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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Appreciating Resistance


In this workshop, participants will learn to appreciate and manage resistance in working with clients in a family service center context. Examples will be provided specific to working with parents and adolescents during first session, and engaging adolescents who do not want to talk to you but are mandated to attend sessions with you. Demonstration interviews and/or video recordings will be used to highlight principles for dealing with resistance. Participants will be introduced to the idea of goal creating language and techniques and how to manage “I Don’t Know” responses.


Participants will be introduced to the ideas of where resistance is coming from, how it is maintained and what could we do about it. 


  • Where it comes from: Understanding resistance
  • When it is needed: Misunderstood
  • How it is maintained: Common errors therapists make that create and foster resistance
  • What could we do about it: Language


This workshop is suitable for Social Workers, Counselors and Youth Workers working in a family service center setting and/or managing YouthGo!, GP, ESU or youth-mandated cases. Anyone who works with youths in other settings will also benefit from this training. 


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (nett)

$ 900

Early bird fee (nett) (register by 13 Apr 2022)

$ 800


Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding @ 45% for Singaporean/PR staff of Social Service Organisations (Ref No: PAS00002612, End date of approval: 17 Jan 2023) Up to $ 405


Trainer’s Profile

Chan Earng Han holds a Master of Social Science (Counselling) from Edith Cowan University (Australia) and a Master in Counselling from Sioux Falls Seminary (United States of America). He is a well sought-after Trainer cum Counsellor. His passion in working with youth led him to attain his Graduate Diploma in Youth Work from Edith Cowan University (Australia).

He currently specialises in counselling young people and families who have committed petty crimes, struggled with sexuality and mental health issues including having suicidal thoughts & intent.

Earng Han is also trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and he utilises Systemic lens in conceptualising problems faced by individuals and families.

The training courses he conducts with Academy of Human Development (which you could find in this website):

(1) Intentional Interviewing and Counselling

(2) Case Conceptualisation (5Ps)

(3) Introduction to Case Management: Suicide Assessment and Intervention

(4) Appreciating Resistance

Earng Han has been with Fei Yue since 2001. Currently, he is a Principal Counsellor with ISP (Integrated Service Provider) for at-risk youths and young offenders, under Fei Yue Community Services and Fei Yue Family Service Centre (Bukit Batok).


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Course Schedule

Duration 21 hours
Dates 13, 14, 15 Jun 2022 (Mon - Wed)
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Chan Earng Han
Venue(s) Synchronous e-learning via Zoom