Professional Certificate in Group Work (NSCWF Foundational) Intake 1

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01 Apr - 07 May 2021

Application closing date : 25 Feb 2021

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Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 1650.00 $ 1765.50
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 495.00 $ 529.65

Jointly developed with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Ministry of Health (MOH), ‘Professional Certificate in Group Work’ consists of two integrated modules that will provide social workers with foundation-level practice competencies. Learners will be equipped with the competencies to assess the need for group work in a social work setting and plan appropriate interventions in a group setting.

Social workers can embark on this course as part of a competency-based training roadmap to deepen their skills and knowledge and plan their career progression pathway based on competencies and job roles.

Module 1: Group Work Assessment and Planning (1 & 6 April 2021; Oral Interview: 26 or 27 April 2021)
Module 2: Group Work Intervention (8 & 12 April 2021; Role Play & Oral Interview: 6 or 7 May 2021)
* Every learner is required to attend a 30 minutes Oral Interview at the end of each module.

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, learners will be able to demostrate all learning outcomes in the following modules:

Module 1: Group Work Assessment and Planning
a. Apply appropriate techniques to plan for group work at different stages of group development.
b. Apply relevant clinical skills to plan and deliver group work.
c. Assess potential clients to determine needs and suitability for group work.
d. Identify potential impact of group dynamics and patterns of behaviour on group cohesiveness.
e. Plan a psycho-education or support group.
f. Apply principles of effective group work planning and development to design group work programmes and activities.
g. Identify potential issues, risks and conflicts that may impact group work.
h. Recommend strategies to manage potential issues, risks and conflicts in group work.
i. Identify group work outcomes to monitor for proposed group work.

Module 2: Group Work Intervention
a. Apply group work theories during group sessions for effective intervention.
b. Apply appropriate techniques to deliver group work at different stages of group development.
c. Form appropriate group for proposed group work.
d. Acquire resources required for delivering proposed group work.
e. Conduct programmes and activities planned for each group session.
f. Use appropriate strategies to overcome barriers to participation.
g. Use appropriate strategies to manage disruptive behaviours.
h. Use appropriate strategies to promote healthy group dynamics.
i. Apply appropriate techniques to manage inter-group conflicts.
j. Identify risks in group work.
k. Use appropriate strategies to manage identified risks in group work.
l. Use appropriate methods to monitor specific outcomes for proposed group work.

Target Participants:

Social Workers, Youth Workers and other Social Work Professionals who are either:
1. New to group work, and looking to equip themselves with the relevant skills and knowledge to deliver group work effectively.
2. Experienced in using group work interventions, but desire to broaden or deepen their skillsets to deliver group work more effectively.

Trainer Profile:

Mohamad Farid Bin Jaaffar is a registered Social Worker with Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW). Since he graduated from National University of Singapore in 2006, he has been working with different groups of clients in an Family Service Centre setting. Farid enjoys working with client families to help them overcome their challenges and to influence them towards making positive change. He has worked with clients facing various issues such as financial, housing, employment, marital, parenting, behavioural and emotional issues. He is geared mostly towards using post-modern systemic therapy ideas for case formulation and Motivational Interviewing for in-session work.

In his current role of Lead Social Worker, Farid is tasked with developing and maintaining clinical standards of the FSCs that he works in. He does this via different platforms of supervision, developing new approaches to clinical work and evaluating current practices of social work practitioners. Farid is also passionate about teaching and training his counterparts in the social service sector. He constantly seeks innovative ways to enhance his training workshops and group supervision sessions. Farid strongly believes that learning must be fun and engaging in order to achieve maximum retention.

Assesment Details:

Learners are required to undergo summative assessments in the form of role play, take-home assignment and written assessments. All learners are required to attend an oral interview at the end of each module.


Mode of delivery:
Blended learning (facilitated classroom training and online course materials)

Course qualifies for CPE credits for the renewal of accreditation at 1 credit per 1 training hour.
For enquiries, please contact SASW Accreditation Secretariat at Tel: 6778 7922 or

Fee Remarks:

A non-refundable registration fee of $53.50 (inclusive of 7% GST) is applicable. Payment for registration fee can be made via Internet Banking or NETS only at SSI.

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only, subject to 75% attendance for each module; successful completion of assignments and assessments. For more information on SSG Training Grants, please visit:
SkillsFuture Singapore Funding.
SkillsFuture Credit.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of NCSS Member Social Service Agencies via Direct Training Application.

Terms and conditions apply. Applicants of above training grants should inform SSI upon submission of your application.

Full payment has to be made upon acceptance of offer.


Chua Jasmine / / 6589 5561

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