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News. Issue No. 5. November 2007. Social Workers Day 2008. Hello again! What do you want for Christmas? If you could make 1 wish for each of the following… what would you wish for? Yourself Your loved ones Your clients Your Association

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Issue No. 5

November 2007

Social Workers Day 2008

  • Hello again!
  • What do you want for Christmas?
  • If you could make 1 wish for each of the following… what would you wish for?
  • Yourself
  • Your loved ones
  • Your clients
  • Your Association
  • Send in your wishes and who knows.. maybe we can network towards the North Pole!!
  • SASW Staff Team

The International Federation of Social Workers has

recently named 15th April 2008 as WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY.

The Ex-Co of Singapore Association of Social Workers decided to align

Singapore’s Social Workers Day with the IFSW.

Thus, SASW will be celebrating Singapore’s



15th APRIL 2008

OSWA winner Ms Chow Choy Yin

OSWA winner Ms Crystal Lim

  • Those of you who were there at the OSWA are sure to recognise these two lovely ladies pictured above, looking elegant and distinguished next to President Nathan.
  • More photos are available at this link .
  • Here are two questions to ask of you:
  • Would you agree to having the event held at an alternative venue other then the Istana?
  • Would you have come to the event if it was held after office hours?
  • Email your answers to:

Blk 324 Clementi Ave 5 #01-209 Singapore 120324 Tel: 67754776 Fax: 67780609 website:





Block these dates in your calendar and REGISTER NOW:

Courses in January 2008

Couple Therapy – Trainer: Warren Tan, Choice Makers Pte Ltd

Learn how to work more effectively with couples. Improve your service delivery by knowing how to attend to parents struggling with parenting differences, couples wanting to avoid ending their marriages.

17 and 18 Januray 2008 - SASW members pay only $320. VCF funding available. 10% discount for non NCSS affiliates.

Induction Course for Student Care Centre staff – Trainer : Leong Yiat Teng

This popular 1 day induction programme is a must for new staff at Student Care Centres. This includes supervisors and teachers. This 1 day course is an introduction to the intensive Certificate in School Services (Out of school programme) that is the flag ship of SASW/FRTC for many years.

Details will be out soon

Working with Clients on Sexual Issues – Trainer: Samuel Lee, Journey X

Are you often uneasy talking to your clients about sexual matters? Yet, so often, that is such an important aspect of client’s life. Be in aware of your own sensitivities and be informed of important sexual matters, so that you can be more at ease and work more effectively with your clients.

25 January 2008 - $240 for SASW members. 60% VCF funding available. 10% for non NCSS affiliates.

New dates & fee

Back by Popular request!



Helping Couples Prepare for Marriage - Beyond Prepare/Enrich Inventory: 19 & 20 Feb 2008

Treating Problem Behaviors : 26-28 Feb 2008

Fairy Tale Model of Trauma Treatment : 25 Feb 2008

Group Work Part 2: 22 – 23 April 2008

Family Therapy Training – Bowen’s Theory & Application: 24 – 26 April 2008

Gestalt Therapy Part 1 and Part 2 – May 2008


keeping you updated
Keeping you updated…

SASW collaborates with SIF for training in Vietnam.

Did you know a Singaporean social worker has been working in Vietnam for over 7 years?? He teaches social work in a University there. There are 6 other Universities looking for help in this area!!

If you are keen to sign up for short stints to help further the cause of social work profession and for your personal exposure, please write to Ng Kok Hoe at

Conference on the Rehabilitation of Youth Offenders – Expanding Horizons

On 20th and 21st of November, professionals working with youths gathered to learn about the theories, issues and interventions around youth offending and rehabilitation, presented at this conference that SASW co-organized.  We are privileged to have distinguished speakers across the region to share their knowledge and strategies in rehabilitating youths. 

Our own SASW member (Ee Cheng who enjoyed a free ticket to the Conference) had this to say “It is interesting and enlightening to hear from various speakers on their approaches and challenges in working with young offenders such as restorative justice, positive shaming and the insufficient preventive work done with the pre-schoolers and their families.  Thanks again :) I have learnt quite a lot during the conference.”

The conference was also a wonderful opportunity for our social workers to catch up and network.  SASW had an exhibition booth at the conference, did you visit us?

  • Supervision for Success
  • Dates: Time:
  • 1st Monday of every month starting January 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • (SASW members $20 per session /Others : $25)
    • 7th January – Getting started.
    • 4th February – Using Projective Techniques (OH Cards)
    • 3rd March – Work and personal boundaries
    • 7th April – Let’s talk about sexual matters
    • 5th May – Case management and Counseling

Personal Counseling for Social Workers

Question: Who will do the counseling?

Answer: A small group of senior social workers have offered their services.

They are all experienced and committed to helping fellow practitioners.

You can choose your counsellor so you can have your privacy still.

Question: is there a fee?

Answer: Yes. Your agency if it is NCSS affiliated can apply for funding with the NCSS for professional consultation.



Your Action Please…

  • Have you renewed your membership with us?
  • Have you paid your fees?
  • Have you updated your contact particulars?
  • Have you been procrastinating on submitting your CPE hours?

All work and no play makes dull social workers!!!

Take time out for fun on Saturday 12th January 2008

Sign up for a day trip to explore our neighbouring land in a way you would not have done on you r own. It’s a eat your way to Kluang and back trip you will diet for!!

Check out the link Day Trip to Kluang and Yong Pengfor more details.

To sign up, please email Bus leaves when we have the critical number.

  • Are you looking for a change?
  • The following agencies are looking for staff:
  • Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kuan Hospital
  • Reach Family Service Centre
  • Student’s Advisory Centre
  • Milchel Pte Ltd
  • IMH (Woodbridge Hospital)
  • Care Corner FSC
  • NCSS also has a website where VWOs who need staff can submit their information for jobs available.

We have a NEW STAFF!!!

Ms Koh Mui In joins us after some years away from work to start a family. She has become a friend of social workers since her days at NCSS, Mui In hopes to play the important role of helping you ease your way through the web of forms and more forms into the excited world of SASW membership!! (okay.. You may think it’s not so exciting… but we are die hard optimists here at SASW!! We know that when YOU join, the excitement begins!! Yeah!!

Mui In takes over the work from Siao Geng, whom many of you already know. Siao Geng will help with many other tasks until she leaves for her studies in Melbourne in January 2008. (Dare we say selfishly that we don’t want her to go??!!)