Enhancing Resilience in the family: Issues in Middle Adulthood

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Children, Youth and Family

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It is recognised in Singapore’s social policies that family is the primary source of care and support for its members. As a transforming society, the Singaporean family’s well-being is constantly being inundated with stressors from within and outside. Individuals’ happiness is closely intertwined with the state of their family relationships. It is thus essential for adults in the family to keep family ties strong across generations and to look at ways to strengthen the family in times of need through the life cycle. This seminar will highlight the current research updates on how to enhance resiliency in the family in the midst of challenges faced by adults in the family, in particular parents who have to care for young children and youth as well as ageing parents. This seminar will focus on four key areas that adults in the family would have to deal with effectively.

The Kite Story – A Relational Way of Parenting This segment will explore with parents/mentors the benefits of parenting children the relational way. Through a metaphor of kite-flying, parents/mentors will be able to intuitively follow a “framework” of influencing children in a positive manner. The talk will also allow parents/mentors to reflect on their parenting/mentoring styles.

Resilience when Death Occurs Everyone’s grief is unique and it is important to appreciate how death impacts. This talk will look at building emotional resilience when grieving a death and how one can begin to find stability and peace of mind.

Occupational Stress & Work-Family Balance The idea of occupational stress – its causes, consequences and management – is examined from an industrial-organizational psychology perspective. Adults in the family are burdened by rising cost of living and demands of caring for the children and aging parents on top of managing the strain of working and establishing a career. The implications on work-family balance which influence family well-being will be deliberated.

Intergenerational Caregiving It is often a challenge for adults at midlife to provide caregiving especially to their aging parents as this additional caretaking demands will strain their physical and emotional needs when personal focus and energy levels are changing. This talk will focus on intergenerational dynamics in caregiving of older adults in the family. Living arrangement of family members in relation to older adult members will also be examined.

Target Participants:

Teachers, social workers, counsellors, youth workers, case managers and volunteers who work closely with families.


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Trainer Profile:

Ms Trina Tan is currently a Behavioural Science lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). She worked in the counselling field for about 10 years before joining NYP and has a wide range of experience from working with children to elderly, as individuals as well as in family settings. In addition, Ms Tan has worked extensively with schools in Singapore, working with teenagers as well as their families and significant others and involved in supervision of clinicians in their training. She has given talks on parenting skills and understanding adolescents and has taught in the Singapore Institute of Management Specialist Diploma in Human Services programme and NYP Certificate in Counselling programme. She was also invited to be involved in the work group with WDA, in creating a competency map for Community and Social Services in Singapore.

Mr Andy S.J. Ong was a Senior Tutor in the NUS Business School (Department of Management and Organisation) before moving on to his current appointment as Lecturer (Psychology) at NYP. He has been active in research since 1996, and has made numerous paper presentations at various international conferences, and is a published author. His research speciality is in social, health, industrial-organisational and cross-cultural psychology with a particular interest in psychometrics, research methods and statistics.

Ms Wee Ee Dzu is currently a Behavioral Science Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at NYP. She has been teaching in the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Nursing and Allied Health since 1992. Her area of focus is in the psychosocial perspectives of health, family and ageing, particularly in caregiving issues.

Mr Jim Lim is currently a Social Work Lecturer at NYP. He has seven years of experience in working with children, youth and families in diverse organisations such as the Family Court, Juvenile Court, Bukit Ho Swee Family Service Centre (Centre Head) and NorthLight School (Head of Counselling Department). Mr Lim’s passion is to work with youth-at-risk and he is currently mentoring several youths. He has also finished writing a book on mentoring and parenting children and youth effectively, using kite-flying as a metaphor. Mr Lim is also trained in ‘Choice Theory’ and ‘Reality Therapy’.

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