Dr Timothy Hsi

Dr Timothy Hsi

Senior Lecturer in Counselling


Doctor in Education (Dual Award), UCL Institute of Education & Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education
Master in Guidance and Counselling, James Cook University
Bachelor of Arts, National University of Singapore.


Trained as a psychotherapist and career development practitioner, Timothy has been involved in the field of counselling for over 2 decades. He now teaches in ACAP as a Lecturer across the various counselling programmes at the Adelaide campus since 2016.

Before joining ACAP, he was instrumental in training a new generation of career practitioners in Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand as a Master Trainer in career development through his Singapore company Abundanz Consulting (2015 onwards). Prior to this, he established the counselling service at Singapore Management University (SMU) and was subsequently appointed as the Centre Director of the Student Wellness Centre there (2003-2015). Additionally, he also taught as a sessional educator at James Cook University (Singapore campus) & the School of Social Sciences at SMU (2006 to 2015).

Tim is the Founding President of the Career Development Association of Singapore, a member of the editorial board of the Asia Pacific Career Development Journal and advisory board member of the Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre at SMU.


  • Hsi, T. & Boman, P. (2022). The development of professional identity amongst counsellors in tertiary educational institutions in Singapore. Counselling & Psychotherapy Review Singapore. World Scientific.
  • Boman, P. & Hsi, T. (2022). Optimism in the classroom and beyond. In K. A. Allen, M. J. Furlong,  D. A. Vella-Brodrick  & S. M. Suldo, (Eds.). The handbook of positive psychology in schools: Supporting process and practice (3rd ed., pp. 104-117). Taylor and Francis.
  • Hsi, T. (2021). A model for career development practice in Singapore. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 37(2).195-216. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/timothyhsi_career-planning-adult-development-network-activity-6825701378632093696-w5-h/
  • Hsi, T. (2021, June). Future-proofing your wellbeing for the 4th Industrial Revolution. SalesForce ANZ blog. https://www.salesforce.com/au/blog/2021/06/wellbeing-in-the-fourth-industrial-revolution.html
  • Tudor, K., Bettman, C., Bloch-Atefi, A., Day, E., Hsi, T., Loewenthal, D., Low, P.K., O’Neill, G. & Van Deurzen, E. (2021). Psychotherapy practice and education, and training during the coronavirus pandemic: Members of the editorial board of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia share their experiences [Special Issue]. Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, 9(1).  https://pacja.org.au/volume-9-no-1-april-2021/
  • Hsi, T. (2021). What’s the difference between a job and a career? https://www.cdas.org.sg/post/what-s-the-difference-between-a-job-and-a-career
  • Hsi, T. (2021, May). Personal style indicator. Making an informed career decision based on your VIPS. NTU Career Axis. https://careeraxis.ntu.edu.sg/docs/47/PSI-Assessment.pdf
  • Hsi, T. (2021, April). 3 tips to future-proof your career. The ACAP Post: Keeping you updated with news, events and interesting reads. http://bit.ly/3_tips_future_proof
  • Hsi, T. (2021, Feb). Developing a ‘Culture-free’ Career Development             Practice. Career Trends. https://asiapacificcda.org/Career-Trends#Hsi
  • Hsi, T. (2021, May 27). Helping individuals maintain mental health during corporate transitions. United Overseas Bank.
  • Hsi, T. (2021, April 14). Creating afulfilling career. [Invited Talk]. International Career Week 2021 at Keppel International.
  • Hsi, T. (2021, Mar 25). Fast changing world of work and career counselling challenges. [Keynote Address-online]. 43rd Annual Convention of the Career Development Association of Philippines, Manila, Philippines. https://www.facebook.com/cdapsecretariat/
  • Hsi, T. (2021, March 15). SkillsFuture for graduating students. [Invited Talk]. Institute of Technical Education.
  • Hsi, T. (2021, March 4). Ambassador’s roles in the mentoring programme. [Invited Talk]. Singapore Institute of Technology, Alumni Office.
  • Hsi, T. (2021, Feb 23). Mentoring with confidence. [Invited Talk]. Singapore Institute of Technology, Alumni Office
  • Hsi, T. (2021, Feb 18). Industry 4.0 is here: How do we future proof ourselves? [Speaker]. Australian College of Applied Psychology ‘Get Equipped Speaker Series’.  https://bit.ly/3kj0IqW
  • Hsi, T. (2020, Dec 14). The positive impact of career development practice on mental health. [Invited Talk]. Australian College of Applied Psychology Alumni Talk.
  • Hsi, T. (2020, Nov 16). Remaining employable. [Invited Talk]. National Trades Union Cooperative (NTUC) UPME Webinar ‘Ask Me Anything’ series.
  • Hsi, T. (2020, Nov 11). Life after graduation. [Congratulatory Speech]. Australian College of Applied Psychology, Adelaide Campus Graduation. https://www.acap.edu.au/acap-news/acap-graduation-ceremonies-2020-style/
  • Hsi, T. (2020, Oct 22). SkillsFuture for education. [Invited Talk]. British Council, Singapore.
  • Hsi, T. (2020, Aug 15). The rewards and challenges of being in Training and Adult Education. [Invited Masterclass Talk]. Skillsfuture@CDC 2020. https://www.cdc.gov.sg/docs/default-source/cdc-documents/media_releases/skillsfuture-at-cdc-2020.pdf
  • Hsi, T. (2020, June 17). Peer supervision for career practitioners. [Invited Talk]. Career Development of Singapore Webinar series.
  • Hsi, T. (2020, Feb 26). Understanding your communication approaches. [Invited Talk]. Lunch talks@A*Star.
  • Hsi, T. (2019, May 23). Life is more than just the job: Helping clients find their ‘ikigai’ or ‘reason for being’ in the age of Industry 4.0. [Paper presentation]. 2019 Asia Pacific Career Development Association Conference: Navigating Career Development in the Age of Industry 4.0, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. https://asiapacificcda.org/2019_Conference
  • Hsi, T. K. (2018, May 17). A typology of career practitioner orientation. [Paper presentation]. 2018 Asia Pacific Career Development Association Conference: Connecting Career, Family and Society, Beijing, China. https://asiapacificcda.org/page-1862266
  • Hsi, T. (2017, May 22). An exploratory study of the development of career adaptability in Singapore’s labour force. [Paper presentation]. 2017 Asia Pacific Career Development Association Conference: Customising Career Services- Issues and Challenges, Manila, Philippines.  https://apcda.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/2017Conference/2017_Program.pdf
  • Hsi, T. (2016, November 4). Professional identity development of career practitioners. [Paper presentation]. Adult Learning Symposium 2016: Future of Work, Future of Learning, Singapore. https://www.als2016.com/symposium-papers/
  • Hsi, T. & Knowdell, R. (2016) Culture-free Career Assessment Instruments. [Paper presentation]. 2016 Asia-Pacific Career Development Conference: Career Counseling Best Practices in the Asia Pacific Region- Promoting Inclusiveness, Taipei, May 2016. https://apcda.wildapricot.org/2016-Conference-Presentations
  • Hsi, T. (2013, January 10). Perception of the role of counsellors in a Singapore university. [Paper presentation]. 6th World University Forum, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Hsi, T. K. (Ed.). (2013). A basic guide to peer helping. Singapore: Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre.
  • Hsi, T. & Gillo, C. (2011). Examining the impact of peer helping on peer helpers: a comparative study of experiences in Sweden and Singapore. [Paper presentation]. 4th Annual International Peer Support Symposium, Athens, Greece.
  • Hsi, T. & Singh, R. (2010, July 1). Engaging students in the moderating of student conduct in Singapore Management University. [Paper presentation]. 12th Asia-Pacific Student Services Association Conference: Supporting – Engaging – Building Capabilities, Brisbane, Australia. http://www.apssa.info/index.php/site/newspost?nid=20
  • Hsi, T. & Chung, A. (2010, July 1). Peer Helpers: Bridging the gap between the student community and the University’s counselling service. [Paper presentation]. 12th Asia-Pacific Student Services Association Conference: Supporting – Engaging – Building Capabilities, Brisbane, Australia. http://www.apssa.info/index.php/site/newspost?nid=20
  • Tan, G. & Hsi, T. (2007, June 3). The impact of peer-helper program on peer helpers: Some preliminary findings. [Paper presentation]. The 8th International conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe, Oxford, United Kingdom.
  • Tan, G. & Hsi, T. (2006, December 7). Fostering total wellness through peer helping: Reflections on the SMU experience. [Paper presentation]. 4th Asian Conference of the Academy of HRD, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Teaching/Coordination Responsibilities

