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By - Cynthia

Intrinsic motivation as a source of vitality?

“Vitality management is provided for organizations that have a vision”. A quote from Pauline van Dorssen coach of “Vital people in a vital organization”. This is a new successful training (NIP). Positive psychology and the use of vitality are central. The interest of both Occupational and Organizational Psychologists and Occupational Health Psychologists is high: all groups are full. In addition,

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Care Community Fun Fair : 5 August 2017

HMI Institute of Health Sciences in support of the FestivalForGood (organised by raiSE) invites you to join us for hands-on experiences on caregiving through training simulations and fun activities. Some takeaway knowledge include: Knowing how to create a safe home environment for your aged parents/grandparents Safe feeding skills for Caregivers Understanding Caregivers’ stress & preventing/relieving these stresses Understanding how your aged parents/grandparents feel Recognising

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The Relationship Between Media Multitasking and Executive Function in Early Adolescents

The increasing prevalence of media multitasking among adolescents is concerning because it may be negatively related to goal-directed behavior. This study investigated the relationship between media multitasking and executive function in 523 early adolescents (aged 11-15; 48% girls). The three central components of executive functions (i.e., working memory, shifting, and inhibition) were measured using self-reports and standardized performance-based tasks (Digit

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A Play in Psychodrama

As I mentioned in my first article, the phrase,”reverse roles” was very much what I heard at my first psychodrama workshop. As this was uttered by the group leader, two people on the stage switched places and began playing the opposite role.   “This is it! “, I thought as I began to think of how I could use it in

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What is Psychodrama?

This is a series of article about the Action Method of Psychodrama by Sharmini Winslow. “Reverse roles!”, the group leader shouted, and two people switched roles on stage and began enacting the opposite part. I was in the middle of my first Psychodrama workshop and all seemed chaotic and yet pleasantly therapeutic. What was going on? My desire to explore

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Practical Stress Management Strategies For Legal Professionals

Amongst lawyers, one of the leading causes given for mid-career abandonment is burnout. Promises Healthcare partnered with the Law Society of Singapore for a two hour professional development seminar aimed at addressing this issue by providing legal professionals with practical stress management strategies. The President of the Law Society, Mr. Gregory Vijayendran, delivered the opening address to an eager crowd

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Myth Busting Mental Health – Self-Harm

Although society has made some headway in reducing the stigma and misinformation about general mental health issues, the public’s understanding of self-harm remains decades behind. Let’s debunk some common myths about adolescent self-harm. Myth: ‘Self-harm means cutting right? Only emos and goths do that.’ Self-harm refers to a range of behaviours that are purposely inflicted to cause damage to the

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‘What is Forensic Psychology?’

Forensic psychology is as interesting as it sounds. People often imagine forensic psychologists running around in bullet proof vests catching criminals and solving crimes (think ‘Elizabeth Keen’ – forensic psychologist/FBI agent from hit television show Blacklist). Although real world forensic psychologists are more likely to be sitting behind a desk, there is still excitement, adventure, and risk in our daily

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Myth Busting Mental Health – Youth Suicide

Let’s take a look at some common mental health myths about youth suicide and set the record straight. Attempted suicides are just a cry for attention. A suicide attempt should never be dismissed as ‘just a cry for attention’. A young person is highlighting that their level of internal distress is unmanageable and unbearable. They need help, not judgement. A

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Hong Kong Murder Trial – Understanding ‘Diminished Responsibility’

As harrowing details of the British banker murder trial emerge, the media have shone a spotlight on his mental health and use of the ‘diminished responsibility’ defence. Here is a short introduction to the concept of ‘diminished responsibility’ and the role that forensic mental health experts may play in this trial written by Leeran Gold, Psychologist in our Forensic Service. To

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