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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: A Professional Development Series in SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATIONAL THERAPY (SNEdT)
DAY 1 : Understanding & Working through the Multiple Mind of a Student with Special Needs

In collaboration : IACT Logo

The term psycho- means the mind and -logy means the study of. Psychology, therefore, is studying the mind. The term -gogy means to lead, and psychogogy is leading the mind regardless of its state. In training to become a good special needs/educational therapist, it is essential for participants to know and understand about the mind (conscious, subconscious and unconscious) of an individual, more so, especially if the individual is neuroatypical. In this workshop, participants will learn about the nine mental states of mind within the framework of Cognition, Conation and Affect – all linked by Sensation (known as the CCAS Model). Each of the nine mental states of mind has its own phases of development similar to the human lifespan development. This provides the foundation for participants training to become a therapist to understand the individuals with special needs whom they are going to work with. You will learn to plot the Multiple Mind Map which helps them to see and understand why individuals with special needs behave and learn in so-called 'funny' ways. z learning-teaching approaches and what each approach has to offer in special needs/educational therapy before you decide which approach is more appropriate for different individuals with special needs.

Dates:To be confirmed
Time:9am to 5pm
Venue:To be confirmed

Speaker: IACT Approved Trainer

Who Can Benefit?

For special school teachers, allied educators and those who aspire to work in special education and/or educational therapy.

Course Outline

AM Session

The hierarchies of needs, abilities and skills

  1. The multiple mind: cognition, conation, affect and sensation
  2. The sensiful mind: sensibility, sensitivity, sense-ability and sensuality
  3. The sense of coherence of the mind: meaningfulness, comprehensibility and manageability
  4. The levels of awareness of mind: conscious, subconscious and unconscious
  5. The nine mental states of mind: core state = physiological; cornerstone states = historical, imaginative, sexual, and spiritual; and secondary states = virtual, socio-emotional, moral, and philosophical

PM Session

  1. The lifespan development theories behind the nine mental states of mind
  2. Mapping the nine mental stateS of mind
  3. Working with individuals with special needs
    1. From psychology to psychogogy
    2. Antegogy and autogogy (Before formal learning)
    3. Pedagogy, andragogy and gerontogogy
    4. Heilpadagogy (Leading by assisted teaching)
    5. Technogogy and psychogogy (technopsychogogy)
    6. Parakalogogy (Counselling) and heutagogy (Leading by educated choice)
    7. Hanatogogy (Leading by inspiration)
Course Objectives

Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to:

  1. Understand the complexity of the mind through application of CCAS Model
  2. Explain the sense of coherence of the mind
  3. Aware of the nine mental states of mind and the interactions among them
  4. Recognize the hierarchies of needs, abilities and skills
  5. Use the Multiple Mind Map in profiling an individual’s mental states of mind
  6. Administer the Sense of Coherence (Quality of Life) Questionnaire
  7. Select appropriate learning-teaching approaches for intervention
Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
Normal Till Full 330



Disclaimer : Bridging Talents will not be responsible for the registrant's attainment of credentialisation/membership under all circumstances to IACT and does not provide a warranty for any IACT imposed criteria nor approval. For full details, please refer to www.iact.org


The International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) is a premier association for holistic practitioners and it provides a forum where members may exchange ideas, information, techniques and methodologies. Establishing itself apart from the rest as a multidiscipline association, IACT membership includes medical practitioners, psychologists, clinical social workers, hypnotherapists, nutritionists, dieticians, special needs educational therapists, mental health workers, counsellors, allied educators and others in the helping, healing arts. The vision of IACT is to light the path of unity by providing a place where practitioners can come together under one umbrella to explore, indulge and renew their passion for diverse holistic physical and mental health care discipline.

IACT-approved specialty programme: SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATIONAL THERAPY

This IACT-approved professional development (PD) program aims to equip special educators (i.e., special school teachers and allied educators) to become better professionals in their work with individuals with special needs. It also prepares those who are interested in becoming qualified special needs educational therapists in their professional career development. It consists of five intensive modules and each module consists of independent professional development workshops. There are five main themes in the series of 20 professional development workshops namely

  1. Learning & Teaching in Special Needs (4 independent PD workshops)
  2. Lifespan Development and Anomalies (4 independent PD workshops)
  3. Learning Difficulties, Disabilities and Disorders (4 independent PD workshops)
  4. Psycho-educational Diagnostic Evaluation and Profiling (4 independent PD workshops)
  5. Intervention in Special Needs (4 independent PD workshops)
IACT Professional Credentialization/Membership Eligibility

Admission requirements for the IACT-approved PD program, the participant must possess the following:

  1. At least 5 GCE O-Level passes with a pass in English Language and also a pass in Mathematics; AND
  2. One of the following:
    1. A recognized full-time 3-year/part-time 5-year polytechnic diploma including those from LaSalle College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts or
    2. A Diploma in Early Childhood Education from an ECDA-accredited training centre or
    3. A Diploma in Special Education awarded by the National Institute of Education or
    4. A recognized bachelor’s degree in the relevant field (i.e., special education, general education, counseling)

In addition, to be eligible for the IACT professional credentialization/membership in becoming a special needs educational therapist, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Completion of the PD workshops in the 5 IACT-approved theme-based topics (each consists four workshops) in the SNEdT program
  • Fulfilled 180 supervised practicum hours
  • Submission and passing written assignments
  • Presentation at the Case Study Symposium
  • Duration of maximum 2 years to complete/acquire all of the above
Supervised Clinical Practicum Criteria

Clinical practicum can be done at one of the following approved places: special school, learning clinic, EIPIC centre – not limited to just these three centres. A total number of 180 hours have to be clocked in and be authenticated by the centre supervisor. Participants who are already working in such workplaces are exempted from the supervised clinical practicum provided they can produce documentary evidence (e.g., letter of appointment) to support their claims.

Written Assignment/Case Study Symposium

Each theme-based series consists of four interrelated PD workshops. At the end of the fourth workshop for each theme, participants, who are keen to pursue the IACT-approved SNEdT credentialization/membership, will have to complete a written assignment, whose focus is on theory-practice nexus, on a given case study. This case study will be built on and developed further along the way through the five themes of 20 PD workshops. By the end of the last theme-based PD workshop, participants should have built up their given case study thoroughly to be presented at the Case Study Symposium, where they have a chance to listen to others who will also be presenting their cases. For this, there will be a separate cost.

Upon completion of each of these PD workshops, you will be provided with a Certificate of Completion acknowledging 28 hours of training. Please refer to IACT website for full details. www.iact.org.