Job Opportunities by Children’s Aid Society


2018 marks our Society’s 116th year serving the community. Through the years, we have adapted our programmes and services to meet evolving social needs. At Melrose Home, we provide a nurturing home away from home for vulnerable children and youth who are coping with family violence and child neglect issues.  

Moving forward, we strive to play a bigger role in preventive work for our vulnerable beneficiaries and support underserved families in the rest of the community. This will be achieved through a new service centre in Woodlands that aims to deliver early psychological and therapeutic interventions for children and youth in need. This  is scheduled to start operations in early 2019.


Below is a list of our available positions(For Job Descriptions, kindly click into the attached links): 


If you are interested to be a part of our dynamic team and advocate for the successful lives, stable families, and a strong community, please send your resume to:


Transactional Analysis Conference 2018

23- 24 November 2018 (Friday & Saturday)


Workshop Presenters

Abe Wagner

Mark Widdowson

Workshop Outlines 

Impactful Two-Day Conference on “Honouring our traditions, Shaping our future”

Workshops in Day 1
    • Ego States: A Foundation for TA’s successful future
    • Activating Internal Nurturing Parent
    • Entangling a Dog with Transactional Analysis
    • The Impact of Sibling Relationships
    • Identifying the Traditions to Honour
    • The Friendship Saver Programme Workshop
    • Using Contact Doors for Engagement in Learning
    • A Journey Through Gender
  • The Push & Pull Factors Inside Me
  • Script Awareness: An Experimential Process
Workshops in Day 2
  • The Power of Positive Strokes and Carefrontation
  • Evidence-Based, Manualised Transactional Analysis for Depression
  • Spirituality and its Complex Interfaces with
    Religiosity and Religious Psychopathology:
    Using TA to Assist in the Spiritual Journeys
  • Culture of Leadership: Traditions and Futures
  • Understanding and Honouring Difference
  • The 7 C’s of Connection
  • Blending TA and NLP
  • Principles of effective psychotherapy for anxiety
  • Suicide: A TA Perspective
  • Walking Backwards to the Future
  • Gottman Meta- Emotions and the Emotional Script in Couples Therapy

Venue: Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

Registration Details

Registration closes on 30th October 2018, please download the registration form here.

Fees: Regular – $388/pax, Group: $320/pax (3 or more), Students & TA Association Members’ Fee – $300/pax

For Enquiries related to the workshop, please contact them at +65 8518 1732 or visit


Empathy Masterclass

26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday & Tuesday)

Workshop Outlines

Course Content – Empathy Skills

This two-day training on Empathy Skills offers a framework for understanding the empathic process and the wide range of empathic responses. The training would include demonstrations and practical exercises. The learning objectives are listed below.

  • Learn the social neuroscience of empathy
  • Learn how to access your natural ability to empathically resonate with clients
  • Be able to locate the range of EFT Empathy Responses within the Empathy Channel framework
  • Be able to tell the difference between Empathic Understanding and Evocative Empathy responses and successful use both kinds of response
  • Be able to use Empathic Exploration responses to help clients explore their unclear experience
  • Be able to use Process Empathy responses to help clients become more aware of their in-session process and to deepen relational contact with clients
  • Be able to use Empathic Conjectures to help clients deepen their experiencing during chairwork and at other times in session

For more information, please click on Empathy Masterclass

To Register, click here

For enquiries, please contact Caper Spring at 81418002 or email



Solution Focused Therapy 2018

Therapy 1: 27- 28 November 

Therapy 2: 29- 30 November 


Solution Focused Therapy ( SF ) training for 4 days at the SEL Network LLP from Nov 27-30. Europe ‘s TOP training outfit BRIEF and represented by well known therapist Evan George will be here at Hotel Katong V.

Workshop Presenter

Evan Geroge

(GBR), M.A, M.Sc, Systemic
Psychotherapist, Founding Partner
BRIEF London

– A founder partner at BRIEF, the UK’s longest established Solution Focused training, therapy, coaching and consulting organisation.
Evan has taught the approach throughout the UK, Europe and much further afield over more than 25 years. Evan is the co-author of 3 books on the Solution Focused Approach and the author of many chapters and articles. BRIEF is now regarded as one of the most influential teams in the
development of the Solution Focused Approach and BRIEF’s contribution was recently recognised with the receipt of the prestigious ‘European Brief
Therapy Association Distinguished Contributors to Solution Focused Thinking Award’ in 2012.

