Family Therapeutic Justice Certification Programme

Family Therapeutic Justice Certification Programme

Date/ Time: 6 – 7 November 2023, 9am – 5.30pm

Venue: SAL, Stamford 1 & 2, The Adelphi #08-08, 1 Coleman Street (S179803)

This 2-day course comprises 3 modules of in-person learning to arm the family lawyer with competencies to support their clients and stakeholders to achieve therapeutic justice. The course is developed by the Singapore Academy of Law in conjunction with the Singapore University of Social Sciences, and is supported by a working group comprising Judicial Officers of the Family Justice Courts and senior family lawyers.

SkillsFuture Credit (for self-funded individuals only)

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can utilise their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to cover a wide range of approved skills-related courses. You can explore available courses on the MySkillsFuture website. Please note SkillsFuture Credit is not applicable for company sponsored individuals.

 

Participants who wish to use their SkillsFuture Credit to partially offset the course fees are requested to email les@sal.org.sg for instructions prior to registration. If you have already made an initial self-payment for a course in full, you will not be able to use SkillsFuture Credit for the course. You may use your SkillsFuture Credit for subsequent courses.

CPD Points : 14

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This programme was conceived to give members of the family bar an understanding of what it means to practise in a TJ oriented landscape and the important role of the family lawyer in this connection.

Learners can look forward to:

1. Understanding therapeutic justice in the context of family justice and family lawyering from a social science perspective. 

2. Examining the benefits, aims and distinguishing features of therapeutic justice.

3. Examining how therapeutic justice is operational within the family justice system in terms of the policies and court procedures (ie hardware) and the roles of the legal actors (ie software).

4. Examining and applying the interpersonal skills required for employing and sustaining a collaborative, therapeutic justice approach to family practice.

 

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Opening Address 

The Honorable Justice Teh Hwee Hwee 

Presiding Judge, Family Justice Courts 

 

Justice Teh Hwee Hwee was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court on 1 October 2023, and was concurrently appointed Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts. 

 

Justice Teh obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Laws from Harvard University. She has been admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and an Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.  

 

She started her career in the Legal Service in 1992, as one of the first women appointed to the post of an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court. She went on to serve in different capacities and held various appointments in the Judiciary and the Legal Service, including as State Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the first Executive Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre, the first Divisional Registrar of the Court of Appeal and the first Divisional Registrar of the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC). In August 2022, Justice Teh was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court.  

 

Justice Teh has been instrumental in driving a number of major reforms throughout her career. In the 1990s, she was involved in promoting the use of mediation in court processes, establishing the Singapore Mediation Centre and developing the alternative dispute resolution landscape in Singapore. Related to that work, she co-authored the Singapore edition of the book “Mediation - Principles Process Practice” and was co-editor of the book “An Asian Perspective on Mediation”. She also played a key role in establishing the SICC in 2015, and in leading a team in developing the SICC Rules 2021 that came into force on 1 April 2022 to enhance its procedure and practice as an international commercial court of choice. She oversaw the establishment of the Appellate Division of the High Court in 2021 and the transition to the current appellate structure in the Supreme Court. 

 Subject matter expert facilitators
Facilitators may change at the discretion of the organiser.  
 

Ms Tricia Ho 

Lecturer, Law Programmes 

School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences  

 

Tricia is a family law academic at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, with four years of experience teaching family law and developing family law curriculum.  

 

In this span of time, Tricia has had significant professional development in the academic sphere, including publishing family law articles and annotated statutes, conducting family law talks at conferences, organizing CPD talks on family law, participating in family law discussion panels, consulting with the relevant ministries on family law-related issues and leading an applied research project on offences against women. Tricia also actively volunteers with various organisations to strengthen families in Singapore, as she recognises that the impact that family law has is not solely confined to the doctrinal sphere. 

