The Programme

The Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology is a professional degree that qualifies graduates for registration with professional associations. The programme is designed to create a distinct professional identity for Counselling Psychologists, and to contribution toward meeting the currently psychological needs within the community.
  • Latest News
    1. The deadline of application of 2020 September intake has been postponed to 28 March 2020. Please refer to "Application Procedures" section for further details.  
    2. The information seminar will be held at 7:30 p.m. on 17 January 2020 (Friday) at the Lecture Hall 303, 3/F, Lower Block, Research Complex at HKSYU. Please click HERE for reservation.  
      3. Programme Synopsis @ Recruit 13 Dec 2019  
      4. 輔導心理學碩士課程首屆學生畢業
    (HKSYU first Master's degrees awarded) @ HKSYU Newsletter (p.6-7)
     
      5. Leaflet about "Counselling Psychology" (Chinese version)  
      6. Press release (Hong Kong Economics Times) in November 2012  
      7. Press release (South China Morning Post) in November 2010  
      8. Press release (South China Morning Post) on 5 April 2010  
      9. Press release (Economic Digest) on 27 March 2010  
      10. Press release (South China Morning Post)

  • Programme Information
    Title of Award: Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology
    Mode of Attendance: Full time/Part time
    Intake Quota per Annum: 24
    Duration of Programme: Full time: 2 years (4 semesters & 1 summer term) 
    Part time: 4 years  (8 semesters & 2 summer terms)
    Programme Director: Dr. Raysen CHEUNG
    The total number of credits required for graduation: 63
    Total Tuition Fees: $151,200 (i.e. $2,400 for one credit)
  • Programme Structure
    The First Semester
    Code Title Credit
    CP514 Psychotherapy I 3
    CP516 Research Methods in Counselling Psychology 3
    CP519
    Assessment and Evaluation for Counselling Psychology I 3
    CP522 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology 3
    Subtotal 12
         
    The Second Semester
    Code Title Credit
    CP515 Psychotherapy II 3
    CP518
    Research Workshops and Seminars in Counseling Psychology 3
    CP520 Assessment and Evaluation for Counselling Psychology II 3
         
      Clinical Practicum I (choose one of the following laboratory courses) 3
    CP500  - Play Therapy  
    CP501  - Solution Focused Brief Therapy  
    CP502  - Client-Centred Therapy  
    CP503  - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy  
    CP504  - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
         
    CP517 Cultural and Individual Diversity 3
    CP524 Internship** 3
      Subtotal 18
         
    Summer
    Code Title Credit
    CP525 Externship I** 3
      Subtotal 3
     
    The Third Semester
    Code Title Credit
    CP534 Specific Issues in Developmental Psychology 3
         
      Clinical Practicum II (choose one of the following laboratory courses) 3
    CP500  - Play Therapy  
    CP501  - Solution Focused Brief Therapy  
    CP502  - Client-Centred Therapy  
    CP503  - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy  
    CP504  - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
         
      Clinical Seminar I (Choose one of the following seminars)* 3
    CP505  - Mental Health Counselling  
    CP507  - School Psychology and Counselling  
    CP509
     - Vocational Psychology and Counselling  
    CP511  - Couple and Family Counselling  
         
    CP526
    Externship II** 3
    CP530 Dissertation (Part I of II) 6
    Subtotal 18
         
    The Fourth Semester
    Code Title Credit
      Clinical Seminar II (Choose one of the following seminars)* 3
    CP505  - Mental Health Counselling  
    CP507  - School Psychology and Counselling  
    CP509
     - Vocational Psychology and Counselling  
    CP511  - Couple and Family Counselling  
         
    CP527 Externship III** 3
    CP531 Dissertation (Part II of II) 6
      Subtotal 12
         
    Clinical Seminars*

    The four clinical seminars provide specialty knowledge on how to work in different settings. It is a unique opportunity to learn more advanced clinical techniques and interventions as applied to specific populations. They combine both conceptual and practical understanding of how to put counselling psychology techniques into practice according to the different contextual needs.

    Internship and Externships**

    Students are required to work two full weekdays per week (Monday to Saturday) in both Internship and Externships.

    Skills Labs

    Skills labs are offered for those who want to enhance their practical skills in using counselling psychology techniques. This is an almost entirely practice-based experience conducted in a small group setting with faculty who are clinical and counselling psychologists to provide hands-on guidance, direction, and demonstration.

  • Entrance Requirements

    General Requirements

    Applicants for admission to the Master of Social Sciences (Counselling Psychology) Programme must either

    1. be in possession of a Bachelor's degree with first or second class honours in Psychology from a recognized local or overseas university OR
    2. be in possession of a Bachelor's degree with first or second class honours in fields other than Psychology, AND have completed a post- graduate conversion programme in Psychology (e.g. Master of Social Sciences in Psychology etc)

    Applicants are subject to psychological tests, English writing tests, and are required to attend individual and group interviews.

    Specific Requirement

    Successful applicants who meet the General Requirements stated above are conditionally admitted into the programme, subject to the presentation of proof of completion of a foundation course in Counselling Psychology. Those who have not taken this course at the time of application may choose to enrol in the course offered by the Hong Kong Shue Yan University during the Summer Semester.

