Graduate Diploma in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Psychology

By: ASAS School

October 15, 2014


Program Description

Psychology and counselling are the study of behaviour and cognition, both as social sciences and life sciences. The graduate diploma reflects this dual nature. Humans are studied in interaction with others, and to answer questions about how we perceive our world, learn, formulate goals, react to stress, and interact with others. Psychology and counselling in itself are highly interdisciplinary, drawing on neurophysiology, sociology, philosophy, and mathematics meet evolving standards for evidence-based practice, rising educational standards, increased professional regulation, and rapid social and economic change. Students will gain a solid grounding and thorough integration of theory, research and practice, as well as a capacity to engage within the field of human distress and wellbeing.


Program Objectives

Graduates will be able to:

  • summarise and differentiate between core psychology topics areas in terms of their theoretical background, conceptualisation, and prediction of patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and mental health. Core topic areas include: sensation and perception; learning and memory; personality and intelligence; abnormal psychology; social psychology; developmental psychology; clinical psychology; counselling and its related branches.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Psychology and of research/analytic methods.
  • demonstrate integration and application of research, theory, and methods of practice in psychology.
  • display a high level of understanding of major evidence-based research theory and current practices in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities.
  • conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and attitudes of psychology; exhibit an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional practice and respect all aspects of diversity; demonstrate awareness and sensitivity in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities; apply ethical and legal concepts in professional activities; and practice personal and professional self-awareness.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply principles of counselling and psychology to individual, social, and community issues.
  2. Identify, describe, and contrast the foundations, the major theoretical approaches, the research methods used, and the key research findings in psychology, including an understanding of the larger, real-world context
  3. Achieve proficiency in the application of basic research methods and experimental design principles
  4. Demonstrate the knowledge and competencies to manage counselling issues and interventions
  5. Use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to evaluate problems related to behaviours and mentalprocesses
  6. Demonstrate the ability to design, implement, and communicate basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant ethical issues, and recognize the necessity of ethical behaviour, in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology and counselling
  8. Demonstrate effective and critical written and oral communication skills


Instructional & Assessment Methods

1) Learning and Teaching

The program will be delivered using a combination of direct teaching (interactive lectures, discussion-based learning) and indirect formats (inquiry-based learning, collaborative learning, problem-based learning). Students are expected to supplement class time with directed and self-directed learning.

2) Assessment

Assessment is through summative (examinations, term papers) and formative (quizzes, group work, discussion forums, class participation) which draw on interactions within all the aspects of the course.



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 Fees

If you apply for our programs, you can receive grants of up to S$1,700 for Graduate Diplomas.

SkillsFuture Credits: Singaporeans aged 25 and above may use their SkillsFuture credits of up to S$500.

Additional Government Subsidies: Singaporeans and PRs may receive additional Government subsidies of up to 70%.

Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA): Singaporeans aged 21 to 30 may use their PSEA to offset up to S$3,420, if available, of their course fees.

For miscellaneous fees, kindly refer to the Payment of Fees page.

Leave us a message or give us a call at 6338 0727 to find out more about your eligibility for the above!


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


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.


Teaching Staff & Student-Teacher ratio

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Average Teacher-Student ratio is 1:49.


Program Details

Students must complete 6 core electives and 2 free 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 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 Counselling 3
5. Ethics, Values and Legislation (WSQ) (Classroom & Asynchronous) 3
6. Group Counseling Process and Practice 3
7. Marriage and Family 3
8. Psychological Testing and Assessment 3
9. Helping Relationships 3

Free Electives

ID Subject Title Credit Hours
1. Case Management in Practice (WSQ) 4
2. Para-Counselling (WSQ) 3
3. Practicum – Psychological Counselling Skills NC
4. Present Information (WSQ) 1.5
5. Research Methods 3
6. Resilience and Self-Care (WSQ) 3
7. Service Challenges (WSQ) 0.5
8. Service Excellence (WSQ) 1
9. Social Psychology 3
10. Theories of Personality  3
11. Write Reports  1.5


Course Plan

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