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Microskills for Effective Paracounselling (Practical Counselling Intermediate)

Microskills for Effective Paracounselling (Practical Counselling Intermediate)

About the Course

Please note that AHD is revamping "Practical Counselling (Intermediate)" and its new title will be "Microskills for Effective Paracounselling". Please contact us if you have any enquiries about the course.

This course is for learners who want to increase their competency by learning higher-level counselling skills to promote change and growth in peoples' lives. This course is a continuation to the WSQ-Practical Counselling Basic or Certificate in Practical Counselling (Basic) or any other basic counselling equivalent certificate (form other training organisations). It is a course for learners who want to upskill their knowledge and abilities in para-counselling, increase their competency, and expand their skill set in helping people in need. 

This course is also a pre-requisite for attending the Certificate in Practical Counselling (Advanced) in Solution-Focused Counselling course.

Pre-requisite: Learners must have completed a Basic Counselling Certificate from AHD or equivalent from other training providers, or have at least 1 year of para-counselling experience.

Course Objectives

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Observe the code of ethics on client confidentiality and gaining informed consent.

  • Apply counselling models and theories to develop practical and effective probing and counselling skills.

  • Apply counselling techniques and skills to motivate positive change in client’s thoughts and being

The main focus of the course is to apply counselling techniques and skills throughout an effective 5-step counselling process in order to draw out the strengths, positives and power in the counselees to help them to cope/overcome their difficulties and promote change and growth.

Who Should Attend

The course is targeted to upskill frontliners who work with people such as new entrants to social work, social workers, para-counsellors, community workers and even administrative staff in social service sector. This course is also suitable for the general public who are interested to become effective people helpers to help people in distress as well as those who take up the course to help themselves manage their own problems/issues.


Trainees who meet 75% class attendance and achieve “Competent” for all assessments will be issued a Statement of Attainment (SOA) awarded by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

Course Description

Your Trainer

Mrs Chan Swee Fen

Mrs Chan Swee Fen

Mrs Chan Swee Fen has more than 18 years of training experience; imparting knowledge and expertise in the area of parenting, marriage, personal effectiveness, group dynamics/facilitation and counselling. Her participants include staff from hospitals, churches, private and public educational institutions, corporate organisations and government agencies/statutory boards. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychotherapy and before that, she had completed a Social Work degree from NUS. She is a very experienced and enthusiastic trainer who knows how to balance teaching and fun in the conduct of her training.


Florence Ho, Head of Reward, Asia Pacific, Swiss Re

Swee Fen is skilled in engaging the class in learning new concepts through various team activities. A experienced counsellor!

Khng Han Tiong, Senior Executive

Trainer covered the content in a concise manner with adequate examples to help learners understand the content. Trainer is also able to provide appropriate feedback for role-play learnings.

Lawrence Lee, Executive, New Creation Church

Swee Fen is a wonderful trainer, sharing and expanding further form her wealth of experience in counselling.

Check Course Fees:

To check course fees and available fundings, please click the registration button above and navigate to the "Pricing" tab:

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Enquiries about the course?

Contact Us

Ms Rexanne Yap / 6593 5283

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