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Synopsis

This is a unique opportunity to view two divorce mediations and to learn more about what happens during a mediation. Experienced mediators will demonstrate how they approach a mediation, and participants will have the opportunity to see mediation in practice, to better understand what clients go through when they undergo divorce mediation, and how better to support their clients through the process.

Course Dates: 10 November 2017

Trainer: Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng (Click

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Lei Theng has been teaching legal skills since 1994. During that time, she has been developing and running programmes for advocacy, negotiation, and legal writing and research at the NUS Faculty of Law and has been a consultant on legal skills teaching and programmes for other law schools in Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as well as government agencies in Singapore. Lei Theng has also been teaching advocacy with the Law Society’s Advocacy programme since its inception. Lei Theng coaches moots and negotiation teams and is proud to count among up and coming members of the profession her former students.

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Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 20 September (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
VCF Training Grant $562.50
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

An introduction to legal issues concerning the elderly. The overview includes wills and estate planning, lasting powers of attorney, advanced medical directives, deputyship, maintenance under the Maintenance of Parents Act, and legal issues concerning the care of elderly patients for nursing homes, hospitals and caregivers. The perspectives will vary from that of a person preparing for the later stages of her life, to caregivers, to institutions.

Course Dates: 17 November 2017

Trainer: Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng (Click

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Lei Theng has been teaching legal skills since 1994. During that time, she has been developing and running programmes for advocacy, negotiation, and legal writing and research at the NUS Faculty of Law and has been a consultant on legal skills teaching and programmes for other law schools in Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as well as government agencies in Singapore. Lei Theng has also been teaching advocacy with the Law Society’s Advocacy programme since its inception. Lei Theng coaches moots and negotiation teams and is proud to count among up and coming members of the profession her former students.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 20 September (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
VCF Training Grant $562.50
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Play Therapy is an evidence-based psychological treatment for a wide range of child mental health difficulties. In this introduction, the participants will experience key aspects of play therapy practice. They will gain an understanding of:

  1. The play therapy process,
  2. The therapeutic relationship;
  3. How children communicate through the use of symbols and metaphors, and how to facilitate and encourage such communication;
  4. How change is promoted through attending and facilitating child's communication through play.

Course Dates: 23 and 24 November 2017

Trainer: Dr Alicia Pon (Click

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Dr. Alicia Pon has been a child psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years. Her professional training is in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Grief Counseling and Social Work.

For the last 16 years, Dr. Pon was based in Hong Kong, and worked and managed her private practice at full capacity. Her clinical experiences and specializations include divorce & separation, grief & loss, complex trauma, adoption & attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship.

Dr. Pon was on staff and served as an Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She lectured and supervised undergraduate and post graduate students in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy and social work. At present, Dr. Pon serves as a Senior Lecturer with National University of Singapore. In addition, Dr. Pon has been involved in the research on Somatic Work, Psycho-oncology, Play Therapy and End of Life in the University department.

Dr. Pon is a Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor for both the Association of Play Therapy (US) and Play Therapy International (HK). She is also an Approved Play Therapy Provider (APT Provider: 10-279) and presents numerous international conferences, and conducted workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description After GST
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 1 September (15% discount) $1,092
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
uTAP (only for NTUC members and assuming you still have $250 in your uTAP account) $1,034
VCF Training Grant 40% $804
Using Skillsfuture Credits (assuming you still have $500 in your Skillsfuture account) $784
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 12 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Mental illness can range from episodic to chronic conditions. The type of mental illness a person has can affect how the person is regarded in the eyes of the law in different domains, from criminal liability to personal liability, to issues concerning their marital status or their ability to care for children or the elderly. This workshop will cover the law (and its inadequacies) in dealing with persons with mental illness.

Course Dates: 28 November 2017

Trainer: Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng (Click

here
Lei Theng has been teaching legal skills since 1994. During that time, she has been developing and running programmes for advocacy, negotiation, and legal writing and research at the NUS Faculty of Law and has been a consultant on legal skills teaching and programmes for other law schools in Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as well as government agencies in Singapore. Lei Theng has also been teaching advocacy with the Law Society’s Advocacy programme since its inception. Lei Theng coaches moots and negotiation teams and is proud to count among up and coming members of the profession her former students.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 20 September (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
VCF Training Grant $562.50
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Social workers encounter situations where conflicting ethical principles have to be upheld simultaneously and deciding on the most appropriate and ethical course of action becomes difficult. While the Code of Professional Ethics can provide some guidance to social workers, its rules are inadequate in resolving ethical dilemmas and do not promote ethical reasoning. The ability to engage in ethical reasoning is essential for sound ethical decision-making and competent delivery of social workers’ core functions. It is an advanced skill that social workers should seek to develop. This course is designed for social workers and social service professionals who are interested in enhancing ethical decision-making at work.

