Global Speakers

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Dr Ong Say How

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist & Chief of the Department of Developmental Psychiatry

Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Topic: Improving Schools’ Readiness For Involvement In Suicide Prevention: Effective Suicide Prevention Practice In Secondary Schools

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Dr Ong is a senior consultant child psychiatrist and Chief of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in IMH. He obtained his Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1999 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2001 from the National University of Singapore. Since his return from a fellowship in New York in 2005, he has been deeply engaged in outpatient services for children and adolescents with psychological problems and has conducted research work in mood disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD. In Child Guidance Clinic, he specializes in treating children with neurodevelopmental disorders as well as children and young teenagers who suffer from anxiety, depression and trauma. He is a frequent speaker in public forums and media interviews on child mental health issues. His authorship also spans various relevant topics on children and adolescent mental health.

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Dr Jessica Leong

Director of Executive/ CEO/ Clinical & Academic Director

Executive Counselling & Training Academy

Topic: Co-Navigating Our Youths Through A Universal Storm Using Our Personality Compass

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Jessica possesses both clinical and organisational experience and has served as a counsellor and psychotherapist in various organisations, including in an Institute of Higher Learning for over 25 years. She achieved the distinction of becoming the first certified Transactional Analyst in Singapore and was the President of the Transactional Analysis Association in Singapore for more than 22 years.

Jessica has taught and shared in many prestigious multi-national corporations, financial and educational institutions, private companies, hospitals and helping agencies, as well as statutory and government bodies. She also provides employee counselling for multi-international companies, and is the CEO and Clinical Director of Executive Counselling and Training Academy.

Professional Qualifications & Credentials 

  • PhD Counselling Psychology, Australia
  • MA Counselling, United Kingdom
  • MSc T.A. Psychotherapy, United Kingdom
  • MSPS, Full Member Singapore Psychological Society
  • Certified Clinical Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst with Psychotherapy and Organisational Specializations
  • Director, Swinburne ECTA Programmes, Singapore
  • Accredited Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist BACP, PACFA and SAC
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Mark Renie

Head of School

One World International School - Suntec Campus

Topics: 

  • A Case Study: One World International School – Suntec Campus’ Approach To Student Wellbeing
  • Panel Discussion: To Build Mental Wellness And Resilience Among The Students: The Role Of School, Community And Health Care And In Youth Mental Health Prevention And Intervention

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Mark Renie has a BA in Sociology and Labour Studies from York University, a PGCE from Sunderland University, and an MEd in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development from the University of Toronto. He has garnered 18 years of teaching, leadership and pastoral experience in China, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore.

He is currently the Head of School for One World International School’s Suntec Campus. His previous roles have included Head of Primary, Campus Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead.

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Travis Ion

Middle School - Head of Pastoral Care & Student Wellbeing

Stamford American International School, Singapore

Topic: The Strengths Based Approach: Behaviour Management & Student Interaction With Pre-Teens & Teens

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Dr Jiow Hee Jhee

Programme Leader – BA (Hons) Criminology and Security

Singapore Institute of Technology

Topic: Panel Discussion: To Build Mental Wellness And Resilience Among The Students: The Role Of School, Community And Health Care And In Youth Mental Health Prevention And Intervention

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Dr Jiow has lectured and trained over 40,000 students, parents, government officials and leaders on new media topics, both locally and internationally. His research investigates the impact of media on the family, cyber wellness and cybercrime, and he has presented academic papers on parental mediation, video gaming and gamification. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Dr Jiow helped set up Singapore’s first Cyber Wellness Centre in 2006 and was also involved in developing a body of cyber wellness values, ethics and best practices, to promote cyber wellness in schools. Dr Jiow currently serves as a member of the Films Consultative Panel (IMDA) and Media Literacy Council (IMDA).

For more information: https://www.singaporetech.edu.sg/directory/faculty/hee-jhee-jiow

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Jackie Wong

Student Care Manager/ Pastoral Guidance Counsellor

School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Topic: Building Mental Resiliency To Prevent Student Depression And Promote Mindfulness And Empathy

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Jackie Wong is the Student Care Manager and Pastoral Guidance Counsellor in Nanyang Technological University Singapore, School of Humanities. She supports students’ emotional and psychological wellbeing, personal growth and education journey in NTU. Besides partnering with students to discover strengths, build resilience, acquire coping skills and increase self-efficacy, she empowers them to act and make informed decision. Jackies also provides consultation to faculty on student wellbeing matters, collaborates with the school population on the importance of wellness and to reduce stigma of seeking help.

