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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

As an extension from the previous workshop you will explore what is to be or become a therapist in the field of special needs educational therapy. It begins with the examination of what is to be inclusive and becoming inclusive – the differences and similarities between the two phrases. Then it will address the three levels of to be inclusive/becoming inclusive: (1) inclusivity at the policy and decision-making level; (2) inclusion at the organizational implementation level; and (3) inclusiveness at the level of personal belief and how it is being embraced in one’s professional perspective in working with diverse learners. In addition, this professional development workshop also covers the following key topics: (1) the six levels of intervention (i.e., pre-emptive, preventive, corrective, remedial, compensatory, complementary/alternative); (2) teaching styles and profiles (e.g., supreme expert, collaborative consultant, helping adviser, listening befriender); and (3) challenges working with parents of children with special needs.

You will learn the Triple-D Model of Teaching (diagnostics à dialogics à didactics) and the Case Management Cycle (case measurement which includes screening, assessment and evaluation; case development which involves collaborative consultation and confirmation of test results; and case intervention which includes planning and implementation) and Practitioner 3-Component Model, which includes three components: (1) the characteristics of anomalous human development in individuals with special needs, (2) six developmental phases of parenthood, and (3) the three phases of engagement with parents of children with special needs involving phileogogy, parakaleogogy and heutagogy.

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

Speaker:  IACT Approved Trainer

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

Course Outline

AM Session

  • Role of a special needs educational therapist
  • Triple-D model of teaching factors
    1. Diagnostics
    2. Dialogics
    3. Didactics
  • Case management system
    1. From screening to assessment
    2. From assessment to collaborative consultation
    3. From consultation to planning
    4. From planning to intervention
    5. From intervention to evaluation

PM Session

  • Practitioner three-component model
    1. Anomalous human development in children with disabilities
    2. Six developmental phases of parenthood
      1. Image-making
      2. Nurturing
      3. Parental authority
      4. Interpretation
      5. Interdependence
      6. Departure
    3. Three phases of engagement with parents of children with special needs
      1. First phase: Phileogogy
      2. Second phase: Parakaleogogy
      3. Third phase: Heutagogy
Course Objectives

Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to:

  1. Understand and know the role of a special needs educational therapist
  2. Explain the different teaching styles and profiles of being a therapist, e.g., supreme expert, collaborative consultant, helping adviser, listening befriender
  3. Understand and know how to use the Triple-D model of teaching in intervention program
  4. Apply the Triple-D model of teaching in the case management system to build a case file
  5. Know and understand the various challenges encountered when working with parents of children with special needs
  6. Aware of the key components in the practitioner three-component model when working with parents of children with special needs
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.