Association for Creative Arts Therapy, Penang

2011 Annual Report for AGM 2012

 

We, the team from Association for Creative Arts Therapy would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our appreciation of the contributions of PEC, BOLD, Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society and various generous donors in funding our programmes.  

The Fund we received was used to conduct 9 regular intervention programmes which have been ongoing since 2004.   

I.        Creative Arts Therapy

In 2011, a total of 40 children and 2 young people benefited from this programme which focus on children and young people aged 3 – 18 with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties (including Children and Young People of Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) arising from various reasons such as bereavement, family breakdown, trauma from disasters, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, chronic illness, bullying, peer pressure, etc.  These are children and young people who may be in need of help when their schooling and academic performance is compromised due to having a diagnosed learning difficulty, mental health conditions and being challenged by situational and developmental transitions; giving rise to social, emotional and behavioural disruptions at home, school and community.

 

The objectives of the Creative Arts Therapy Programme are to increase the self esteem of children and young people with challenging mood and behaviour, strengthen their resilience and enhance their abilities to cope with crises in life.

 

A team of 5 committed and skilled therapists practitioners work on a weekly basis with each client, offering role-play, small world play, sandplay, paints, drawing, play dough, music, movement, and puppets etc in a specially equipped Creative Arts Therapy Room until the client reached a point of stability. 

We emphasize parental involvement and our therapists practitioners conducted regular review with parents to review on the progress. Parents who need counselling are referred to our Creative Parenting Programme. 

 

In addition, multi-disciplinary meeting with the referral parties such as Doctors, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, School Counselors are conducted to enhance collaborative work.

 

The Creative Arts  Therapy sessions are conducted at 3 different locations, 48 Jalan Tembaga, Island Glades; CO3-GF, Caring Society Complex, and 1, Lorong Sutera Prima 4, Seberang Jaya serving families in need from Penang island and Seberang Prai.

 

II.       Creative Parenting

In 2011, a total of 97 parents and primary care givers benefited from this programme. The regular counselling and/or consultation sessions support parents and primary care givers in coping with their children’s issues, thus releasing their stress and enable them to grow together with their children. The insights gained from these sessions enable parents and primary care givers to acquire positive and creative parenting skills to meet the developmental, emotional, social and educational needs of their children and young people.

 

The Creative Parenting sessions are conducted at 3 different locations, 48 Jalan Tembaga, Island Glades; CO3-GF, Caring Society Complex, and 1, Lorong Sutera Prima 4, Seberang Jaya.

ñ  At 48 Jalan Tembaga, Island Glades, a team of 3 therapists practitioners conducted Creative Parenting sessions with 34 parents.

ñ  At CO3-GF, Caring Society Complex, a therapist practitioner conducted Creative Parenting sessions with 11 parents.

ñ  At 1, Lorong Sutera Prima 4, Seberang Jaya, 2 therapists practitioners conducted Creative Parenting sessions with 52 parents.

 

III. Consultation Programme for School Teachers and Principals at Schools

In 2011, a total of 16 teachers benefited from this programme. The programme promotes inclusion by enabling teachers to modify their teaching strategies to meet the developmental, emotional, social and educational needs of their students of Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delay, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. 

 

At the request of the principal and staff of the schools, 2 therapists practitioners visited  schools to conduct case conferences with teachers to discuss effective and creative teaching strategies and classroom management skills to support inclusion for students with challenging behaviour.

 

 

IV.          Therapeutic Creative Arts Programme at Penang General Hospital

In 2011, a total of 105 children and young people benefited from this programme. A team of 4 therapists practitioners, working in rotation, conduct Therapeutic Creative Arts Sessions on a weekly basis with chronically ill children and young people in a specially equipped Creative Arts Therapy Rooms at the Pediatric Nephrology and Oncology Ward of Penang General Hospital. Therapeutic Creative Arts Sessions are also conducted at bedside with chronically ill children and young people who are bed-bound. The programme enables chronically ill children and young people to relax, have fun and release their sadness, anger and frustration of having to cope with their chronic illness.

 

In addition, multi-disciplinary meeting with the referral parties are conducted to enhance collaborative work. On 7/4/11, a multi-disciplinary meeting with Oncologist, Nephrologist, Doctors and Staff Nurses was conducted at the creative arts therapy room at the Pediatric Nephrology and Oncology Ward of Penang General Hospital to discuss the progress of the clients referred by Doctors.

 

 

V.     Consultation Programme for Staff at Children Homes

In 2011, a total of 9 staff from 3 Children Homes benefited from this programme. The programme enables staff to cope with the challenging mood and behaviour presented by children and young people at the Home by meeting the developmental, emotional, social and educational needs of children and young people living in the Home. At the request of the staff from Children Homes, Ms Elaine Wong, Ms Leong Min See and Ms Melinda Leong visited the Homes to conduct case conferences with staff to discuss effective and creative strategies to support children and young people living in the Home to cope with the feelings of being abandoned and neglected by their parents.