Before, Jackie headed NTU Career & Attachment Office, Career Coaching Team. Prior joining NTU, Jackie worked in MNCs involving regional and global projects.

Jackie is a Singapore Registered Counsellor and a USA Credited Career Counsellor. She is a mindfulness practitioner and uses mindfulness-based intervention in guidance counselling therapy work. She believes ‘who look outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes’ by Carl Jung.

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Mui Hua Catherine Toh

Counsellor/ Researcher/ Volunteer/ Mental Health Advocate Doctor of Philosophy (Health)

James Cook University, Candidate

Topic: Tackling “Shame-Based” Stigma And Discrimination Surrounding Mental Health Issues

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Catherine Mui-Hua is a Scientist-Practitioner who is currently pursuing a doctorate in mental health. She is a member of the Singapore Association for Counselling and Australian Counselling Association. Additionally, she is a registered practitioner with the Singapore Transactional Analysis Association and a certified practitioner with the William Glasser Institute.

Catherine is an active member of the community. She volunteers at the hospice and the Covid-19 hotline, and has reached out to various groups in the community, including foreign migrant workers in Singapore, silver citizens, and primary to tertiary students.

Catherine is an advocate for mental health and social outreach and has been invited to participate on a panel to discuss mental health and de-stigmatize mental illness. She is particularly passionate about raising awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on students’ stress, adult emotional dysregulation, and dysfunctional families. Catherine will also contribute a chapter to the Handbook of Social Sciences and Global Public Health as a co-author.

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Tan Sok Ngin

Senior Manager/ Student Care

Temasek Polytechnic (TP)

Topic: A Whole School Approach To Destigmatising Mental Health

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Sok Ngin has been a practicing counsellor for more than 10 years and is a registered counsellor with Singapore Association for Counselling.  Since 2012, she has been a counsellor at TP and currently leads a team of counsellors and para-counsellors in providing care and support for TP students.  Other than overseeing the counselling support services, Sok Ngin also works with various health agencies such as HPB and CHAT on staff mental health literacy training and peer support programmes.  Prior to joining TP, Sok Ngin was working with youths in tertiary education for over 13 years, engaging them in leadership-building workshops and camps, while administering training, development and care in the area of human resource and corporate development. Besides holding a Masters in Social Science (Counselling), Sok Ngin also has a Graduate Certificate Clinical Supervision, and in Narrative Therapy.

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Michelle Koay

High School Counsellor

St. Joseph's Institution International (SJI International)

Topics:

  • Panel Discussion: To Build Mental Wellness And Resilience Among The Students: The Role Of School, Community And Health Care And In Youth Mental Health Prevention And Intervention
  • Conversations At St Joseph’s Institution International: How To Create Bespoke Parent Groups Within A School Setting To Education & Strategize Prevention

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Michelle Koay started out her professional journey as an engineering officer in the airforce in 2001. Due to her interest in working with people, she became a volunteer counsellor in the military. She went on to obtain her post-graduate degree in Master of Social Science (Counselling) with Edith Cowan University in 2006 and embarked on her journey as a counsellor. Michelle also completed her Master of Science course with King’s College London, specialising in Psychology & Neuroscience of Mental Health, in August 2019. For over a decade, Michelle has been working with adolescents and their families to address various psychological and interpersonal issues. In addition, as a parent coach, she runs regular parent groups throughout the year to support parents in their parenting journey. Michelle is a registered counsellor (since 2008) and clinical supervisor (since 2012) with SAC (Singapore Association for Counselling).

