Meet Hong Yin, one of our psychologists
"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."Franz Peter Schubert
I started working with children with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities at a VWO in 2003. I was fresh out of college, having just attained my Masters in Developmental Psychology & was proverbially bright-eyes and bushy-tailed. I took the job thinking, like most people do for their first jobs - that I would try to 'stick it out' for a year or two for the experience. Well, the experience must have been mind-blowing because I 'stuck it out' for 8 years! In the time I was there, I would like to believe that I have helped these children and their families through the course of my work.
However, it is probably more accurate to say that these children and their families have taught me a lot more: to open my eyes, to see what they see, to feel what they feel & to pull through tough times together. In 2011, however, I made a decision to spend more time with my 2 young boys. I left the organisation with many tears, but also with many fond memories. With these memorable experiences in my heart, I have found my way to Children's Partnership. I hope I will be able to receive more footprints from the children and their families that I can get to help and serve.
I graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in Psychology. I worked briefly at a counselling centre before deciding to pursue my studies further. In 2003 I attained a Masters in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. When I returned to Singapore, I started working at a special school with over 300 students, and a multi-disciplinary Allied Health Professional team. During my time there, I conducted intellectual and behavioural assessments for the children, evaluated their progress with the teachers & designed behavioural intervention programmes with the parents.
I'm keen to learn more to better the lives of the children that I work with. I have received training in various approaches such as HANDLE, a play based treatment of trauma.
I hope that I will continue to learn and find out more about better ways to help the special needs population. It would be a pleasure to meet you and have you leave some footprints in my heart.