Day 1 :
Clinical Director at Holistic Ed-Venture; Singapore
Time : 09:00-09:40
Sunita has over 22 years of experience in local and regional marketing; corporate training and staff development; psychotherapy and counselling; education; mindfulness; and wellbeing amongst others. She is a skilled facilitator, coach, psychotherapist and lecturer. She has developed Integrated Wellbeing Model (IWM) for psychotherapists and co-developed a unique model of leadership called Positive Performance Leadership (PPL) for leaders. She is currently writing a book on wellbeing and happiness. She is the Clinical Director at Holistic Ed-Venture, Director and Mindfulness Psychologist at Centre for Mindfulness and Director and Wellbeing Strategist at Positive Performance Consulting. She has a Doctor of Psychology, Master of Social Science (Counselling), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Business in Business Administration with Merit (Marketing Major) amongst others.
Integrated Wellbeing Model (IWM) focuses on Five Selves of wellbeing by catering to all levels of human experience and by redefining the roles of a psychotherapist to focus on holistic wellbeing of clients. The Five Selves are: Eudaimonic, Intellectual, Emotional, Physical and Spatial. Wellbeing can be enhanced by analyzing, redefining and redesigning our lives in each of the Five Selves individually or collectively.
Medical Director Med Diagnostic Inc., DBA Coastal Wellness Centers; USA
Keynote: A Clinical Case Study of a 45 y/o female suffering with PTSD, Bipolar D/O, Depression, Anxiety and Chronic Pain Syndrome taking 42-58 pills per day as weaned off of all medications using Medical Cannabis
Time : 09:40-10:20
After spending several years in central Florida working as an orderly, then an EMT/Paramedic and Heart Cath Lab technician, Dr. Rosado realized his passion for the medical profession. He started chiropractic school at Life College in Marietta, GA where he graduated cum laude with a BS degree in Clinical Nutrition and a doctor of chiropractic degree. After practicing for several years, he went on to Universidad Central del Este, in San Pedro de Macoris where in 2001 he graduated summa cum laude with his medical degree. In 2005 he completed his MBA in Health Care Management from University of Phoenix, and graduated magna cum laude. He has worked as a physician, clinic and hospital director, director of the communicable disease division/epidemiology and immunization departments. Presently, Dr. Rosado is the Medical Director of a medical cannabis clinic and volunteers once a month at a community clinic. He was and is on the bureau of speakers for political campaigns, cannabis advocacy and medical cannabis dispensaries. To date, he has worked with over 2,000 patients, which include infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics for the evaluation, recommendation and management of medical cannabis.
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent, chronic, and disabling anxiety disorder that may develop following exposure to a traumatic event. Although the use of Medical Cannabis for the treatment of physical and psychological disorders is controversial, medical marijuana is currently legal in Canada, 30 states in the United States and a handful of countries in South America. Studies published in Molecular Psychiatry and Science Daily showed that treatment using particular compounds found in marijuana may benefit those with PTSD, and that “plant-derived cannabinoids [psychoactive chemicals] such as marijuana may possess some benefits in individuals with PTSD by helping relieve haunting nightmares and other symptoms of PTSD” and As a result of taking medical marijuana, participants reported a decrease in re-experiencing the trauma, less avoidance of situations that reminded them of the trauma, and a decline in hyper-arousal, respectively. There’s also convincing evidence from multiple studies for reduced endocannabinoid availability in PTSD, i.e., reduced levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide and compensatory increase of CB1 receptor availability in PTSD, and an association between increased CB1 receptor availability in the amygdala and abnormal threat processing, as well as increased severity of hyperarousal, but not dysphoric symptomatology, in trauma survivors. Other studies suggest that Medical Cannabis therapy, as an adjunct to a traditional analgesic therapy, can be an efficacious tool to make more effective the management of chronic pain and its consequences on functional and psychological dimensions. The patient in this case study had been treated for over 20 years with multiple opiates, SSRIs, SNRIs, typical and atypical antipsychotics, antiepileptics, etc. to manage her conditions; I will demonstrate how in less than three months, she was off of all of the pharmacological treatments and solely using Medical Cannabis is having a quality of life she had not experienced since before her adolescence.
Gratia Christian College, Hong Kong
Keynote: Existential Chinese Family Therapy
Albert Chan is the Head and Professor of the School of Psychology, Gratia Christian College and is the Senior Clinical Psychologist at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Center in Hong Kong. He also is an Adjunct Professor for Macau University of Science and Technology, Mongolia University of Science and Technology and Baptist Hospital Nursing Program. He was invited to be a visiting professor for McGill University in 2018. He is a dynamic clinical psychologist and an experienced marriage and family therapist and approved supervisor. Albert offers inspiring insights and stimulating experiential facilitation and psychological services that cultivate participants’ strengths and motivation to develop innovations and practical solutions. His recent publication includes a book chapter “The Preternatural in Chinese Cultural: A Ghost Story.” and co-authored “Existential psychology East-West. 2nd Vol., Colorado Spring, The University Professors Press”
Anthony Marsella : all psychology is indigenous and Kwang-Kuo Hwang: Taiwan indigenous psychologist proposes that Western psychology at its best carries some patronizing of other cultures and at worst, colonizing the minds of the East. Existential Chinese Family Therapy stares in the eyes of the Chinese clients to depict the Chinese Existential givens which are in contrary to Yalom’s proposed existential givens, Isolation, Freedom/Responsibility, Meaninglessness, and Death. The Chinese existential givens which are affirmed by the three pillars of Chinese philosophies, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism and are rooted in the construct of harmony. The focus of this paper is constructing a theoretical framework on Existential Chinese Family Therapy through examining the Chinese culture and clinical practice on Chinese clients. The general family system theory will be used as the theoretical backbone which encompasses the Chinese existential givens in therapeutic intervention. Both researched Harmonious Values of Forbearance, Loyalty, Respect, Obedience and Role Acceptance will be examined and the proposed Chinese Existential Givens of To Live, Meaning of Love (Ch’ien), Family will be introduced. Common Chinese family issues and typical Chinese family enmeshment will be inspected. How theoretical concepts apply in clinical practice will be elucidated.