Zoom Webinar

COUNSELLING WEEK

School of Counselling
(English Programme)
21–25 FEBRUARY 2022

The School of Counselling (English) at Singapore Bible College invites you to attend our lectures online for FREE from 21-25 February, Singapore time. The Faculty and some friends of the School of Counselling will be giving lectures and sharing their insights on current issues, counselling concepts, approaches and skills. This is our way of celebrating the Lord’s faithfulness and reaching out to the wider community of churches and seminaries in Asia. A freewill offering will be collected during the event.

Note: No certificate of attendance will be issued for Counselling Week webinars. Thank you for your understanding.

The event is over.
The recordings are available for viewing till 30 April 2022 (Saturday)

May they be a blessing to you. Feel free to share the links.
Please do not download or do any kind of recording as you watch the webinars.

NOTE:

  1. The Powerpoint slides were only available during the week 21-25 Feb, and are no longer accessible.
  2. Webinar #2 will be available on SBC’s Youtube later this week.

Many of the Zoom Webinars have reached, or will be reaching maximum capacity, but don’t worry, we will stream the event on Youtube as well.

So, simply click on the “Register” button to sign up with us. Those who register for Zoom will receive a unique link from Zoom. Those who register for Youtube will receive the Youtube links closer to the event.

DAY TALKS & EVENING SESSIONS

Monday, 21 Feb 2022

9:00am to 11:00am

The BIG Teenage Crisis Amid Crises:
Who am I? Am I who I am?

The teens and youth of today seem totally uninhibited when it comes to gender questioning and trans-identification. Perhaps this is made easier in the culture of today. Young voices "adultifying" their sexual identification seem outside the bounds of questioning by their parents or families. This has brought about bewilderment, even terror, to parents who tend to withdraw from talking about the basic truths they hold as humans and sexual beings.

What do their parents look like? When a youth asks, "Who am I?" -- what does it mean? Counselling hopes to bring about meaningful conversations, in a space that is unhurried, evolving and relational. The space also invites the young person to navigate gender identity issues. The conversations go beneath expressions of "gender atypicality" to reach for stories that voice a tender emerging self and deep relational needs. Ultimately the hope for parents is that they may embrace adolescence as a gift, God's gift, and not be stymied by complaints or stuck in mere stoic resistance in relation to their teens.

SPEAKERS

Ms. Tonia Goh is an SBC alumna and practises as a counsellor. Her own practice is dedicated to helping gender questioning teens and families in crisis. She accords her best credentials to raising her 4 boys, an arduous and effervescent journey, but an acquired conviction for holiness!

Mr. Joseph John is Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Counselling, Singapore Bible College. With a counselling experience of more than 30 years, he teaches courses such as Narrative, Grief Therapy and Gender and Sexuality. He has supervised and inspired many young counsellors into starting their own counselling practice and ministries in Singapore and beyond.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

11:30am to 1:30pm

Use of Technology during COVID:
Riding the Ethical Waves in Online Counselling

COVID-19 bought the traditional (and often preferred) stance of face-to-face counselling to an abrupt stop. With counselling needs on the rise as well, therapists had to adapt quickly and harness technology for sessions. This sudden acceleration toward online counselling meant that ethical considerations often lagged behind immediate pressing needs like adeptness at using “techie devices”. This class then invites students to take that step back to consider the different ethical implications in online counselling today.

SPEAKER

Assistant Pastor at Yio Chu Kang Chapel, father to 3 young boys and a Counsellor by training (Singapore Bible College), Adrian had no idea what God was having in store for him when he obeyed God’s call for him to full-time paid ministry in 2012! Three key phrases guides his discipleship walk – “In Christ Alone”, “In the Light of Eternity” & “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

2:30pm to 5:30pm

Breaking the Cycle of Violence in the Home

Violence in the home is a problem that does not spare any ethnic group, socio-economic class and nationality. In some situations, it seems entrenched in families where the child victim grows up to be adult perpetrators. Some helpers are also perplexed at the seemingly pointless return of victims to their perpetrators only to be hurt again and again. This talk will address what can be done to help break free victims and perpetrators from the cycle of violence. This involves using counselling, the law and practical assistance.

SPEAKER

Mr. Benny Bong is a Family and Marital Therapist of about 35 years of experience. He teaches at National Institute of Education, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Bible College. He is the President of the Society Against Family Violence, a non-government organization he helped form 30 years ago. In 2014, he was a co-researcher of the Violence Against Women Survey: The Singapore Report.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

Tuesday, 22 Feb 2022

10:00am to 1:00pm

Relationships in 3D: Basic Life Skills for All

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) provides an essential set of concepts and skills for couples counselling. But can it be integrated with other major approaches to understanding and helping relationships? And, how does it fit with a Christian worldview? In this lecture, we will discuss an integrated model of relationship dimensions from family systems theory (Defining self), EFT (Deepening intimacy), and communication (Developing skills), and how they are congruent with Scripture.

SPEAKER

Dr. Fred Gingrich is the Program Director of the online MA Marriage and Family Therapy program at Toccoa Falls College. Previously, Fred served as the director of the EdD and MA counselling programs at Alliance Graduate School in Manila. He was chair of the Denver Seminary Counselling Division for 8 years before moving to Toccoa Falls College.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

2:30pm to 5:00pm

THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELLOR: THE EMBODIMENT AND INTEGRATION OF SPIRITUALITY, DIVERSITY AND THEORY

This lecture focuses on our identity as Christian Counsellors. Are we trained to counsel Christians only, or everyone irrespective of race, culture, and religion? Paul has the answer, “as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Gal. 6:10)” The question is “HOW?” and this lecture will seek to answer that question.

