*Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling)

Key Features

  • Equipping students with a solid foundation in psychology and counselling

  • Arranging group-based counselling activities

  • Engaging students in a 60-hour service learning to sharpen their practical counselling skills

Programme Objectives

  • Equips students with knowledge of major concepts, theories, skills, and research findings in psychology and counselling

  • Helps students to apply psychological and counselling principles to deal with personal, social, academic, and job-related issues

  • Trains students to analyse psychological and behavioral issues scientifically

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • apply sociological concepts to understand the world;
  • apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues as well as daily life;
  • ​identify the etiology and intervention strategies of mental health problems;
  • examine the role of counsellors in agencies;
  • recognize the impact of diversity upon group processes and dynamics; and
  • identify the differences among various therapy models.

Curriculum

General Education (24 Credits)

  • General English

  • English for Oral Academic Communication

  • Business Communication

  • Chinese Language (Putonghua) for Communication I

  • Chinese Language (Putonghua) for Communication II

  • Introduction to Information Literacy

  • Free Elective (Details​)

  • Free Elective (Details​)

 

Programme Specific Courses (36 Credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Understanding Sociology

  • Life-span Development

  • Communication and Interpersonal Relations

  • Introduction to Guidance and Counselling

  • Programme Planning and Management

  • Group Guidance

  • Understanding Mental Illness

  • Practical Skills Workshop and Service Learning

  • Crisis Intervention Methods

  • Understanding Social Problem and Social Welfare

  • Exploring Social Psychology

Articulation Prospects

The College has established an articulation agreement with the following overseas universities for our graduates to articulate to the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Counselling Studies (Year 2), University of Huddersfield

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Business Communications (Top-up), London School of Business and Management

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wesleyan College (Up to 50% of tuition scholarships will be given based on grades, recommendations and interviews.)


The College has established an articulation agreement with Hong Kong Shue Yan University for our graduates to articulate to the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Counselling and Psychology (Year 2)

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Psychology (Year 2)


Some recent graduates of this programme were admitted to the following Bachelor’s Degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Bachelor (Hons) of Social Sciences in Social Policy, Hong Kong Baptist University

Career Prospects

  • Counselling

  • Family Services

  • Social Services

  • Student Service Officers

  • Teaching Assistants

Teaching and Learning Support

Training Workshop for Service Learning by New Life Rehabilitation Center

A training workshop for service learning by New Life Rehabilitation Centre was organized for students of Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling) on 16 March 2017.  Through various group discussion and games, students could enhance their communication skills and team spirit.  Students also shared their experience gained from their internship during the workshop.
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Scholarship

The following scholarships were available for students with outstanding performance in academic studies, great achievement in extra-curricular activities and/or valuable contribution to the College/University/Community:

  • Lingnan Club Scholarship
  • Lingnan Education Organization Scholarship
  • Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Scholarship

Graduate Sharing

Lo Wing Chi, Joanna

Lo Wing Chi, Joanna

  • Student of Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling) 2016
  • Year 1, Bachelor of Social Work, The University of Hong Kong
I’m indeed grateful for the amazing school life at LIFE in the past year. The lecturers here are friend-like mentors to me and they are really helpful when you ask them questions in or after classes. I also feel extremely lucky to have met two of my best friends here. We did our homework together and we studied hard together for the exam. If someone tells you that it’s hard to find true friendship in a tertiary institute, don’t trust them! The most wonderful thing for me is joining the English excursion tour to Scotland. The scenery and weather there were absolutely stunning. Don’t miss the chance to join exchange programmes or excursion tours; otherwise, you will regret it. All in all, I am happy that I have enrolled in this programme. 
李于文

李于文

  • 2017年心理學(諮商與輔導)高級文憑課程畢業生
  • 升讀嶺南大學社會科學(榮譽)學士 ─ 心理學課程三年級
我在剛入學時對自己不大信任及感到無助,但學院的導師充滿教學熱誠,從導師的解說中漸漸地了解自己,也漸漸地找到了屬於自己將來想走的路向,更感到無悔修讀本課程。我在課堂上所學到專業科目的知識,能夠同時應用到自己及社會上,例如服務研習課程所提供的機構實習經驗,都能讓我能活學活用。
陳鈺茵

陳鈺茵

  • 2016年心理學(諮商與輔導)高級文憑課程畢業生
  • 升讀澳洲堪培拉大學文學士(心理學與輔導)課程二年級
光陰似箭,日月如梭。轉眼間,我已完成兩年心理學課程。回想起當天戰戰兢兢坐在課室裡,如今慨嘆時間過得真快,多麼不捨。這裡,我認識到既有趣又友善的同學,我非常樂於與他們一同學習,互相幫助、提醒。我也認識了對教學充滿熱誠的老師,他們悉心教導,使我獲益良多。課後,老師仍然用心解答我們的問題,耐心指導我們,萬分感謝他們的幫助!這裡教授的知識除了不但適用於工作,而且可以應用到生活。我常常思考行為背後的動機,以及如何與人更好相處等等。
陳芷莉

陳芷莉

  • 2015年心理學(諮商與輔導)高級文憑課程畢業生
  • 升讀香港教育大學心理學社會科學(榮譽)學士課程一年級
當初選擇入讀嶺南大學持續進修學院的原因是課程多元化,剛好有自己的心儀科目,科目的範疇亦十分廣闊,另外,課程更涵括實習,在過程中我能切實地應用課堂上所學的輔導技巧、如何規劃活動以及與有特殊教育需要的小朋友相處的經驗。於在學期間的數個月曾感到迷惘,因為未能適應新環境。幸好院校的老師給予我很多學習上及社交上的建議、幫助,更常與學生們於課堂上互動,使我能重拾學習的興趣及建立圈子。同時校園內的學習氣氛濃厚,設備完善,因而更易於投入學習。