Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017
Venue: Lifelong Learning Institute
Time: 10am to 1.15pm (Registration starts at 930am)
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Topic 1: Finding Ways to Spend Time Together as a Couple ― Prof Bill Doherty
In today’s busy world, married couples often don’t get enough quality time to spend together. Professor Bill Doherty will discuss the elements of good marital connection ― you will discover simple ways to make your time together count, so that you’ll stay connected as a couple.
Topic 2: Two Simple Tools for Communication That Can Make a Big Difference ― Prof Bill Doherty
A successful marriage is often about simple things ― Prof Doherty will demo two tools that research has shown can help couples feel closer and solve conflicts better. One is to offer small gestures of affection, the other is to raise concerns in a mild way, so that the other person listens. Wise up to these tools and learn how to apply them in your daily life.
Topic 3: What Causes Marriages to Fail ― Mr Neo Eng Chuan
All couples want their marriage to work but Singapore is seeing an increasing number of divorces. The breakdown of a marital relationship is often the combination of several factors. Find out what these factors are and, more importantly, the “process” that brings about the failure. You’ll not only learn to be more aware of them, you’ll discover the actions you can take to prevent a breakdown.
Eng Chuan is the founder and principal psychologist at CaperSpring, an organisation that provides psychological and counselling services and work. He works with adults and couples helping them cope with emotional concerns and relationship difficulties. He specializes in the working of emotions and receives continuous training in Emotion Focus Therapy – a modality pioneered by Prof. Leslie Greenberg of York University at Toronto, Canada.
He started his career in the Singapore Navy, commanded warships and held various military HR appointments. Eng Chuan also served as a Defense Psychologist. In 2005, he was deployed to the Northern Arabia Gulf to provide psychological support to the SAF Task Group. His last appointment at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) was head of the Counselling Branch at the SAF Counselling Centre.
Eng Chuan studied Psychology at the Australian National University under a MINDEF award. He pursued graduate level education at the National Institute of Education, Singapore.
William Doherty, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Family Social Science where directs the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project and the Citizen Professional Center. He is Past-President of the National Council on Family Relations, the oldest interdisciplinary family studies organization in North America.
He has authored 11 professional books on family studies and family therapy, many scholarly publications in variety of journals and books, and five books for the lay public on the topics of family rituals, confident parenting, marriage, overscheduled kids, and the family dynamics of wedding planning.
His current interests focus on community engagement to strengthen families and couple relationships, and the prevention of unnecessary divorce. In 2013 he cofounded The Doherty Relationship Institute with his daughter Elizabeth Doherty Thomas.
He recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Association.
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