Psychological First Aid For Single Parents

Psychological First Aid For Families is an evidencebased modular approach that is specifically designed for families to deal with overwhelming, frightening experiences or psychological distress during crises, disasters, or traumatic events. Psychological First Aid is an internationally accepted early psychological intervention based on the principles of humane, support and practical helps for families who are greatly impacted by the aftermath of a critical incident. The aims of the PFA is to reduce the stress or psychological distress of individuals who are impacted by the event, to provide practical help and support, to link them with the available resources, and to empower them with self-help strategies. The PFA’s practical skills and action principles: Prepare, Look, Listen and Link are crucial to be learned by families in order to prepare them mentally and physically to respond to any crisis that occurs in the family. This PFA training is for everyone, regardless of their background and can be used in dealing with daily challenges. The participants of the workshop will learn about the concept of PFA, common and expected immediate responses to a frightening or overwhelming experience, the needs of children, adolescents, and parents, how parents can help and the application of PFA in families.

Dr Pau KeeMr Lee Boon HockAssociate Professor Dr Aslina Ahmad
Director of Counseling Center
Sultan Idris Education University

Executive Member
PERKAMA International

Psychology Officer
Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta, Perak
Assistant Secretary
PERKAMA International


Sultan Idris Education University

Counsellors in Community: Psychosocial visits to B40 Families

It is A one day practical experience with B40 Families in Kg xxx.
The main objectives are for counselors to visit the B40 families, explore their specific needs in parenting (adolecents & children) & other family matters. The sessions will take place from one home to another in which counselors will gain the skills of communicating with families of different cultural background; identify their immediate needs; discuss with the potential ways to overcome their issues and suggest referrals and further psychosocial assistance to address the issues faced. Participant will document and write professional report of the visit for further continuous support from the local counselors / PERKAMA Intl volunteers.

– Skill of Making assessments of the needs families in the community
– Propose ways to overcome issues faced
– Provide psychoeducation on parenting & family matters
– Documenting report for further support & assistance by local counselors/volunteers”

Associate Professor Dr Haniza Rais
Senior Lecturer
International Islamic University Malaysia
Professional Development

Counselors Adapting, Leading, & Championing Difficult Dialogues: Standing Together & Passionately Filling in the Gaps!

S. Kent Butler uses his personal story to speak truth about the effects of privilege on his own mental wellness and resolve, while sharing best practices for removing culturally biased barriers. Described as authentic and real, “RAW: *Realism * Authenticity * Wisdom” was developed as a presentation during a moment of intense reflection of his life and an even deeper meditation related to the state of the world, “RAW” highlights how clinicians can successfully balance counseling and self-care with social justice advocacy. This presentation provides counselors with insights, wisdom and encouragement on how to intentionally get into “good trouble” as Anti-Racist coconspirators fighting against injustices on a global scale and working proactively on behalf of clients in their lives
Professor Dr S Kent Butler
Professor University of Central Florida

Makrifat Qalbu (Intelligence of The Heart) As a Tool for Transformational Counseling

There is a different quality in a counseling session when we can access the intelligence and wisdom of the heart (makrifat qalbu). The sense of connection to our clients evolves in incredible ways where our resonance match and anything feels possible. There is a sense of oneness and flow between client and counselor. The qalbu is not only a manifestation of its physiological capabilities but also its functioning brain. The qalbu also plays a vital role in the emotional and mental experience of our overall quality of life. Many of the high-quality feelings we experience such as gratitude, patience, and contentment are associated with the qalbu. It also processes our values and relationships with others. Transformational counselors focus on self-actualization, who the person chooses and wants to become not only supporting the client to achieve short-term goals, solving specific problems or tasks. Transformational counselling takes clients from their existing feelings to a shifted way of being. The process of becoming take clients into their inner self, leading to a more authentic and truer version of themselves. This paper highlights the powerful role that makrifat qalbu can play in this profession and how it can support clients to explore deeper dimensions about themselves that can change their counseling experience and lives.
Major (retd) Awang Rusli Bujang
Brunei Darussalam Counselling Association

Workshop Counselling Supervision: Issues, Approaches, Ethics and Innovations

This workshop will attempt to address issues that counselling supervisees and counselling supervisors contend with during counselling supervision. Participants will be given opportunities to reflect on their experiences of supervising and of being supervised, on the creation of the safe space provided by supervision, on how to use counselling supervision to enhance reflexivity and competencies and on how to use better the roles and relationships created within the supervisory alliance.

