Agenda Day 1
21 November 2023

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
21 November, 2023

8:00 AM


9:00 AM

Welcome remarks by Chairperson

9:10 AM

The impact of a dysfunctional family upbringing: Causes, patterns and healing

In our network, most of us would have known a few individuals who act differently and stand out from the rest. While it perplexes us, the facts seem to show that family upbringing, has something to do with it. In this session, we will:

  • Define a dysfunctional family vs a functional one
  • Analyse the causes of the dysfunctionality and its link to inter-generational trauma
  • Discuss the ways in which people cope and how they can be utilised as a vehicle for intervention.
Dr. Roy Chan

Dr. Roy Chan

Clinical Psychologist and Founder

Cloaks and Mirrors

9:55 AM

Mind-Body: A Novel Approach to Sustainable Healing focusing on how to achieve an integrated approach to well-being and its benefits.

The combined power of psychology and body practices is proving to be transformational in people healing from depression, trauma, professional, relational and life challenges.

  • We will present data from research we conducted that shows depression rates remaining significantly low 3 months after intervention.
Dr Oberdan Marianetti

Dr Oberdan Marianetti

Psychologist & Clinical Sexologist


10:45 AM


Speed Meeting for all attendees
Join us for a dynamic speed networking session where you can meet potential business partners and professionals in the same industry, in a flash!

11:15 AM

Break and networking

11:45 AM

From Courage to Canvas - The Palette of Possibilities with Art Therapy
Understanding how art therapy can harness self-expression, deep healing and empowerment in different individuals.
Christine Tok

Christine Tok

Programme Manager l Art Therapist

The Red Pencil (Singapore)

12:45 PM

Lunch and networking

1:45 PM

Childhood Sketches: Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma

Trauma is not an external event that happens to you but rather what manifests inside you. Complex trauma stems from childhood experiences of abuse, neglect, betrayal, and isolation. What does it sound like when we allow survivors to speak? Who are they? What does surviving look like? In this session, we will:

  • Explore stories of Singaporean survivors of childhood trauma through their sketches.
  • Gain an understanding of the survival mechanisms of these individuals.
  • Briefly discuss the manifested psychopathology of complex trauma and the psychotherapeutic process of healing.
Nicole Chew-Helbig

Nicole Chew-Helbig

PhD, Psychotherapist

Gestalt Singapore Pte Ltd

2:30 PM

Existential Therapy in Asia: Working with Authenticity in the Therapeutic Setting

Existential therapy has often been accused to work with an individualistic conception of the human person that promotes freedom, agency, and self-determination. In this presentation, we will:

  • Use the theme of authenticity to understand how existential therapy works with the universal human condition and is not limited to only the Western population.
  • Explore how holding an existential perspective expands our understanding of our sense of self.
  • Understand how existential therapy works for clients are who struggling with their own authentic selves.
Magdalen Cheng

Magdalen Cheng

Founder / Integrative Existential Psychotherapist

Encompassing Therapy & Counselling

3:15 PM

Break and networking

3:50 PM

Connected Parenting, Thriving Kid: Transform your Child today to competence

Young people are experiencing greater stressors these days with the effects of life’s challenges and pressures. Changes may overwhelm and distress that can lead to despair much sooner affecting mental health. How can we support parents and other child caretakers in this current condition where it is necessary to safeguard the mental wellbeing of the young person.

In this session you will;

  • Learn the new principles of connected parenting that allows for a healthy esteem and where needs are met for both parent and child.
  • Offer strategies to connect with children amidst the competition of gadgets, screes and social media.
  • Emphasise the importance of connection in the parent-child relationship to a new level that will provide a safe environment for children to thrive and be successful amidst the challenges of the bigger world.
  • Increase your awareness and understanding on how to offer opportunities to parents, children and families that will maintain emotional wellness.
Lissy Ann Puno

Lissy Ann Puno

Counselling Psychologist

International Counselling and Psychology Centre

4:30 PM

A panel discussion on Elevating the workplace experience: Creating an engaging and healthy workplace

Covid-19, isolation restrictions and economic recession have all affected the way we do work. It gave way to hybrid work models as well as full remote setups. But with a normalising global work landscape, the wheel has again turned with going back to office. In this session, we will:

  • Discuss on ways on how to improve the physical workplace that promotes good mental health and productivity
  • Share on actual case studies of creative applications to achieving a dream workplace
  • Learn on the factors to be considered in workplace redesign
Dr. Karen Pooh

Dr. Karen Pooh

Clinical Psychologist

Adjunct Faculty
Dr Oberdan Marianetti

Dr Oberdan Marianetti

Psychologist & Clinical Sexologist

Geetika Malhotra

Geetika Malhotra

Director and Principal Psychotherapist

Balanced Life Psychotherapy & Counselling
Michelle Martin

Michelle Martin

Broadcaster and Coach

Room of Joy

5:30 PM – 6.30 PM
[Workshop (pre-registration is required)]*fully booked
Art Therapy Open Studio

Nothing completes the understanding of Art Therapy better than a personal hands-on experience!

Christine and a few other Art Therapists will be there to hold the therapeutic safe space while you explore the array of art materials, we specially prepare for you.

The open studio offers space for solitude and group artmaking, whichever you feel more comfortable with. We invite you to come and have some fun and relaxation with visual art as well as to freely interact with the Art Therapists and other participants.

*Limited number of places available

Christine Tok

Christine Tok

Programme Manager | Art Therapist

The Red Pencil (Singapore)