Workshop Outlines 

Providing a thorough introduction to the principles and practices of solution focused brief therapy including:

  • The Development of the Approach
  • The Theoretical Underpinnings
  • The Therapeutic Process
  • A full set of adaptable skills

It will be sufficiently practical for each participant to be able to begin using solution focused skills when return to work as well as providing a basis for continued self-development.

This course is suitable for participants typically come from Health, Welfare and Education with many counselors and therapists attending. The course covers work with children, adolescents and adults, couple and family work and all the ideas are adaptable to group work and to coaching
and leadership.

About Solution Focused Therapy: More front-line professionals are using solution focus as the approach of choice than any other therapeutic model. Its strength-base and future-focus make it ideal for situations requiring rapid engagement and cooperation. By concentrating on a preferred future rather than a regretted past and by focusing on resources rather than deficits the solution focused approach has proved at least as effective as any other model.

Course Methods: Solution focused brief therapy can only be learned through practice and the teaching methods reflects this. Courses have a large element of practical kills development exercises all designed to be directly relevant to the task of doing and supervising direct work with clients. Most of the work is done in pairs, threes, small and large groups. The approach will also be demonstrated either through the use of taped-sessions or through live demonstration.

Venue: Village Hotel Katong

Cost: $800.00 for each therapy


For Enquiries related to the workshop, please contact Andrew at +65 9820 0904 or Ian +65 9830 8401 or visit



Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy Module A

24 – 25, 28 – 29 January 2019

Workshop Outlines

Course Content – Externship (Module A)

This 28-hour externship provides the theoretical framework and practice of EFCT. The training would include demonstrations and practical exercises. The learning objectives are listed below:

  • Learn the theoretical underpinnings of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
  • Understand the negative interactional cycle and explore underlying needs in a couple’s relationship
  • Identify primary emotions in couple interactions
  • Understand the processes to systematically shift a couple’s negative interactions into safe, empowering emotional connections
  • Learn interventions by accessing key elements of emotional distress and de- escalating destructive interaction patterns
  • Re-structure positive interactions that renew trust and intimacy
  • Learn to overcome therapeutic impasses in couple therapy

For more information, please click on EFCT Module A

To Register, click here

For enquiries, please contact Caper Spring at 81418002 or email



Motivational Interviewing

Foundation Skills: 14th – 15th Jan 2019

Building Skills: 17th – 18th Jan 2019 



Workshop Presenter

Dr. Joel Porter

BS, MA, PsyD

Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Applied Psychology, Canberra University Board of Directors, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

– Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in mental health and addictions. He is dedicated to advancing treatment services and implementing evidence based treatment approaches in the areas addiction and mental health counselling. Dr Joel is also well known in Singapore for his MI trainings to wide range of international audiences.

Workshop Outlines 

Foundation Skills Workshop Building Skills Workshop
– History of MI – MI: A deeper exploration
– Underlying Theory & Philosophy of MI – Critical Review of the current research
– What is & What is not MI – Update: What’s new with MI
– Spirit, Principles, Micro-Skills, Change Talk & Commitment Language – The 4 Processes of MI
– Personal Values Card Sort – Working with Discord: What happened to Rolling with Resistance?
– Rolling with Resistance – Interpersonal Roadblocks to change
– Change talk & Commitment Language – Consolidating Commitment to change
– Consolidating client commitment to change – Ethics of MI
– Working with commitment language – Understanding MI coding for adherence
– Developing a change plan – Coding & Feedback
– Eight stages of Learning MI – Supervision & Coaching
– Video & Live Demos, Interactive exercises, and real case scenarios role play – Video & Live Demos, Interactive exercise, and real case scenarios role play

Venue: Foundation Skills Workshop – Lifelong Learning Institute 11 Eunos Road 8, Theatre Lounge Level 3 (S408601), Building Skills Workshop – Shan You Counselling Centre Block 5, Upper Boon Keng Road #02-15 (S380005)

Cost: $900.00

Cost after VCF Funding: $495.00

* Pre-approved for VCF Funding for VWO Staff (Singaporean/PR only), Limited allocation of training places

For Enquiries related to the workshop, please contact them at or call 6741 9293.


Stabilisation Based Therapy

23rd – 25th Jan 2019



Workshop Presenter

Dr. Peter King

PhD on SBT

  • Currently owns a private practice and heads up the Centre for Mental Health Education (CMHE) in Melbourne.
  • Expert and practitioner in Stabilisation Based Therapy

What’s Stabilisation Based Therapy (SBT)?

