Shan You.
Shan You.

Shan You Professional Training

With a focus on building and developing capabilities for the social service and healthcare sectors, we organise training programs, for which practicing counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health workers have indicated as their professional needs.

We have taken the lead in providing training programmes in evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Instead of focusing on the elimination of difficult feelings, ACT guides people in looking at what life brings them in an undistorted manner and to take actions that are guided by their personal values.

HOW DOES ACT WORK?
  • It invites people to calmly acknowledge and allow unpleasant feelings without unhelpful resistance to them
  • It frees people from overreactions to unpleasant feelings or behaviours intended to avoid those feelings

    ACT’s therapeutic effect is a positive spiral, where feeling better leads to a greater grasp of actions that people hold as deeply meaningful and hence their clear and determined intentions for attaining them.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT is an approach for helping people reduce their emotional and physical sufferings and realise their potential with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) methods in conjunction with scientific mindfulness practices. It was originally developed to be a relapse prevention treatment for individuals with major depressive disorder. CBT-inspired methods are used in MBCT, including educating participants about depression and the role that cognitions play in it. MBCT adopts practices used in CBT and applies aspects of mindfulness to this approach.

Applying mindfulness with CBT practices

Participants are taught a mindfulness-based decentering technique where one focuses on becoming aware of all incoming thoughts and feelings and accepting them but not reacting to them.

How does the decentering technique help?

It assists individuals to disengage from self-criticism, rumination, and dysphoric moods that can arise when people reacting to negative thinking patterns. Shan You conducts professional training programmes for suitable candidates who are looking to become MBCT teachers recognised by the world-renowned Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), UK. Shan You has an agreement with Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) to conduct the Mindfulness Teachers’ Training programme in Singapore. We are the sole agency recognised by OMC to conduct the programme locally.

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Motivational Interviewing (MI)

MI is a versatile framework that is collaborative but also structured for the purpose of eliciting behaviour change by helping clients explore and resolve their ambivalence, that is, conflicted thoughts and feelings about change.

How does MI work?

Compared with non-directive psychotherapy, MI is more focused and goal-directed. The practitioner applies systematic skills in guiding clients to reduce or resolve their mixed intentions or emotions about whether or not to take certain actions which can be anything from considering consuming less sugar in order to manage one’s own diabetes to making self-actualizing decisions in one’s own life.

In conjunction with the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Shan You offers two different workshops and also coaching sessions which:

  • Provides progressively more sophisticated levels of skill mastery and coaching.
  • Prepares suitable candidates to become MINT trainers.
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Join Our Programmes

Our programmes are designed to help you develop the competencies and skills needed for a rewarding career and life.

What Some of Our Past Participants Say

Highly experiential with good balance of guiding and allowing. Highly knowledgeable instructors who could articulate the “whys” not only of the exercises per se but also in handling enquiries and debriefing teachbacks.

Ming Hui

Participant of MBCT Module 1&2 Teacher Training Programme 2018

The skill and flexibility of the facilitators and their embodiment of mindfulness with translated into a programme that was structured and spacious!

Stanley Ng

Participant of MBCT Module 1&2 Teacher Training Programme 2018

The teachers are very friendly, supportive and experienced and dedicated. They devoted to planning and making changes to suit our learning needs.

Participant of MBCT Module 1 & 2

Teacher Training Programme 2018

It was helpful that the trainers delved deeper into the experiences to help us unpack. The practice and silent day was a wonderful experience.

Participant of MBCT

5 Day Experiential Programme 2018

The most helpful aspect of the programme was the experiential component of the course and strategies on how we can apply it in our lives.

Participant of MBCT

5 Day Experiential Programme 2018

Wonderful programme – the 1st mindfulness programme I actually truly enjoy I have to say – Kristy is an amazing facilitator.

Participant of Trauma Informed Mindfulness Teaching

2020

It was highly effective, especially when practical activities were taking place.

Participant of Trauma Informed Mindfulness Teaching

2020

Grateful to be given a safe space that emphasizes on personal choice. All programmes should be trauma informed!

Participant of Trauma Informed Mindfulness Teaching

2020

Very insightful. Right about of interaction. Engaging session. Excellent instructor.

Participant of MI Foundational Skills Workshop

2018

It is very informative and helpful. The roleplays helped me to understand the techniques better and gave me opportunities to practice.

Participant of MI Foundational Skills Workshop

2018

I truly learnt a lot from the workshop and will practice using various strategies in my work.

Participant of MI Foundational Skills Workshop

2018

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