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

Family Counselling: Adapting Western Traditions of Family Counselling to Families in Singapore


The aim of this experiential workshop is for participants to become more effective when working with a wide range of families. Participants are introduced to Western traditions of working with families, namely, systemic family therapy, structural family therapy, intergenerational family systems theory, and collaborative-dialogical family therapy, with adaptions proposed, discussed, and refined, to better suit participants’ work with Singaporean families. Each tradition is explored using examples drawn from participants’ work. Preparatory reading materials are provided.


To become more effective when working with a variety of Singaporean families. 


Family therapy theory, recent publications on family therapy in Singapore, adaptions of Western traditions for Singaporean conditions, practical examples of family counselling drawn from participants work


Anyone who aspires to work effectively with families whether professionally or in voluntary service, in the community or in institutional settings, including trainee and qualified social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, community workers, youth workers, pastoral carers, and volunteers.


Participants are expected to meet minimum 80% class attendance to be awarded with the Certificate of Attendance 


Fees  S$ (Nett)

 Course Fee (Regular) 


Exclusive Fee for first run, 21 - 23 Sep'22 $950


Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

PCG pre-approved funding at 30% for Singaporean/PR staff of NCSS members Social Service Agencies (Ref No: PAS00002815, End date of approval: 21 Jul 2023)

 Up to $345



Dr. Craig Whisker is a registered clinical social worker and a registered psychotherapist from New Zealand. He currently works as the professional leader of psychotherapy for the Auckland District Health Board and as a family therapist and group work practitioner in private practice. He gained a PhD from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2021 by completing research on cultural justice in the NZ family therapy movement. He is a clinical family therapist and accredited supervisor through the Australian Association of Family Therapy, and a certified psychodrama practitioner and educator through the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association. Craig has been conducting family therapy and group work training workshops in New Zealand since 2003 and in Singapore from 2006-2011.



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Course Schedule

Duration 18 hours
Dates 21 - 23 Sep 2022
Timing 9am - 5pm
Trainer(s) Dr Craig Whisker
Venue(s) Online using Zoom