  • SBT explored effective interventions for individuals with extreme emotion dysregulation.
  • Integrative approach with the elements of
    Somatic Trauma Therapy, Dialectical Therapy (DBT),
    Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and
    Mindfulness forming an eclectic treatment.
  • Dr. Peter King’s research identified targeted therapeutic interventions as well as a mental health professional’s skills, qualities and attributes which lead to effective therapeutic interventions
  • His findings identified a phase based approach which is informed by in session targets for a safe and consistent approach to working with individuals including individuals with a diagnosis of PTSD, Complex PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Acute Stress Reactions.

Workshop Outlines 

Targets to be covered:

  • Target 1: Suicidal, Homicidal and Family Violence risks
  • Target 2: Therapeutic Relationship
  • Target 3: Resource Identification, Strengthening and Generalisation
  • Target 4: Resource Integration
  • Target 5: Therapeutic Processing

In Stabilisation Based Therapy, each session of therapy targets in session
behaviours, risks, resources and goals! SBT uses hierarchy based targets to ensure each session is recovery focused and guided by a trauma informed approach to ensure safety and capacity!


Phases in SBT:

Phase 1: De-escalation & Containment Participants will explore a range of clinical strategies to contain individuals in crisis and deescalation techniques for individuals who are extremely dysregulated
Phase 2: Safety & Stabilisation Participants will explore a range of clinical strategies to maintain a level of safety and
stabilisation techniques to reduce the likelihood of an individual returning to a state of feeling overwhelm and out of control.
Phase 3: Therapeutic Processing Participants will be introduced to a range of clinical strategies useful in processing stressful and traumatic memories/experiences

Venue: Katong V Hotel, Singapore

Cost: $1,300.00 per Participant

For Enquiries related to the workshop, please contact Andrew Ponniah at (65) 9820 0904 or Ian Poulier (9830 8401) or email them at

For further information, kindly visit The SEL Network SBT


Motivational Interviewing

27th – 28th February 2019


Workshop Presenter

Dr. Joel Porter

– Joel has international experience working with a wide range of services and he is well-known for his Motivational Interviewing training workshops. He has provided MI workshops in various countries. As the Associate Clinical Director of Lives Lived Well in Queensland, Australia, he holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the University of Canberra – Centre for Applied Psychology and a Consultant to the UNODC.

Joel has also collaborated on publishes research projects, book chapters and provided key presentations at international conferences.

Workshop Outlines 

Motivational Interviewing (MI) follows from the US and builds especially on thebCarl Rogers person centred approach. It is excellent in cases
where change is required .

Why is there ambiguity on the part of the employee? MI helps
the person overcome this and build on inner strength and not
external motivations. MI revolutionise human resources through an old craft of asking the right questions.

It is also a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. MI is used by various helping professionals to work with different profiles of employees.

MI is about inspiring the person to change. It is evocative, it seeks to call forth the person’s own motivation and commitment.

Venue: Katong Village Hotel, Singapore

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: $800 per participant


For Enquiries related to the workshop, please contact Andrew at +65 9820 0904 or Ian +65 9830 8401 or visit



Level 1 Theraplay & MIM plus Group Theraplay Workshop

8th – 12th April 2019

Workshop Outlines

Donna Gates is a certified Theraplay Therapist and Senior Supervisor and Trainer for the Theraplay Institute. For the past 20 years, she has done individual, couples and family therapy as well as domestic violence treatment, anger management treatment for adults and children, and parenting training and consultation.

Workshop Outlines

What is Theraplay?

Theraplay is an attachment based, trauma-informed method of interacting with children. It is adult-directed, structured play that incorporates playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children.

Theraplay is beneficial to all children, not just those with behavioural, emotional or developmental problems. It has been accepted by SAMHSA as an evidence-based practice and can be done with an individual child and his/her caregiver or worker, in families or with groups of children in pre-schools, Primary and Secondary schools.


What is the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM)?

It is a structured technique for observing and assessing the relationship between two individuals, such as the biological parent and child, foster or adoptive parent and child, supportive caregiver and child.  It consists of a series of simple tasks designed to elicit a range of behaviours in four dimensions.


The training is interactive, intense and practical to ensure participants leave with the knowledge and skills to begin Theraplay in their work. It includes sessions to practise a variety of Theraplay activities, use of video segments to feature demonstration of treatment of a real client family, and concludes with the creation of a treatment plan and a chance to practise it for feedback. The registration fee also includes participation in two web supervision sessions.


Workshop Fees

Early Bird Registration before 31 Jan 2019 – $1,665.00.

Registration from 1 Feb – 22 Mar – $1,865.00.

To Register, click here


For enquiries, please email Morning Star Community Services at email with the subject title “Theraplay Training”.