COUNSELLING WEEK 18–22 FEBRUARY 2019

VENUE: SINGAPORE BIBLE COLLEGE

Once again, the School of Counselling (SOC) invites you to come and attend our lectures for FREE from 18-22 Feb at Singapore Bible College. The Faculty and some friends of SOC will be giving lectures and sharing their insights on current issues, counselling concepts, approaches and skills. This is our way of celebrating the Lords’s faithfulness and reaching out to the wider community of churches and seminaries in Asia.

Modules & Public Forums

Monday, 18 Feb 2019

9:00am to 11:00am

Gender & Sexuality Joseph John

The Transgender Revolution: A Christian Response

The term transgender is an umbrella term to describe individuals who are born biologically male or female but claim to have a gender identity that differs from their birth sex. Some among these wish to express their gender identity through cross-dressing, while others may wish to pursue cross-sex hormone therapy or go even further to explore sex reassignment therapy.

While the transgender community in Singapore is still largely an ‘ invisible one’, we can be sure that their presence will become more visible as their plight as a sexual minority is increasingly made known through various sources. As Christians we are called upon to welcome them into our communities. There is much we need to learn about the kind of experiences and, possibly struggles, they have had over the years of growing up. We will also need to learn what will help them to feel accepted within our church communities.

2:30pm to 5:30pm

Marriage & Family Therapy Benny Bong

Post Divorce Counselling: Broken marriages but not broken lives.

The aim of most couple counsellors is to try to help conflictual couples resolve their conflicts and heal their fractured relationship. But try as we do, some marriages still come to grief. Is there a role that counsellors can play to still bring wholeness and healing to individual lives even when there is a broken marriage.

This session will look at the support that counsellors can render. It will outline the challenges clients experience after a divorce and how counsellors can respond to them therapeutically.

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Public Forum 

Depression, Suffering & Addiction

By Dr Samuel Law & Dr Val Gonzales

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019

11:00am to 1:00pm

Human Development Dr Linda Bubod

The Marks of Maturity

The two hour lecture will cover some significant qualities of what a mature person can look like in terms of thinking, feeling and behaving in the context of personal and interpersonal life as it impacts spiritual growth. It will be a discussion on the challenges to emotional and spiritual maturity and how one can find some help in terms of growth.

2:30pm to 5:30pm

Spiritual Direction & Mentoring Dr Esther Law

"Jesus Therapy" - Spiritual Direction and Mental Health

The primary goal of spiritual direction is to connect people to Christ through contemplative scripture reading and prayers. Come “sample” a soul encounter with Jesus, our true lover and healer, and discover how such encounters can be powerful opportunities for healing and transformation. As well, we will discuss how some of the key principles in counseling are embedded in the practice of spiritual direction.

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Public Forum 

LGBT

By Dr Mitch Whitman & Mr Joseph John

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019

11:00am to 1:00pm

Psychopathology Dr Ko Soo Meng

Anxiety Disorders

The lecture will focus on the definition of anxiety and when it becomes a psychological disorder. It will discuss two debilitating anxiety disorders, namely phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders. Many sufferers of these conditions remain in silence for fear of being stigmatized. Yet, they can adversely affect their personal, family, social, academic and work life. With early intervention many do respond well. Without intervention, many sufferers lapse into depressive state. 

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Introduction to Psychology Mr Laurence Ho

Solution focused Brief Therapy

This lecture focuses on giving participants an overview of the Solution Focused Approach, which is a goal-oriented approach that seeks to explore what clients want different in their lives and to explore with clients different ways in achieving their desired outcomes and possibilities.

7:00pm to 9:00pm

PUBLIC FORUM 

Divorce

By Dr Jerry Hwang & Mr Benny Bong

Thursday, 21 Feb 2019

9:00am to 10:00am & 12:00noon to 1:00pm

Integration of Psychology and Theology Dr Val Gonzales

Perspectives on Suffering

This topic will explore the potential roots of suffering; balanced biblical teachings on suffering; and observable extreme tendencies regarding suffering in some evangelical circles. It will also endeavor to look at the different types of suffering; suffering’s redemptive possibilities; and ministerial response to suffering.

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Professional Ethics and Ethical Issues Dr Val Gonzales

Ethics in Group and Family Therapy

This topic will discuss pertinent ethical principles governing couples, group and family therapy; ethics in Christian marriage; Informed Consent relevant to Group and Family Therapy; and difficult ethical decisions in family life. Guiding principles governing ethical decision making process will be explored

7:00pm to 9:00pm

PUBLIC FORUM 

Suicide

By Ms Han Yah Yee

Friday, 22 Feb 2019

11:00Am to 1:00pm

PUBLIC FORUM 

Bullying: Facilitating Restorative Conversations

By Mr Justin Mui/LCCS

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