International Counselling Panel

5th May 2022

 
SAC is honored to be invited by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association / L’Association canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie to join their International Panel on 30 April 2022.
 
Our President A/Prof Frederick Low had an engaging conversation sharing perspectives and discussing the landscape of counselling and psychotherapy around the world with fellow panelists representing counselling associations from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Uganda and the International Association for Counselling.

 

SAC’s 40th Anniversary Microsite

18th Apr 2022

SAC celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year!

Visit our newly launched 40th Anniversary microsite to walk down the memory lane with us, celebrate the many milestones, hear from our partners and stakeholders and most important of all, join us in the
many events lined-up for members and friends!
 
www.sac40.org
 

 

SAC’s 40th Annual General Meeting

28th Mar 2022

SAC successfully concluded our 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually on 25 March 2022, and we would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to our newly conferred Fellow Member, Mr Tan Boon
Huat, FSAC, as well as our newly appointed EXCO for their upcoming term from 2022 to 2024!


THANK YOU to the over 70 members who joined us at the AGM for your wonderful support.

 

Congratulations to Ms Vickineswarie Jagadharan for receiving the SG Heroine Award

8th Mar 2022

SAC congratulates our Allied Member Ms Vickineswarie Jagadharan for receiving the SG Heroine Award for her work as an advocate for suicide prevention and mental wellness.
 
Read about her inspiring story at the link here:

 

Notice of Meeting for SAC’s 40th Annual General Meeting

11th Feb 2022

 

 

Panel of Therapeutic Specialists (POTS) MoU Signing Ceremony

5th Jan 2022

SAC is happy to share the news of the Panel of Therapeutic Specialists (POTS) MoU Signing Ceremony held on 5th January 2022 at 2pm by FJC, jointly with College of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine Singapore and Singapore Psychological Society.  

Associate Professor Frederick Low, President of SAC said, “Demand for counselling has accelerated across all sectors in recent years. The Singapore Association for Counselling strives to support and partner key stakeholders to grow a healthy eco-system of mental health and social care services, promoting easier access to therapeutic support across communities in Singapore. This collaboration with FJC is timely and well-placed to help children and families with relational challenges as they transit through difficult times.”

Please refer to the media release for more info: go.gov.sg/pots

 

Congratulations to Dr Gilbert Fan for receiving the Outstanding Social Worker Award 2021

26th Nov 2021

SAC sends our heartiest congratulations to our Clinical Member Dr Gilbert Fan for receiving the Outstanding Social Worker Award 2021 from President Halimah Yacob.

Please click on this link to view the full article: 
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/social-workers-who-help-cancer-patients-ex-offenders-among-those-lauded-at-annual-awards

 

CH 8 Morning Express Interview with Dr Frederick Low: The vital role of registered professional counsellors in supporting mental health in Singapore

2nd Nov 2021

This episode of Morning Express《晨光第一线》on Mediacorp Channel 8 features the crucial role that professional counsellors play in supporting the mental health of the community at large, especially during the pandemic.
 
In their interview with SAC’s President Dr Frederick Low, he highlighted the importance for professional counsellors to be registered. He further advocates the necessity for mandatory accreditation in order to uphold the professionalism and accountability of counsellors in Singapore.
 
Please click on this link to view the feature story: https://www.8world.com/stories/morning-express/spotlight-upholding-counselling-standards-1633136

 

Congratulations To Ms Ruth Chua On Being Awarded The Social Service Fellowship

20th Oct 2021

SAC congratulates our fellow SAC member Ms Ruth Chua on her appointment as Social Service Fellow.

Please refer to NCSS website for more information: https://www-ncss-gov-sg-admin.cwp.sg/social-service-careers/social-service-fellowship/social-service-fellows

 

 

Family Justice Courts – Panel of Therapeutic Specialists (POTS)

4th Oct 2021

The Family Justice Courts (FJC) has announced the establishment of the Panel of Therapeutic Specialists (POTS) to improve access to the spectrum of therapeutic services available to meet the diverse needs of families undergoing or concluding their legal proceedings in FJC. POTS will comprise qualified mental health and social science professionals from the private sector.

SAC is pleased to support the POTS initiative with our President, Dr Frederick Low, on board the Steering Committee, working with leaders of Singapore Psychological Society, College of Psychiatrists and the FJC to develop the professional requirements for POTS. Moving ahead, a POTS pilot is targeted to be launched in 2022.

Please refer to the media release from FJC for more information on the POTS initiative. 
https://www.familyjusticecourts.gov.sg/news-and-events/news/view/family-conference-2021

 

MoU signed between SAC & HKPCA

12th Jul 2021

The Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA) signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the establishment of a working relationship between the two associations.

This potentially leads to the conduct of various collaborative activities, including exploring the possibility of mutual recognition of specific type of membership, professional exchanges and joint research projects of direct relevance to practitioners, among other potential opportunities for collaboration under the MoU.

Incorporated in 1995, HKPCA is the largest, oldest and most established organization representing professional counsellors in Hong Kong. It has over 1,400 members and around 300 certified counsellors and 100 Approved Counselling Supervisors which constitute a broad representation of professional counsellors in Hong Kong.

Dr Frederick Low, President of SAC, spoke about the agreement, “The MoU brings the two Associations closer together, to explore areas for collaboration that are mutually beneficial in the years ahead.”