Welcome Message from Convention Co-Chairs

Welcome Message from Convention co-Chairs

Assalamualaikum wbt and Greetings!

On behalf of the Working Committee, we warmly welcome you back to the International Counselling Convention 2022 website which will be held in the beautiful city of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. We would like to apologize to our participants back in 2019/2020.  Due to the pandemic and movement control order in Malaysia, we had to make a huge decision to postpone ICC2020 to Year 2022 for safety reason. Though, we are still a strict SOP, we are allowed to organise a conference.

We would like to announce the new date for International Counselling Convention 20220 (ICC2022) will be 1st to 4th November 2022 (Monday to Thursday) at Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.  As for now, we are planning to hold ICC2022 physically.    

The year 2022 is very special and meaningful to the counselling world! We have experienced a challenging situation whereby we need to adapt to the new norms such as working/studying from home, parents home-schooling their kids in a new blended learning setting, lockdown and quarantine, and the mandated by law wearing of face masks and face shields in public, not forgetting physical distancing to each other. The current situation has caused ripples in the personal, social, economic, and spiritual spheres.

This is the first collaboration between four gigantic organisations- Persatuan Kaunseling Malaysia Antarabangsa (PERKAMA International), International Association for Counselling (IAC), Sarawak State Government, and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)- jointly together to organise the convention. The convention provides us with the opportunity for smart partnership and networking.

Our collaboration has been started back in 2015 where we bid the IAC-Conference in Verona, Italy.  We won the bidding to bring back the conference to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.  The announcement was made by the past President of IAC, Dr Dione Mifsud at the Seminar on Professional Counselling (ProCoun2016) at Hilton Kuching.   With the great support by Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB), we managed to plan and organise such as a-future-prestige convention.  The IAC-Conference Malaysia has been rebranded to International Counselling Convention (ICC). This is because the convention itself has three combined big conferences names: Malaysia International Counselling Conference by PERKAMA International and UNIMAS, Konferens Psikologi & Kaunseling Perkhidmatan Awam Negeri Sarawak by Human Resource Development and Management Unit (HRDM), Sarawak State Government, and IAC-Conference. 

ICC2022’s theme has been revised after the COVID-19 pandemic.  The new convention theme is Standing Alone Together: Managing the Paradox. This paradox is not unique to a COVID-ridden world; it is simply felt more acutely as a result of globally enforced restrictions. Many people have felt ‘alone’ in various ways throughout their lives when confronted with illness, tragedy, loss, hopelessness, humiliation, and other difficulties. In reality, they are not alone because others share their experiences, but not everyone understands that point of view. Sixteen subthemes have been carefully chosen to mark such a milestone of our counselling development. We are privileged to become co-chairs of this important convention.

We design an exciting program at this convention that will allow members and convention delegates to reflect upon and celebrate counselling accomplishments locally and internationally, renew friendships, extend our networks, and jointly explore current and future research directions. We hope that you will have a productive and fun-filled time at this very special convention.


We are now call for a paper and poster. Mark the important dates from time to time. Reach us out via our website at www.icc2022.my or Facebook: International Counselling Convention 2022 to check out the updates. You are welcome to write to us through email at secretariat@icc2022.my for any inquiries.

We are so excited to have you visit Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA to participate in our prestigious international convention this year. Experience nature and adventure at the same time!

Thank you.

Dr Amalia Madihie & Riziandy Nawawi

co-Chairs for International Counselling Convention 2022 (ICC2022)




The smart partnership between two big and established counselling associations: PERKAMA International and IAC in collaboration with the Sarawak State Government and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) is a scholarly mechanism to promote education, practice, professional helping service and visibility of the important needs of counselling and psychology in developing community and nation to the optimum wellbeing.

Chronology of Engagement Between the Partners


Persatuan Kaunseling Malaysia Antarabangsa (PERKAMA International), also known as International Counselling Association of Malaysia (ICAM) has initiated the idea to bid the International Association for Counselling Conference back in 2014. 

An Executive Member (Sarawak Chapter) of PERKAMA International,Dr Amalia Madihie (also a senior lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak) has communicated with the IAC President to show the association’s interest to bid the IAC Conference to Kuching, Sarawak. 


The initiative has supported by the Sarawak Convention Bureau and Sarawak Chief Department.

A team from PERKAMA International, Dr Amalia Madihie and Mr Riziandy Nawawi from Jabatan Premier Sarawak was the representative for the Sarawak State Government, went to Verona, Italy and bid the conference.


An announcement of IAC2020 Conference will be in Kuching, Sarawak by the President of International Association for Counselling (IAC), Dr Dione Mifsud, in the Professional Counselling Conference 2016 (ProCoun’16) in Kuching. 


Continuous publicity at different countries through networks to universities, societies, NGOs and events.


Sarawak State Government has played a big role in bidding the IAC2020 Conference to Kuching, Sarawak by guiding PERKAMA International to bid the conference. Nevertheless, the Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) too, assists on the bidding process.

A smart collaboration with a local university in Sarawak, which is Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) will be the Leading University as there will be a number of universities nationally and internationally will be the conference’s strategic university.  The conference will gather the best scholars in the counselling and psychology field around the world to speak on the best practice in the field.  UNIMAS will assist the conference on the academic engagements and as well the assist of organising the conference. 

COVID-19 pandemic started…


The smart collaboration in organising three events in Sarawak in 2022 -between Sarawak State Government, PERKAMA International and IAC- will provide a great impact on the theme discussion. Hence, a new conference brand title name has suggested: the International Counselling Conference 2022 (ICC2022).