This Programme equips social workers with foundational knowledge and skills in ethical reasoning and enables participants to appreciate how a dilemmatic ethical situation can result in differing opinions on what is considered the appropriate course of action. It invites social workers to revisit the profession's values and ethics, evaluate the confluence and interactions of personal, societal, organizational and professional values and ethics through ethical case discussions, and develop ethical decisions. The course adopts the perspective that medicine and social work have shared commonality in their professional ethos and values, thus gleans from bioethics well-established theoretical foundation to provide guidance and structure for ethical reasoning in social work practice. This didactic and interactive course involves online teaching and classroom face-time with an emphasis that participants actively engage in discourses to demonstrate and strengthen critical thinking, which is in the nature of ethical reasoning.

Course Dates: 14 and 15 December 2017

Trainer: Dr Crystal Lim (Click

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Dr Crystal Lim is a Master Medical Social Worker at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) with a clinical speciality in transplantation social work, bioethics, family-focused organ donor support, and family violence intervention. She attained her Ph.D. Social Work (2014) and Master of Arts in Bioethics (2015) from University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Master of Social Work (2001) from University of Washington and Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) from National University of Singapore (1991). Her outstanding clinical services has been recognised with awards such as: SGH's Allied Health Division Trail Blazer Award-Clinical (2012); SingHealth Group Chief Executive Officer Service Excellence Award, Allied Health Division, (2008); the national Outstanding Social Worker Award (2007); Healthcare Humanity Award (2006).
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Venue: Outram (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description After GST
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 1 September (15% discount) $1,092
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
uTAP (only for NTUC members and assuming you still have $250 in your uTAP account) $1,034
VCF Training Grant 40% $804
Using Skillsfuture Credits (assuming you still have $500 in your Skillsfuture account) $784
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

The therapeutic use of sand has been used around the world since 1930. It has been found to be very effective in providing a non-verbal means for expressing, healing and transforming from struggles and challenges. This introduction provides the participants with a basic understanding of the theory and practical skills behind the use of Sandtray in working with their clients. Through case discussion and experiential learning, participants will be guided in: a) setting up the sandtray therapy, b) selection of miniatures, c) expanding observation and inquiry skills, and abilities to track the sand play process, d) providing guidelines to conduct the sandtray therapy session.

Course Dates: 11 - 12 January 2018 (Thursday and Friday)

Trainer: Dr Alicia Pon (Click

here
Dr. Alicia Pon has been a child psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years. Her professional training is in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Grief Counseling and Social Work.

For the last 16 years, Dr. Pon was based in Hong Kong, and worked and managed her private practice at full capacity. Her clinical experiences and specializations include divorce & separation, grief & loss, complex trauma, adoption & attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship.

Dr. Pon was on staff and served as an Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She lectured and supervised undergraduate and post graduate students in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy and social work. At present, Dr. Pon serves as a Senior Lecturer with National University of Singapore. In addition, Dr. Pon has been involved in the research on Somatic Work, Psycho-oncology, Play Therapy and End of Life in the University department.

Dr. Pon is a Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor for both the Association of Play Therapy (US) and Play Therapy International (HK). She is also an Approved Play Therapy Provider (APT Provider: 10-279) and presents numerous international conferences, and conducted workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register by 11 Dec 2017 (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
uTAP (only for NTUC members and assuming you still have $250 in your uTAP account) $1,034
VCF Training Grant 40% $804
Using Skillsfuture Credits (assuming you still have $500 in your Skillsfuture account) $784
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 12 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Social work in mental health care requires that social work professionals develop a critical and reflexive position, understanding the context in which mental disorder is placed, and the socio-political influences that mutually influence persons with mental illness and their families. Setting the context for care is critical for social work intervention to be sensitive to the recovery journey of our clients and their family caregivers.

This module is the first and compulsory module for this series of Mental Health Workshop. It provides an evolutionary coverage of mental health treatment, care; and how social work contributes to the recovery model today. It also provides a critical perspective into mental health diagnosis and classification, the role of mental health screening tools, legislation governing the care and treatment of persons, and related ethical issues in social work practice.

