Overview

The primary aim of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling programme is to provide students with the advanced knowledge and skills pertaining to the theories and techniques of counselling.

Objective

To equip all graduating students with all the vital knowledge and skills so as to ensure that each and every student is effectively well versed at an advanced level to cope well in their career as counsellors.
To develop students’ intellectual capabilities of interpretation and analysis; critical evaluation; selection and synthesis; reasoned argument; research and problem solving skills related to counselling at an advanced level.
To enable students to hone certain vital skills that are essential in the field of counselling such as communication skills, problem-solving skills, team work and personal responsibility.

Course Structure

The primary aim of the General English course, as offered by City Metropolitan is to provide students with effective instruction, knowledge and understanding of the various skills in the English language.

Course Outline

The programme consists of 6 modules:
Counselling Theories 2
Psychology 2
Psychology 3
Counselling Skills and Techniques 2
Counselling Children and Adolescents
Counselling the Elderly
Counselling people with special needs
Research in Counselling

Course Synopsis

Counselling Theories 2 This course examines the advance techniques and therapeutic processes that characterize various theoretical approaches in counselling and psychotherapy. The models are clustered according to the four major forces in psychology: Psychodynamic (Psychoanalytic, Adlerian); Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural (Behavioural, Cognitive-Behavioural, Reality); Humanistic (Existential, Person-Centred, Gestalt); and Contextual/Systemic (Feminist, Family Systems, Multicultural). Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the various approaches as well as self-reflection in relation to values, beliefs, assumptions about human nature, and worldview.

Psychology 2 This course is designed to introduce the scientific study of human nature at immediate level. You will learn how psychologists ask questions from several different perspectives: questions about the relation of brain and behavior, about perception, about learning and thinking, about development, about social behavior and personality, and about psychopathology and psychotherapy. You will also learn the methods psychologists use to find the answers to these questions and become acquainted with many important findings and theoretical approaches in the field of psychology. At the end of the course, you will learn to think critically about psychological evidence, and evaluate its validity and relevance to important issues in your life.

Psychology 3 This course is designed to introduce the scientific study of human nature at advance level. You will learn how psychologists ask questions from several different perspectives: questions about the relation of brain and behavior, about perception, about learning and thinking, about development, about social behavior and personality, and about psychopathology and psychotherapy. You will also learn the methods psychologists use to find the answers to these questions and become acquainted with many important findings and theoretical approaches in the field of psychology. At the end of the course, you will learn to think critically about psychological evidence, and evaluate its validity and relevance to important issues in your life.

Counselling Skills and Techniques 2 The module is designed as advance level to interviewing with a focus in developing knowledge, attitudes and skills essential to effective counselling. Personal skills integration is covered and is simulated in practice sessions. It also provides students with the basic ethical practice necessary to safeguard counselling clients.

Counselling Children and Adolescents Counselling with children and adolescents is a specialist area that requires a particular child-centred perspective and creative, flexible application of skills and knowledge. This course will introduce advanced skills and approaches for responding to young clients from a cognitive, behavioural, emotion-focused and person-centred perspective. Presented as intensive workshops, the course equips counsellors to apply appropriate micro-skills, to synthesise theoretical frameworks and evaluate techniques that may be suitable for an individual client. 

Counselling the ElderlyThis course examines the process of ageing and emotional and psychological problems related to ageing. The counsellor's role in assisting and counselling the elderly will be discussed. Topics include the myths and facts of ageing, case management of elderly clients, disability and ageing, home health and community services and effective counselling practices with elderly clients.

Counselling people with special needshave a basic knowledge of the key areas of special needs client , educational theory, and the etiology of the major types of disabilities;
have the skills necessary for the identification of specific disabilities and the diagnosis and assessment of individual weaknesses;
be able to develop competency in a range of teaching skills to suit the needs of the special needs clients being taught; and
be able to plan and evaluate individualized intervention programmes for their own area of disability specialization.

Research in Counselling This module will introduce the nature and purpose of research in the helping professions. Participants will gain an understanding of the process of conducting research, research ethics, reliability and validity issues in measuring variables; and strengths and weaknesses of various research strategies and designs. Participants will also be introduced to basic statistical concepts and methods. This knowledge also serves as a foundation to research related topics in other modules.

Teacher Qualifications

All teachers are registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE). All teachers have the required qualifications.
Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:30
Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity

Entry Requirements

Age: At least 17 years old.
Minimum 3 credits in the GCE 'O' examinations or equivalent qualifications
NITEC Holders or qualifications or equivalent qualifications
GCE 'A' Levels, Higher NITEC or equivalent qualifications
Student must have a credit of at least C6 in English in the GCE O levels exams-those without the relevant credit must undergo an English qualifying exam

Education Pathways

Student who has graduated from Diploma in Counselling from City Metropolitan College may apply for Advanced Counselling from City Metropolitan College