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Overview

Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) is an association for all practitioners in the healthcare sector who are keen to be part of this big family of helping professionals. Although most of us in the association are psychotherapist, psychologist, counsellor, or social worker, we welcome other allied health professional to join us. Thus, the approach to meet the individual or family in a holistic manner.

Mission & Objectives

Mission Statement
To high ethical standards of clinical practice in delivering counselling and therapy to those seeking help to address their mental, emotional, social and behavioural issues.

Our Objectives

  • To monitor, maintain, set and improve professional standards in counselling and psychotherapy education and practice.
  • To provide a unified voice for the counselling and psychotherapy industry.
  • To provide a consistent Code of Conduct and set of Practitioner Standards.
  • To promote the professional development and growth of counsellors and psychotherapists.
  • To assess and recognize counsellor and psychotherapist education courses.
  • To maintain a register of approved counsellors and psychotherapists.
  • To identify to the public at large counsellors and psychotherapists that meet nationally recognizable standards of education and practice.

To liaise with the Government for the benefits of members and the public.

Advisors

Foo Siew Fong

Foo Siew Fong heads the Family and Matrimonial Law practice group in Eversheds Harry Elias LLP. She deals with all aspects of family and matrimonial law in addition to handling preventive issues at the beginning of a relationship, e.g. the preparation of pre-nuptial agreements. Siew Fong’s commitment to the community sees her as a member of the Citizenship Committee of Inquiry under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Siew Fong was the President of the Singapore Association of Women’s Lawyers (SAWL) from 2001 to 2009 and is now the honorary advisor to SAWL as well as the Chairman of SAWL Scholarship Fund. In 2011, the Family and Juvenile Justice Division awarded her the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in the Advocate and Solicitor Category. She is also a member of the executive committee of The Spastic Children’s Association of Singapore, an organization that provides medical treatment and therapy for children with cerebral palsy, as well as vocational training and gainful employment through its school. She has recently been awarded the Public Service Medal, a medal presented to a person who has rendered commendable public service in Singapore.

Dr. Tan Soo Yin

Dr Tan Soo Yin obtained her doctoral degree in counselling and guidance from the Department of Counsellor Education & Counselling Psychology, University Putra Malaysia, with her PhD thesis focusing on clinical supervision. She has also received specific training in clinical supervision by Janine M. Bernard and Toni R. Tollerud on Advanced Clinical Supervision, Current Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision, Training and Evaluation and Assessment in Counselling Supervision in Springfield, IL.

Dr Tan is one of the advisors for Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) and a senior lecturer in the Psychological Studies Academic Group. She teaches counselling courses for Diploma in School Counselling and Master of Arts (Counselling & Guidance) Programs and is now the Assistant-Dean of Student Development & Counselling of National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is a Licensed Professional Counsellor in Malaysia and a volunteer counsellor for a few voluntary welfare organizations. She was also the President of Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors of Asia Pacific (APECA) for the term 2014 – 2016. In addition, Dr Tan is also a life member of Malaysia Counselling Association and the Educational Research Association of Singapore.

Auditors

Michael Tan
DCHyp, PDCHyp, PDCBHyp, MBDCH, MAPACS

Michael Tan is the auditor and a practitioner member of the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS) and is also a Vice President of the Ayurveda Association of Singapore (AAOS). He is a lecturer/tutor/clinical supervisor at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) Asia in Singapore and is responsible for the on-going training and support if clinical hypnotherapists. Michael is also a full member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Jimmy Chia
BA (BA), Bsc Psychology, Master ‘s in Education (Developmental Psychology)

Jimmy Chia is Warrant Officer in the SAF for more than 30 years and auditor of Association and Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS). He has helped many soldiers with adjustment issues. Jimmy Chia is a certified Prep/Enrich facilitator. He is a certified Professional Counselling Supervisor under the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (Singapore) (APACS).