Course Dates: 25 - 26 January 2018 (Thursday and Friday)

Trainer: Ms Chan Lay Lin (Click

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A qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Lay Lin has more than 2 decades of clinical experience. Lay Lin has spent a large part of her career in family service centres (FSC), working in the community in family casework and therapy, group work programmes with parents, youth and children. Lay Lin has also worked with the National University Hospital and National Cancer Centre where she served persons with chronic medical problems, palliative care and crisis work.

Lay Lin is currently serving as a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Social Work Department in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She manages complex casework and family therapy, working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems. She is the Training Lead for the department where she manages education and training for the department and the Institution.

Lay Lin was a member of the MOH working committee that developed the MSW Competency Framework and the working committee with SASW that produced the 2017 Supervision Guidelines for Social Workers. Lay Lin received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2013.

for Trainer's profile)

  and Ms Tracy Wee (Click

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Ms Tracy Wee has many years of clinical social experience working and has served with the Institute of Mental Health for more 14 years. As a qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Tracy conducts family therapy and complex casework working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems.

Tracy is presently spearheading the Staff Support and Assistance Programme in IMH that focuses on training and providing emotional support and intervention to staff who are involved in traumatic incidents or stressful situations.

Tracy is a certified Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Stress Management (Individual) Instructor. She has conducted training on Mental Health and Wellness related issues for corporations, government statutory boards, fellow professionals and the public.

Tracy is a member of the IMH Training Faculty and is a recipient of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2014, and the NHG Senior Educator Award this year.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: Buangkok (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register by 25 Dec 2017 (15% discount) $1,092
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

The aim of the course is to acquaint participants with the historical, theoretical and contemporary perspectives in crime and punishment. The basic questions are: what is crime? How do we define crime? How and why do particular acts come to be defined as "criminal" in certain historical periods? Is crime to be understood as a "natural", biological, psychological, sociological and legal phenomenon, or a combination of all? How do contemporary societies deal with the problem of crime and disorder? This course presents a social history of the development of criminological thinking and contemporary criminological models in explaining crime, particularly sketching the influence of social sciences, on the way criminals and crimes are being viewed in our society. It also attempts to illustrate the implications of these on social/criminal policies designed to eradicate crime in society. Briefly, an illustration of how penal policies are congruent with conceptions of crime will be undertaken. But the study of crime, criminality, victimization and social policy is not dispassionate; it is inextricably linked to notions of social order and social control. The course, thus, will attempt to show that it is difficult, if not impossible, to study crime without examining the underlying assumptions and perspectives which account for how we come to regard crime as a phenomenon.

Course Dates: 1 and 2 March 2018

Trainer: Associate Professor Narayanan Ganapathy (Click

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My guiding philosophy in teaching is that it must seek to produce empathetic knowledge among my students who will then be able to connect with the everyday experiences of ordinary people.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Deviance; Criminology; Criminal Justice; Sociology of Policing; Social Control and Punishment
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Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register by 1 Jan 2018 (15% discount) $1,092
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Social workers in the community manage some of the most challenging and complex cases when clients suffer from the debilitating symptoms of hopelessness and suicidal behvaviours in depressive disorders.

This module aims to equip social work practitioners with an in-depth knowledge of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Dysthymia to enable more effective and collaborative partnership with persons afflicted with these disorders. Evidence-based psycho-social approaches to working with persons with these disorders will be discussed. The facilitators will additionally share practice-based wisdom that applies to the local population.

Specifically, the following practice issues with regard to MDD and dysthymia will be covered:
1. How do social workers manage high emotional reactivity of individuals with depressive symptoms?
2. What is the scope of counselling and family therapy with this clientele?
3. Who are the silent victims of depression and how can social workers help?
4. In the community, how do social workers manage suicide risk related to depression and what post-suicide intervention may be helpful?

Course Dates: 9 March 2018 (Friday)

Trainer: Ms Chan Lay Lin (Click

here
A qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Lay Lin has more than 2 decades of clinical experience. Lay Lin has spent a large part of her career in family service centres (FSC), working in the community in family casework and therapy, group work programmes with parents, youth and children. Lay Lin has also worked with the National University Hospital and National Cancer Centre where she served persons with chronic medical problems, palliative care and crisis work.

Lay Lin is currently serving as a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Social Work Department in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She manages complex casework and family therapy, working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems. She is the Training Lead for the department where she manages education and training for the department and the Institution.

Lay Lin was a member of the MOH working committee that developed the MSW Competency Framework and the working committee with SASW that produced the 2017 Supervision Guidelines for Social Workers. Lay Lin received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2013.

for Trainer's profile)

  and Ms Tracy Wee (Click

here
Ms Tracy Wee has many years of clinical social experience working and has served with the Institute of Mental Health for more 14 years. As a qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Tracy conducts family therapy and complex casework working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems.

