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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 https://www.ncssapp.org.sg/ 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 www.intellitrain.biz/SAC2015/

Presentation Authors / Presenter Biodata  
The effects of the mindfulness practice for stress management with university students – an exploratory study Ms Connie Wong

Connie Wong is a counsellor with the Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre in SMU. She received her Masters in Counselling from Edith Cowan University, and her BSc in Psychology from the University Of Southern Queensland. She also holds a BA from the National University of Singapore.

She has experience working with a broad spectrum of individuals and groups ranging from adolescents to the incarcerated and the under-privileged. Connie has a deep interest in mindfulness-based interventions and has been integrating the practice into her work with clients. She has also conducted a series of mindfulness workshops and sessions for students, staff and the community.

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Dr Bibi Jan Md Ayyub Bibi Jan has been teaching and counselling in Singapore schools for the past 25 years and 9 years respectively. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Durham, UK; Master of Education from the National University of Singapore and Master of Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University. She was attached to Singapore Management University as a volunteer researcher under the Teacher Work Attachment and Professional Development Programme from Nov 2011 to September 2013. She has participated and presented   counselling and education papers in the United States of America, Turkey, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore. bibijan
Effectiveness of online platforms in enhancing counselling services in schools Ms Michelle Koay

Michelle Koay has been working as a counsellor since she completed her Master of Social Science (Counselling) with Edith Cowan University in end 2006. She started her journey as a counsellor in SCC (Singapore Armed Forces Counselling Centre) working with personnel in the military. In mid- 2011, she moved on to work with teenage girls and their families in Raffles Girls’ School. Michelle’s approach is emotion-focused, experiential and expressive therapies. She is a registered counsellor and clinical supervisor with SAC (Singapore Association for Counselling). She has presented at local and overseas conferences and was featured on radio interviews with 938LIVE “Between Us”.

 

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Key Indicators of Marital Instability and Reasons for Divorce: Experience of Divorcees Post-divorce Dr Lai Cheng Jessica Leong

Dr Jessica Leong has a PhD in Counselling Psychology, an MA in Counselling and an MSc In TA Psychotherapy. An Adjunct Teaching Fellow with Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Jessica is also a Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist of the BACP, United Kingdom; PACFA, Australia and SAC, Singapore.

Jessica was accorded the Gold Award in the “Excellence in Teaching” Convention, and she achieved the distinction of becoming the first certified Transactional Analyst in Singapore. Having held the post of the President of the Transactional Analysis Association in Singapore for more than 20 years, she became the first Asian Transactional Analyst to be awarded the Goulding Award for Excellence in TA Theory and Practice.

Jessica was a visiting lecturer at Keele University in the UK, and she has taught at the Gerard Egan Annual Counselling Summer School at the College of Ripon & York St. John.  A highly sought after trainer, consultant, counsellor and therapist, Jessica has taught and shared in many prestigious multi-national corporations, financial and educational institutions, private companies, hospitals and helping agencies, as well as statutory and government bodies.

Jessica is the Training and Counselling Consultant and Director of JC Integra (TA) Pte Ltd and of the Berne TA Center as well as the Clinical Director of Executive Counselling & Training Academy Pte Ltd.

