Good News to all VWOs! The SAC Counselling Symposium 2015 has received pre-approval for VCF Funding for eligible staff and volunteers (Singaporeans and PRs) from NCSS member VWOs and MSF-funded VWOs. 

VCF Funding is being further extended to all qualifying VWOs for SAC Members and non-Members.
The pre-approved funding is at 80% of $458.00. 

1. SAC Members only need to pay $91.60 – based on the registration fee of $458.00 for SAC Members.
2. Non-SAC Members only need to pay $121.60 – based on the registration fee of $488.00 for non-Members.

VCF Local Training Fund application is to be made through the VWO Corner at least ONE month before the date of the Symposium. Please send the approval email from VCF to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as proof of eligibility for VCF funding when submitting your application through the Symposium website

 Our Guest-of-Honour


Dr Amy Khor was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2001 Elections.  She was re-elected in the 2006 and 2011 General Elections.   

She was appointed as Mayor of the South West District in 2004 and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources in 2006 and subsequently promoted to Minister of State in Nov 2010.  She joined the Ministry of Health as its Minister of State in May 2011 and was concurrently appointed as the Minister of State for Manpower in 2012.  She was promoted to Senior Minister of State in 2013.   She is currently Senior Minister of State for the Ministries of Health and Manpower.  She has been the Chair of the Government's feedback unit, REACH (Reaching Everyone for Active Citizenry at Home) since May 2006

Before joining politics, Dr Amy Khor was a Director (Investment and Research) with Knight Frank.  Prior to that, Dr Amy Khor had been a Senior Lecturer in School of Real Estate and began her career as a Valuer with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Property Tax Department.

Dr Khor holds a PhD in Land Management from the University of Reading, UK.

President's Message


The aim of this Counselling Symposium is to bring together counsellors, psychotherapists, and related mental health and educational professionals in Singapore and the ASEAN Region to discuss the progressive and emerging trends in counselling practice. This Counselling Symposium will also showcase Singapore Association for Counselling as we celebrate our 33rd Anniversary, through the new categories of Membership, the benchmarking of Registered Counsellors and the Course Recognition of Training Providers, and the official launch of the SAC Ethics Manual.

The main theme of the Counselling Symposium has been intentionally deliberated and chosen to raise awareness on the quality and expectations in our practice as one being “evidence-informed.” This means the practice that SAC supports now and in the future is a practice that is researched, and can withstand scrutiny by academics and professionals across the globe.  Responsibility is placed on the counselling professionals to ensure that training, certifications and competencies are constantly upgraded in order to maintain professional ethics, transparency, and accountability as practitioners.

The Counselling Symposium’s sub-theme will focus on how counselling can promote a better well-being among the clients and within the community in fast-paced and progressive Singapore as well as within the dynamic ASEAN Region.  While there may be visible signs of prosperity and dynamic economic progress - children, individuals, couples and families are undergoing tremendous stress and multiple tensions in academic expectations, interpersonal relationships, and making ends meet for the family.
This Counselling Symposium 2015 by SAC will provide ample opportunities to showcase the dynamics and life of the counselling and psychotherapy practice in Singapore.  With the focus on “Evidence-Informed Practice”, the Scientific Committee worked very hard to invite an exceptional team of overseas and local practitioners with interesting presentations on topics that would focus on the three majors concerns of our practice, i.e., the Counsellor; the Client and; the Community!  Through the Keynote Speakers, Panel of Experts in the field, Workshop Presentation of Scientific Papers by researchers, and presentations on current “Hot Topics”, we believe you will have a wonderful two days of learning, networking, and updating on cutting edge research on the practice and different modalities.  

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I welcome you to our SAC Counselling Symposium 2015 and look forward to seeing you.

 Yours faithfully

Mr Jim Bek                                                                                                                                                       
Singapore Association for Counselling 


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