Tracy is presently spearheading the Staff Support and Assistance Programme in IMH that focuses on training and providing emotional support and intervention to staff who are involved in traumatic incidents or stressful situations.

Tracy is a certified Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Stress Management (Individual) Instructor. She has conducted training on Mental Health and Wellness related issues for corporations, government statutory boards, fellow professionals and the public.

Tracy is a member of the IMH Training Faculty and is a recipient of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2014, and the NHG Senior Educator Award this year.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: Buangkok (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register by 9 Jan 2018 (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

This course aims to equip social work practitioners with the skills required to determine the needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers, and formulate appropriate intervention strategies for those with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. From the perspective of the person with dementia, participants will gain understanding on the nature of dementia and the impact of brain changes on activities of daily living. Participants will apply person-centred care models when formulating an intervention plan for persons with BPSD and their caregivers.

Course Dates: 15 and 16 March 2018

Trainer: Ms Cai Suqi (Click

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Ms Cai Suqi is a registered social worker. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with Bachelor of Social Work, and has acquired extensive experience in both acute and community settings. She has a strong interest in older adults and dementia. Suqi played a critical role in the development of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) Caregiver Support Centre Eldersit Respite Care Services. She was also the Centre Manager of the ADA Caregiver Support Centre and later ventured in training and consultancy projects at ADA. She has attained the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA).
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  and Ms Koh Hwan Jing (Click

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Ms Koh Hwan Jing is Manager, Trainer and Consultant Occupational Therapist at the Alzheimer’s Disease Association Resource and Training Centre (ARTC), facilitating in-house and public training programmes for professional and family caregivers of people with dementia, as well as consultancy services for external agencies serving people with dementia. She has a wide range of experiences working with people with dementia including hospital-based services, and home based intervention. Hwan Jing has served as a member of the Ministry of Health (MOH) Dementia Care Taskforce and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Dementia Nursing Home Design Resource Panel. She has a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Exeter, UK (2000), and a Masters in Mental Health Studies from King’s College London, UK (2007). She has attained the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), is a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid (Singapore), and certified in Dementia Care Mapping (Basic User)
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Venue: Bendemeer (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register by 15 Jan 2018 (15% discount) $1,092
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Social workers in the community manage some of the most challenging and complex cases when clients suffer from the debilitating symptoms of distorted reality in psychotic disorders.

This module aims to equip social work practitioners with an in-depth knowledge of Psychosis, Schizophrenia and Delusional Disorder to enable more effective and collaborative partnership with persons afflicted with these disorders. Evidence-based psycho-social approaches to working with persons with these disorders will be discussed. The facilitators will additionally share practice-based wisdom that applies to the local population.

Additionally, the following practice issues with regard to psychosis, schizophrenia and delusional disorder will be covered:
1. How do social workers engage persons with distorted realities?
2. What can family casework offer at different stage of the disorders?
3. What is the scope of counselling and family therapy?
4. What are the roles of IMH in the management of these patients and how can community agencies collaborate with regard to their care?
5. In the community, what are the risks to social workers when afflicted persons are unstable and what help is available?

Course Dates: 11 May 2018 (Friday)

Trainer: Ms Chan Lay Lin (Click

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A qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Lay Lin has more than 2 decades of clinical experience. Lay Lin has spent a large part of her career in family service centres (FSC), working in the community in family casework and therapy, group work programmes with parents, youth and children. Lay Lin has also worked with the National University Hospital and National Cancer Centre where she served persons with chronic medical problems, palliative care and crisis work.

Lay Lin is currently serving as a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Social Work Department in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She manages complex casework and family therapy, working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems. She is the Training Lead for the department where she manages education and training for the department and the Institution.

Lay Lin was a member of the MOH working committee that developed the MSW Competency Framework and the working committee with SASW that produced the 2017 Supervision Guidelines for Social Workers. Lay Lin received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2013.

for Trainer's profile)

  and Ms Tracy Wee (Click

here
Ms Tracy Wee has many years of clinical social experience working and has served with the Institute of Mental Health for more 14 years. As a qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Tracy conducts family therapy and complex casework working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems.

Tracy is presently spearheading the Staff Support and Assistance Programme in IMH that focuses on training and providing emotional support and intervention to staff who are involved in traumatic incidents or stressful situations.

Tracy is a certified Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Stress Management (Individual) Instructor. She has conducted training on Mental Health and Wellness related issues for corporations, government statutory boards, fellow professionals and the public.

