Joe Chan on Youth Coaching

Youth Coaching!

How does this differs from an intervention approach to youth work?

Joe would say, the coaching approach with youth is about “helping the individual pursue their hopes and dreams by tapping on their strengths”.

I cannot agree more!

In this post, I like to introduce to you Mr Joe Chan!!

Joe recently left his role as Head of Youth Services at REACH Community Services (Singapore), to trail-blaze his pioneering work in youth coaching, and helping parents overcome the barriers of understanding and working with youths. He has been working with youths for more than a decade!

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Joe used to also coach and manage dragon boating teams as. He is an athlete, hits the gym regularly, a family man, an entrepreneur, an author, and a certified solution-focused Master Trainer.

Just to be clear. Not that the intervention approach to working with youths, does not help youths pursue their hopes and dreams by tapping on their strengths?

What is absent here in coaching, is the presence of problem behaviors; like for example, excessive gaming, anxiety, panic attack, truancy, promiscuity, etc.

Very often, youths are being identified by these problem behaviors, and unfortunately, being misunderstood. Adults sometimes only see these bad behaviors about them, and cannot who the person is?

So here’s taking a different approach with youths. Joe will walk you through the following topics in one of the YouthHack Series Learning Videos on Coaching Youths:

  • Being a Positive Influence
  • Developing Healthy Independence
  • Coaching Youths
  • A Systemic Approach
  • Shifting Mindsets
  • Engaging Youths
  • Engaging Children
  • Being Adaptable

Here’s a snippet of the learning video:

For more details of all the learning videos and my book bundle, click here.

Diane Choo on “Vulnerability Is Love”

The rose among the thorns!

If I need a counsellor to work with youths, I would be very selective.

Not all counsellors are good with youths, or skilled to work with youths.

I have worked in the youth sector for almost two (2) decades, they are few and far between.

I would like to introduce you to Ms Diane Choo. She has worked in various public schools serving as a youth counsellor to vulnerable youths for many years. Now, she is in a renown Independent School serving the same.

I am really grateful to Diane for agreeing to share her experiences with you. As a Counselling Psychologist, Diane is registered with the British Psychological Society and the Singapore Psychological Society.

Ms Choo will be sharing with us on the following topics:

  • Parenting Challenges
  • Filling The Love Bank
  • Using The Love Bank
  • Building Powerful Relationships
  • Managing Difficult Behaviours
  • Ways Of Engagement
  • Parenting Mistakes
  • Culture And Instant Gratification
  • Learning To Be Vulnerable

Here’s a snippet of the learning video:

For more details of all the learning videos and my book bundle, click here.

Nicholas Aaron Khoo on “Understanding Gamers and eSports”

Heard about eSports? Gaming?

This post is about the person who grew eSports in Singapore significantly! And he was very instrumental in making it a recognized sport in the SEA Games as well!

In the 2019 SEA games, eSports made its debut and we saw Singaporean athletes clinch two medals – Silver and Bronze.

This year the League of Legends (PC), League of Legends (Wild Rift) – Men’s, League of Legends (Wild Rift) – Women’s, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Fifa Online 4 teams will be fielded!

Today!!! Two teams will be playing. He will definitely be watching closely.

I am speaking about Mr Nicholas Aaron Khoo!! He is one of the 7 speakers in the #YouthHack Series – Thriving With Youths learning videos.

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Mr Khoo will be speaking about “Understanding Gamers and Esports”. Obviously, right?!

Once a gamer himself, Mr Nicholas Khoo, is now known as an eSports Guru. He co-founded (a gaming and Esports Marketplace) and Singapore’s Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) (an Esports Academy), and he is the advisor to the Global Esports Federation (with Tencent as the founding global partner) and COMBACK (a gaming dependency support agency), amongst many other appointments and accolades.

A father of three, Nicholas is not only a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society, he is also both a Friend of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and a Friend of the Ministry of Social and Family.

Mr Khoo will walk us through the following topics:

  • Understanding Gamers
  • Positives of Gaming
  • Managing the Challenges of Gaming
  • Empowering Youths
  • Future Trends
  • Understanding Esports

Here’s a snippet of the learning video:

For more details of all the learning videos and my book bundle, click here.

