The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Discipline Major in Psychology with Counselling Psychology Concentration

Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour. Through the introduction and investigation of major concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical findings from different sub-fields in psychology, students will learn how to apply different psychological principles to the analysis of personal, organisational, social and cognitive issues in this Discipline Major. The courses offered have a strong applied focus and will equip students with the background knowledge and methodologies necessary for understanding human adjustment in relation to occupational health psychology, social psychology and positive psychology. Related subjects also include human development, cognitive psychology, personality, industrial and organisational psychology, human factors, health psychology, abnormal psychology, counselling psychology, environmental psychology, psychology applied to safety, interpersonal relationships, creativity, and stress management. Graduates from this Discipline Major will be prepared for further studies in related disciplines in social sciences, such as Psychology, Social Work, and Occupational Health; or for employment in a wide range of professions that require the deployment of sophisticated social and interpersonal skills, such as managerial and administrative positions in different organisations.

Counselling Psychology is a growing mental-health service specialty within the field of applied psychology. It is concerned with the psycho-social, vocational and developmental aspects of people’s lives. It seeks to enhance the quality of life and effectiveness of people’s functioning through handling mental health issues and facilitating human development and adjustment, both at individual and organizational levels. The new Concentration in Counselling Psychology is designed to prepare undergraduates for future postgraduate training in counselling-related helping professions and for entry level positions in human service agencies (e.g., social work, school psychology, healthcare profession, human resources) where counselling skills are necessary. The Concentration requires the completion of the five Counselling-related courses offered by the Department of Applied Psychology, including Human Development and Psychology of Adulthood, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Testing and Assessment, Stress and Coping: Theory and Practices and Counselling Psychology.


Graduates will be able to:

    • recall and understand major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings from different sub-fields in psychology
    • demonstrate understanding of the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity in influencing the psychological process and dynamics
    • apply psychological principles to the analysis of personal, organizational, and social issues
    • understand both adaptive and maladaptive human development across the life span
    • describe and evaluate the major theoretical theories of counselling and psychological testing


Graduates will be able to:

    • formulate sound scientific research question and adopt appropriate methodology to address the issue under investigation
    • present empirical findings in a professional manner with logical and coherent arguments in both oral and written formats
    • integrate and apply findings from research studies in a critical and creative manner
    • integrate various individual and group approaches to counselling practice
    • think critically about the various approaches in counselling service

Graduates will be able to:

    • respect and appreciate individual differences and cultural diversity
    • recognize the importance of scientific and evidence-based enquiry in enhancing not only knowledge but also the understanding of human behaviours
    • appreciate the need for ethical behaviours in all aspects of the science and practice of psychology
    • recognize the importance of maintaining one's own personal well-being and quality of interpersonal relationships
    • demonstrate heightened awareness of the core professional values, ethics, and standards in counselling