    Language Requirement

    Fluency in English and Chinese, in both oral and written forms, is required of all applicants. Those with honours degree from local universities or overseas universities where the medium of instruction is English, will be assumed to have met this requirement. For all other applicants, an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent is required to prove fluency in English.

    IT Literacy

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate IT literacy and competence by showing evidence of having successfully completed courses in IT applications either in their undergraduate studies or from recognized institutions of learning or from their work experience

  • Application Procedures

    Information Seminar

    The information seminar will be held at 7:30 p.m. on 17 January 2020 (Friday) at the Lecture Hall 303, 3/F, Lower Block, Research Complex at HKSYU. Please click HERE for registration.

    Important Dates (For September 2020 Cohort)

    In response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the recently announced Mandatory Home Quarantine Order of the Hong Kong SAR Government, the application deadline and interview day of the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology programme 2020 cohort have been postponed as following :

    28 March 2020 Deadline for Application
    18 April 2020 Interview Day
    25 April 2020 Second interview/ Written test (if required)

    Application Procedures

    A completed application shall consist of the following documents:
    - Application form (pdf version/ doc version)
    (which include "Passport size photo", "Autobiographical Statement" and "Promotion Survey")
    - A Photocopy of HKID Card/Passport
    - An application fee of HK$200 by crossed-cheque to "HONG KONG SHUE YAN UNIVERSITY" (fees paid are not refundable)
    - Photocopies of degree certificates
    - Official transcripts from post-secondary institutions/universities attended
    (Transcript Request Form (pdf version/ doc version) - Please also send this form to your appropriate officer of institution from which the transcript is requested. SYU graduates need not request transcripts from the Registry, copies of past results will suffice)
    - A photocopy of each professional qualification obtained as stated on the application form
    - 2 signed and sealed Referee Reports (pdf version/ doc version)


    should be submitted by post to :

    Postgraduate Admission Office
    Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology programme
    Department of Counselling and Psychology
    Hong Kong Shue Yan University
    10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill Road, North Point, Hong Kong

    Tel: 2104 8270
    E-mail: mcounpsy@hksyu.edu

    Scholarship & Fellowship

    1. Postgraduate Research Scholarship:
    - The “Postgraduate Research Scholarship” aims to attract students with strong academic backgrounds who have an avid interest in refining their research skills. Each year, a total of 15 scholarships @HKD20,000 will be allocated to this category. Awardees are expected to commit 200 hours to research activities as assigned by the Programme Director during their period of study at HKSYU.

    2. Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies:
    - The “Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies” aims to support outstanding final year undergraduate students in HKSYU to pursue postgraduate studies. Those successfully admitted into local full-time postgraduate programmes may be considered for this category. Each year, 10 scholarships @HKD10,000 will be allocated to this category.

    For further scholarship and fellowship details, please click HERE


  • Professional Associations

    Conforming to local and international associations' requirements for post-graduate degree completion
    1) Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), USA
    2) American Psychological Association (Doctoral Level), USA
    3) Australian Psychological Society
    4) British Psychological Society (2008)
    5) Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)

  • Photo Gallery
    Photo of Graduates with Professors from the first cohort of the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology programme (MSSCP) on 7 December 2012.

         
    LG301 Observation Room is adjacent to the Counselling Laboratory. It is furnished with high quality audio-visual equipment, and serves as a control panel for recording activities carried out in the Counselling Laboratory.
         
    LG302 Counselling Laboratory provides a spacious and comfortable room for counselling practicum. The Counselling Laboratory and the Observation Room, connected by various communication devices, can be used for a wide range of research and counselling activities, like child observation, live supervision, and family therapy, etc.
         
    LG303 The Computer-Assisted Data Analysis Laboratory houses more than 30 computers installed with software packages for advanced data analysis.
         
    LG304 Neuropsychology Laboratory
         
    LG314 Play Room
         
    LG315A,B,C Counselling Rooms and Case Records Room
         
    LG216 Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
         
    Library 1/F Counselling & Research Centre.
         
    Library 101 Multifunctional Room can seat up to 30 persons for activities like skill-based workshops, group counselling and supervision, parenting groups, etc.
         

    Library 103 Seminar Room.

         
    Library 105 Counselling Room is used for counselling services involving couples, families, or neurological patients.
     