SPEAKER

Rev. Dr. Ben Lim is the Professor & Program Director of MFT-MHC Programs at Bethel Seminary, USA. His teaching, writing, and ministry are in mental health and multicultural counselling.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

7:00pm to 9:00pm

LOSS, GRIEF, DYING AND DEATH

Losses and the grief that often follows a significant loss have always been a part of life and living. The last two years, in particular, have ushered unimaginable instances of loss and grief in the wake of a pandemic never before known in history. To imagine five million already dead and still counting is hard for any mind to comprehend and much less, to process all the pain involved. But despite the magnitude of the pain, we must and can contend with the losses.

In our time together we will briefly survey the ‘best practices’ in the area of dealing with grief, whilst blending these with the rich Biblical tradition of lament-making; that while loss and grief must be acknowledged, these do not have the last word! The God of the Bible, whilst intimately acquainted with sorrow and grief, is nevertheless the One who triumphed over sin, darkness and the grave!

SPEAKER

Mr. Joseph John is Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Counselling, Singapore Bible College. With a counselling experience of more than 30 years, he teaches courses such as Narrative, Grief Therapy and Gender and Sexuality. He has supervised and inspired many young counsellors into starting their own counselling practice and ministries in Singapore and beyond.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022

9:00am to 12:00Pm

COMPLEX TRAUMA AND COVID-19

“Complex PTSD” is a term used to describe the struggles of trauma survivors whose trauma was chronic, relational, and generally took place in the developmentally sensitive years of childhood and adolescence. Symptoms and treatment, therefore, are different than for counselees that suffer from PTSD. The already complicated clinical picture of such child abuse survivors has been further complicated by the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this presentation, an overview of the symptoms and treatment of complex PTSD will be examined, along with how COVID-19 can potentially further exacerbate symptoms and impact the healing process.

SPEAKER

Dr. Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D., is a counsellor, scholar, professor, and former missionary. She is Professor of Counselling at Denver Seminary and specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD. She is the author of Restoring the Shattered Self, coauthor of Skills for Effective Counselling, and co-editor and contributor to Treating Trauma in Christian Counselling.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

2:30pm to 4:30PM

The Power of Groups

"By the crowd they have been broken; by the crowd they shall be healed." — L. Cody Marsh (1933).

Groups create tremendous opportunity for personal growth and change. It allows for greater self-awareness, insights, deeper emotional connections, wider perspectives about the various ways we relate to our inner world and how it's reflected in our relationships with others especially in times of crisis.

SPEAKER

Dr. Simon Neo is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) with the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). He has a private practice known as “The Psychotherapy Clinic” in Singapore and Bangkok.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

7:00pm to 9:00PM

Understanding & Managing Anger

Everyone can easily identify with this emotion called ANGER. It is probably one of the most common, and can also become one of the most dangerous emotions, resulting in aggression and violence. Some believe anger must be controlled — it is wrong to show it. Others suggest that anger must not be controlled — it is unnatural and harmful to do that. Still others believe anger cannot be controlled — it is impossible to do it. How then can we effectively tame this distressing emotion before it gets out of control? The talk discusses ANGER including its functions, suggests how we can recognise it early, and addresses ways of managing it appropriately.

SPEAKER

Dr. Ko Soo Meng is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Mt Alvernia Medical Centre. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Counselling, Singapore Bible College. Over the past thirty years, Dr Ko has been actively involved in the teaching and training on mental health issues, and has authored and co-authored more than ten books.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

Thursday, 24 Feb 2022

9:00Am to 10:30AM

The Power of the Horse in Therapy: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an experiential form of therapy that involves working with horses to address issues resulting from the traumatic effects of abuse, neglect, grief and loss, depression, anxiety and other adverse life circumstances. In Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) we are working with clients to create secure attachment patterns with the horse which translates into relational patterns with others.

SPEAKER

Ms. Cathy Livingston is a Clinical Therapist from the U.S. and has been living in Singapore for the past 21 years. Her private practice consists of traditional office talk therapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Cathy is also the Practicum Coordinator in the School of Counselling at Singapore Bible College.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

2:30Pm to 5:00PM

Helping Children Identify and Express their Emotions Healthily

Underneath every behaviour is an emotion. Do you sometimes struggle to understand how children communicate their emotions? In this webinar, you will discover the role of emotions, how the brains of children grow, their developmental needs and how to provide the necessary ingredients and environment that foster confidence, joy and resilience.

Target audience: Parents, teachers & any adult who wishes to have a positive influence in the lives of children.

SPEAKER

Ms. Debbie Lin is an SBC alumna, a registered counsellor with the Singapore Association for Counselling and a mother of 3 adult children. She holds a Master of Arts in Counselling and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Before training to be a counsellor, Debbie and her husband were involved in cross-cultural missions to Nigeria, where her primary ministry was homeschooling.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

7:00Pm to 9:00PM

The Role of Attachment During Crisis

Why are some people more resilient than others? Why do some people feel anxious and overwhelmed while others cope well under similar circumstances? What is attachment and how does it influence the way we respond in crisis? How does our “attachment” to God make a difference? Come learn the answers to these questions and how you can help yourself and others during crisis.

SPEAKER

Dr. Soh Choon Lee is Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Counselling at Singapore Bible College. She is a registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. She specializes in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and is experienced in working with stress, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

Friday, 25 Feb 2022

10:00AM to 1:00PM

Faith, Neuroscience and Healing from Trauma

Psychological trauma is defined as anything less than nurturing for the developing mind. Life is full of trauma, and the earlier in life this is experienced, the greater the impact in later life. This talk explores how God designed the brain so that, with effective counselling, people can heal from traumatic experiences.

SPEAKER

Dr. Eric Dooley is a licensed psychologist and former missionary pastor to Southeast Asia for 28 years. He and his wife Jenny have five children and five grandchildren.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: 14 FEB 2022

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