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Event Title:   Workshop on the ABCs of Community Counselling
23-Feb-2019 to 23-Feb-2019 Past Event
Venue:   NACC, 2-2B, Block K, Jalan PJU1/3A, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre, 
47301, Petaling Jaya. 
Organizer:   National Association of Christian Counsellors (NACC) Malaysia


Like paramedics, lay counsellors are often the first to arrive in any domestic conflict, crisis or natural disaster.  Using the ABC method, this workshop will teach lay counsellors and people helpers how to achieve a relationship with the person in need, break down the problem and get the person’s commitment to action. While lay counsellors may not have extensive training and expertise, they can play an effective role in a community and be a support to professional mental health practitioners. 

Target Level:

Open to lay counsellors, church leaders and workers and anyone who wish to be more effective in reaching out to the community and people in need.


  • Discuss the theoretical principles of community counselling  
  • Discuss the basic elements of a proper assessment for effective treatment planning
  • Discuss how to document the case for supervision and appropriate referral.


Patrick Cheng is the President of the National Association of Christian Counsellors. Prior to this, he has been in Christian full-time ministry in both the church and para-church context for more than three decades. Besides his theological training, he also has post-graduate degrees in both pastoral and professional counseling. He is a licensed counsellor at a professional counselling centre and a part-time lecturer at a local university. He has authored a book entitled Different Sage for Different Stage: A Journey in Christian Counsellling, examining the needs of different stages of life from a Biblical and psychological perspective. 

Margaret Loy, heads a local NGO with a vision to empower the vulnerable urban community towards dignity and fullness of life through community transformation. As part of their work, they operate a community centre and support families and individuals in crisis. Margaret will share about the work both at the centre and the opportunities for lay counsellors to be involved in people helping. This will be an opportunity for those who had been trained to put their training into practice and engage with real clients and situations on the ground.

Date: 23 Feb 2019 (Sat)
Time: 9.00 am - 12.00 noon
Venue: NACC, 2-2B, Block K, Jalan PJU1/3A, Sunway Mas Commercial Centre, 
47301, Petaling Jaya. 
Cost: RM30 for NACC members, RM60 for non-members

Contact Hours Awarded: 2 hours


  1. Crossed cheque in the name of "National Asso of Christian Counsellors" and send by post to the NACC office (address above)
  2. Online registration: NACC Member | Non-NACC Member

Organised by: National Association of Christian Counsellors (NACC) Malaysia