[Structured Programme] Family Therapeutic Justice Certification Programme
 

[Structured Programme] Family Therapeutic Justice Certification Programme

21 October - 27 November 2021

Overview

This professional development certification programme is a collaboration between the Singapore Academy of Law, the Family Justice Courts and the Law Society of Singapore. It is the result of the efforts of Judges from the Family Justice Courts, members of the Family Bar, Mediators, Counsellors and Social Scientists, from Singapore and internationally, working together in the spirit of Therapeutic Justice, as part of the movement to reshape the Family Justice arena.

This programme was conceived to give members of the family bar an appreciation of the spirit and an ethos of Therapeutic Justice and in-depth view of what it means, practically, to be an advocate of Therapeutic Justice.

The complete programme comprises a series of compulsory modules and two elective modules on mediation and valuation. It is recommended that practitioners attend the programme in its entirety (i.e. both compulsory and elective modules).

Course commencement:
E-Learning: 13 October 2021
In-person: 21 October 2021 (or virtual, subject to Covid-19 situation)

Registration for the programme has closed. A second run of the course is scheduled for February 2022.

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Programme Outline

Module   Synopsis   Guest speakers and facilitators

Family Therapeutic Justice Essentials

Module 1: Therapeutic Justice and the Family Lawyer as a ‘Therapeutic Agent’

 

This module seeks to give family lawyers perspectives on the impact of divorce on the family, especially the children, and the importance of focusing on the family beyond the divorce proceedings. The module will look closely at Therapeutic Justice in practice and explore what a multi-disciplinary, solutions-focused approach to family justice means. The module will also examine the inter-personal dynamics in family justice through a “lens of care”.

E-learning: 6hrs
In-person: 3hrs50mins

 

Professor David B. Wexler
Professor Barbara A. Babb
Professor Vicki Lens
Mr Charlie Asher
District Judge Suzanne Chin
District Judge Yarni Loi

Module 2: The Social Science Perspectives on the Family and Child

 

In this module, family lawyers will better understand divorce from a psychosocial perspective and the immediate and long-term impact of divorce on the family, financially, emotionally, psychologically and interpersonally. The module looks at how family lawyers can manage and support their clients and their children through the challenges at each stage of the legal process, with a view to giving clients the best start to their lives beyond the divorce proceedings. This module will also cover Family Violence, Mental Health, Impact of Divorce on Children, Co-Parenting and Child Abduction.

E-learning: 12hrs
In-person: 5hrs

 

Dr Robin M. Deutsch, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr Daniel Fung
Assoc Prof Lourdes Mary Daniel
Ms Sylvia Tan
Mr Benny Bong
Mr Rajan Chettiar

Module 3: Interpersonal Skills - The Lawyer as ‘Diagnostician’

 

This module recognises the unique role of family lawyers in the interpersonal space and examines how they can be sensitive to clients’ mental and emotional needs and challenges and best support them. Family lawyers will be armed with the skills and knowledge to recognise anxiety, depression, grief and trauma and appreciate when referrals may be helpful or necessary. Topics covered in this module include Empathy, Interpersonal Communication, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Practices.

E-learning: 6hrs
In-person: 5hrs

 

Mr Bill Eddy
Professor Vicki Lens
Ms Sophia Ang
Ms Jennifer Teoh

Module 4: The Problem-Solving Lawyer - Mediation and Courtroom Advocacy through the TJ Lens

 

In this module, family lawyers will be able to adopt collaborative, creative, problem-solving approaches when interacting with clients, opposing counsel and the courts. This module will cover Mediation Advocacy and Courtroom Advocacy in Therapeutic Justice. Family lawyers will appreciate the importance of peer learning and support, and be encouraged to actively engage in community dialogue as co-creators in the evolving landscape of Therapeutic Justice.

E-learning: 9hrs
In-person: 9hrs

 

Ms Tania Sourdin
Mr Bill Eddy
Mr Yap Teong Liang
Mr Raymond Yeo
Ms Wong Kai Yun
Mr Loong Seng Onn
Mr See Chern Yang

Module 5: Personal Wellness - Care for Others begins with Care for Self

 

This module looks at the unique mental and emotional demands and challenges that come with the job and the importance of building emotional intelligence, emotional capital and emotional courage. In the Therapeutic Justice model of lawyering, awareness of the lawyer’s own emotional state is as important as awareness of the client’s emotional state.
 
