Kaplan Wda Courses Help Exmental Patients Reintegrate into Society

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Singapore 26th February – Kaplan, one of Singapore’s largest Private Education Institutions, is conducting a course for beneficiaries of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to help them reintegrate into society.


Singapore 26th February – PressReleasePoint - Kaplan, one of Singapore’s largest Private Education Institutions, is conducting a course for beneficiaries of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to help them reintegrate into society.

The course, subsidised by the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), is designed to raise the beneficiaries’ self-esteem and confidence and provide them with basic soft-skills training to help them fit back into society. Started in May 2012, the course is conducted for those beneficiaries who have recovered from a mental illness. Kaplan trainers have trained more than 40 beneficiaries from SAMH so far.

Said Mr Leon Choong, Executive Vice President: “As an educator, it is very rewarding to see how our programmes have helped SAMH beneficiaries gain confidence as they re-enter the workplace. This is a small way that we can make a difference to a group in society that still faces stigma and are marginalised.”

The two-day course by Kaplan is highly interactive and includes role-play. Said Kaplan trainer David Chiang: “I also engage them with games, rewards and humour. Overall, residents who have attended our training programme have responded positively.”

SAMH has facilities that simulate real-life settings in the community where residents undergoing training are placed in a working environment – such as working in a canteen or convenience store. In this way they engage with other residents and improve basic communication and service skills.

Said Mr James Wong, Associate Director for SAMH: “The Kaplan training course is in line with our mission. We want the public to have a better appreciation and understanding of persons with mental illness, as well as their journey to recovery....Click On



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