Date: Mon, October 02, 2017

We are pleased to introduce Singapore’s first certificate course in gerontological counselling for counsellors and social workers to acquire the essential psycho-therapeutic knowledge, skills and attitudes for helping older persons in a community setting. 

The Specialist Diploma in Gerontological Counselling uses a practice-based, holistic, bio-psychosocial and person-centred methodology that is designed for the counsellor or social worker as an adult learner and professional
who employs a multitude of learning tools and resources in the implementation of their clinical work.

This diploma course draws on the expertise of the Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, a specialist in integrated psycho-social and medical eldercare to enable ageing in place. Its distinguished advisors include Prof Bob G. Knight, Ph.D, Board Certified in Geropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP); Editor, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences; and Professor, School of Psychology & Counselling, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Course Objectives
The 11 course modules conducted over 11 months focus on three key areas:
• Development of a therapeutic worldview necessary for the counsellor/social worker to deliver a person-directed, strengthbased, goal-focused systemic psychological intervention
• The client-counsellor interactive counselling process from client engagement, assessment to goal setting, implementation and evaluation
• Specialist areas particular to working with elders e.g. grief and loss

Admission Criteria
Application for enrolment in the Specialist Diploma in Gerontological Counselling is open to social workers, medical social workers, counsellors, psychologists, and case managers with the following minimum qualifications:
• A degree in social work or psychology or counselling 
• Minimum 2 years related working experience
• OR successful interview for candidates who do not meet the above criteria

Early Bird Discount
An early bird discount of $500 will be extended to applicants making a full fee payment before 1 Feb 2016.

Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) Members
SASW members will be given a discount of $500.
Applicants can enjoy only one of these two discounts.

Course Details
Title: Specialist Diploma in Gerontological Counselling 
Dates and Schedule: To be confirmed for 2017
Schedule: Wednesdays (9.00 am to 5.30pm)
Venue: Tsao Foundation, 298 Tiong Bahru Road #15-01, Central Plaza Singapore 168730
Course Fees: Fee for the full 11-month Specialist Diploma in Gerontological Counselling Course is $7,500 (subject to GST)
Funding Support: VWOs-Charities Capability Fund (VCF) Training Grant provides up to $4,500 for this course. All subsidies are subject to terms and conditions from NCSS. WDA funding support of $3,750 is available for Singapore Citizens. Applicants can enjoy only one of these two funding.
Registration: Further information & registration,
please contact:
Fabian Chong at 6593 9547,

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