COUNSELLING WEEK 17–21 FEBRUARY

 2020

VENUE: SINGAPORE BIBLE COLLEGE

Once again, the School of Counselling (SOC) invites you to come and attend our lectures for FREE from 17-21 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, 17 Feb 2020

9:00am to 11:00am

Gender & Sexuality Dr. Val Gonzales

Sexual Addiction and Addiction to Pornography

Addiction is one of the top three mental health admissions in many countries in Asia. This topic will discuss the general types of addiction; what constitutes sexual addiction; how sexual addiction and addiction to pornography develop; what constitutes relapse; and what initiatives churches can do to help eradicate this fast-growing destructive behaviour. 

2:30pm to 5:30pm

Marriage & Family Therapy II Mr. Benny Bong

The Balance of Power in Marriage

The lecture will look into the issue of dominance and abuse versus submission and love in marriage. The presentation will hopefully help the audience to differentiate how power in marriage can be used for a meaningful and peaceful journey of a couple. 

7:00pm to 9:30pm

Evening Panel 

Depression & Suicide

By Dr. Samuel Law & Dr. Val Gonzales

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

11:00am to 1:00pm

Professional Ethics & Ethical Issues Dr. Val Gonzales

The Ethics of Confidentiality

Unwarranted outside disclosure of material taken inside the counselling room is all too common. The breaking of confidentiality can destroy professional relationship between counsellor and client. This topic will take a closer look at the nature of confidentiality; the basic ethical principles that regulate the observance of confidentiality; the difference between privileged information and confidentiality; and the limits of observing confidentiality in professional counselling practice.

2:30pm to 5:30pm

Theory & Practice of Counselling Ms. Esther Tan

Creating Safe Relationships

Emotional safety is necessary for relational trust and intimacy. This talk explores the characteristics and skills in developing safe relationships.

7:00pm to 9:30pm

Evening Panel 

Facing Homosexuality in the Home

Mr. Joseph John, Mr. Larry Lai and Mr. Raphael Zhang

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020

11:00am to 1:00pm

Introduction to Psychology Mr. Laurence Ho

Solution-Focused Therapy

The lecture will provide simple techniques to help someone who is in pain deal with what he or she is struggling with and cope with it. These techniques are not just for counsellors; they can also be applied in daily life or shared with others by anyone. As the title suggests, it seeks to help one find a solution to one’s challenges.

2:30pm to 5:30pm

Social and Multicultural Issues in Counselling Dr. Donna Lim

Culture, Attachment Style & Psychological Well-being

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in studying the influence of culture on psychological well-being and processes. Additionally, counselling is known to be closely connected to the societal values, practices, norms, and systems. Therefore, it is essential that when counselling individuals in any multicultural context, the multicultural features (not confining to the race dimension ) and demographics of the participants are taken into consideration.

7:00pm to 9:30pm

Evening Panel 

Anxiety & Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Dr. Ko Soo Meng

Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

11:00am to 1:00pm

Integration of Psychology & Theology Dr. Val Gonzales

Understanding the Peril of Shame

Unresolved shame is a silent menace that destroys individuals, families, communities, and ministries. This topic will explore the difference between shame and guilt; how shame develops; the survival strategies of a shamed child; indicators of a shamed personality; specific problems associated with shame; and suggestions on how to overcome the impact of shame.

2:30pm to 4:30pm

Human Development – Transitions Dr. Linda Bubod

Transitional Crises, Meaning and Maturity

The lecture will present transitional crises in the lifespan and explore the search for meaning in these crises with the goal to look at how one is able to gain maturity through each crisis.

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Evening Panel 

Perspectives on Extramarital Affairs

Mr. Benny Bong & Dr. Andrew Spurgeon

Friday, 21 Feb 2020

10:00am to 12:00PM

Dr. Donna Lim

Spiritual Friendships

A positive correlation between safe and caring relationships and health including spiritual health is supported by most research findings. However, safe, trusting and caring relationships are scarce these days as the world seems to become more unsafe each day. Developing spiritual friendships that mirror the friendship of the Trinity is one way to create a safe connection among friends.

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Dr. Jerry Hwang & Dr. Linda Bubod

Sexual Abuse: Dark Secrets and Lifelong Afflictions

The bigger issue of abuse and trauma will be presented in a biblical perspective and then be narrowed down into the reality of sexual abuse, its effects and challenges that haunt a victim. Some practical skills to help a victim will be explored.

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