Mrs Jade Low).
4. 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.
Jade Low, Steven Soh
Minimum Class Size: 10
Average Teacher-Student Ratio:  1:10

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, we will be conducting all lectures online via zoom. Trainees will attend online lectures together with the Post Graduate Diploma in Family and Systemic Practice as this course is its first module.

Group supervision will be conducted in small groups (less than 10 persons) at our premise. 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 for group supervision sessions, 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.

Applicant Requirements:
1. Applicants should possess a minimum of a diploma and/or degree in social work or counselling, psychology and other relevant qualifications. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed a postgraduate certificate/basic course in systemic thinking and family therapy with a minimum of 60 training hours.
2. This training is most relevant for social workers, counsellors or psychologists who have a minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience working with couples in diverse settings such as family service centres, specialised centres such as DSSAs (Divorce Support Specialist Agencies), counselling centres and medical/psychiatric hospitals. They should 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, journal of reflection of learning.

Requirements for Completion

Trainees should:
1. Attain attendance of at least 80% of the total course hours (98 Hours)
2. Submit and pass (Score 50% and above) a written assignment
3. Submit journals of reflection of learning.

2021 Intake

2021  INTAKE: APRIL 2021
Applications closed on 11 Mar 2021 5pm.
Date of commencement 15 April 2021
Date of completion 16 August 2021

Documents for Application

Submission of the following supportive documents is required for processing of the application:
1. CV
2. Educational qualifications
3. Completed Letter of reference from the home agency/ Employer 
4. Completed Certification by Centre Head


  • Applicants will be notified via email within 14 days from the closing date of application if they are accepted to the course.
  • Successful applicants will have to attend a compulsory meeting to sign the Student Contract on 5 Apr 2021, 12.00 pm via Zoom platform.

How to Apply

Please submit the Training Application Form for online course application.


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