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SYNOPSIS
PROGRAMME
‘Keepin’ It Together’ may present a major
challenge for a family already facing a long
list of socio-economic pressures  and when
mental health woes arise, the strain is
compounded manifold. The helping
professional, too, is faced with the
complexities of working with a couple or a
family in the context of an individual
member’s mental health issues.
0830 – 0900
Registration
0900 – 0905
Welcome by Head MSW
Ms Lilian Mark
0905 - 0920
Address by
Guest of Honour
Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman
(Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry
of National Development)
0920 – 1000
Mental Health across the lifespan
Dr Alex Su (Head, Emergency
Service and Admission)
1000 – 1030
Family Work in Mental Health
Mr Vincent Ng (Deputy Head MSW)
It is thus increasingly important for members
of the helping professions to recognize the
range of mental health problems that may
occur at different developmental stages across
the lifespan. It is also vital for these
professionals to develop and be equipped with
skills in working with couples and families
grappling with a complex combination of
stressors  in particular, mental illness.
This workshop aims to provide participants
with information on a range of mental health
issues across the family life cycle. The smallgroup discussions will focus on examining the
issues and interventions in working with
specific groups, such as Children &
Adolescents, the Elderly, as well as on Marital
relationships & Parenting. The small-group
discussion on ‘A Family in Crisis’ will explore
the interplay between acute crises, long-term
stressors and their effects on a family’s mental
health and coping strategies.
1030 – 1100
Tea-break
1100 – 1200
Small Group Discussion
- Children and adolescents
- Marital Relationships & Parenting
- A Family in Crisis
- The Elderly
1200 – 1230
1230
Questions and Answers
Closure of workshop
Join in our Social Workers’ Day
celebration
I would like to join the Small Group Discussion on:
(Please list the following in the order of your
preference)
Children and Adolescents
Marital Relationships & Parenting
A Family in Crisis
The Elderly
Slots for the group discussion are limited.
Allocations are on a first -come first-served basis.
Registration fee including all course materials
and tea-break is $10 per person.
Please make cheque payable to:
Institute of Mental Health
Closing date for registration: 11 January 2007
WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS
You are: A social worker, psychologist,
counsellor, family therapist, law enforcement
officer, correction officer, pastoral worker,
educator or in any of the helping professions.
Please send your registration form together with
the crossed cheque to:
INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
10 BUANGKOK VIEW, SINGAPORE 539747
MS GINA TEO
(MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION)
KEEPIN’ IT TOGETHER
Family Life: A Mental Health Perspective
Did you
know that:
• 7% of school-going children
have ADHD (Attention Deficit
Hyperactive Disorder)
• 1% of the population suffers
from the psychotic disorder
schizophrenia
• 5.6% of adults surveyed in
Singapore would experience
clinical depression in their
lifetime
• 5% of people over 65 suffer
from Alzheimer's disease
Date: 18TH JANUARY 2007
Time: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Institute of Mental Health Auditorium
Fees: $10 / person
• 1 in 4 families would have
at least 1 member currently
suffering from a mental or
behavioral disorder
INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
MEDICAL SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT
BUANGKOK GREEN MEDICAL PARK
10 BUANGKOK VIEW
SINGAPORE 539747
TEL: 63892059
FAX: 63851053
A Mind Your Mind Symposium brought to
you by the Medical Social Work Department
Supported by:
Organized in conjunction with the
inaugural Social Workers’ Day, 20th Jan
2007.

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