Introduction to Psychology for Social Workers

understanding how psychological knowledge is applied into social work practice
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Understand basic psychological perspectives used in social work
understand how psychological perspective is use to understand a person's sense of self
Understand how key psychological concepts explain social interaction between people that may cause behavioral change
Describe some psychological therapies that is used in social work practice context


  • Adequate English proficiency in comprehension and writing


Psychology has an important place in social work. In the world of social work, service-users (or clients) has to be understood from  their internal (psychological) world and their external (social) world. Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought.

Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.

This will introduce the some of the psychological concepts and theories that is used within the social work sector. These psychological concepts and theories allow social workers to better understand the people they are working with as well as a better of understanding of how psychological concepts and theories can assist social workers in developing interventions and projects that is aimed at promoting growth and development of the individual, family, community and society.

This course will introduce basic psychological perspectives such as: psychodynamic, behavioural, humanistic, cognitive, sociocultural and biopsychological. These psychological perspectives allows social workers to better understand people and their worldview. Psychology is also used as a guide to social workers in employing suitable interventions.

Who this course is for:

  • Open to everyone who is interested to learn how psychological concepts are being applied in the social work sector.


Counsellor and Lecturer
Jolyn Hong
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Jolyn is currently the head of Diploma in Social Work programme in MCKL. She graduated with a Masters in Professional Counselling from University Malaya and a Bachelor in Social Science (Hons) Psychology. She is a licenced counsellor registered with Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia (KB06827; PA0337)

Armed with 10 years of working experience from the humanitarian, nonprofit and education sector such as The United Nations High Comissioner for Refugee (working with the refugee and asylum seeker population in Malaysia); a trained volunteer with PT foundation conducting HIV screening and counselling, and working with children with learning disabilities. In her previous role as head of MPU unit in MCKL, she also helped in building the Service Learning module where she is involved with multiple projects (with various NGO’s) working for various marginalized community around Klang Valley.

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