Asian Journal of Counselling

Vol. 6 No. 2, Page 49, 1999

Development of Counselling Service in Singapore

Timothy Sim


As Singapore underwent rapid economic, cultural and technological transitions, more complex social dilemmas and issues confronted the nation. The field of counselling has gained impetus in becoming one of the important channels to cope with social transitions over the past years. This article attempts to describe the counselling development in Singapore. The first part is an overview of the counselling "hardware" development in Singapore. This involves tracing the formation of counselling organisations and units that were founded from the 1960s to the 1990s. The second part examines the "software" of counselling development in Singapore, which entails looking at counselling approaches, counselling training programmes, and the providers of service. The last part of the paper is an attempt to discuss the counselling development trends in Singapore, with particular reference to its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

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