Meet Hong Yin, one of our psychologists

M. A. Development Psych, Developmental Psychologist

"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.

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