In our unique fashion, we have carefully crafted these courses to meet the needs of the industries. They are designed to fill knowledge and skills gaps that we have observed.
Understanding Legal Issues in Managing Complex Cases
As a helping professional, you may encounter a case such as this:
‘Your client is a single mother who is an odd job worker. She stays with her family in a government-rented flat. They are also on the public assistance scheme. She has 3 children - a 2-month old baby boy, an 8-year girl and a 15-year old boy. Recently, the mother befriended a man who started to live with them.
The man displays anger and addiction issues. Whenever he gets intoxicated, he will smash things in the house and/or beat up the woman and children.
Consequently, the two older children show signs of intense fear and mental distress. In fact, the 15-year old boy has just ran away from home and has started staying at a friend’s house. He also confided in you that he has just been having consensual sex with a 14-year old girl from another school. This girl is now 3 months pregnant. He is at a lost, not knowing what to do. He requested that you to keep it confidential.’
What should you do?
In your role as a medical/non-medical social worker, counsellor, or school personnel, you will have different focuses and priorities. But there is one common need across all these different roles – you need the necessary knowledge of the law to practice effectively and, more importantly, safely within the boundary of the Singapore legal system.
Working with Children and Adolescents with ADHD
An analysis of 175 studies worldwide estimated that around 7% of children and adolescents 18 years and under have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In Singapore, a study of 2400 children between the ages of 6 to 12 estimated that 4.9% had disruptive behavior disorders according to parent ratings.
This course is distinctively different from others of the same title: it scaffolds important ADHD information with group activities that help participants experience these information in a refreshingly clear way. For instance, beyond classroom instruction, participants will, through facilitator-guided activities, get a glimpse of how a child with ADHD navigates his world. Participants will also learn key interventions skills, practical tips and strategies that can be immediately applied in the workplace. For instance, participants will learn how to develop a detailed behavioural program for changing behavior within the home and school settings.
Applying Effective People-Helping Intervention Strategies
What do you do when a colleague confides in you that he/ she is highly stressed, or when you observed that he/ she tends to isolate himself/ herself from others? When conducting employment or promotion interviews, how do you discern those who are mentally ready and those who are not?
Regardless of your work titles and the people groups you work with, this course will be useful for you! You need to move beyond head knowledge about mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, to provide real practical support to persons-in-need using effective intervention techniques such as butterfly hugs, deep breathing skills and ‘worry- hour’.
This workshop teaches you practical techniques that you, a person without clinical psychological background, can use to help such people. A psychological screening tool and specific intervention strategies will be taught through a variety of approaches. That includes direct teaching, skills practice, group discussion, peer learning and authentic sharing.
Crisis Management: Practical Psychological First Aid
When a crisis situation strikes, it is critical that the affected people – family members, relatives and friends - are helped compassionately, swiftly and skillfully. Put differently, administering 'Psychological First Aid' to minister to the mental state of the victims is just as important as applying bandages to physical injuries. This will go a long way to restoring the mental wellbeing of the affected. From a corporate perspective, providing timely psychological interventions help mitigate chances of lawsuits, negative press and further staff psychological distress.
This workshop equips participants with practical psychological first aid skills needed during crisis situations. Unlike other similarly titled courses, this workshop goes beyond just explaining the fundamental do's and don'ts of what you should do. You will learn useful PFA skills for individuals such as Pacing and Leading, Diffusion, Distraction, etc, to deal with the client's immediate aspects of disturbed behavior following a crisis. You will also learn how to provide PFA in a group setting. Death, bereavement and coping with loss will also be covered.
Play Therapy Relationship for Practitioners (Level 1)
Play therapy is to children what counselling is to adults. Play therapy uses toys, art supplies, sand and other play media to communication with children using their language – the language of play.
It uses the powerful 'therapeutic powers of play' to help children express their feelings more easily instead of words. This workshop introduces the concept of play therapy and provides a platform for participants to be acquainted with the power of play therapy through experiential learning.
The workshop introduces the concept of play therapy and provides a platform for participants to be acquainted with the power of play therapy through experiential learning. Participants will have hands-on experience using various elements like sand, etc, during the course of this workshop. This workshop does not qualify participants to be professional play therapists. Rather, it enriches the range of skills that they currently possess.
Elaine Chua, the workshop facilitator, holds a Master of Social Sciences (Social Work) and has over 20 years of experience working with children and families.
Ethics: Managing Ethics of a Multicultural Community and Working with Special Populations
In Singapore's multi-faceted society, it is becoming increasingly crucial for allied health professionals to extend their capabilities to work with clients of different races, culture and religion. Additionally, you may also need to work with special populations, in specific, patients with HIV, teenage pregnancy and the elderly. Being aware and familiar with ethical considerations when dealing with such clients is an essential skill. Case studies and peer discussions will be used to drive the session.
Dr Jeevanadam, Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist, will facilitate the workshop. She teaches ethics at various tertiary institutions and is currently also practising privately at Novena Medical Centre, working with children and adolescents.
From Burnout to Empowered Practice: A Compassion Fatigue Workshop
Findings have highlighted the risk of Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress among helping professionals and their adverse consequences on the well-being of professionals, job satisfaction, professional efficacy, staff absenteeism and turnover rates as well as service outcomes. Unfortunately, these phenomena often go undetected or are misinterpreted, even by the people who experience them.
This full-day immersive workshop was designed for all professionals who take care of others for a living including social workers, psychologists, counselors, therapists, doctors, nurses, residential home staff, youth workers, child protection officers, teachers and more.
Regardless of your level of experience in the field, this experiential workshop is a well-deserved opportunity to pause, refuel your mind and your body, and deepen your passion for this important work so that you can continue to contribute from a place of abundance.
Cert in Positive Education; Cert in Mental Fitness
These workshops received extremely warm responses when first conducted in November last year. Participants will learn key models developed by giants in the field like Martin Seligman, Paul Wong, etc. They will also be exposed to how schools from different parts of the world use and implement Positive Education ideas. Participants will benefit from the practical implementation tips, techniques and tools taught in the workshops.
Specific to the 'Certificate in Positive Education' workshop, participants will be guided to develop their own Positive Education Action Plan for implementation in their schools. For participants of the 'Certificate in Mental Fitness' workshop, they will learn how to build the 12 Habits of Mental Fitness through practical activities that can be immediately implemented in their schools.
This workshop is taught by Dr Paula Robinson. Paula has worked with over 100 schools, and travels globally to share her rich research and practical experience working with parents and schools in Australia and those internationally. Regardless whether your School is new to Positive Education or already in the midst of implementation, this workshop will recharge you and give you with new perspective, ideas and tools.