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Aidan Crowley

University Guidance Counsellor

St. Joseph's Institution International (SJI International)

Topic: Promoting Student Mental Health In Challenging Transitions And Building Resilience For University Readiness

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Aidan has worked in international education for 19 years. Prior to working in Singapore Aidan was Head of Guidance at leading international schools in Vietnam and The Philippines. Aidan guides students to their preferred choice of university throughout the world including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea. Aidan frequently attends conferences and has previously presented at the Global University Counsellor Connect in Singapore, CIS-EARCOS in Bangkok, China ICAC and International ACAC conferences. Aidan has also delivered workshops in the Counselor Training Center Certification Programme with a focus on university counselling in international schools. Aidan sits on various committees to promote best practice and sharing in university counselling including the planning committee of GUCC, the UBC Counsellor Advisory Initiative, the University of Toronto Advisory Board in Singapore as well as having served on the planning committee of the IC3 conference and the International ACAC Communications Committee.

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Babara Maria Seet

Counsellor/ Digital Mental Coach with Thoughtfull & Associate Mediator - Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

Topics: 

  • Panel Discussion: To Build Mental Wellness And Resilience Among The Students: The Role Of School, Community And Health Care And In Youth Mental Health Prevention And Intervention
  • Panel Discussion: Keeping Teachers From Burning Out And Improving Wellbeing Of Principals In Schools

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Benjamin Chan

Psychotherapist | Head, Soft Skills & Pastoral Care | Senior Lecturer, Psychology and Counselling

School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic

Topics: 

  • Improving Students’ Wellbeing through Positive Psychology
  • Managing Psychological Energy For Personal Wellbeing

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Benjamin is a Psychotherapist and he currently heads the Soft Skills & Pastoral Care section at the School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic. He leads a team of Specialists and Lecturers to provide expertise in Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, Counselling Skills, Energy Management, Mental Wellbeing, Business Negotiation and Career Guidance.

Benjamin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University and a Master in Counselling from Monash University, Australia. He was awarded a Ministry of Education Scholarship for his undergraduate studies at NTU. Benjamin also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Institute of Education and a Music Diploma in Classical Singing Performance from the London College of Music, University of West London, UK.

Benjamin is a Registered Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association and the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. He is also a Certified Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, a Certified SPARK Resilience Trainer, and a Human Capital Diagnostic Tool (HCDT) Assessor.

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Farah Seet

Certified EQ and Insights Practitioner and Assessor | Senior Lecturer, Soft Skills and Pastoral Care

School of Business, Singapore Polytechnic

Topic: Managing Psychological Energy For Personal Wellbeing

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Farah focuses on Hospitality and Soft-Skills modules. Farah spearheaded the EQ initiative since 2012 and was certified EQ Practitioner and Assessor by Six Seconds. Farah was awarded Journal of Teaching Practice 2018 and 2019, Excellence in Teaching 2017 and Outstanding Personal Tutor 2013.

Farah graduated with Masters in Education from Nanyang Technological University and Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University, Australia.

Before joining Singapore Polytechnic in 2011, she worked with several hotels. Her main focus was in Sales & Marketing, an expert in handling Government and Embassy accounts. With over 10 years in the hospitality industry, her proudest events include the pre-opening of Changi Village Hotel and organizing events like Business Asia Russia Form 2008 and Asia Pacific Judicial Reform Forum 2009. She was awarded the Best Sales Person for Le Meridien Singapore 2007, gunning herself the Starwood Global Incentive Award.

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Jacqueline Tilley

Research Fellow

Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Topic: The Impact Of Social Media On Youth Mental Health

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Dr Jacqueline Lee Tilley is Research Fellow in the Society and Culture Department at the Institute of Policy Studies and a US-licensed clinical psychologist. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, and an M.Phil. in Education and Psychology from the University of Cambridge. She has specialized clinical experience working with high-risk adolescents and adults across both public and private sectors in the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore. 

Jacqueline’s research focuses on understanding risk and resilience factors in youth mental health among Asian families. She received clinical and research training at the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center at Stony Brook University, Institute of Psychiatry (Maudsley Hospital) at King’s College London, the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. In addition, her work has been presented at major conferences in the United States and Europe, and published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Child Development, the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, and the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.

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Andrea Chan

Senior Assistant Director

National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

Topic: Experiential Learning And Strategies To Develop Empathy Towards Persons With Depression Through The Use Of Technology

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Asher Low

Executive Director/ Social Worker

Limitless

Topic: Fire-Side Chat: 13 Reasons Why – Young People Don’t Seek Help For Mental Health Related Issues

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The founder and current Executive Director of Limitless, Asher is a social worker with more than ten years of experience working with young people. He also has clinical tenures in the family, prisons and youth sectors.

