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Sep 2019

Professional Certificate in Contemporary Psychology

Course Information

Start Date7 Sep 2019, Saturday
End Date8 Sep 2019, Sunday
Time09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Venue100 Orchard Road, Concorde Hotel Singapore 238840
Fee$1200 (excluding GST)
Contact6720 3333 (Ms Berenice) Berenice@aventisglobal.edu.sg
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Contemporary Psychology is a term used to denote areas of research and practice that are active and utilizing modern techniques. There are varying viewpoints of Contemporary Psychology on human behavior have been split into eight different perspectives: biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, sociocultural, evolutionary, and biopsychosocial. Having an understanding of these perspectives is a great way to increase your understanding of the various concepts, theories, and the application of psychology in modern days.

2 Days Professional Certification in Contemporary Psychology

This 2 Day Professional Certification aims to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of psychology and its contribution in our modern world. The module also aims to enhance students’ understanding on the differences between scientific evidence and personal opinion, and to develop students’ analytical mind to enquire, examine & explore human beliefs, values and behaviours. There are many different ways to think about human thought and behavior. The understanding of the different perspectives in modern psychology will equip you with new tools & perspective to approach problems and to predict human behavior, leading to new treatment approaches for problem behaviors.

Key Takeaways
  • Understand the 7 Perspective of Modern Psychology
    • The Psychodynamic Perspective
    • The Behavioral Perspective
    • The Cognitive Perspective
    • The Biological Perspective
    • The Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • The Evolutionary Perspective
    • The Humanistic Perspective
  • Describe and distinguish different approaches in the study of psychology.
  • Using contemporary Psychology to reduce common errors of judgement
  • Help you change the way you think and transform your decision-making – at work, at home, every day.
  • Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different psychological theories.
  • Explain human behaviours from various school of psychology
  • Applying Different Approaches to the Same problems to find new solutions
  • Comment on unscientific beliefs and research about human behaviours
Who Should Attend?

This Professional Certification is design for anyone who are interested in applying the contemporary psychology their personal, work or professional context.

Organisational Psychologist & Coach: Dr. Christopher Fong

Chris has a distinguished career in strategic leadership and coaching that spans over 2 decades. He was appointed National Fellow to the Singapore Ministry of Social and Family and advised the total capability framework of the social service professionals to include mentoring sector leaders and those in the leadership pipeline. In addition, he was the Principal Researcher for the nationwide study on fathers at the workplace. His findings have impacted government and business organisations to review their current pro-family and work-life friendly policies. He has also trained sector leaders in multicultural issues in cross-cultural marriages and clinical case formulations from a multicultural perspective. He earned his Doctorate Degree in Professional Studies(Practice Research) in 2015 and is also a member of the prestigious American Psychological Association (APA).

As a strong advocator for practice-based research, Chris contributes actively by speaking at international conferences and is a thought leader on multicultural and diversity issues and its impact across organisational matrix and businesses. His evidence-based framework that measures culture has since been published and taught across various universities. As an international award-winning orchestra conductor turned psychologist, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the concert hall to the corporate boardroom.


“Dr. Fong is lively and knowledgeable, and tailored examples to the profile of the class”
– Ms Hatsuee Foo, Assistant Commander, Singapore Prison Service

“Chris is entertaining and able to convey the tools and how these are applied in the workplace”
– Ms Carol Tan, Deputy Director, MOH

“Dr. Fong is very passionate and enthusiastic about the course. He used relevant tools and many life examples to make it easy to relate. This course not only helped me at work but also in my personal life”
– Ms Ashley, HR Manager, Bordier & Cie (Singapore) Ltd

Course Outline

History and Approaches 

Definition of psychology, early approaches, later methods, more recent specializations; the ethics of psychological experimentation

Biological Basics of Behavior

Biological psychology, neurons, parts of the brain, the endocrine system

Sensation and Perception 

How sensation and perception influence thought and behavior; the senses, perceptual development


Classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement schedules, the prisoner’s dilemma, biological limits on conditioning


Intelligence testing, creativity, language acquisition, memory, heuristics

Motivation and Emotion

Categories of emotions, fight or flight response, positive psychology, hunger, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Developmental Psychology

Prenatal and infant development, moral development, identity formation, parenting styles


Definition of personality, genetic influences on personality, Freud’s theories, testing for personality traits

Social Psychology

A look at social influences and group behaviors, including stereotypes, attitudes, conformity and aggression

Psychological Disorders and Health

Types of disorders, their symptoms and treatments,