Tracy is a member of the IMH Training Faculty and is a recipient of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2014, and the NHG Senior Educator Award this year.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: Buangkok (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register by 11 Mar 2018 (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

The course will introduce participants to the sociological and psychological issues relating to incarceration and their impact on the processes of prisonization, prisoner identity construction and management, and subsequent reintegration into society. These issues will be examined against the backdrop of the philosophy and principles of punishment as well as the prison system. Particular emphasis will be devoted to assessing prison's social climate and its impact, real and/or perceived, on the post-release potentialities. Participants will also be introduced to the phenomenology of the incarceration experience from the point of view of the incarcerated, and to consider and contextualize the contradictory demands of the processes of institutionalization, re-institutionalisation, de-institutionalization and re-entry against the backdrop of the models of prisonization.

Course Dates: 26 and 27 April 2018

Trainer: Associate Professor Narayanan Ganapathy (Click

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My guiding philosophy in teaching is that it must seek to produce empathetic knowledge among my students who will then be able to connect with the everyday experiences of ordinary people.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Deviance; Criminology; Criminal Justice; Sociology of Policing; Social Control and Punishment
for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register by 26 Feb 2018 (15% discount) $1,092
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Coming soon!

Course Dates: 29 June 2018 (Friday)

Trainer: Ms Chan Lay Lin (Click

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A qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Lay Lin has more than 2 decades of clinical experience. Lay Lin has spent a large part of her career in family service centres (FSC), working in the community in family casework and therapy, group work programmes with parents, youth and children. Lay Lin has also worked with the National University Hospital and National Cancer Centre where she served persons with chronic medical problems, palliative care and crisis work.

Lay Lin is currently serving as a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Social Work Department in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She manages complex casework and family therapy, working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems. She is the Training Lead for the department where she manages education and training for the department and the Institution.

Lay Lin was a member of the MOH working committee that developed the MSW Competency Framework and the working committee with SASW that produced the 2017 Supervision Guidelines for Social Workers. Lay Lin received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2013.

for Trainer's profile)

  and Ms Tracy Wee (Click

here
Ms Tracy Wee has many years of clinical social experience working and has served with the Institute of Mental Health for more 14 years. As a qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Tracy conducts family therapy and complex casework working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems.

Tracy is presently spearheading the Staff Support and Assistance Programme in IMH that focuses on training and providing emotional support and intervention to staff who are involved in traumatic incidents or stressful situations.

Tracy is a certified Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Stress Management (Individual) Instructor. She has conducted training on Mental Health and Wellness related issues for corporations, government statutory boards, fellow professionals and the public.

Tracy is a member of the IMH Training Faculty and is a recipient of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2014, and the NHG Senior Educator Award this year.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: Buangkok (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register by 29 Apr 2018 (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Coming soon!

Course Dates: 31 August 2018 (Friday)

Trainer: Ms Chan Lay Lin (Click

here
A qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Lay Lin has more than 2 decades of clinical experience. Lay Lin has spent a large part of her career in family service centres (FSC), working in the community in family casework and therapy, group work programmes with parents, youth and children. Lay Lin has also worked with the National University Hospital and National Cancer Centre where she served persons with chronic medical problems, palliative care and crisis work.

Lay Lin is currently serving as a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Social Work Department in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She manages complex casework and family therapy, working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems. She is the Training Lead for the department where she manages education and training for the department and the Institution.

Lay Lin was a member of the MOH working committee that developed the MSW Competency Framework and the working committee with SASW that produced the 2017 Supervision Guidelines for Social Workers. Lay Lin received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2013.

for Trainer's profile)

  and Ms Tracy Wee (Click

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Ms Tracy Wee has many years of clinical social experience working and has served with the Institute of Mental Health for more 14 years. As a qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Tracy conducts family therapy and complex casework working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems.

Tracy is presently spearheading the Staff Support and Assistance Programme in IMH that focuses on training and providing emotional support and intervention to staff who are involved in traumatic incidents or stressful situations.

Tracy is a certified Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Stress Management (Individual) Instructor. She has conducted training on Mental Health and Wellness related issues for corporations, government statutory boards, fellow professionals and the public.

Tracy is a member of the IMH Training Faculty and is a recipient of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2014, and the NHG Senior Educator Award this year.

