Talks & Workshops

Talks and Workshops by RCMH are available for booking.

Adversity Quotient

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Adversity Quotient – How to Increase your AQ and Build Stronger Resilience for Life Success

Have you ever wondered why some people do not seem to be very much affected by disasters, crises, or challenges in their lives, while others fall into despair whenever adversity strikes?

Having IQ (Intelligence Quotient), EQ (Emotional Quotient), and SQ (Spiritual Quotient) may not be enough to prevent us from being crushed when adversity strikes. If so, what else is needed?  Yes, it is Adversity Quotient (AQ). 

Adversities, failures, obstacles, crises, disasters, mistakes are all part and parcel of life; we will have to deal with them when they hit us.  AQ explains why some people, teams, organizations, and societies fail or quit, while others in similar situations persevere and succeed. It predicts how well one withstands adversity and his ability to triumph over it. 

With the pandemic sweeping across the globe the last couple of years, many lives have been disrupted and all of us have been forced to adapt in one way or another.  How we have responded to this situation can be a litmus test on our resilience in face of challenges and our ability to thrive in a fast-changing world.  How have you been adapting?

In this talk, learn how to increase your AQ by becoming more aware of your current AQ level, apply useful tips on how you can develop a stronger resilience in dealing with all life circumstances and ultimately thrive in a fast-changing world.

Managing Stress

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What will happen if stress becomes distress?

Everyone faces stressors in their life journey. Juggling deadlines, completing daily chores, relationships and family are all potential stressors that can become harmful if we are not able to handle them in a healthy manner. A recent report by The Straits Times showed that “chronic psychological stress may be as important — and possibly more important — to the health of your heart than the traditional cardiac risk factors” (Brody, 2022). Not managing stress well can also impact our mental health and relationships, on top of the physical risks. It is therefore essential that we become aware of the answers to “What defines good versus bad stress?”, “What are the stressors that I need to address?” and “What are some healthier ways to manage my stress?”. 

This talk will enable individuals to learn how to identify potential stressors and pick up practical tools in how to manage these stressors.

Recognising and Helping Students in Distress

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In this age and society, there is a tendency to label young people in our midst as the “strawberry generation”, or as “entitled”, “rude”, “disrespectful”, “lazy”, and other negative labels…  Understanding them is a challenge, and this lack of understanding can cause us to give up on them instead of helping them in ways that are receptive for them. Rather than passing judgement too quickly, is there a possibility that maybe they are simply lost or wounded souls crying out for help and connection, yet at the same time encountering obstacles from forming such authentic relationships?  Perhaps, we don’t have a good understanding of them and lack the skills to help them.

Working with youths has its own unique set of challenges and often times as providers we are relegated to positions of listener, mentor, and guide; regardless of whether we are trained therapists or counsellors or not.  As adults working with or in constant contact with youths, it is important to know that there are limitations to the advice-centric conversations with them, on contrary to forming an authentic relationship that conveys a safe space for them to share.

This workshop aims to equip youth helpers with the foundational knowledge of understanding youths and the necessary skills to engage them to hopefully lead them to a path of discovery of self, of their value and for them to form authentic meaningful relationships with others.

Improving Relationships with Communication Skills


Couples often lament about how they no longer interact with each other, whilst parents fret over how they can no longer get through to their teenagers meaningfully. The COVID-19 pandemic has also forced many families to spend more time together at home while juggling with the multiple hats each is wearing at the same time (i.e. as an employee, a parent, a tutor). All these can cause strain in their important relationships and can bring about hurts that scar if accumulated over time.  Effective communication helps prevent such issues from escalating.

What exactly is communication and why is it so important? According to Virginia Satir: “Communication is to relationships what breath is to life”.

This talk aims to help participants be aware of the types of communication, potential barriers to effective communication, its impact, and tools on how to communicate more effectively.

Parenting Styles


Parenting is a lifelong journey as our children change and grow into adults. Parents play a paramount role in their children’s lives as the main caregiver, teacher and role model in their formative years. What is the correct way for me to teach my kids? Should I allow them to go out with their friends? Should I push them to study hard and achieve high for their academics? To what extent should I set rules and regulations to control their behaviour? These are tricky yet crucial questions that we are to constantly ask ourselves and reflect upon.

This talk aims to help parents be aware of the various common parenting styles and the impact each of these parenting styles has on children. This talk will hopefully enable parents to be more aware of the way they are relating to their children, how it may impact them, and how they might want to tweak their parenting styles to bring about a loving and healthy relationship with their children.

Career Talk

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For a long time, counselling has been a stigma, signaling hopelessness and anomaly. However, with the recent spotlight on mental health issues, relationships breakdown and the importance of protecting these areas of our life, demand for counselling has increased in the community.

This talk is for students or those aspiring to be in the helping professions to know more about what counselling really is about, what counsellors do to help their clients and the career path as a counsellor, to allow them to make an informed decision on their career choice.

Send in your enquiry to [email protected] to make a booking now!