Graduate Diploma in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology

By: ASAS School

October 15, 2014


Program Introduction

To acquire a basic understanding of Psychology as an empirical science. To be exposed to the diversity of topic areas covered within the discipline of Psychology & Advanced study of Psychology. Able to to select and use the appropriate methods required to pursue a career in Psychology. To understand the theoretical background to, construction of, administration of and interpretation of psychology tests and assessment procedures.

The course aims to foster the development of research, professional skills, and a commitment to ethical behaviour. It is for students who have a basic degree, but not in the relevant fields of study required for a career in psychology. It is also for students who need a bridging program in order to apply for masters in the fields of psychology.

A) Training in research skills within the field of Clinical and Counseling psychology

a. Students will achieve foundational and applied knowledge and skills in research methodology and statistical analysis.

B) Training in clinical skills

a. The course will help students to acquire a basic understanding of psychology as an empirical science. Students will be exposed to the diversity of topic areas covered within the discipline of psychology and advanced study of psychology. Students will develop the skills needed to conduct counseling and psychological assessments.

C) Development of ethical and professional conduct and respect for diversity

a. Students will be knowledgeable about the ethical guidelines and standards related to the practice of Counseling and Psychological Assessment. They will also know how to apply these standards in their professional practice.

b. Students will be able to analyze and critically evaluate ethical dilemmas and identify appropriate means for resolution.

c. Students will be responsive to issues of diversity in their academic, research, and professional practice.



Academic Requirements

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • or a Diploma holder from Polytechnic / Advanced Diploma from Private Education Institutions or equivalent with minimum of 3 years working experience can be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • or 30 years old and above with 8 years working experience but without academic qualification can be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Language Requirements

  • Language proficiency:
    • GCE O Level English C6 and above
    • or minimum IELTS 5.5
    • or PTEA 45
    • or WPLN level 5 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing


Course Commencement Dates

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Structure and Duration

  • 8 Modules
  • 12 months, Part-time
  • 2 evenings per week, 6.45pm – 9.15pm
  • Full-time study is not available


Assessment Methods

The following types of direct assessment methods are used as evaluation tools for each module:

  • Assignments (60%)
  • Exam (40%)

Assignments may consist of Multiple choice, True/False, Short answer questions and written assignment such as essays, Case Studies, Critical Reviews and Research Papers.

The exam is held within 1 to 4 weeks after the last lesson.


Delivery Method

Classroom based.


Graduation Requirements

  • Achieve a minimum 24 credits and earn at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.3.
  • Students will be conferred Graduate Diploma in Clinical & Counseling Psychology upon completion, awarded by Arium School of Arts & Sciences.


Course Fees

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Teaching Staff & Student-Teacher ratio

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Average Teacher-Student ratio is 1:49.


Program Details

Students must complete 24 credits (equivalent of 8 modules) from the list below; with minimum of 18 credits (6 modules) from Core Electives.

ASAS does not offer all the modules listed below each semester or each year. Certain modules may be offered on an alternate-year basis or as determined by demand. Check with our consultants on the availability of the subjects:


Student Contract

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Core Electives (Choose minimum of 18 credits [6 modules] from below)


ID Subject Title Credit Hours
1. Abnormal Psychology 3
2. Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
3. Developmental Psychology 3
4. Ethics in Counseling 3
5. General Psychology 3
6. Group Counseling Process and Practice 3
7. Helping Relationship 3
8. Marriage and Family 3
9. Psychological Testing and Assessment 3
10. Research Methods 3

Free Electives (Choose minimum of 6 credits from below)

ID Subject Title Credit Hours
1. Child Play Therapy 3
2. Crime and Delinquency 3
3. Education Psychology 3
4. Family Violence 3
5. Motivation 3
6. Stress Management 3
7. Social Psychology 3
8. Theories of Personality 3
9. Practicum – Psychological Counselling Skills  N/A

Extra Electives

ID Subject Title Credit Hours
1. Present Information 1.5
2. Project A Positive and Professional Image 0.5
3. Provide Go-The-Extra-Mile Service 0.5
4. Respond To Service Challenges 0.5
5. Write Reports 1.5

Course Plan

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