USM, PENANG, MALAYSIA - The aim of ICSWS is to create a platform for professionals in the helping field to share their ideas and experience, and discuss on new ways to bring peace to the world.


International Counseling and Social Work Symposium (ICSWS) is organized by the School of Educational Studies and School of Social Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. This symposium is organised in collaboration with Lembaga Kaunselor (Malaysia Board of Counselors) and Association of Counseling, Malaysia (PERKAMA). The aim of ICSWS is to create a platform for professionals in the helping field to share their ideas and experience, and discuss on new ways to bring peace to the world.

Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting at the symposium, please submit a 100 to 150 word summary of your abstract by August 31, 2008. You will be notified by September 15, 2008 if your paper has been accepted. If your paper is accepted, you will be expected to submit a manuscript of 4 to 6 pages by October 15, 2008.

All the abstracts and full papers must be submitted in English. Please send abstracts and full paper to [email protected]

All accepted manuscripts will be included in a copy of the Symposium Proceedings and will be distributed at the symposium. Manuscripts received after November 30, 2008 may not be included. No presentations can be made at the symposium unless the paper is received and the registration fee is paid.

One Day Post-Symposium Workshop (January 8, 2009)

Workshop will be conducted in English. Starts at 9:30am to 4:00pm.
Fee for Post-Symposium Workshop: RM250.00 (USD 90.00) per head.
Venue: Universiti Sains Malaysia

1. Workshop A: Adlerian Brief Couples Therapy

Synopsis: Most couples should stay together and not divorce. It is possible to learn to have a satisfying marriage. Brief Therapy using an Adlerian model will be highlighted in this five-hour workhop. The principles of Adlerian therapy will be presented and DVDs of actual sessions used to show theory in practice. The workshop will offer many "hands on" therapy techniques as well as skill building activities. Participants will learn why we are attracted to our partners, how to create and maintain satisfying relationships and will be provided with an opportunity to discuss their own difficult cases.

Presenter: Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, ABPP is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. Dr. Carlson has written 45 books, 160 articles and produced 260 professional videos. In 2004 he was named one of five "Living Legends in Counseling" by the American Counseling Association.

2. Workshop B: The "Art" of Substance Abuse Counseling

Synopsis: This five-hour workshop will provide an overview as well as practical applications of counseling techniques utilized in the field of substance abuse. Interviewing and communication skills necessary to engage the client, form the basic screening process through discharge planning, will be addressed. Specifically, motivational interviewing will be introduced and how this technique engages clients who are ambivalent and/or resistant to the change process. Participants will role-play this particular technique. Evaluation instruments will also be discussed, and participants will learn to develop and evaluate client treatment planning and assessment histories, in addition to addressing relapse management and vocational/education concerns. The workshop will consist of lecture; DVDs; and role-playing. Handouts will be provided.

Presenter: Brigid Noonan, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, ACS is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education at Stetson University, Florida. She has over 18 years experience working in the addictions field as a private practitioner and in community mental health clinics.

3. Workshop C: Structural Family Therapy Techniques

Synopsis: The goal of this workshop, among others, is to introduce basic counseling techniques in providing counseling services to a family unit using the structural family therapy model. During this interactive experiential workshop, the presenter will present basic overview of structural family therapy and demostrate through role plays and other experiential activities structural family therapy techniques. Participants will be asked to actively engage in this experiential activity.

Presenter: When Sekolah Menengah Sains was first introduced in Malaysia, Dr. A. Zaidy Mohd Zain was selected to attend Sekolah Menengah Sains, Pulau Pinang in 1973/74. He graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1980; obtained two master's degrees from the University of Illinois in 1983 and 1989. He obtained his doctorate from Kent State University, Ohio, in 1995. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girsdeau, Missouri.

4. Workshop D: Crisis Intervention and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Protocols and Skills Workshop

Synopsis: In most crisis situations there is a significant chance of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Past and present models of PTSD counseling are based on the premise that repeated debriefing of critical incidents, antecedents to the traumatic reactions, will desensitize sufferers. However, long term observations provide evidence that retraumatization is a more likely effect. This is a 5-hour workshop aimed at comparing EMDR and hypnotic alternatives to the most thorough curative process, based in Cognitive Behavioral principles. As time allows, the presenter will model skills related to both CBT based intervention and hypnotic events.

Presenter: After more than 17 years as counselor and clinical administrator, Louis Downs, Ph.D. is presently an Associate Professor of counseling at California State University Sacramento. His clinical areas of specialization included survivors of trauma, dissociative disorders, personality disordered clients, anxiety and panic, and co-occuring disorders. In the summer of 2007, Dr. Downs traveled on a Fulbright Fellowship to Malaysia to consult with the Department of Guidance and Counseling Psychology of New Era College on counseling skills acquisition enhancement, to design and implement a disaster relief plan, and to provide continuing education for counselors in the federal district of Selangor. He has been appointed to a two year position as academic consultant to the New Era College Department of Guidance and Counseling Psychology and is presently serving as the clinical consultant to the Qing-jian Counseling Center in Shanghai, China.

5, Workshop E: Disaster Mental Health Counseling

Synopsis: The purpose of this training is to provide participants with the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide culturally competent disaster counseling to survivors in the Pacific Rim. Using a model informed by critical consciousness theory, the presenter will include interactive exercises that focus on the use of culturally relevant, social justice-oriented disaster interventions.

Presenter: Cirecie A. West-Olatunji currently serves as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education a the University of Florida and as Immediate Past-President of the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD), a division of the American Counseling Association. Her publications include a co-authored book on culturally relevant anti-bias education, Future Vision, Present Work, several book chapters, and articles in peer-reviews journals. In addition to national presentations, Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers in Brazil, Canada, China, Ghana, Japan, Singapore, and South Africa.

6. Workshop F: Music Therapy Protocols For Children With Special Needs

Synopsis: Music therapy has been identified as an emerging therapy approach to teaching a variety of skills to children with special needs. Music therapy is a non-threatening and enjoyable way for children who struggle with both expressive and receptive communication to find a way to express themselves so as to be understood by others. It is also used to train educational and functional skills. Many researchers have shown that music therapy is an effective medium in training children with special needs. From this workshop, the participants will learn the protocol and skills used to conduct music therapy for children with special needs using melodic and rhythmic strategies, followed by cues to generalize and transfer learning to day-to-day living.

Presenter: Susie See Ching Mey, PhD, is a Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia. Her areas of specialization are educational psychology, counseling psychology, counselor education, psychological testing, mental health, and special education with emphasis on autism. She has published five academic books and about 200 international and national academic journal articles.


The symposium registration fees are inclusive of symposium materials, proceedings and meals.

Registration Fees:

Early bird registration (before August 31, 2008)
Students - RM300 (USD 100.00)
Lecturers / Researchers / Others - RM500 (USD 150.00)

Registration after August 31, 2008
Students - RM400 (USD 120.00)
Lecturers / Researchers / Others - RM600 (USD 200.00)

Make cheque payable to
Address to:
Unit Penyelidikan Pendidikan Asas
School of Educational Studies
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 Universiti Sains Malaysia
Pulau Pinang
Tel : +604-653 3888
Fax : +604-657 2907

Organised by:

School of Educational Studies
& School of Social Science
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Penang, Malaysia

Lembaga Kaunselor
(Malaysia Board of Counselors)

Association of Couseling,
Malaysia (PERKAMA)

From 06 Jan 2009
Until 07 Jan 2009
USM, Penang, Malaysia
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