Programme Leader: Dr. Annis L. C. Fung
Associate Programme Leader: Dr. Dennis C. S. Ip
Admission Tutor: Mr. Raymond W. M. Chan
This programme aims to develop the competence of professional practitioners working in a broad range of human services and other professional/occupational fields by offering professional and advanced education in counselling.
The programme offers a flexible structure to allow varying lengths of completion and multiple exit points (Master’s Degree – 30 credits, Post-graduate Diploma – 24 credits; Post-graduate Certificate – 12 credits). To graduate with the Master’s Degree award, students must complete either the Counselling Practicum or the (Research) Project before the completion of the study. Part-time students have a choice to take either the counselling practicum or the (research) project; while full-time students must take the (research) project.
Building on a common foundation of core courses, students may also choose from three areas of elective courses, namely, “general electives”, “research methods”, and “specialized electives”. Classes are normally held on weekday evenings and occasionally on Saturday afternoons. For details of the core/elective courses offered, please refer to the links below:
Our MSSC programme has been accredited by the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA) since 2011. Graduates after 2004 are eligible to apply for a full membership at HKPCA. Additionally, graduates who have completed the Counselling Practicum are eligible to run for a professional status of “Certified Counsellor”. For details of professional membership and accreditation, please refer to the website of HKPCA at http://www.hkpca.org.hk.
When you are feeling blue, have you ever wondered the reason behind? Because of quarrelling family, volatile relationship or demanding workload? Undoubtedly we all know the imminent cause of our distress, but what brings us to react differently in emotion and behavior when facing on same issue? Obviously I’m deeply intrigued with all the empirical supported theories detailing different reasons behind, such as maladaptive beliefs cause our psychological distress from Cognitive Therapy by Aaron Beck. When having a better picture of the root of my emotional distress and ways of behaviour, I learn to be more responsible on my own act and acceptance on my own self instead of harshly self criticising. What matters more is I become more lenient and acceptance on others with empathy when treating myself with kindness, which is the first step of learning to be a counsellor with empathetic understanding. Studying counselling not only aids my understanding of my own self and others, but also opening myself to much joyful life.
At the time of enrollment in MSSC, I didn’t expect the enlightenments I’d got from studying the course.
The lectures equipped me with counselling skills & knowledge, while the practicum sites provided me with invaluable experiences when walking through lives of 30+ real people, which I would never have such opportunities without joining this course. The whole experience provided me with better understanding of our deepest psychological needs in the relationships with key persons (i.e., one’s father, mother, spouse, children & own self). During practicum, I saw inner changes in people when they were courageously walking through their lives with me, admitting to one’s grudges, talking about their deepest emotional needs, reaching out to their family members and closing my practicum experiences with joy.
That was a rewarding learning experience. I really want to share the joy of personal growth in studying the course with you!
The experience of studying MSSC is something personal. Each of us came with different expectations at the beginning of the journey and achieved different goals at the end of the course. The professional and academic knowledge were no doubt important, but the capacity of self-reflection had been most valuable till the end. Yet to me, the end was the beginning because the experience and knowledge gained provide a different perspective when looking at one’s inner self, be it my own or of others; where I learn, naturally and continuously, to listen and becoming more empathetical with respect to choices and actions of others that may differ from mine and my own worldview. This is not simply about being in the role of counsellor, but in our own daily role of being a friend, a family member, a colleague or as a collective in social community.