Professional Training Workshops 2019

To mark Oogachaga’s 20th anniversary in 2019, we will be running a series of professional training workshops for social service, healthcare and education professionals, so as to better equip them with the awareness, knowledge and skills in working with their LGBTQ+ service-users.

We welcome social workers, counsellors, psychologists, therapists, doctors, nurses, teachers and professionals from other relevant fields to register for these workshops.

RESILIENCY-FOCUSSED THERAPY WITH SAME-SEX COUPLES

12 Jan 2019, Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm

Venue to be confirmed by email.

Workshop fee: $200 per registered participant (lunch & refreshments included)

Online registration: bit.ly/OCgreenan2019 [case sensitive]

Trainer: Dr David Greenan

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

This one-day workshop with family psychologist, Dr David Greenan, will introduce participants to a three-phase integrative model of resiliency-focused couple and family therapy. The workshop will focus on what is unique and universal in working with queer couples and our families. Participants will have the opportunity to practise aspects of the model during the workshop.

Learning objectives include:

  • How to join couples and families so that treatment from outset focuses on identifying strengths and resiliency.

  • Learning how mindfulness practice and communication skills can create more satisfying relationships.

  • Deepening both the therapist’s and the family’s compassion for self and other by learning techniques to connect us to our authentic self.

ABOUT THE TRAINER

Dr Greenan is the former executive of the Minuchin Center for the Family in New York City. He has written many journal articles on LGBTQ clinical issues and is co-author with Gill Tunnell of the highly acclaimed text ‘Couple Therapy with Gay Men’ (Guildford, 2003). He currently teaches at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is in private practice in New York City, USA.

You can register for Dr David Greenan’s workshop online here: bit.ly/OCgreenan2019 [case sensitive]

WORKSHOP 1: LGBTQ SEXUAL HEALTH

21 February 2019, Thursday, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue to be confirmed by email, fees & registration details here.

Objective: To increase the level of knowledge and skills for professionals when working with their LGBTQ clients on sexual health issues.

Topics:

  • Why LGBTQ sexual health?

  • Sexual health risk factors for LGBTQ clients

  • Role of professionals in support & intervention

  • Local LGBTQ community resources, including sexual health screening & treatment services

Click here to register for this workshop.

WORKSHOP 2: SUPPORTING PARENTS OF LGBTQ CHILDREN

21 February 2019, Thursday, 2pm – 5pm

Venue to be confirmed by email, fees & registration details here.

Objective: To raise awareness among professionals working with parents of LGBTQ children of the unique issues and challenges faced.

Topics:

  • Understanding issues from a parent’s perspective

  • Impact of parental support on health outcomes

  • Assessing considerations when working with parents

  • Professional’s role in supporting parents, and community resources

Click here to register for this workshop.

WORKSHOP 3: LGBTQ MENTAL HEALTH (INTRODUCTION)

22 February 2019, Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue to be confirmed by email, fees & registration details here.

Objective: To increase the level of knowledge and skills for professionals working with LGBTQ clients on mental health issues.

Topics:

  • Why LGBTQ mental health?

  • Mental health risk factors for LGBTQ clients

  • Role of professionals in support & intervention

  • Local LGBTQ community resources, including mental health screening & treatment services

Click here to register for this workshop.

WORKSHOP 4: LGBTQ MENTAL HEALTH (SUICIDE & SELF-HARM)

22 February 2019, Friday, 2pm – 5pm

Venue to be confirmed by email, fees & registration details here.

Objective: To increase the level of knowledge and awareness of the unique challenges posed when working with LGBTQ clients on suicide and self-harm.

Topics:

  • Why LGBTQ suicide? Risk factors for LGBTQ clients

  • Unique issues related to LGBTQ suicide

  • Role of professionals in intervention & local LGBTQ community resources

Click here to register for this workshop.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP TRAINERS

The co-trainers for workshops 1 to 4 are Leow Yangfa and Shamini Nedumaran.

Leow Yangfa is Executive Director of Oogachaga, and a locally registered social worker.  Yangfa’s current responsibilities include overseeing the running of the organisation, in addition to conducting professional workshops and providing counselling services to LGBTQ clients experiencing a range of psycho-social issues. His previous professional experience includes working in Samaritans of Singapore (SOS: 2005 – 2013) as a social worker, trainer and training coordinator; and at the National Council of Social Service (NCSS: 1999 – 2005) as principal executive. He edited the anthology “I Will Survive: Personal LGBT stories in Singapore” (published by Math Paper Press 2013, reprinted 2015 & 2018).

Shamini Nedumaran is a Counsellor at Oogachaga, where she works with LGBTQ individuals and couples in a community-based setting. Shamini has a Masters in Counselling from Singapore University of Social Sciences, and proudly identifies herself as an ally of the LGBTQ community.

If your organisation is interested in collaborating with us to customise our professional training talks or workshops, please contact us.

Participants’ feedback from previous workshops

From ‘Working with LGBTQ clients on mental health & sexual health’ (March 2018)

“Knowledge and statistics in Singapore given very helpful.”

“Presenter has wide knowledge and engaging presentation style.”

“Giving framework for understanding minority stress. Modelling sensitivity to language.”

“Understanding the types of barrier to health for LGBTQ people.”

“Presentation very lively, even theory/ research presented in engaging manner.”

“Videos were very helpful in helping understanding.”

From ‘Supporting parents of LGBTQ clients’ (March 2018)

“The video that helped see the turn around from denial to acceptance.”

“The material was presented & communicated well through out the session & the videos were helpful.”

“Enjoyed discussions/ brainstorming sessions & resources!!”

“Use of reading materials, videos to complement teaching.”

“Balance between contents/ resources & self-reflection. Very helpful videos too to exchange / reflect.”