 

Prior to joining the university, Tricia was practicing at a leading Singapore law firm for six years and specialised in family law litigation. She has experience handling complex family law matters with multi-jurisdictional elements such as a stay of foreign proceedings, anti-suit injunctions, the enforcement of Singapore court orders in foreign jurisdictions, relocation and child abduction applications under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. She has also handled cases involving high-conflict children’s issues, novel points of family law, and cross-examination of medical experts. 

 

Currently, Tricia teaches a year-long family law course at SUSS with a focus on both practical and academic perspectives.

Ms Edith Chen 

Lecturer, Law Programmes 

School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences 

 

Edith Chen is a Lecturer at the School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). She currently teaches a Family Law course at SUSS, which comprises the study of both substantive and procedural family law using an integrated approach, and which adopts as a core concept the philosophy of Therapeutic Justice.  

 

Edith’s legal career has been marked by a deep focus on family law, beginning with her academic journey at the National University of Singapore where she was awarded the LexisNexis Family Law Prize in Academic Year 2007/2008. Admitted to the Singapore Bar in 2010, she joined an established law firm and practised in commercial, civil and family law litigation. Today, Edith continues to maintain a niche practice in family law as a Consultant with Sureshan LLC. She regularly represents legally aided persons in family matters as an assigned solicitor under the Legal Aid Assigned Solicitor Scheme.

Associate Professor Alvin Cheng 

Associate Professor, Law Programmes 

School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences 

 

Alvin is an Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, School of Law, and concurrently, a consultant with Chris Chong & CT Ho LLP. He has been in private practice for over 28 years, and his main area of practice is in civil and commercial litigation, including alternative dispute resolution.   

 

He is an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC), a Volunteer Mediator with the State Courts of Singapore, and a Senior Mediator under the Law Society Mediation Scheme. He also mediates under the Healthcare Mediation Scheme and the Employment Dispute Mediation Scheme. He is an Accredited Mediator with the Regent’s University (School of Psychotherapy and Psychology), London, and a member of SMC’s panel of Collaborative Family Practitioners. 

 

Alvin has received advanced negotiation and mediator training from the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine University School of Law), conflict coaching from Conflict Coaching International, and inter-cultural mediator training from the International Mediation Institute (IMI) Inter-Cultural Task Force.  

He is a senior member of SMC’s Adjunct Training Faculty, and a Teaching Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education. He has trained professionals from education, medical, legal, and public sectors, as well as grassroots and community leaders, foreign dignitaries, and the Thai and Myanmar judiciary.  

 

Alvin is a member of the Law Society of Singapore, the Singapore Academy of Law, the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, the Asia Pacific Institute of Experts, as well as a founding member of the Society of Mediation Professionals (Singapore).

Mr Melvin Loh 

Senior Lecturer, Law Programmes 

School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences 

 

Melvin is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences. A graduate of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore as well as the Singapore Management University Yong Pung How School of Law, he specialises in mediation and negotiation, as well as criminal law. He has also undergone extensive training in the field of appropriate dispute resolution, most recently at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. In 2023, he was awarded the SUSS Excellence in Teaching Award and the Staff Service Award. 

 

Melvin is a Certified Mediator with the Singapore International Mediation Institute and an empaneled Associate Mediator and trainer with the Singapore Mediation Centre. With over a decade of experience in mediation, he has mediated a vast spectrum of cases both inside and outside the Courts, including criminal, family, commercial, and real estate, among others. He has also taught, trained, and assessed in multiple international jurisdictions, including India, Mongolia, New Zealand amongst others, in furtherance of the development of mediation.   

 

Melvin volunteers as an advocate and solicitor with various pro bono initiatives of the Law Society of Singapore, which include the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme (“CLAS”), Community Legal Clinics (“CLC”) and Legal Aid Bureau matters. Melvin also provides representation in matters through the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (“LASCO”).  

 

He serves as an Executive Committee member with the Mediation Committee of the Law Society of Singapore, as well as the CLAS and the CLC Committees of Pro Bono SG.

