Conference agenda

All live sessions include dedicated Q&A time. The conference will take place from 10-12 November 2020.

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
The Value of Positivity Resonance in Pandemic Times
  • The contributions of positive emotions and positive social connections to resilience.
  • Unpacking a scientific definition of love in terms of positivity resonance.
  • The contributions of positivity resonance to individual and public health.
  • Micro-interventions to increase positive social connections and its associated benefits.

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Are you ready to stop fear from guiding your thoughts, behaviour and feelings?

Maria Micha, Certified NeuroChangeSolutions Corporate Consultant, Maria Micha Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Counseling Center

Digital Interventions for Mental Health: Effectively connecting with your patients through technology
  • How can you improve access to therapy through digital mental healthcare?
  • How you can tap into online and offline therapy to complement your existing practice.
  • What’s next for digital mental healthcare.

Antoinette Patterson, Co-Founder/CEO, Safe Space

Suicide prevention through the lens of intervention and postvention

Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally. – WHO, 2019.

  • Exploring effective ways of using case formulation to guide treatment planning for at-risk individuals.
  • Building resilience in youth and children to maintain life.

Dr Natalie Games, Clinical Psychologist, Alliance Counselling

Myths and Facts about Hypnotherapy
  • Understanding what the Mind is and how it operates.
  • What is Hypnosis and how does it work?
  • Exploring the scope of Hypnotherapy in practice.
  • Emotional Management Technique.

Dr Kavita Bhargava, Pyschologist, IMDHA Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist., Eternal Hospital Jaipur
Please note that the hypnotherapy and EMT live demonstration will not be recorded.

End of day one
Integrating recovery practices with positive psychology interventions into working practice

    The School of Positive Psychology will award participants with 1 hour of Continuing education credit for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) if you attend this session.

  • Repackaging integrated clinical therapy to promote wellbeing instead of treating illness.
  • Incorporating strengths-based practices to alleviate distress and influence post-traumatic growth.
  • Utilising strengths-based dialogues to empower clients’ autonomy in constructing a personal plan of resilience.

Stephen Lew, Founder and Executive Director, The School of Positive Psychology

Embracing shared work flow: Removing silos in managing suicide on a macro level
  • Suicide statistics, trends and insights into clients’ help seeking behaviours
  • Self-determination vs life preservation – which and when?
  • How SOS can work with fellow practitioners to better synergise service and develop a shared workflow

Charlene Heng, Head of Department Core Services, Samaritans of Singapore

Youth delinquency: Integrating delinquent youths back into the society 

In general, youth delinquency begins with petty offences such as robbery or violent behaviour, which can be easily traced by and corrected through institutions and community and family environments- United Nations, 2020.

  • Going beyond therapy to help youth delinquents internalise families’ belief systems and their phases of acceptance.
  • Assimilating positive influence of coping behaviours into practice to avoid re-offence.
  • Modern psychology intervention in prosocial behaviours that extends beyond the client.

Karen Rose Vardeleon, Founding Partner, Psychologist, Childfam Possibilities Psychosocial Services

Working through the hurt: Easing emotional burdens and burnouts caused by abusive relationships
  • Creating boundaries as a healthcare professional that will not overstep the patient’s decision.
  • How can you avoid replicating relational patterns from the past even if clients expect it?
  • What do you do when you identify disruptive and violent behaviours during therapy?
  • Elizabeth Santosa, Psychologist, Wellness Development Center

The ART of Self Discovery
  • An opportunity to enter and tap into your own creative process.
  • Leveraging on Art Therapy as means of self-exploration and gaining personal insight.
  • An opportunity to access and be directed towards what Jung calls the ‘Self’.

Joanna Tan, Senior Art Therapist, EMDR practitioner, Clinical Supervisor

Discovering the play of interpersonal relationships through process groups
  • Understanding basic principles of process groups.
  • Understanding stages of group development and common group dynamics.
  • Experiencing being a group member and group dynamics.

Nishta Geetha Thevaraja, Clinical Psychologist, Singapore General Hospital

Liew Shi Min, Clinical Psychologist, Singapore General Hospital

End of day two
Alleviating anxiety and stress with art therapy during the pandemic
  • What is art therapy?
  • How does art therapy help to alleviate anxiety and stress and support mental wellbeing during periods of uncertainty such as the current pandemic?
  • Experiential activity: Join the speaker in a brief drawing exercise to gain insight into how this modality works.

Rachel Yang, MA, AThR, President, Art Therapists’ Association Singapore
*Due to the speaker’s request, this session will not be recorded and will not be available on demand.

Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in Singapore’s Nursing Homes – A Person-Centred Care Approach
  • Principles of behavioural management.
  • What are the considerations when applying the principles of behavioural management in managing BPSD?
  • The importance of non-specific factors in psychotherapy in managing BPSD in the nursing homes.
  • Case illustration.

Lim Si Huan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Aged Psychiatry Community Assessment & Treatment Service, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

A vivid encounter with Gestalt Therapy
  • How can you develop an awareness of the philosophies behind Gestalt Therapy as a way of life.
  • What are the core tenets of Gestalt Therapy?
  • Experiential learning: Experiencing selected concepts of Gestalt Therapy in the here and now.

Hwee Boon Toh, Professional Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor

Paediatric Oncology: The Bidirectional Influence of Parental and Children Adjustments
  • The impact of a diagnosis that extends beyond the child with cancer
  • Parents and children’s adaptation processes following a cancer diagnosis
  • Intervention strategies for better psychological outcomes

Agnes Chong, Clinical Psychologist, National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Closing address and end of NCPC 2020
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