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The use of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy among young people who have  recovered from depression Dr Kok Jin Kuan Dr Jin Kuan Kok is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology and Counselling, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).  She has extensive counselling experience with young people and family. Her research interests include narrative inquiry, teenage suicide and depression.  kokjinkuan
What helps? Working with adolescents who play video games excessively (1) & (2). A/Prof Timothy Sim Professor Sim is an Approved Supervisor and Associate Fellow of The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association and a Member of Singapore Association of Social Workers. His main practice and research interest is to develop culturally sensitive family-based treatment in Asian contexts, particularly for the Chinese family that is in constant flux. He has been involved in children and adolescent-health-related-behaviors practice research, with a particular focus on family dynamics of adolescent drug abusers, as well as excessive video game use among adolescents. In the wake of the 5.12 Sichuan earthquake, he has been working closely with Chinese scholars and social work practitioners in developing psychosocial practice research projects in the earthquake-affected areas.  TimothySim
Attributes students report as being unique to counselling teachers: A qualitative study Dr Nicky Jacobs Dr.Nicky Jacobs is a clinical and counselling psychologist. She works as a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and has extensive clinical experience. Nicky is the Co-ordinator of the Master of Counselling program, which is delivered in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and online. Nicky has been teaching counselling in Singapore since 2005. Nicky has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to counselling and psychology. Areas of research and clinical specialty include: trauma, bullying, family therapy, academic achievement and mental health.  nickyjacobs
Dr Brett Furlonger Brett Furlonger is a psychologist and teacher with special interests in counselling, applied behaviour analysis and reading development. Much of his research is intimately linked to the branch of academic psychological study concerned with learning and development. His current research focus is on the effects of vicarious trauma experienced by counsellors. He has served as a reviewer or editorial board member on The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, The Teacher Educator, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Deafness and Education International and the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist.  brettfurlonger
A/Prof Andrea Reupert Andrea is an Associate Professor at Monash University, Clayton, Australia and is the Editor in Chief of the journal Advances in Mental Health, Associate Editor for Australian Psychologist, and has served as guest editor for the Medical Journal of Australia. Andrea’s area of expertise is in the area of vulnerable families and developing evidence based interventions for assisting families through adversity. Together with her team, Andrea has established a program of research on parents with mental illnesses and their families, in collaboration with people in recovery. Her team is actively involved in developing psycho-social resources for clinicians and families and developing evidence based family interventions.  andreareupert
How clients benefit from group counselling for Social anxiety Disorder Prof Glen Bates Professor Bates is a clinical and counselling psychologist with over 30 years of professional experience. Prior to taking an academic role, his initial clinical work was at Darwin Hospital in the Northern Territory of Australia. Over the last 25 years he has been involved in training of clinical and counselling psychologists at the University of Melbourne and at Swinburne University. He also established Swinburne University’s partnership with ECTA to deliver a Master of Professional Counselling in Singapore in 2004 and has taught CBT interventions in the program since its inception. His main research interests are social anxiety disorder, PTSD and anger management.  glenbates
  Mr Anthony Mackie Anthony is in the final year of a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University. He has been researching group therapy, and working as a group clinician since 2011. He has a particular interest in group dynamics, attachment theory and emotion theory, and their practical implications for clinicians working in groups with the socially anxious. He has two cats, a love of Russian literature, and hopes to live and work in Japan in the future.  anthonymackie
  Ms Lee Thurlow Lee is an experienced clinical and counselling psychologist and has completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University  of Technology. Over the last 10 years she has worked at the Swinburne Centre for Psychological Services, the Austin Hospital Department of Psychological Counselling, Austin Hospital Mother and Infant Unit (PIRI) and Orygen Youth Mental Health. She has experience in individual counselling and group work with a range of client presentations and ages.  leethurlow small
Exploring factors that influence Singaporeans’ intention in seeking professional counselling Ms Siew Khim Goh Goh Siew Khim has been teaching counselling, psychology and research methodology modules at James Cook University and Ngee Ann Polytechnics in Singapore since 2008. She is also a counsellor. She is an Associate Member with the Singapore Psychological Society and Singapore Association of Counsellors. At current, Khim is completing a PhD at Monash University and graduated with a Master in Counselling and Guidance (JCU), Bachelor of Science in Psychology (USQ) and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (Ottawa).  gohsiewkhim
Dr Nicky Jacobs Dr.Nicky Jacobs is a clinical and counselling psychologist. She works as a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and has extensive clinical experience. Nicky is the Co-ordinator of the Master of Counselling program which is delivered in Australia, online, in Singapore and Hong Kong. Nicky has been teaching counselling in Singapore since 2005. Nicky has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to counselling and psychology. Areas of research and clinical specialty include: trauma, bullying, family therapy, academic achievement and mental health.  nickyjacobs
Dr Brett Furlonger Brett Furlonger is a psychologist and teacher with special interests in counselling, applied behaviour analysis and reading development. Much of his research is intimately linked to the branch of academic psychological study concerned with learning and development. His current research focus is on the effects of vicarious trauma experienced by counsellors. He has served as a reviewer or editorial board member on The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, The Teacher Educator, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Deafness and Education International and the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist.  brettfurlonger
Integration of Asian Traditional Healing into Psychotherapy: Rationales, Opportunities and Challenges A/Prof Boon Ooi Lee Dr Lee Boon Ooi is Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He is also the chair for the MA programme in Counselling and Guidance. After obtaining his Ph.D. in psychology, he pursued post-doctoral study in social and transcultural psychiatry at the McGill University medical school. Dr Lee’s research focuses on the relationship between culture and mental health in three areas: indigenous healing systems (the relevance of Asian traditional healing to mental health), cultural psychopathology (somatization, dissociative experiences, schizophrenia), and explanatory models (e.g., relations of health beliefs to help-seeking behaviours).  leeboonooi
Counselling beyond the clinic: Practical ways to turn client goals into behaviour change using self-management strategies Dr Brett Furlonger Brett Furlonger is a psychologist and teacher with special interests in counselling, applied behaviour analysis and reading development. Much of his research is intimately linked to the branch of academic psychological study concerned with learning and development. His current research focus is on the effects of vicarious trauma experienced by counsellors. He has served as a reviewer or editorial board member on The Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, The Teacher Educator, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Deafness and Education International and the Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist.  brettfurlonger
Forensic Psychology and the Missing Middle: Counselling and Offender Well-Being A/Prof Jeffrey Pfeifer

