Specific Skills in Counselling

PSC60012 12.5 Credit Points Singapore


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


Admission to: GC-SSCPC Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling)
OR GD-SSCPC Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling)
OR MA-SSCPC Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling)
Admission to
MA-COUADV  Master of Counselling (Advanced), or
GD-COU Graduate Diploma  of Counselling or
GC-COU  Graduate Certificate  of Counselling



Aims and objectives

This unit equips students with basic attending competencies such as counselling microskills, questioning techniques, reflection of feelings, listening, and non-verbal language, towards the development of effective rapport in a counselling relationship. It reinforces fundamental counsellor qualities such as empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard in the context of specific client settings.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate various styles of listening and attending competencies in order to develop a therapeutic alliance.
2. Describe and evaluate the role of a counsellor, and acquire the basic counselling skills that would be necessary in facilitating the change process for a client.
3. Identify and analyse the student’s personal values, beliefs, and development, and how it might influence his / her efficacy in the role of a counsellor.
4. Identify common psycho-emotional needs of specific client groups, and know how to contextually apply the acquired attending skills for these clients

Courses with unit

MA-COUADV Master of Counselling (Advanced), or
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling or
GC-COU Graduate Certificate of Counselling