  • Year 3 Coordinator, Bachelor of Counselling
  • Counselling units across Grad. Dip and Master’s Counselling courses
Expert Comment Topics
Career Development and Management
Work and jobs in the 21st Century
Industry 4.0 -> 5.0

Research and Scholarship

  • Providing career transition support to retiring civil servants across government services. Public Service Division, 2019-2021. ($50,000)
  • Staff Transition. Institute for Molecular Biology. ASTAR, 2019. ($6,000)
  • Increasing employability skills through professional development programme for the workforce. Workforce Singapore. January – Dec 2018. ($350,000)
  • Development of career advisory programme for career practitioners in Workforce Singapore. January to June 2017. ($70,000)



Professional Registrations or Accreditation

  • Career Development Association of Singapore (CDAS), Professional Member & Founding President.
  • National Career Development Association (NCDA), Member and Registered Instructor of FCD (Facilitating Career Development)
  • Career Development Network, Asian Representative
  • Australian Counselling Association, Level 4 member
  • Singapore Association for Counselling, Registered Clinical Supervisor

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

Professional Service Activities

June 2018 onwards

  • President, Career Development Association of Singapore (CDAS)
  • Founded, organised and launched CDAS in 2018 to spearhead the growth of career development practice in Singapore.
  • Collaborate with Industry Unions and sectors to embrace career development as a key strategy to build workforce capability.
  • Facilitate the growth of career development knowledge

August 2018 onwards

  • Member, Workforce Singapore Career Development Credential Panel
  • Review and approve credential applications

Aug 2017 to present

  • Member of Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Career Development Journal

Oct 2020 to present

  • Member of Editorial Board, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia


2018 Outstanding Educator of Career Professionals Award (2018), Asia Pacific Career Development Association

  • This award recognises professors and instructors of career development who have devoted their lives to the development of other career professionals.

2017 Emerging Leader Scholarship (2017), Asia Pacific Career Development Association

  • Recipient of APCDA’s 2017 Emerging Leader Scholarship – given to new graduates who show great potential to improve career services in their home countries.

2013 Singapore National Day Commendation Medal

  • Recipient of national award for commendable performance, conduct, competence and devotion to duty in the field of Higher Education.

2013 Dean’s Teaching Honour List – Top 10 Adjunct Faculty

  • Recipient of award in recognition for excellent teaching performance in Academic Year, 2012-13.


  • Inspiring, Motivating and Guiding in T322.
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