Mr Lawrence Boey 

Lecturer 

School of Law, Singapore University of Social Sciences 

 

Lawrence Boey graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Oxford Brookes University and thereafter obtained the Certificate in Legal Practice in Malaysia. He also holds a Master of Commercial Law degree from the University of Malaya. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2019. 

 

For his pupillage, he joined a Top Tier Firm by the Legal 500 and though he was exposed to all the practice areas in the firm such as corporate and litigation, his main focus was in the area of banking and finance. 

 

Thereafter, he joined a sole proprietorship that specializes in a variety of civil and commercial matters where he practiced for two years. 

 

Before teaching at Singapore University of Social Sciences (“SUSS”), he joined another law firm and was involved with a wide spectrum of corporate advisory work which includes acquisition and disposal of shares of private and public companies, drafting, reviewing transaction documents, and conducting due diligence exercises. He now teaches at SUSS and maintains research interests in commercial law, contract law, and law and economics.

Associate Professor Teo Poh Leng 

Head, Bachelor of Social Work Programme 

S R Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences 

 

Associate Professor Teo Poh Leng is Head of the Social Work (Undergraduate) Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. Poh Leng holds a PhD in Social Work and Master in Public Policy. 

 

Prior to joining the academia, she worked at the Ministry of Social and Family Development holding leadership positions in a variety of settings that include marriage matters, rehabilitation of juvenile offenders and youths-at-risk, destitute persons, family and child protection and welfare, social research and elderly services.

Ms Nancy Ng 

Senior Lecturer, Social Work Programme 

S R Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences 

 

Director / Family Support Division 

Family Development Group, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) (Singapore) 

 

Ms Nancy Ng completed her Masters in Social Work in Minnesota. While in USA, she worked with persons who experienced and perpetrated family violence, and with the Yup’ik Eskimo communities in Alaska.  

 

Upon returning to Singapore, she joined MSF. She has since undertaken various appointments, such as the Chief Probation Officer, Director of Social Welfare, Director/Central Youth Guidance Office, and Director/Professional Practice and Development.  Ms Ng is also a senior lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. 

Mr Melvin Yeo 

Associate, Singapore University of Social Sciences 

 

Melvin Yeo has spent two decades in institutional and private clinical settings, both locally and overseas, providing psychotherapy and educational therapy to early-risk and at-risk children, youths, young adults as well as their families.  

 

Melvin approaches his practice from the basis of multiculturalism and positive psychology and employs a range of evidence-based and research-supported therapeutic interventions that allow him to successfully engage and positively influence diverse clients, including resistant ones and those with high-conflict personalities.  

 

In his private practice, Melvin sees both local and international clients with various educational and mental health needs, especially those with co-morbid disorders given that persons with learning and developmental disabilities are at higher risk of developing mental health issues when compared to the neurotypical population.  In addition to his clinical work, Melvin renders supervision and consultation services to the staff of the Voluntary Children’s Homes.   

 

On the academic front, he develops programme curriculum for the Singapore University of Social Sciences, where he also delivers a range of undergraduate programmmes.

Judge Chia Wee Kiat 

Deputy Presiding Judge, Family Justice Courts 

 

Mr Chia Wee Kiat is the Deputy Presiding Judge of the Family Justice Courts. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the National University of Singapore.  His previous appointments include serving as State Counsel and Deputy Public Prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Deputy Director of Legal Aid in the Legal Aid Bureau and District Judge in the State Courts. 

 

Mr Chia had served as Commissioner of Land Appeals, Chairman of the Valuation Review Board, Referee of the Industrial Arbitration Court and President of the Courts Martial and was appointed Resource Person in two Committees of Inquiry in 2004 and 2011 respectively.   

 

He currently serves as Chairperson of the MINDEF/SAF Appeal Tribunal and Compensation Board and Legal Professional member of the Singapore Medical Council’s Disciplinary Tribunal.