Dr Roland Yeow on “Preparing and Transforming Youths”

#YouthHack Series – Thriving With Youths

That’s the name of all the video resources! There are seven (7) learning videos in total I like to introduce to you.

Photo from “What Are You Doing SG” (WAYD) on Dr Roland Yeow: Innovating at Boys’ Town During Lockdown, July 15, 2020

This second video is by Dr Roland Yeow. He is a former resident of Boys’ Town. After leaving Boys’ Town, he went on to further his education in Institute of Technical Education and then the University to achieve a degree in the Engineering field. He worked in the technical and training consultancy sector before returning to Boys’ Town as a youth worker in 2004 and rose up the ranks over the years. Dr Yeow did his Doctorate in Management with specialization in Organisational Learning, Development & Non-Profit Management. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Programme.

Dr Yeow is currently the Executive Director of Boys’ Town, a Youth Organization providing youths with the opportunity to socialize, learn strategies, and skills to cope with their traumas and lives; a veteran youth work practitioner. He is one of the Co-Founders of the Youth Work Association (Singapore). He will be sharing his experiences, insights and life with you.

Dr Yeow will walk you through the following topics:

  • Transforming Lives at Boys’ Town
  • Strengths-based Approach
  • Connecting with Youths (Part 1)
  • Celebrating Success
  • Managing Time and Priorities
  • Making Difficult Decisions
  • Connecting with Youths (Part 2)
  • Challenges of Video Gaming
  • Preparing Youths for the Future

Here’s a snippet of his presentation.

For more details of all the learning videos and my book bundle, click here.

Gillick Competence

Parental rights yields to the child’s right to make his own decisions

In 2013, the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) published the third installment of a series on informed consent articles called Consent in Medical Practice 3 – Dealing with Persons Lacking Capacity. The authors were, Dr T Thirumoorthy and Dr Peter Loke from the SMA Centre for Medical Ethics & Professionalism.

This post aims to capture only the relevant portions pertaining to minors where their informed consent is concerned. According to the authors, “as children and minors are at various stages of maturity, they are mostly financially dependent on adults. This does not qualify them to be fully autonomous individuals for medical decision making. The legal right to give consent for children lies with persons of legal parental responsibility”.

They further mentioned that, “children show a wide range of evolving capacity, depending on their age, maturity level and psychological state. Hence, clinicians should help them understand their medical conditions as much as possible. Even though the legal right to give consent for children lies with those of parental responsibility, the clinicians should involve the minors in all aspects of medical decision making as well”.

I am not sure how many parents or legal guardians are aware, in Singapore, your child is legally considered an adult when he or she reaches the age of 21 years old. However, the legal age to give consent for medical procedures is not defined anywhere in Singapore law. There are no statute law that defines it. The authors reported that, “wherever feasible and reasonable, parents or guardians of minors should be directly involved in giving consent”.

The doctors advised that it is important that minors and children should not have beneficial medical treatment delayed unnecessarily while waiting for parents to consent. While the consent of any one person with legal parental responsibility is valid and sufficient, this decision must be in the best interests of the child. If consent is refused against the clear best interests of the child, the treating doctor has a duty to go ahead with treatment if it is an emergency. If urgency is not of the essence, the clinician can seek a court order for treatment if attempts to convince the parents fail.

Gillick competence in children is a concept in English common law where the parental right yields to the child’s right to make his own decisions (Gillick v West Norfolk and Wisbech Area Health Authority [1985] 3 All ER 402). The doctor has to assess and come to a judgement that the minor who is aged 14 or above has sufficient understanding and intelligence to enable him to understand the proposed procedure and its consequences. If so, the minor’s consent can be accepted as valid. There is no specific legal guidance or criteria for judging capacity in minors and how Gillick competence is determined. Common law jurisdictions, including Singapore, have largely accepted the concept of Gillick competence to date, although this has not been specifically tested in the Singapore courts yet.”