Asian Journal of Counselling



Licensure and the Ethical Practice of Counseling in Singapore

2003.第10卷第1期(Vol. 10 No. 1).pp. 33–49
 

Licensure and the Ethical Practice of Counseling in Singapore

新加坡心理諮商的道德問題:執照制度的重要性

Li-Hwa CHONG(張麗花)& Rosaleen OW

Abstract

This article examines the issue of ethical counseling practice in Singapore. The term “counseling” in Singapore is a loosely shared term among those involved in the provision of social services regardless of whether they had received any formal training in counseling due to the lack of proper professional licensure. Without a formal licensure system, no professional body will have the legal mandate to enforce the quality of counseling services as well as the accountability of counselors’ behaviors. The article raises the question of ethical concerns regarding counseling practice in Singapore and discusses implications for professional licensure in the context of Singapore.

摘要

本文探討新加坡心理諮商的道德問題。在新加坡,由於缺乏心理諮商執照制度的規管與約束,「心理諮商」一詞雖然在輔導及相關領域廣為使用,但是它卻沒有明確的定義。亦由於缺乏執照制度,心理諮商的專業質素參差不齊,對心理諮商師的行為也無法監管。基於以上的考慮,本文討論目前新加坡心理諮商的實踐情況,並提出設立心理諮商專業執照制度的重要性。