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 One Programme HERE.
Download Conference Brochure HERE


09:00–09:15  Welcome Back

Key Note #2
“Listen to What They Say: Engaging Service Users to Improve Counselling Service”

Associate Prof Timothy Sim – Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

10:00–10:30 Morning Tea 

Panel: Follow up on key note

"Theory & Counselling Approaches"
Moderator - Dr Jessica Leong, Psychotherapist/Clinical Director, Executive Counselling & Training Academy, Singapore

  1. Prof Glen Bates - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Advancement), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  2. Mr Benny Bong - The Family Therapist, Singapore
  3. Ms Ruth Chua - Executive Director, Counselling and Care Centre, Singapore
  4. Prof Rose-Inza Kim - Professor Emeritus, Sogang University, Korea
  5. Rev Sam Kuna - Dean, School of Counselling, TCA College, Singapore
12:00–1:15 Networking Lunch

Concurrent Sessions 4

Workshops: "Application"

W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6  W7 W8

Psychological Interventions for Bipolar Disorder: Best Practice and Future Directions

- Prof Greg Murray

Making Systemic Concepts Alive in Clinical Practice

- Ms Juliana Toh

A Taste of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Experiential Understanding of the Key Concepts

- Dr Lyn Chua

Working with Offenders and those with Problem Behaviours: A Primer

- Dr Stefan Luebbers

Supporting the Dying & Next-of-kin: A Humanistic Approach

- Dr Tan Yew Seng

The Eight Core Principles of Child Centered Play Therapy

- Dr Alicia K L Pon

Happiness is a Choice  - Mental Health and Happiness

- Prof Rose-Inza Kim

10-Minute Therapeutic Conversations with Patients Facing Serious Medical Conditions

- Dr Gilbert Fan

2:45–3:15 Afternoon Tea 

Concurrent Sessions 4

Workshops: "Application" (cont.)


Closing Ceremony

Performance -"A Song for the Counsellor and Client"




























Updated as @ 28 Aug

View Day One Programme HERE.
Download Conference Brochure HERE