Day 1 :
- Clinical psychology/ Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Pathophysiology
Registered Psychologist Singapore
Piyali is a Singapore Registered Psychologist (SRP) and an Approved Supervisor recognized by the Singapore Psychological Society. She is a Doctorate Candidate of Clinical Psychology, Group Psychotherapy. Professional School of Psychology, California, USA. She holds M.Phil and Masters in Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychology. Piyali is the Head of the Psychology Department at Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore and is a Consulting Clinical Psychologist at Scott Psychological Centre for ADHD & Developmental Trauma. Piyali is a Certified Choice Theory Reality Therapist (CTRT) through the William Glasser Institute of USA. She is also trained in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Her clinical interests lie in managing anxiety and depression as well as issues related to lifestyle and relationship changes for both adults and children. Recognizing the effectiveness of different intervention modalities, Piyali conducts workshops and facilitates group therapy sessions to support clients in managing their challenges.
With a worldwide trend of an increasing number of children identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), more families are faced with the demands of having to care for children with ASD (Lai, Goh, Oei & Sung, 2015). Parents and caregivers of children with ASD are confronted with a more diverse and complex range of challenges (Giallo, Wood, Jellett & Porter, 2013; Krast & Van Hecke, 2012; Lai et al., 2015) and face more stress (Weiss, 2002) than caregivers of typically developing children despite the severity of the ASD.
In highly stressful situations, individuals with insecure attachment were found to experience more distress and seem to be at risk of maladjustment (Mikulincer & Florian, 1998). Parents with insecure attachment styles were associated with less sensitive parenting and more negative support behaviours (Collins and Feeney, 2000; Mill-Koonce et al., 2011). Given that parenting children with ASD is associated with increased stress, it is likely that parents with insecure attachment may experience greater distress than parents with secure attachment when caring for children with ASD. Such disposition, in turn, may further limit their abilities to care for their children with ASD.
As such, an 8-week psycho-group therapy was piloted to facilitate parents’ acceptance of their children with ASD through increasing awareness of their attachment styles, their coping strategies and facts about ASD. Six participants participated in the group therapy. Preliminary analyses, based on their written and verbal responses, appear to suggest that parents with insecure attachment styles tended to use ineffective coping strategies (e.g. denial: “remain silent”) as compared to more effective coping strategies (e.g. problem-focused “explain my thoughts”). There appears to be a shift in the perspective of their children and parenting from deficit focused (e.g. “Stay in his own world”) to more acceptance statements (e.g. “Patience”).
- Methods of Clinical Psychology/E-Therapy and E-Counseling/Clinical Psychology Instruments
Institute of Mental Health Singapore
Lawrence Tan kok Kah MA, CGAC, SCAC, CSC, Registered Psychologist (SPS), Approved Clinical Supervisor (SPS) is a Senior Psychologist with the National Addictions Management Service (NAMS). Having worked with the department for the past 11 years, Lawrence manages patients with both substance (drugs and alcohol) and process/ behavioural (gambling, cyber-gaming, compulsive sexual behaviours) addictions. As a head of gambling treatment services and key member of the treatment evaluation work group, Lawrence plays a critical role in the organization’s treatment and research initiatives, and tracking of outcomes of interventions. Lawrence regularly conducts both public education talks and training for professionals on managing addictive behaviours. In 2009, He was awarded a Health Manpower Development Program scholarship for a two-month attachment at the Problem Gambling Services, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health, US, where he further enhanced his clinical expertise in gambling disorders. He was also awarded the NHG Teaching Award for Non-Physicians in 2012. He has also been in the consulting team with NAMS when the Tokyo Metropolitan government visited Singapore for a discussion on best practices in gambling treatment and social safeguards. In 2013 and 2016, he was invited to APBAM (Asia Pacific Behavioural and Addiction Medicine) conference to speak about gambling related psychosocial treatment.
The aim of the above workshop is to help create a better understanding of Single Session Therapy (SST), a type of brief intervention that has been used widely to work with a range of different psychological disorders. In the realm of addictions (especially for people struggling with a gambling disorder) where the default rate of help-seekers is known to be high, SST has a special role in assessing motivation, planting seeds of change and getting help-seekers to think about utilizing resources available for them. It is also about “seizing the moment” where therapists work with the understanding that the very first contact with the help-seeker could very well be the one and only contact they would have.
In this workshop, we would attempt to give participants a brief overview by looking at the efficacy of brief interventions for gambling disorder and going through the key components of SST (which includes brief advice & assessment, paradoxical interventions, motivational enhancement therapy, solution focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioural approaches, narrative therapy and the use of metaphors and analogies). We would also attempt to give participants a sense of what goes on in a typical SST session (which includes the types of questions to ask to gather important information, ways to make these questions therapeutic in the process of gathering information, linking the information gathered to interventions and suggestions and making a closure). These mentioned sub-components of the workshop will be further enhanced by the use of video clips and real life clinical examples encountered in the process of administering SST.
- Advanced Therapeutic Approaches/Clinical Training and Case Reports/Ananlysis, Assesment and Diagnosis
Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Dr Melissa Harte is an experienced Psychologist and presenter, passionate about dealing with psychological issues from a whole-of-person perspective. She has a doctorate in Counselling Psychology and is undertaking a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. She runs a thriving private practice, and offers training, supervision and professional development within an Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) framework. She is the only Internationally Accredited Emotion Focused Therapy Trainer in Australia. She established the Harte Felt Centre to ensure a safe environment for client-centred healing practices in Australia that provides a supportive community for both practitioners and clients. She is the Training and Program Director of the newly formed Australian Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy (AIEFT). Her current research using Task Analysis has explored the expansion of the Focusing Task to include assisting people to process unresolved painful past events.
Statement of the problem: The trauma researcher van der Kolk wrote that for some people traumatic experiences are encoded primarily in right-brain experiential (nonverbal) memory, in the form of emotions, images and bodily sensations and are not processed on the symbolic or verbal level thereby leaving the experiences unintegrated. The aim of the current research was to investigate a model of bringing previously suppressed or incomplete memories of painful or traumatic events back into awareness in such a way that they can be processed and integrated. The model to be tested was proposed by the author and expanded the Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) task of Focusing to include processing painful or traumatic events. Methodology and Theoretical Orientation: Task Analysis a method developed to discover and validate client processes of change was employed. EFT was developed using Task Analysis so it was considered the appropriate methodology for this investigation. Clients who had experienced painful of traumatic events of low level intensity and not at risk of destabilisation were invited by their therapists to be part of the study. Twelve single sessions were visually recorded and transcripts produced. Rigorous observation of the recorded sessions of clients working with their therapists on resolving their painful/traumatic events using the expanded Focusing task were undertaken by the author and a second rater who was familiar to the task and EFT. Findings: A sequential three stage empirical model emerged from the analysis. Conclusion and Significance: The implementation of Task Analysis enabled the researchers to build an empirically derived model of how therapeutic change occurred for clients who present with a felt sense of emotional pain due to an unresolved painful/traumatic event. The resultant empirical model describes a newly named EFT Task for Processing Trauma when the marker is identified as a felt sense of emotional pain.