Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Mark (Yiu Meng) left for the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) after serving national service in Singapore. He graduated in 1985 with the BA (Honours) in Psychology. In his 4th year, he completed his Honours Thesis under Donald Meichenbaum, PhD. After three years working as a psychologist at the Ministry of Defence in Singapore, he returned to graduate school in the United States. He completed his MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) in 1994, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology in 1995. Fuller’s Ph.D. program in clinical psychology is a 6-year program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) where he was mentored by Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D., and was teaching assistant for three years under Archibald Hart, Ph.D.
Mark completed his dissertation entitled, The Effectiveness of Church-based Lay Counsellors: An Outcome Study. This landmark controlled study showed that church-based lay-counsellors can be effective in providing counselling with positive benefits under certain conditions. It has major implications for the church. As of 2010, it remains the only outcome study evaluating the effectiveness of church-based lay counsellors reported in an academic peer-reviewed journal. This study and its status has been written up in the book The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity in the chapter entitled Lay Counselling (co-authored with Siang-Yang Tan, pp. 236-240), R. Banks & R. P. Stevens (Eds.), Intervarsity Press (1997). Siang-Yang is considered the leading authority on this subject in the world.
His clinical experience in assessment and treatment is extensive and obtained through in-patient psychiatric hospitals, out-patient mental health clinics, a day-treatment centre for the chronically mentally ill, and specialized clinics (children and families) within general and county hospitals. He completed his internship at Saint John’s Child and Family Development Centre (APA-accredited) in Santa Monica, California. This centre provides broad out-patient mental health services and outreach resources for troubled children and their families. At these various facilities, he was trained to treat children, families as well as adults. He has been licensed by the British Columbia (Canada) College of Psychologists to practice from 1996 to 2011 until his return to Singapore in 2012. He has also been a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1995.
He has been in full-time private practice in Canada treating children, families, and adults since 1996. Since his return, he has continued in private practice. He was teaching at the Master’s in Counselling Program at the School of Counselling, Singapore Bible College. The course he has taught include Child and Adolescent Therapy and Adult Psychopathology: Personality Disorders (AXIS II of the DSM-IV).
He is also a Consultant at the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) in Singapore.