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

View Day Two Programme HERE.
Download Conference Brochure HERE


08:30 – 09:00   Registration for Delegates
09:00 – 09:45 

Opening Ceremony

Arrival of GOH: Welcome Drums by MINDS Taiko

Welcome Speech by GOH

Launch of SAC's Ethics Manual

Speech by SAC President

09:45 – 10:30

Key Note #1

"The Three Waves of Behavioural Psychotherapy: Theory, Evidence and Practice Towards Improved Wellbeing"

Prof Greg Murray - Professor in Psychology, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea 
11:00 – 12:40

Roundtable / Panel:   Follow up on Key Note

"Multi-disciplinary Panel"
Moderator - Prof Kok Lee Peng


  1. Ms Ang Bee Lian - Director of Social Welfare, Ministry of Social & Family Development, Singapore
  2. Ms Malar Palaiyan - Senior Specialist Guidance Branch, Student Development Curriculum Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore
  3. A/Prof John Wong - Head, Associate Professor & Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS & National University Hospital, Singapore
  4. Dr Augustine Tan - Psychotherapist/Director, Executive Counselling & Training Academy, Singapore
  5. Dr Elizabeth Nair - Principal Psychologist of Work & Health Psychologists, Singapore

Q&A from Conference Delegates

12:40 – 1:50 Networking Lunch
1:50 – 2:40 Concurrent Sessions 1:  Scientific Papers
SP Session1 at 2Jul
2:40 – 3:30 Concurrent Sessions 2:  Scientific Papers
SP Session2 at 4Sep
3:30 – 4:00 Afternoon Tea 
4:00 – 5:30 Concurrent sessions 3:  Hot Spots

The Mindful and Attuned Therapist

Dr Harold Robers

Counselling: A Co-Creative Perspective


Prof Keith Tudor

Qualitative & Quantitative Research In Counselling: Choosing Your Path

– A/Prof Jeffrey Pfeifer

 Supervisor’s Vision: Crafting your Personal Vision of Supervision

– Dr Augustine Tan

Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System 101

- A/Prof Stella Tan

Uncertain Borders: A Counsellor's Dilemma

– Dr Tan Chue Tin

Multiculturalism in Counselling: A Logical Extension of Being Client-Centered and the Intentional Use of Self

– Mr Benny Bong

Water The Seeds, Not The Weeds: Solution-Focused Creativity And Creative Problem-Solving

– Prof John McCarthy 

updated as @ 18 Aug

View Day Two Programme  HERE.
Download Conference Brochure HERE