District Judge Suzanne Chin  

Family Justice Courts 

 

Suzanne graduated from the  National University of Singapore and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1987. She commenced practise as a commercial litigation lawyer but later moved to focus on commercial law spending the bulk of her career in the corporate arena.  

 

In 2014, she joined the Legal Service in 2014 and was appointed District Judge in the family justice division of the State Courts, now the Family Justice Courts. As District Judge, Suzanne hears a wide range of matters in the Family Justice Courts including divorce and ancillary  matters, as well as maintenance and family violence disputes. Additionally, Suzanne has conducted mediations and is a qualified mediator with the Singapore Mediation Chambers.

District Judge Yarni Loi 

Family Justice Courts 

 

District Judge Yarni Loi earned her LLB (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Singapore Law from the National University of Singapore. After being called to the Singapore Bar, she spent the bulk of her career in private practice as a corporate litigation lawyer in a top tier law firm in Singapore where she was Director.  

 

In 2011, she started pursuing part-time studies in counselling and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling by TCA College (accredited by the University of Wales) in 2013. As part of her counselling studies, she completed a full-time counselling internship at a Family Service Centre for 6 months. She joined the Legal Service and was appointed District Judge in the family justice division of the State Courts, now Family Justice Courts, in March 2014.

Mr Yeo Eng Kwan 

Deputy Director, Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Family Dispute Resolution Division (FDR), Family Justice Courts 

 

Eng Kwan joined the Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Division of the Family Justice Courts (FJC) in 2015. He is currently looking after the CAPS team in providing counselling for families with disputes regarding the care arrangements of their children. Eng Kwan has a MA (Counselling Psychology) from NTU-NIE and is a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society. He is also an accredited Associate Mediator (Family) with the Singapore Mediation Centre. 

Mr Yap Teong Liang 

Managing Director, T L Yap Law Chambers LLC 

 

Teong Liang was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) in 1991 and admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in June 1992. On 10th June 2002, he set up his boutique law firm specialising in Family Law.  

 

Teong Liang has represented high net worth clients and handles cases involving foreign marriages, cross-border international complex child abduction and relocation cases, as well as jurisdictional and forum issues (Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States of America), child custody and access cases, maintenance for the child and wife, division of matrimonial assets and family violence. He is listed as a Preeminent and Leading Family & Divorce Lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide.  

 

Teong Liang also practices as a Collaborative Family Practitioner, Parenting Coordinator, and is an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre; he is an Accredited Mediator with the Family Justice Courts and Regent’s University, London (Mediation and Psychology). He is on the panel of Cross-Border Family Mediators of Mediation bei Internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten (MiKK), Berlin, Germany and the Cross-Border Family Mediators' Network. 

 

He was Chairperson of the Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore from 2006 to 2015. He is currently the Head of the Family Law and Children’s Rights Chapter of the Professional Affairs Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law, and Chairperson of the Family Law and Family Rights Section and Vice President of LAWASIA.  

 

He has been appointed by the Chief Justice as a member of the Family Justice Rules Committee constituted pursuant to Section 46(1) of the Family Justice Act and appointed onto the panel of Child Representatives by the Family Justice Courts since October 2014. Teong Liang has presented papers at both local and overseas family law conferences over the years and recently co-authored the chapter on Dispute Resolution Options in the book “The Art of Family Lawyering” (2019 Special Edition) and authored the chapter on Ancillary Relief: Orders That Can be Made in “The Law and Practice of Family Law in Singapore”. 

 

SILE Accredited CPD Activity

SILE: 14.0 Public CPD Points

Practice area: Family

Training Level: General

SILE Attendance Policy

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, participants are reminded to sign in on arrival and sign out at the conclusion of each day of the event in the manner required by the organiser. Participants must not be absent from each day of the event for more than 15 minutes. Participants may obtain 7 Public CPD Points for each day of the event on which they comply strictly with the Attendance Policy.

 

Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

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