Associate Professor Pfeifer is Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology and has been teaching and researching in the area of social psychology, policing, and correctional psychology for over 20 years. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles as well as two books and has testified a number of trials as an expert witness.

In addition to his research, Dr Pfeifer has also been involved in over 30 program evaluations on a variety of initiatives related to public safety, policing and corrections and also conducted numerous workshops on training and professional standards for a variety of organisations including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Western Australia Police Service, the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia, the Singapore Airport Security Service,  the Sharjah (UAE) Police Service, and the Durban (South Africa) Police Service.

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The ORBIT project:  Pilot evidence for feasibility and efficacy of a novel international online mindfulness-based intervention for late stage Bipolar Disorder Prof Greg Murray

Professor Greg Murray is an academic clinical psychologist. His major research interest is the chronobiology of mood, especially the relationship between sleep, circadian function and positive mood states. Since taking out his PhD from University of Melbourne in 2001, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, won individual awards for teaching and research and been a chief investigator on more than $5 million of national competitive grants in Australia and overseas. Recent projects focus on the neuroscience of reward chronobiology and mindfulness-based approaches for serious mental disorder. His research is collaborative and multi-disciplinary.

In Australia, he works with researchers investigating psychosocial treatments (live and online) for serious mental disorders and their prevention. Internationally, he is deputy lead of the Canadian CREST.BD group investigating determinants of well being in people with bipolar disorder. He collaborates with colleagues at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and University of Massachusetts on studies of sleep, circadian rhythms and mood. Professor Murray is a practicing clinical psychologist, a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, and has experience in senior academic management roles.

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Becoming informed about reducing cyber bulling … taking a stand in higher education Dr Margaret Anne Carter I am employed with James Cook University Australia as senior lecturer, Education. In this role I coordinate several counselling subjects in the postgraduate guidance and counselling program. I hold a leadership position in the College of Arts, Society and Education as the Master of Education course coordinator. In conjunction with my teaching responsibilities I conduct research in areas including cyber bullying; third culture kids; young children’s social capacity; and character education. I have published several books and journal articles as well as co-authored a parenting program, an educational consultancy program, and social skills books for children in primary aged children.  margaretannecarter
Journey of a Lifetime: Narrative techniques for evolving the preferred identities of Women Ms Esther Tzer Wong

Esther Tzer Wong, M. Soc. Sci. (NUS) is currently a Senior Lecturer with TCA College, teaching the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling as well as the M. A. in Counselling. Having trained as a social worker since 1980, she has been involved in counselling couples and families as a Senior Therapist with the Counselling and Care Centre (1981-88) and was formerly the Executive Director of St. Andrew’s Lifestreams, an agency set up under the St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital (1998-2006). She was also the Founder-President of Society Against Family Violence (1991-94) and continues to counsel individuals and families recovering from trauma and abuse.

Esther is married is a mother of three grown up children (Ian 30+, Beatrice 24, Isaac 22 year of age).

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Integrative Care; An Anxiety Case Study Ms Nabilah Ulfah Bagarib

Nabilah is a Clinical Psychologist working with Club HEAL. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the National University of Malaysia and has worked at the hospital there before returning to Singapore. Her interest is in conducting individualized Psychotherapy sessions tailored to suit the needs of her clients. She is passionate about her work and aims to improve the lives of persons with mental illness through skills-building, empowerment and minimizing societal stigma. Her favourite quote is “pain is inevitable but suffering is optional” and this option to not suffer in silence is her approach with her clients she meets.

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Dr Bibi Jan Md Ayyub Bibi Jan has been teaching and counselling in Singapore schools for the past 25 years and 9 years respectively. She holds a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Durham, UK,  Master of Education from the National University of Singapore and Master of Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University. She has been a social activist for more than three decades and was the founding and board member of the CLUB HEAL since it was formed in 2012. She has been working to promote mental health for students and general public through various channels. She has participated and presented   counselling and education related papers in the United States of America, Turkey, Malaysia, Hong Kong,  Indonesia and Singapore  bibijan