With this, ICC2022 is back from the 1st to 4th November 2022, at the Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia!

See you soon there!


CO-PATRONS YBhg Datu Dr Sabariah Putit, Pejabat Timbalan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri,Transformasi Prestasi dan Penyampaian Perkhidmatan
Professor Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suadi, Vice Chancellor Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Dato’ Dr Abd Halim Hussin, President PERKAMA
International Professor Dr William Borgen, International Association for Counselling (IAC)
CO-ADVISORS Professor Dr Mansor Abu Talib, Vice President PERKAMA International
Associate Professor Dr Surena Sabil, Dean for Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, UNIMAS
Datu Hj Ismail bin Haji Mohamad Hanis, Director for SHRU
Hajjah Azeemah, Director for Pusat Pemajuan Pelajar
CO – CHAIRS Dr Amalia Madihie, Executive Member for PERKAMA International/UNIMAS
Riziandy bin Nawawi, Jabatan Premier Sarawak
SECRETARIAT Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Jazimin Jusoh, PERKAMA International
Dr Salmah Mohamad Yusoff, UNIMAS
Hayati binti Sahari, Jabatan Premier Sarawak h
WORKING SECRETARY Ms Olivia Chen Ching Hui
Ms Saiyidatul Batrisyia
Ms Adeline Ho Chin Pei, Jabatan Premier Sarawak
TREASURER Dr Ida Hartina Ahmad Tharbe, PERKAMA International
Sub-account: Ms Olivia Chen
Puan Farah Dianti Abdul Rahizam, PDRM
Puan Sharifah Mariawati Wan Kassim, FSKPM, UNIMAS
En Hafiz Aizat Ali,Transportation Unit, UNIMAS
SPONSORSHIP En Abdul Moeis Abdul Halim, PERKAMA International
Puan Ruhana Mahmod, PERKAMA International
En Surenthiran Philai a/l Venayagam Philai, PERKAMA International
En Lawrence Sengkuai anak Henry, PsyCoun, UNIMAS
En Abang Kamaruddin Abang Saadi, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Tuan Rajan Thangaveloo, Unit Keselamatan, UNIMAS
STATE DINNER En Abang Zainuddin Abang Turkey (Head)
Jabatan Premier Sarawak
Puan Farah Dianti Abdul Rahizam, PDRM
PROGRAMME Profesor Madya Dr Rafidah Aga Mohd Jaladin, PERKAMA International (Head)
Dr Voon Siok Ping, FSKPM UNIMAS
Paper/ poster -Dr Voon/ AP Dr Rafidah AP Dr Aslina Ahmad, PERKAMA International
En Mohd Izudin Mashkor, PERKAMA International
Workshops/Meetings - AP Dr Aslina Puan Jenny Ong, PERKAMA International
Lt Kol Looi Chin Beng, PERKAMA International
Speakers (Keynote & Plenary) – AP Dr Rafidah En Roni anak Ah Hin, Jabatan Premier Sarawak
Puan Nurlatifah Abdul Rahim, Jabatan Premier Sarawak
Exhibitions - Mdm Jenny Ong / Lt Kol Looi En Thomas anak Lamada, BAYU UNIMAS
Ms Laura Prati anak Tutom @ Laura Pranti (Gala Dinner)
Opening/Closing Ceremony – Mr Izudin Puan Ummikhaira Sofea binti Ja’afar, PsyCoun, UNIMAS
Puan Hanifah bt Kamel, PsyCoun, UNIMAS
En Zulkarnean Ali, UNIMAS Corporate
En Mohamad Hidayat Badar, UNIMAS Corporate
En Maclean anak Patrick Sibat, UNIMAS Corporate
PROTOCOL Puan Hajjah Roseini Binti Mokhtar, Jabatan Premier Sarawak
Puan Siti Norazilah Mohd Said, FSKPM, UNIMAS
En Zulkarnean Ali, Corporate Unit, UNIMAS
En Mohamad Hidayat Badar, Corporate Unit, UNIMAS
Puan Sharifah Mariawati Wan Kassim, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Dr Pau Kee, PERKAMA International
Puan Felicity Anak Sukui, Sarawak Jabatan Premier Sarawak
Dr Rehman Ullah Khan, FSKPM, UNIMAS
En Lee Hong Yew (Freelancer)
En Maclean anak Patrick Sibat, UNIMAS Corporate
Puan Airina Ramli, FSKPM, UNIMAS
En Alhadi Bujang, CITDS, UNIMAS
Dr Mohamad Hardyman Barawi, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Dr Salmah Mohamad Yusoff, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Professor Dr Rusli Ahmad, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Associate Professor Dr Zaiton Hassan, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Dr Tan Hua Khim, PERKAMA International
Prof Dr Mansor Abu Talib, PERKAMA International Dr Asmah Ismail, UPM
Prof Madya Dr Amin al Hadi, USIM
Dr Zaida Nor Zainudin, PERKAMA International
Dr Tan Kock Wah, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Dr Abdulrazak Yahya Saleh Al-Hababi, FSKPM, UNIMAS
Puan Malia Taibi, UNIMAS Publisher, UNIMAS
INNOVATION Dr Zaida Nor Zainudin (Head), PERKAMA International
Dr Najwa Mat Russ, PERKAMAInternational
Dr Tan Hua Khim, PERKAMA International
Puan Debra Adrian, PsyCoun, UNIMAS
Puan Siti Syafariyah bt Alias, PsyCoun, UNIMAS
Counselling Town Hall State/UnIC/FSKPM