 

Following a critical incident that affected the children from St. Joseph Children Home, Ms Elaine Wong conducted Critical Incident Stress Debriefing sessions with 4 caregivers on 18/1/11. The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing sessions enables caregivers experiencing critical incidents to express their traumatic feelings, and prevent them from developing post traumatic stress disorder.

 

VI.          Creative Therapeutic Group Work

In 2011, a total of 46 children benefited from this programme. The programme promotes inclusion by supporting children and young people of Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Developmental Delay and Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties to facilitate their development of self confidence, social skills and communication skills through collaborative creative/expressive mediums in group work.

 

·         From 12/2/11 to 9/4/11, Ms Leong Min See, Andrew Ha and Vivien Lee conducted a social group programme with 8 children of diverse abilities and needs (including children of Autism and ADHD) aged 8-10 for 10 sessions at 1, Lorong Sutera Prima 4, Seberang Jaya

The Creative Therapeutic Group Work Programme for children has been extended to St. Joseph Children Home and Father Julian Agape Centre.

 

·         Following a critical incident that affected the children from St. Joseph Children Home, Ms Elaine Wong conducted Critical Incident Stress Debriefing sessions with 30 children on 12/1/11 and 13/1/11 upon the request of the staff. The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing sessions enable children experiencing critical incidents to express their traumatic feelings, make sense of the critical incidents and prevent them from developing post traumatic stress disorder.

·         From 10/3/11 to 12/5/11, Ms Elaine Wong conducted 8 sessions of Creative Therapeutic Group work for 4 children from Father Julian Agape Centre.

·         From 16/5/11 to 22/6/11, Ms Elaine Wong conducted 6 sessions of Creative Therapeutic Group work for 4 children from St. Joseph Children Home.

 

VII.        Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Programmes in

Creative Arts Therapy

The programme aims to train and upgrade the skills and knowledge of Creative Arts Therapy for teachers and counselors, parents, occupational therapists, mental health practitioners, adults working with children and young people in the homes, hospitals and NGOs through a series of talks and workshops.

 

·         Together with the Psychiatrists team from Penang General Hospital, Ms Leong Min See conducted a training on 'Bereavement Counseling' on 29/3/11 to 80 Hospital staff includes doctors, nurses, matrons, from Hospital Seberang Jaya, Hospital Kulim, Penang General Hospital, Hospital Kepala Batas. The training was organised by Hospital Seberang Jaya, Unit Obstetric and Ginekology.

·         On 16/4/11, Ms Leong Min See conducted a 1 Day Workshop on Creative Parenting Skills to 35 single mothers. The workshop was organised by Pusat Perkhidmatan Wanita, Seberang Prai.

·         On 9/10/11, Ms Leong Min See conducted a 3-hour training to BOLD volunteers on Understanding Children Emotions and Challenging Behaviour in order to explore effective teaching strategies to 25 volunteers.

·         On 23/10/11, Ms Leong Min See conducted a 2-hour talk to 20 parents on Enhancing Parents and Young People Relationship. The talk was organised by Penang Youth.

·         On 29/11/11 and 30/11/11, Ms Leong Min See conducted a 2 Day Workshop on Engaging Children and Young People through Creative Arts for 31 participants, including teachers and counselors, parents, occupational therapists, mental health practitioners, adults working with children and young people in the homes, hospitals and NGOs.                                          

CCAT also provide training and placement for undergraduate and post-graduate interns of psychology and counseling course from local and international universities.

 

·         From 21/1/11 to 12/4/11, CCAT provided training and placement for one undergraduate intern of psychology and counseling course from University Tunku Abdul Rahman.

·         From 30/5/11 to 25/8/11, CCAT provided training and placement for two undergraduate interns of psychology and counseling course from University Tunku Abdul Rahman.

·         From 11/11/11 to 29/2/12, CCAT provides training and placement for one post-graduate intern of Master in Counselling course from Monash University, Australia.

 

In addition, CCAT as the co-organiser with Disted College run Creative Arts Therapy training Modular Programmes for a range of health, social and community personnel as well as interested members of the public in promoting Creative Arts Therapy and enhancing the human resource skills in service of those who can benefit from such interventions.

 

VIII.       Outreach and Awareness Raising Community Programme

The programme creates public awareness in children and young people mental health issues and the knowledge and skills of Creative Arts Therapy in promoting better mental health among children, young people and society at large.

 

a.       Active Participation in Kempen Rakyat Pulau Pinang: Stop Sexual Crimes against Children.

CCAT has endorsed this public awareness campaign launched on 9/10/10 and actively participated in the ongoing activities. CCAT therapists practitioners and volunteers participated in the Kempen Rakyat Roadshow on 26/2/11 and 27/2/11, Kempen Rakyat Walk at Queens Bay Seafront on 19/3/11 and Kempen Rakyat Roadshow on 31/7/11.

 

 

b.       Development of Psycho-Socio Educational Modules for children and young people to support them to cope with stresses in life.

