TRAINING AND FACILITATION

TRAINING FOR THERAPISTS


The trainings I love the most are helping other therapists to develop their own skills and capacities.   I provide a wide range of training for therapists but since 2020 I've been focusing on training therapists on how to effectively integrate mindfulness and self-compassion into their clinical work.  I'm one of the core expert faculty for the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) certificate program sponsored by the Center For Mindful Self-Compassion.  I recently conducted a workshop for the San Francisco chapter of ACBS about integrating self-compassion into ACT; it was a wonderful experience!


In addition to being a working clinician, I'm also a trained and experienced facilitator.  So, unlike many other clinical trainings, all of my programs are based on the principles of adult learning and are experientially based and skill focused.  I don't want to teach theories- I want to teach simple, concrete skills grounded in empirically-based formulations that help clinicians connect with the present moment, connect with clients and engage in the remarkable and challenging journey of therapy!  So, in each workshop, there are learning techniques that encompass multiple learning styles and content delivery methods.  Each program also includes experiential activities and group exercises.  The ultimate focus is always on developing practical skills for clinical work.  They are not based on a boring lecture with too many PowerPoint slides that goes on and on and on...

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TRAININGS ON RESILIENCE AND BEHAVIOURAL SKILLS

I frequently provide trainings about resilience and other behavioral skills for diverse groups in Southeast Asia, including corporate staff and managers, as well as mental health and human resource professionals and NGOS. 


Current and former clients include the Thailand Department of Mental Health, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Veterans Health Administration (USA), Konterra, American Psychological Association, DFID, Save the Children UK, UN ESCAP, UN FAO, UNHCR, the Burnet Institute, Asian Institute of Technology, NOREC (formerly FK Norway), Asia Business Forum, CIMB Group, Chevron (Thailand), Unilever-Best Foods (Thailand), DST Global, and Pepsico, Thailand.  


Recent and past projects have included:

  • Develop and deliver data-driven, skill-focused online resilience training for thousands of participants from around the globe during COVID (2020-2022)

  • From 2007-2019, proud to support the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation (NOREC) by designing and annually delivering adjustment and resilience training curriculum for diverse global participants (picture below) from across Asia and Africa participating in NOREC's remarkable exchange programs.

  • Design and deliver on site trainings in Northern Iraq for ICRC personnel including brief therapy skills for medical staff and team leadership skills for team leaders and resilience training for team leaders and members (2019) 

  • Designing and implementing extended clinical training and supervision in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for mental health professionals at two of Thailand’s largest regional psychiatric hospitals, including culturally appropriate adaptation of concepts and techniques (2017)

  • Delivering on-site support, management training, and in-person and online resilience workshops for staff and management of Chevron Thailand and Chevron SIngapore during organizational realignment and transition (2018-2020)

  • Developing and providing mindfulness-based interventions for juvenile delinquents in the Thai justice system (2016)

  • Developing and delivering the first-ever, extended training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with supervision in Yangon in collaboration with Dr. Khin Aye Win (2012)

  • Delivering stress-management and resilience training and on-site support for Chemonics staff implementing projects in Kabul and Kandahar Afghanistan (2010, 2011)

  • Designing, implementing, and providing supervisory support for a national Staff Wellness Program that supported Save The Children UK’s staff and managers engaged in intense disaster relief efforts following Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008-2010)

  • Designing and delivering an innovative series of brief stress management modules for Pepsico, Thailand.

  • Designing and delivering training for Thai psychiatric nurses on culturally-adapted methods to increase patient motivation to change health related behaviors, in collaboration with the Faculty of Nursing at Burapha University

  • Worked closely with national staff of The Burnett Institute-Myanmar to adapt western counseling and behavior change techniques for use by Burmese health workers and community outreach staff.

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MENTAL HEALTH TRAININGS

I also provide specialized training on mental health and behavioral topics for health care and consular personnel.  As a psychologist, I understand what goes in human behavior, and more importantly, what needs to happen to change behavior.  I have several years of experience providing training for Thai participants in English and in Thai.

I am currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Psychology in the Graduate School of Chiang Mai University.  From 2005-2016, I was a lecturer at the Graduate School of Psychology of Assumption University and director of the professional development program.

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PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

My work supports the personal and professional growth and development of others.  In addition to being a therapist and teacher, I am frequently involved in facilitating trainings for corporate and humanitarian clients on resilience, adjusting to change, managing uncertainty, and enhancing performance under stress.

All trainings for small groups and organizations are based on recent scientific research in neuroscience, positive psychology, contemplative reflection and applied mindfulness.

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