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Venue: Buangkok (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount Payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register by 31 Jun 2018 (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
*Some discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Past Courses


Synopsis

Participants in this workshop will be asked to devise and defend a research question to which they and/or their colleagues wish to have the answer. They will debate what 'tests' a practitioner could use in assessing whether a research question is feasible, legitimate, novel, resource appropriate, relevant and interesting. Prof Manthorpe will outline some of the choices of approach that may be available to practitioners, with a focus on methods, user involvement, resources and commitment. Participants will undertake their own SWOT analysis of an intended study and their own skills, commitment and real-world investment in any study (using an easy to use matrix of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). The workshop will draw on real practice examples and participants will share their views and experiences in small group work.

Course Dates: 21 April 2017 (Friday, Full Day)

Trainer: Prof Gillian Manthorpe (Click

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Jill is Professor of Social Work at King's College London and Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit which is funded under the UK Government's Department of Health's Policy Research Programme. She conducts a wide range of workforce related research - details of which are available on http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/scwru/news/index.aspx Much of the Unit's work involves social work related research and practice. Recent research includes study of social work education, child safeguarding practice, adult safeguarding/elder abuse, dementia, homelessness, and gambling. She is a Trustee of a major not for profit long term care provider and of the Centre for Policy on Ageing. She is also Patron of Greater London Forum for Older People, and is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University and the University of Melbourne.
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Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees (before Grant): $802.50

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Social workers encounter situations where conflicting ethical principles have to be upheld simultaneously and deciding on the most appropriate and ethical course of action becomes difficult. While the Code of Professional Ethics can provide some guidance to social workers, its rules are inadequate in resolving ethical dilemmas and do not promote ethical reasoning. The ability to engage in ethical reasoning is essential for sound ethical decision-making and competent delivery of social workers’ core functions. It is an advanced skill that social workers should seek to develop. This course is designed for social workers and social service professionals who are interested in enhancing ethical decision-making at work.

This Programme equips social workers with foundational knowledge and skills in ethical reasoning and enables participants to appreciate how a dilemmatic ethical situation can result in differing opinions on what is considered the appropriate course of action. It invites social workers to revisit the profession's values and ethics, evaluate the confluence and interactions of personal, societal, organizational and professional values and ethics through ethical case discussions, and develop ethical decisions. The course adopts the perspective that medicine and social work have shared commonality in their professional ethos and values, thus gleans from bioethics well-established theoretical foundation to provide guidance and structure for ethical reasoning in social work practice. This didactic and interactive course involves online teaching and classroom face-time with an emphasis that participants actively engage in discourses to demonstrate and strengthen critical thinking, which is in the nature of ethical reasoning.

Course Dates: 22 and 23 May 2017

Trainer: Dr Crystal Lim (Click

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Dr Crystal Lim is a Master Medical Social Worker at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) with a clinical speciality in transplantation social work, bioethics, family-focused organ donor support, and family violence intervention. She attained her Ph.D. Social Work (2014) and Master of Arts in Bioethics (2015) from University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a Master of Social Work (2001) from University of Washington and Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) from National University of Singapore (1991). Her outstanding clinical services has been recognised with awards such as: SGH's Allied Health Division Trail Blazer Award-Clinical (2012); SingHealth Group Chief Executive Officer Service Excellence Award, Allied Health Division, (2008); the national Outstanding Social Worker Award (2007); Healthcare Humanity Award (2006).
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Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees (before Grant): $1,284

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Play Therapy is an evidence-based psychological treatment for a wide range of child mental health difficulties. In this introduction, the participants will experience key aspects of play therapy practice. They will gain an understanding of:

  1. The play therapy process,
  2. The therapeutic relationship;
  3. How children communicate through the use of symbols and metaphors, and how to facilitate and encourage such communication;
  4. How change is promoted through attending and facilitating child's communication through play.

Course Dates: 19 and 20 June 2017

Trainer: Dr Alicia Pon (Click

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Dr. Alicia Pon has been a child psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years. Her professional training is in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Grief Counseling and Social Work.

For the last 16 years, Dr. Pon was based in Hong Kong, and worked and managed her private practice at full capacity. Her clinical experiences and specializations include divorce & separation, grief & loss, complex trauma, adoption & attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship.

Dr. Pon was on staff and served as an Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She lectured and supervised undergraduate and post graduate students in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy and social work. At present, Dr. Pon serves as a Senior Lecturer with National University of Singapore. In addition, Dr. Pon has been involved in the research on Somatic Work, Psycho-oncology, Play Therapy and End of Life in the University department.