In the in-person session, insights from neuroscience and research on human consciousness and social sciences for understanding our human condition will be introduced, and a fundamental attribute of all life – energy - the focus to exploring a framework for greater self-awareness and self-regulation.  Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the different human energies and emotions they bring to their role as family lawyers, and how they can better understand and manage their responses given the different influences, situations and stressors in family practice.

E-learning:2hrs
In-person: 2hrs

 

Ms Susan de Silva
 

Optional Modules

Elective Module A : Mediation Essentials for Family Lawyers

 

The course is an intensive face-to-face training programme to learn the foundations of interest-based family mediation which focuses on the disputing parties’ interests and encourages a broader range of solutions.

Participants who successfully complete this Module will be exempted from taking SMC’s Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals (Module 1) and may proceed to apply for Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals (Module 2).

In-person: 10hrs

In collaboration with: 

SMC

 

Mr Loong Seng Onn
Mr See Chern Yang

Elective Module B : Valuation Essentials for Family Lawyers

 

This course seeks to arm family lawyers with skills to value matrimonial assets such as trusts, funds, stocks, offshore accounts, insurance policies, CPF investments, overseas investments and businesses and corporations. The course will also examine the common challenges in valuation of matrimonial assets and how to resolve them. Case studies and practical application will form part of this course

In-person/ e-learning: 7hrs

In collaboration with:

IVAS

 

 

Mr Chay Yiowmin
Mr Mun Siong Yoong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In-person Programme (subject to Covid-19 situation)

Date

Timing

Topic

21 Oct (Thu)

8pm - 9.30pm

Module 1: Therapeutic Justice and the Family Lawyer as a ‘Therapeutic Agent’
(Virtual Face-to-Face)

23 Oct (Sat)

9am - 3pm

Module 2: The Social Science Perspectives on the Family and Child

30 Oct (Sat)

9am - 3pm

Module 3: Interpersonal Skills - The Lawyer as ‘Diagnostician’

5 Nov (Fri)

9am - 5.15pm

Mediation Essentials for Family Lawyers *Elective module*

13 Nov (Sat)

9am - 12pm

1pm - 5.30pm

Mediation Essentials for Family Lawyers *Elective module*

Module 4: Lawyer as TJ problem-solving lawyer – Conflict management and Communications with the other lawyer, Mediation Advocacy and Courtroom Advocacy skills

20 Nov (Sat)

9am - 5.35pm

Module 4: Lawyer as TJ problem-solving lawyer – Conflict management and Communications with the other lawyer, Mediation Advocacy and Courtroom Advocacy skills

Module 1: Therapeutic Justice and the Family Lawyer as a ‘Therapeutic Agent’

24 Nov (Wed)

8pm - 10pm

Module 5: Personal Wellness - Care for Others begins with Care for Self

27 Nov (Sat)

9am - 5pm

Valuation Essentials for Family Lawyers *Elective module*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*please note that all in-person sessions may be converted to online, subject to Covid-19 situation.

 

Registration

Family Therapeutic Justice Essentials

 SGD 2,675.00 (Inclusive of GST)

Family Therapeutic Justice Essentials +
Elective Module A : Mediation Essentials for Family Lawyers

 SGD 3,605.90 (Inclusive of GST)

Family Therapeutic Justice Essentials +
Elective Module B : Valuation Essentials for Family Lawyers

SGD 3,210.00 (Inclusive of GST)

Family Therapeutic Justice Essentials + Elective Modules A & B *

*SkillsFuture Study Award Grant is available. 
If you wish to apply for Skillsfuture Study Award, please email the SAL Learning Concierge who will assist with your registration: [email protected]

SGD 4,140.90 (Inclusive of GST)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other grants/ subsidy

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (https://www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory. If you wish to apply for Skillsfuture Credit funding, please email the SAL Learning Concierge who will assist with your registration: [email protected].


LIFTED Keys

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SILE Attendance Policy

Family Therapeutic Justice Essentials
• Number of Public CPD points: 24.5
• Practice Area: Family Law | Training Level: General

Mediation Essentials for Family Lawyers
• Number of Public CPD points: 10.0
• Practice Area: Family Law | Training Level: General

Valuation Essentials for Family Lawyers
• Number of Public CPD points: 7.0 (TBC)
• Practice Area: Family Law | Training Level: General

 

 
 

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For participants attending the face-to-face activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of each day of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from each day of the activity for more than 15 minutes. For those participating via the webinar, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar on each day of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from any part of the webinar for more than 15 minutes on each day of the activity. Participants may obtain Public CPD Points for each day of the event on which they comply strictly with the Attendance Policy. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy on any particular day of the activity will not be able to obtain CPD Points for that day of the activity. Please refer to www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.
 

 


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