Master of Social Sciences (Counselling)
The curriculum shall extend over (a) not less than two academic years for the part time two-year study, or (b) not less than three academic years for the part-time three-year study, inclusive of intervening vacation.
Candidates are required to complete 66 credits, including 5 compulsory courses (6 credits each), and 3 elective courses (6 credits each) or 1 elective course (6 credits) with a dissertation (12 credits), a skills training laboratory (6 credits each) and a practicum (12 credits) that includes a practice-based project report. Elective courses are so designed that they can provide a focused study in one of three service settings: welfare, education, and health care. By selecting a particular combination of courses, candidates may (1) specialize in one stream from these three service settings; or (2) choose a more broad-based curriculum; or (3) choose to complete 1 elective course with a dissertation (equivalent to two courses) if candidates are interested in advancing their research skills.
Candidates can take a maximum of one elective course from the Master of Buddhist Counselling programme. Teachers from the Master of Buddhist Counselling programme may also serve as the co-supervisor in the Capstone Experience Courses if the area of study is relevant. The selection of cross-listed courses and co-supervision of Capstone Experience Courses shall be subject to the approval of the Programme Director/Chairman of the two respective programmes.
(A) Compulsory Courses
Candidates shall complete the following courses from the first semester in Year One to the first semester in Year Two.
|SOWK6040||Practice research in human services|
|SOWK6158||Critical issues in human development|
|SOWK6160||Assessment and testing|
|SOWK6161||Theories and practice in counselling and professional ethics|
(B) Elective Courses** 1. Elective courses will be offered spanning from the summer semester in Year One to the 2nd semester in Year Two.
2. Not all eletive courses will necssarily be offered in a given year.
|SOWK6022||Emotion-focused interventions: theory and practice|
|SOWK6162||Counselling in the welfare setting|
|SOWK6163||Counselling in the health care setting|
|SOWK6164||Counselling in educational setting|
|SOWK6166||Substance abuse counselling|
|SOWK6188||The fundamentals of art therapy|
|SOWK6274||Theories and practices of positive psychology and strength-based interventions|
|SOWK6276||Philosophy, science and art of fostering authentic and intimate connections|
|SOWK6299||Applied motivational interviewing in addiction recovery|
|SOWK6314||Theories and practices in coaching in the workplace|
|SOWK6330||Special topics in counselling I|
|SOWK6331||Special topics in counselling II|
(C) Skills Training (Compulsory)
Through experiential learning this course provides training in relationship building strategies and skills related to individual and group counselling.
|SOWK6170||Skills training laboratory|
(D) Practicum (Compulsory)
Students are encouraged to find and secure their own fieldwork placement for the practicum training.
(E) Dissertation (Optional)