Dr. Pon is a Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor for both the Association of Play Therapy (US) and Play Therapy International (HK). She is also an Approved Play Therapy Provider (APT Provider: 10-279) and presents numerous international conferences, and conducted workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

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Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees (before Grant): $1,284

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 12 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

The therapeutic use of sand has been used around the world since 1930. It has been found to be very effective in providing a non-verbal means for expressing, healing and transforming from struggles and challenges. This introduction provides the participants with a basic understanding of the theory and practical skills behind the use of Sandtray in working with their clients. Through case discussion and experiential learning, participants will be guided in:

  • a) setting up the sandtray therapy,
  • b) selection of miniatures,
  • c) expanding observation and inquiry skills, and abilities to track the sand play process,
  • d) providing guidelines to conduct the sandtray therapy session.

Course Dates: 19 - 20 June 2017 (Monday and Tuesday)

Trainer: Dr Alicia Pon (Click

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Dr. Alicia Pon has been a child psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years. Her professional training is in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Grief Counseling and Social Work.

For the last 16 years, Dr. Pon was based in Hong Kong, and worked and managed her private practice at full capacity. Her clinical experiences and specializations include divorce & separation, grief & loss, complex trauma, adoption & attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship.

Dr. Pon was on staff and served as an Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She lectured and supervised undergraduate and post graduate students in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy and social work. At present, Dr. Pon serves as a Senior Lecturer with National University of Singapore. In addition, Dr. Pon has been involved in the research on Somatic Work, Psycho-oncology, Play Therapy and End of Life in the University department.

Dr. Pon is a Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor for both the Association of Play Therapy (US) and Play Therapy International (HK). She is also an Approved Play Therapy Provider (APT Provider: 10-279) and presents numerous international conferences, and conducted workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees (before Grant): $1284 (incl GST)

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Social work in mental health care requires that social work professionals develop a critical and reflexive position, understanding the context in which mental disorder is placed, and the socio-political influences that mutually influence persons with mental illness and their families. Setting the context for care is critical for social work intervention to be sensitive to the recovery journey of our clients and their family caregivers.

This module is the first and compulsory module for this series of Mental Health Workshop. It provides an evolutionary coverage of mental health treatment, care; and how social work contributes to the recovery model today. It also provides a critical perspective into mental health diagnosis and classification, the role of mental health screening tools, legislation governing the care and treatment of persons, and related ethical issues in social work practice.

This is a blended learning module, covering two parts: the first part involves e-learning requiring participants to complete several readings and audio-video materials, and commit to a 1-2 page reflection paper. These will be reviewed and discussed during the face-to-face contact on Day Two.

The classroom segment will cover the application of mental health assessments using the Triple P Model, and a critical review of mental legislations and ethical issues in mental health social work. Learning will be facilitated through case studies and class discussions.

Course Dates: 22 September 2017 (Self-Pace Learning) and 6 October 2017 (Contact Time)

Trainer: Ms Chan Lay Lin (Click

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A qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Lay Lin has more than 2 decades of clinical experience. Lay Lin has spent a large part of her career in family service centres (FSC), working in the community in family casework and therapy, group work programmes with parents, youth and children. Lay Lin has also worked with the National University Hospital and National Cancer Centre where she served persons with chronic medical problems, palliative care and crisis work.

Lay Lin is currently serving as a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Social Work Department in the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She manages complex casework and family therapy, working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems. She is the Training Lead for the department where she manages education and training for the department and the Institution.

Lay Lin was a member of the MOH working committee that developed the MSW Competency Framework and the working committee with SASW that produced the 2017 Supervision Guidelines for Social Workers. Lay Lin received the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2013.

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  and Ms Tracy Wee (Click

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Ms Tracy Wee has many years of clinical social experience working and has served with the Institute of Mental Health for more 14 years. As a qualified social worker and systemic psychotherapist, Tracy conducts family therapy and complex casework working comprehensively with individuals and families afflicted with mental health problems.

Tracy is presently spearheading the Staff Support and Assistance Programme in IMH that focuses on training and providing emotional support and intervention to staff who are involved in traumatic incidents or stressful situations.

Tracy is a certified Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Stress Management (Individual) Instructor. She has conducted training on Mental Health and Wellness related issues for corporations, government statutory boards, fellow professionals and the public.

Tracy is a member of the IMH Training Faculty and is a recipient of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) Educator Award in 2014, and the NHG Senior Educator Award this year.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: Buangkok (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:
Description After GST
Full course fees $1,284
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 1 September (15% discount) $1,092
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $1,092
NUS Alumni 20% discount $1,028
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 14 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

Living with a chronic or advanced staged illness poses a serious threat to the psychological and emotional states. In the Asian culture, death and dying are taboo topics, not to be discussed in public. Many patients might deal with the fears, worries and anxiety alone, for fear of upsetting their family and friends. Indeed, these people need a safe place for honest expression and discussion on topics around death and dying.