Attendees will be able to achieve the set objectives and learning outcomes of the workshop through the use of exercises that address the objectives, functions, outcomes and ethics of counselling supervision. It will also include brief presentations on responsibilities within counselling supervision, different approaches and techniques. The workshop will also introduce cell group supervision developed in Malta by the workshop facilitator.

Participants will also be given the opportunity to role play different roles and to address personal issues that may include competencies and ethics within their own practice. The workshop will end with the presentation and discussion of case studies from the participants’ own practice, which may include issues around dual relationships and roles, transcultural issues, countertransference, malpractice, stuckness and moral and ethical dilemmas.”

Dr Dione Mifsud
Senior Lecturer
University of Malta

TBC by Dr Haniza Yon

To be Confirmed
Dr Haniza Yon
Founder & CEO
Global Psytech

GFI Fintech

Application of Sandplay in Helping Relation

The Sandplay Therapy approach is one of the alternative approaches used by counsellors who are skilled and experienced in this therapy in counselling sessions. Sandplay Therapy is also a psychotherapeutic technique that allows clients to construct a world of reality through sand and various miniatures. This therapy is considered suitable as evident based for physical, cognitive and emotional development in addition to the client can express creative thinking through the expression of active imagination in producing a concrete and existential image. The advantages of Sandplay Therapy are such as symbolic use, optimal use of senses, reduction of martial tricks through storytelling about the world of sand produced as well as a mediator of the client’s subconscious zone to the client’s conscious zone with the storytelling of issues faced. This Sandplay Therapy application is suitable for all ages with various issues such as stress, trauma, chronic diseases, disabilities and mental health problems. This therapy is also suitable for clinical settings such as hospitals, health clinics, day care centres, schools and rehabilitation centres. This Sandplay Therapy workshop will give participants exposure to creative approaches that can be used as a medium to further enrich the skills of counsellors to help clients increase their potential and well-being through hand on and role play activities.

Coaching for Success: Activating the Inner Strength and Resilience Within

To be confirmed
Dr Sher Kawi Jaafar
Managing Director
Sher’N Rique Sdn Bhd

Transforming Mental Healthcare through Digital Therapeutics

Digital therapeutics is a subset of digital health that deliver clinical interventions directly to patients using evidence-based, clinically evaluated software to treat, manage, and prevent a broad spectrum of diseases and disorders. Treatments typically rely on behavioural and lifestyle changes spurred by a collection of digital impetuses, and may or may not include consultation, guidance or coaching from healthcare professionals.
Naluri has been pioneering the development of digital therapeutics in Malaysia and has since rolled out its services to regional markets including Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. Naluri mainly works with healthcare payers – employers and insurance providers – to help them screen, risk-stratify, and provide digital health intervention programmes for their employees or policyholders who have, or are at risk of having, cardio-metabolic conditions such as diabetes and pre-diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases, and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress.
The Naluri digital therapeutics model differentiates itself from tele-health services or traditional employee assistance programmes in four main ways:
  1. moving care from reactive and transactional, to preventive and continuous care;
  2. delivering care from individual specialists to a coordinated, multidisciplinary care in a holistic way, especially by integrating mental healthcare with chronic disease management;
  3. moving care from fee-for-service to an outcomes-based care model; and
  4. increase the productivity of professional care by up to ten-fold, for example by increasing the reach of mental healthcare professionals from serving 50 clients a month, to 500 a month, supported by artificial-intelligence decision-support tools. For patients with DASS-21 scores in the severe category, Naluri has been able to bring down their depression, anxiety or stress scores to moderate or mild category after 3-4 months, with a p-value of <0.001, comparable to in-patient therapy benchmarks.
Ms. Khairun Nafisah

Team Leader Careline Counsellor

Naluri Hidup Sdn Bhd