Professional Certificate Programme in Guidance and Counselling

Professional Certificate Programme in Guidance and Counselling

The curriculum consists of three compulsory modules and three elective modules, with each module taking up 21 contact hours, a total of 126 hours.

Compulsory Modules

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This module examines major notions of counselling and their theoretical framework. Special emphasis will be placed on the application of these theories in a Hong Kong school setting. Case studies will be used for illustration and discussion.

This module introduces participants to ways of understanding the counselling process and the use of micro counselling skills. Topics include: the qualities of the counsellor, the therapeutic relationship and the counselling process at different stages. Basic training on micro skills will be provided through peer practice.

This module will present various developmental themes to help participants enhance their personal growth. It covers self-exploration, interpersonal relationships and experiential learning utilizing the application of a specific counselling theory to self-enrichment. This module consists of three 7-hour workshops arranged on Saturdays or school holidays. Participants can benefit from the most suitable environment for reflecting on new ideas learned from workshops. New perspectives about self and relationships with others can also more readily take shape. Full attendance is required for this module.

Elective Modules

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This module is designed to provide an overview of important elements in group guidance and counselling. Topics include: kinds of groups; group leadership styles and what makes an effective leader; potential group problems; and group processes and dynamics. Special emphasis will be put on suitability and application in the Hong Kong context

This module is designed to provide an overview of the developmental needs of adolescents. Emphasis will be put on how the adolescent is influenced by family, school, peers and society. Topics include: basic concepts of adolescent development; cognitive development; moral development; social and personality development; factors influencing the adolescent; and specific developmental issues and problems of Hong Kong adolescents

This module is designed to provide an insight into various ways of enhancing a person's self-esteem and self-image. Topics include: understanding ourselves as humans; feelings and changes; growing towards autonomy; enabling a responsible generation; and a new way to praise and ways to enhance self-esteem in the classroom and at home.

This module is designed to provide basic skills and practice for effective interpersonal communication. Topics include: knowing your own communication styles; awareness of non-verbal language; basic active listening skills; effective responding skills; appropriate assertiveness; and life situation practice. Learning takes place through interaction, experience and trying out new skills. 

This module is designed to provide learning and practice in how to effectively manage one's emotions. Topics include: key to emotional intelligence; knowing your limits and boundaries; managing with your heart and mind; and application in classroom and family settings. This module requires participants' active involvement and honest sharing for its best outcome. 

This module is designed to provide participants with supervised field experience. Each participant has to complete 3 taped counselling sessions. Case management skills will be learned through laboratory experience and examining actual experience. The participants will gain more self-understanding and acquire enhanced fundamental counselling techniques and hence be able to provide effective service in schools. 

This module is designed to empower participants to build a comprehensive student care and support system in order to create a nurturing school environment in which children and young people can make maximum use of the opportunity to learn and grow. Topics include: the basic concepts and principles of a comprehensive student care and support system; its goals and domains, service interfacing and collaboration among key parties; and essential elements and skills to implement such a system. 

This module is designed to help the participants with knowledge and understanding to work with young people having problems of identity, intimacy and sexuality predicaments. The module will venture on dilemma and ambivalence of identity formation and intimacy faced by young people in depth. Through close examination of their own values and attitudes in these issues, participants will be equipped to help the youngsters to overcome their developmental hurdles with competence. 

This module will closely examine separation and loss in intimate relationship. Participants will learn about the emotional reaction of people to separation and bereavement, and how self may regenerate or stagnate in the dynamic process of attachment, separation, loss and reattachment. It will also introduce methods of intervention to rebuild the sense of connectedness as well as restore the momentum and normal functioning of individual after the change in intimate relationship. 

Offering of elective modules will depend on actual circumstances of the academic year.

* Basic training in counselling or the completion of CGC0001 or CGC0002 is a prerequisite for this module.

** The completion of CGC0001 or CGC0002 is a prerequisite for CGC0003. Full attendance is required for CGC0003.

# This module is ONLY open for participants of the Professional Certificate Programme in Guidance and Counselling. Before enrolling for CGC0112, participants must complete CGC0001 and CGC0002, and arrange their field placement for the Practicum Module at their own expense.