This workshop will introduce the participants to a playful intervention tool that can facilitate candid and meaningful reflections and discussions on end of life issues. My Wonderful Life (MWL) board game is designed specifically for the Asian culture with emphasis on guiding players to conduct their life review, help them gain self awareness, a sense of accomplishment and continuity, and in the process they can come to terms with their mortality. Another component of the MWL board game includes teaching simple meridian point massage and breathing techniques to the players.

Course Dates: 29 September 2017 (Friday)

Trainer: Dr Alicia Pon (Click

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Dr. Alicia Pon has been a child psychotherapist and social worker for over 20 years. Her professional training is in General Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Grief Counseling and Social Work.

For the last 16 years, Dr. Pon was based in Hong Kong, and worked and managed her private practice at full capacity. Her clinical experiences and specializations include divorce & separation, grief & loss, complex trauma, adoption & attachment, developmental stresses, and parent-child relationship.

Dr. Pon was on staff and served as an Honorary Assistant Professor with the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Shue Yan University. She lectured and supervised undergraduate and post graduate students in the areas of counseling and psychotherapy, grief and loss, child and adolescent mental health, play therapy and social work. At present, Dr. Pon serves as a Senior Lecturer with National University of Singapore. In addition, Dr. Pon has been involved in the research on Somatic Work, Psycho-oncology, Play Therapy and End of Life in the University department.

Dr. Pon is a Registered Play Therapy - Supervisor for both the Association of Play Therapy (US) and Play Therapy International (HK). She is also an Approved Play Therapy Provider (APT Provider: 10-279) and presents numerous international conferences, and conducted workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description After GST
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up 15% discount (register and pay by 31 August) $683
Group sign up 15% discount (3 or more from the same organisation) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

When clients face legal problems, a social worker can be hard pressed to help clients find the right representation and take the correct course of action. Without lawyers, dealing with the court can often be very intimidating for any client. Among the many questions social workers may have are :
- What kind of court will the client have to go to?
- What will it be like?
- How can a social worker support a client?
- Where does a client find a lawyer that they can afford?
- How does a client know whether he has a good lawyer?
- What is a reasonable amount to pay?
- What happens if the client is not happy with the lawyer?

This workshop provides an overview of the court and legal system and outline the avenues available for free or subsidised legal services, and how social workers can support their client through their legal problems.

Course Dates: 20 October 2017

Trainer: Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng (Click

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Lei Theng has been teaching legal skills since 1994. During that time, she has been developing and running programmes for advocacy, negotiation, and legal writing and research at the NUS Faculty of Law and has been a consultant on legal skills teaching and programmes for other law schools in Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as well as government agencies in Singapore. Lei Theng has also been teaching advocacy with the Law Society's Advocacy programme since its inception. Lei Theng coaches moots and negotiation teams and is proud to count among up and coming members of the profession her former students.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 20 September (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
VCF Training Grant $562.50
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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Synopsis

An introduction to the law relating to divorce and ancillary matters such as the division of matrimonial property, maintenance, and child issues such as custody, care and control. Maintenance and Family Violence will also be dealt with. At the end of the Workshop, participants will understand the basic requirements to end a marriage (including nullity) and the basic considerations in the division of matrimonial assets and issues relating to children. Participants will also receive an insight into how clients can apply for maintenance or family violence and how they can resist such applications.

Course Dates:3 November 2017

Trainer: Associate Professor Lim Lei Theng (Click

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Lei Theng has been teaching legal skills since 1994. During that time, she has been developing and running programmes for advocacy, negotiation, and legal writing and research at the NUS Faculty of Law and has been a consultant on legal skills teaching and programmes for other law schools in Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia as well as government agencies in Singapore. Lei Theng has also been teaching advocacy with the Law Society's Advocacy programme since its inception. Lei Theng coaches moots and negotiation teams and is proud to count among up and coming members of the profession her former students.

for Trainer's profile)

Venue: NUS (more details will be provided after participants receive information on confirmation of enrolment)

Course Fees and Discounts*:

Description Amount payable (Incl GST)
Full course fees $802.50
Early bird sign up for those who register and pay by 20 September (15% discount) $683
Group sign up if 3 or more sign up from the same organisation (15% discount) $683
NUS Alumni 20% discount $642
VCF Training Grant $562.50
*Discounts cannot be combined.

Other Information: Social Workers who attend this course will get 7 CPE credits.


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