Parenting & Education
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Parenting can be a challenging journey and has always been, but never been more taxing in this always-on world: there's no place to hide, where relationships are fleeting, with devices that constantly distract while craving attention, and where external events and circumstances are changing faster than most of us can fathom, let alone navigate successfully.
We find ourselves living in such a complex and volatile world - social media, climate anxiety, polarized geo-political situation, the pervasiveness of technology and the rapid encroachment of AI in every facet of our lives. That parenting is becoming an increasingly more challenging task is an understatement. With the rate of youth mental health issues and youth suicides rising rapidly, more and more parents are at a loss of what they need to do as their children grow into teenagers and young adults.
We need to go back to the first principles, to ask ourselves what is the purpose of parenting - the end goals and the why of parenting and raising a family. Parenting indeed can be purposeful and most rewarding, when we see our children and our family blossoming and thriving, with the understanding that:
Children are the future of our world; the key to this future is thru education
Parents and teachers together are responsible for the education of our children
Singapore has purported one of best education system in the world - yet somehow something is sorely amiss
We seem to have a system that was designed more for the 1st Industrial Revolution - a one size fits all approach
We are entering the Fifth Industrial Revolution, one that is powered by AI and where humans and AI will coexist and collaborate side-by-side in the Future World of Work.
Come join us as we explore the critical topic of Parenting & Education: what do we need to do - and do differently - to thrive and to blossom as parents, as family and as society. How can we as parents better prepare our kids to meet this New Future, an increasingly more connected yet more uncertain world. Our future depends on it.
Think Psychological Services is a private psychological and counseling practice founded in 2011. We provide a full range of psychological and counseling services for both adults and children.
Since our inception, the practice has grown to become one of the leading providers of private psychological and counseling services in Singapore. Our team of qualified professionals include clinical psychologists, child psychologists, educational & developmental psychologists, counselors and behavior therapists.
At Think Psychological Services, we take a holistic approach to empower individuals by helping them address their immediate concerns, building on their strengths and preparing them to overcome future challenges. We firmly believe that any patient at Think Psychologist Services deserves nothing less than the best psychological and counselling services to improve their quality of life.
Over-The-Rainbow (OTR) is the mental wellness initiative of the WholeTree Foundation, the not-for-profit family foundation of Yen-Lu & Yee Ling Chow founded in loving memory of their dear son and only child who ended his own life at the age of 26 after suffering for many years from manic depression.
Since launching in October 2012, OTR has been a pioneer and trailblazer in the space of youth mental wellness - innovating and pushing the mental health envelope with outreach events, community initiatives, media projects, mental wellness programs, workshops and festivals, volunteer training programs, peer support systems, online support platforms, mental wellness magazines, newsletters and social media campaigns. These initiatives and activities collectively have touched nearly a million lives through both online and offline touch-points, and transformed many others.
From an organization that pioneered mental wellness as a journey and championed prevention and preemption over clinical intervention with innovations such as Holistic Self-Care, Circle-of-Care, Guardian Angels, Wellness Space, Mental Wellness Festivals, Youth Matters, OTR Listens, Rainbow Connection magazines, Think x Rainbow, and a change inside-out approach to life and human wellbeing, innovation is a constant driving force for positive change.
What started from the ashes of a heart-shattering family tragedy has transformed into a thriving organization with a mission that turned into a movement to transform mental wellness for the 21st century.
Occupational Therapist, Parent Coach and International Certified Professional Trainer, IPMA (U.K.)
Michelle Choy is a mum of 6 kids aged 10-24, an Occupational Therapist, Parent Coach and International Certified Professional Trainer, IPMA (U.K.). She was honoured to be one of Singapore’s 40-over-40 inspiring women 2021, with the award presented by Ms Sun Xue Ling, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social and Family Development. She is a firm believer in giving children a happy and stress-free childhood, eschewing the academic rat race, and is Founder of The Little Executive , equipping children with resilience and executive function skills. She is one of Singapore’s Top Parenting Experts and is a sought-after speaker specialising in Parenting and Education talks.
Founding Partner of Think Psychological Services; Registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), AHPRA – Psychology Board of Australia and is a full member of Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)
Pamela specialises in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Think Psychological Services and has extensive experience working with children with autism and other learning difficulties in Australia and Singapore. She is extensively trained in designing behavioural programs in all areas of development, education and behaviour. In addition she is certified to administer a wide range of psychometric assessments for children such as Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R), Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, Stanford Binet, WISC and various other abilities tests.
Pamela has worked closely with Singapore schools (local and international) and government agencies where she assessed children with learning difficulties, attention problems, language difficulties and intellectual disabilities. She has helped successfully integrate many young expat and local children with special needs into the mainstream school system (both public and private), in addition to providing on-going counseling and support services to their families. For expat families that come to Singapore for services, Pamela continues to provide support via Skype to ensure that therapeutic plans are kept in place.
Pamela also provides counselling and intervention plans for children who have been bullied, have low self-esteem, poor social skills, anxiety and depression. She also regularly conducts workshops for both parents and teachers on topics such as challenging behaviours and managing students with learning and developmental difficulties. Pamela is frequently featured and quoted in Singapore media on topics relating to child development, education and parenting.
Founding Executive Chairman WholeTree Foundation; Over-The-Rainbow; Asia Institute of Mentoring | Founding Partner Fatfish MediaLab | Executive Mentor YSI SEA | Founder of the Deep Human Movement
Yen-Lu’s career spans nearly 40 years in the tech, media, venture capital, and more recently social entrepreneurship and philanthropy. A former Apple Distinguished Technologist, he is a successful entrepreneur with multiple tech start-ups and an active angel investor, spending many years mentoring and advising entrepreneurs, young businesses and serving on government panels on innovation. He served as a director of Business Angel Network SEA, executive mentor and adjunct professor to NUS Enterprise, mentor to INSEAD, numerous panels on entrepreneurship and innovation internationally, including IDA / SPRING, A*STAR, NRF, GMIC, NUS StartUp@Singapore, NUS Social Venture Competition, NTU Idea Inc, Thailand National Business Plan Competition, CrowdSourcing Week, etc.
In a fast-paced world where the only constant is change, he believes there is an urgent need for each of us to draw on our strengths and creative potential as human beings, to connect with our higher self and our deeper purpose to contribute towards humanity in a positive and impactful way. He enjoys building ecosystems and mobilizing the community to create positive social change. As an early pioneer in the application of AI, he also has a strong base in the tech space. With the launch of his family foundation and other social impact initiatives, Yen-Lu devotes his time serving both society and the nation in his various capacities.
He is on a life mission to help bring about a kinder, gentler, more inclusive, more just, and sustainable world.
Asia Institute of Mentoring (AIM) is a non-profit volunteer based organization with a mission to bring mentoring to the spotlight in Asia, raise the quality of mentors and the standard of mentoring, bringing mentoring to all facets of society to impact millions of lives.
We are committed to create an Asia-based people-powered mentoring movement to move people … to learn, to share, to give forward, to transform, to harness the deep human potential, and create social impact – bringing about a kinder, gentler, more inclusive, just and sustainable world for all.
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