Para-Counselling: Supporting Young People with Emotional Needs

Fee : $110.00

The workshop has been approved for Caregivers Training Grant until 31 March 2022. Click here to download the form.




Gerald Boh Boon Tiong




Parents and caregivers of children with SPLD or children exhibiting emotional difficulties between the ages of 7 to 18 (P1 to Sec 4); practitioners working with children with SpLD or those exhibiting emotional difficulties.




All children display emotional difficulties to varying degrees. However, children with SpLD or those who present with a range of other neurological conditions such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may have more difficulties managing their emotions. Emotions come with related thought and behavioural patterns and having a better understanding of this will allow parents, caregivers and practitioners supporting SpLD learners to identify emotional difficulties and detect symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal intention. This workshop, therefore, aims to provide participants with a better understanding of the emotional issues young people with SpLD could face and how to support them with practical para-counselling strategies. Participants will also learn supportive communication strategies and strategies in observation and para-counselling skills which would be helpful in supporting young people with emotional difficulties.





1. Observation skills: Verbal vs non-verbal; para-linguistic cues

2. Recognising emotions and their relationships with cognition and behaviour

3. Symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal intentions

4. Self-care strategies

5. Para-counselling strategies

6. Stress management techniques




At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Observe and assess emotions through non-verbal and verbal cues
  • Understand emotions and their related thought and behavioural patterns
  • Identify the symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidal intention in young people with SpLD/emotional difficulties
  • Apply strategies to enhance self-care of young people with SpLD/emotional difficulties
  • Utilise helpful communication techniques, para-counselling/active listening strategies and stress management techniques to support young people in distress




DAS Academy will be delivering the workshop with dual-mode of learning; face-to-face or online via live-stream on Zoom. Please indicate your preferred mode of learning in the registration form. Please note that you will not be allowed to change your preference once the registration is completed.


*Course will be postponed if the minimum number of participants is not met

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