Asher has a special passion to help youths who struggle with mental health conditions, and has spearheaded research, advocacy, and public education efforts to help promote help-seeking behaviour and reduce stigma in youths.

Currently on board as a member of Tote Board/NCSS’s Gifting Circle for Children and Youth Mental Health, Asher also works to explore how the VWOs, stat boards and government bodies in the mental health landscape can further support young people with mental health conditions, make help seeking easier, as well as facilitate prevention of said mental health conditions through trauma informed work.

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Willie Soh

Chief Enabling Officer

MindConnexions Pte Ltd

Topic: Importance Of Managing Cyber Addiction In Adolescents

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In 2020, Willie began the work behind the founding of MindConnexions, pursuing a calling to serve individuals, teams and organisations globally. With a big heart for people, Willie is skilled in creating a safe environment, enabling conflict resolution, restoration of relationships, and rebuilding trust.

A highly engaging and relatable facilitator, Willie is fully present with his audience, intentional in building relationships, improving team collaboration and culture. His unique blend of experiential learning methodology and facilitation of courageous conversations creates a safe space for leaders to discover new perspectives, enabling conflict resolution, restoration of relationships, and rebuilding trust.

Willie holds a Master of Counselling degree from Monash University.

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Andrew Tan

Founder/ Art Psychotherapist

AThR Creative Bear

Topic: From Creative To Resilience: Using Art To Achieve Self-Care And Stress Relieve

Andrew Tan is an accredited Art Psychotherapist with Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). He founded Creative Bear with the vision to provide art therapy services to different populations because he believes that different populations can benefit from the use of the creative process.

He has experience in social service and private enrichment education. He worked with different populations and researched different technics to work with children, youth and the elderly with special needs.

Andrew has felt a strong connection to mental and emotional health. His experience motivated him to achieve academic success. He received his Master’s Degree from Lasalle College of the Arts in Masters in Art Therapy, he has been providing his expertise to various populations ranging from children with trauma, youth at risk and adults with addiction.

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Priyahnisha

Psychotherapist & Counsellor - BPsych, MCounselling(Adv)/ Director & Co-Founder

Reset Right/ Mental ACT

Topic: Panel Discussion: To Build Mental Wellness And Resilience Among The Students: The Role Of School, Community And Health Care And In Youth Mental Health Prevention And Intervention

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Nawira Baig

Moderator, Mental Health Advocate, Singapore

Topic: Fire-Side Chat: 13 Reasons Why – Young People Don’t Seek Help For Mental Health Related Issues

Nawira is driven by her purpose ‘to heal and help heal’. With 12 years of experience in mental health advocacy, she advocates recovery and wellness for all — individuals, communities, organisations, and nations. She is passionate about developing trauma and culturally informed mental healthcare and support services in Singapore and beyond. Her areas of interest are youth mental health and women’s wellness. Leveraging a background in communications, she hopes to bring forth ‘voices unheard’ to shape narratives, co-create solutions and influence public discourse on mental health and stigma. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Peer Supporters (USA) and the Youth Advisory Board of the International Association of Premenstrual Disorders.

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Bobby Teng

Psychology Trained Clinical Counsellor | Certified Hypnotherapist and Time-Line Therapist

Topic: Identifying Warning Signs Of Hidden Student Depression, Mental Illness, Anxiety And Suicidal Thinking: How To Effectively Spot Early Indications Of Mental Health Struggle

Bobby is a Psychology trained clinical counsellor, Certified Hypnotherapist and Time-Line Therapist, Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, ICAgile Certified Professional – Agility in Marketing, Agile Coaching, Agile Team Facilitation, Agile Product Ownership, Agile Professional and Leading with Agility, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Agile Service Manager, Certified Agile Process Owner, Neuro Linguistics Programming Master Coach and Trainer.

His professional experience includes working in the mental health industry as counsellor in the private, government, and community settings.

As a trained counsellor and registered member of the Singapore Association for Counselling, Bobby has a wide array of clinical experience with individuals from different age groups and across different walks of life, using different forms of therapy. 

As a certified NLP Master Coach and Trainer under the American Board of Neuro-Linguisitics Programming (ABNLP), Bobby has been successfully coaching clients and facilitating their self-growth.