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  • Teaching Staff

     

    Dr. CHEUNG, Raysen
    Associate Professor
    Programme Director
    Ph.D. (Vocational Psychology, Loughborough University)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Career Counselling and Development
    Cross Cultural Counselling
    Industrial-Organization Psychology
    Assessments of Counselling Interventions

    Please click here for viewing Dr Cheung's CV

     

    Dr. LIN, Muriel
    Assistant Professor
    Assistant Director
    Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology, Alliant International University)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood and Anxiety Disorders
    Psychometric Assessment (including Personality, Neuropsychological and Forensic)

    Areas of Research Interests:
    Cultural Factors and Psychopathology
    Psychometric Assessment Related Issues
    Homosexuality and Psychological Wellbeing

    Please click here for viewing Dr Lin's CV

     

     

     

    Dr. LI, Wang-On Alex
    Head & Associate Professor
    Research Coordinator
    Ph.D. (Psychology, U of Hong Kong)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Cognitive Psychology

    Areas of Research Interests:
    Counselling as a Profession
    Efficacy of Intervention Model

    Please click here for viewing Dr Li's CV

    Dr. YU, Kai-Ching Calvin
    Associate Professor
    Internship Coordinator
    Ph.D. (Neuropsychology, U of Cape Town)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Neuropsychology
    Psychology of Consciousness
    Psychology of Dreaming

    Areas of Research Interests:
    Clinical Study
    Psychological Assessment and Testing
    Dreaming
    Hypnosis and Suggestibility

    Please click here for viewing Dr Yu's CV

     

     

     

     

    Prof. SUN, Catherine
    Academic Vice President
    Professor
    Ph.D., The University of Hong Kong

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Abnormal Psychology
    Chinese Psychology
    Multicultural Approaches to Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Research Methods

    Areas of Research Interests:
    Chinese Psychology
    Chinese Psychotherapy
    Taoist and Buddhist Psychotherapy

    Please click here for viewing Prof. Sun's CV

    Dr. CONNOLLY, Patrick
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. (Psychology, University of South Africa)

    Area of Research Interests:
    Psychoanalysis
    Neuropsychoanalysis
    Psychotherapy and Counselling
    Systems Theory
    Psychosis and Schizophrenia
    Post-traumatic Stress

    Please click here for viewing Dr. Connolly's CV

     

    Dr. CHEUNG, Yim Yen
    Lecturer
    Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology (HKSYU)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Adolescent Development and Counselling
    Parent Education and Family Communication
    Chinese Culture and Family Resilience

    Areas of Research Interests:
    Cultural Values and Family Relationship
    Adolescent Development
    Cultural Adjustment
    Personality and Psychotherapy

    Please click here for viewing Dr Cheung's CV

     

     

     

    Dr. FU, Wai
    Associate Professor
    Ph.D. (Psychology, U of Hong Kong)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    History and Systems in Psychology
    Qualitative Methods
    SPSS

    Areas of Research Interests:
    Psychoanalysis Related Issues
    Drug Addiction
    Pathological Gambling
    Program Evaluation
    Qualitative Inquiries

    Please click here for viewing Dr Fu's CV

     

     

    Dr. PANG, Lan-sze
    Associate Professor of Practice
    Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology, Southern Illinois University)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Vocational psychology (strength-based, post-modern career counselling & assessment)
    Career and identity development of college students, mid-life adults and ethnic minorities
    Experiential training in counselling and psychotherapy
    Indigenization of multicultural counselling training
    Psycholinguistic phenomenology in counselling encounters

    Please click here for viewing Dr Pang's CV

     

    Dr. THOMPSON, Nigel
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology, Yeshiva University)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Health Psychology
    Contemplative Psychology

    Please click here for viewing Dr Thompson's CV

     

    Dr. YUEN, Wing Yan Winnie
    Lecturer
    Ph.D. (The University of Hong Kong)

    Areas of Specialisation:
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Mood and Anxiety Disorders
    Positive & Strengths-based Interventions
    Health Psychology

    Areas of Research Interests:
    Positive Psychology
    Health Psychology
    Recovery-focused Mental Health Services
    Strengths-based Intervention
    Stigma towards People with Mental Illness and other Vulnerable Groups

    Please click here for viewing Dr Yuen's CV

     

  • Graduate Profile and Employment Pathways
  • FAQ
    What are the differences between "Clinical Psychology" and "Counselling Psychology"?
     
    The core difference between Clinical and Counselling Psychology lies in the practice orientation of the two disciplines. Clinical Psychology is based on the pathology model of human behavior. It utilizes the scientific study and application of Psychology for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development. On the other hand, Counselling Psychology is based on the wellness model of human behaviour.
     

    Graduates from Clinical Psychology tend to deal with more severely disturbed patients, and in fact are trained to work in psychiatric settings. However, graduates in Counselling Psychology work with healthier and less pathological clients, and usually conduct more career and vocational counselling.

     
    Do I need to find the placement myself for Internship?
     
    No. Internship training is provided at the Counselling & Research Centre (CRC) of the University. CRC provides counselling services for students in the undergraduate programmes who are required to seek counsellee experience. CRC is also open to the public, and its services are used by several rehabilitative and mental health agencies.
     
    How should we conduct the Externship?
     

    Externships are arranged with students' choice of concentration and availability of places in mind. Students are advised to complete their three externships in two different settings so as to gain some variety in their learning experiences. However, in certain cases, students may be permitted to complete three externships in one setting, subject to the approval of their advisors and the Programme Director.

     
    Can I apply if I only have an Honours Diploma in Counselling & Psychology?
     

    Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to mature students with an Honours Diploma in Counselling & Psychology who have worked in the field of counselling for five years or over.