·         Ms Leong Min See attended 3 meetings on 24/5/11, 23/6/11 and 10/7/11 with USM lecturers, school counselors, and counselors from other NGOs to develop the Psycho-Socio Educational Modules.

·         Ms Leong Min See, together with 2 UTAR interns, and USM MA students in Counseling, conducted a pilot programme on 3 Psycho-Socio Educational Modules, focusing on ‘Feelings’, ‘Being Happy and Safe in School’ and ‘Social Skills’. 19 students aged 10 from Sri Pelita Private School participated in the pilot programme on 3/8/11.

 

c.       Active Participation in Pisa International Book Fair Exhibition

 

·         CCAT participated in Pisa International Book Fair Exhibition from 12/8/11 to 21/8/11. CCAT’s team set up an exhibition and created a Creative Arts Experiential Space for children to enjoy creative arts activities such making arts and craft work through dough and flour, paint etc.

·         Ms Leong Min See also conducted a Parenting Talk on ‘Developing Children Emotional Intelligence (EQ)’ on 21/8/11 during Pisa International Book Fair. 

 

d.       Active Participation in World Mental Health Day 2011

In collaboration with various NGOs in Penang, CCAT participated in World Mental Health Day 2011 on 19/10/11 to increase awareness of mental health issues and de-stigmatise mental illness. For this event, CCAT’s team set up an exhibition to promote CCAT programmes.

 

e.       Active Participation in the preparation of Malaysia's first Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

In collaboration with various NGOs in Malaysia such as Malaysian Child Resource Institute (MCRI), Human Child Aid Society, Voice of the Children, PS the Children, Yayasan Chowkit, and Malaysian Care, Mr Alex Chew participated in the preparation of Malaysia's first Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 30/11/11.  The Alternative Report will provide information (from the NGOs perspective) to the UN Committee on Malaysia's implementation of its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.      

 

IX.             Training and Upgrading of Human Resource 

In our efforts to achieve and maintain a high professional standard in providing       quality services to members of the community, we actively engage in continuous personal and professional education seeking to develop and maintain the latest skills and knowledge of Creative Arts Therapy. We also have regular in-house training activities to constantly update our practitioner skills and knowledge.

 

Our Practitioners have continually been investing their time and money in acquiring the specialised Creative Arts Therapy skills to a very high standards engaging currently in the Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy to the Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy.

 

a.   In Service on going Supervision 

We constantly upgrade ourselves by participating in regular supervision with Alex Chew, a very experienced consultant drama therapist, counsellor, supervisor and trainer from UK since 2003. Alex Chew is also the convenor of Supervision Sub-committee and International Sub-Committee of British Association of Drama Therapists.

 

b.   Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy

Ms Elaine Wong, our committed therapist practitioner completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills in 2009. In October 2011, she has completed her training successfully and submitted the coursework requirement for Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, which is clinically accredited by Play Therapy International (PTI) and IBECPT that leads to PTI certification as a Certified Play Therapist.

 

c.    Participation in traning workshops organized by other organizations

·         4 team members, Cheng, Tye, Melinda and Vivien participated in 1 day Workshop on 'Bereavement Counseling' on 29/3/11, organised by Hospital Serang Jaya, Unit Obstetric and Ginekology.

·         2 team members, Melinda and Ding participated in 1 day Workshop on “Counseling Young People” on 18/8/11, organised by Lembaga Kaunselor Peringkat Negeri Pulau Pinang.

·         A team member, Min See participated in ADHD Round Table Talk at Tanjung Bunga Beach Hotel on 23/9/11, organized by Penang General Hospital.

·         A team member, Seok Binn participated in 2 day Workshop on “Caring for Carers” on 29-30/10/11, organised by Women Centre for Change, Penang.

·         2 team members, Melinda and Elaine participated in 1 day Workshop on “Sandplay Therapy” on 28/12/11, organised by BOLD.

·         2 team members, Melinda and Seok Binn will participate in 1 day Workshop on “Theraplay” on 11/1/12, organised by BOLD.

 

From 11/11/11, we moved our therapy room at 48 Jalan Tembaga, Island Glades to Disted College and our services are now running smoothly at a bigger therapy room at Disted College. From 29/12/11, our therapy room at 11, Lorong Sutera Prima 4, Seberang Jaya  has been moved to 11, Lorong Jawa 2, 11200 Butterworth.

 

In 2012 May 20-22, we will invite Dr Sue Jennings, Author, Supervisor, Play and Dramatherapist, Creative Care specialist from the United Kingdom to conduct 3-Day training in Creative Arts Therapy.

         

Our association prides itself in offering professional therapy services by therapists practitioners who are skilled, experienced and who are trained and supervised for the interventions they undertake. Reviewing our programmes and activities over the years, we take pride in our hard work and commitment to grow. We aim to strengthen and expand our therapy programmes so that we can develop into a centre of excellence in our continuing efforts to make professional therapy services affordable, accessible and available for all.

 

 

 

 

 

Leong Min See

President of Association for Creative Arts Therapy, Penang

March 2012