Volunteer Training Courses

Have you ever been at a loss for words in front of patients and their families or do not know what they need or how to communicate with them?

 OVERVIEW

Buddhists believe that the cycles of birth and death extends endlessly like the four seasons of the year. Life does not extinguish with death but merely goes on in other life forms. Caring for the dying is similar to caring for the living. Guiding the thoughts of the dying up to the final moments is critical to the patient having a “good death” (possessing a calm and controlled mind) and can bring relief to their family members and loved ones.

In these courses, you will learn:

  • How to offer palliative care to terminally ill patients
  • Fundamental concepts and practical aspects of counseling and communication
  • How to apply Buddhist teachings in supporting the terminally ill and their families

NCS VOLUNTEER TRAINING COURSES (Chinese)

NCS Volunteer Training Courses comprise of a total of 6 modules covering 62 hours of lessons over the duration of one and a half years. Modules 1 and 2 are open to the public to provide an overview and understanding of palliative care. Module 3 onwards are offered only to those who intend to be NCS volunteers. All lessons are conducted in Chinese.

Basic entry requirements for those who wish to attend the Training Courses are secondary school education or above, able to understand, read and write in both Chinese and English. Those with knowledge of Buddhism and acceptance of its teachings are welcome.

Please click here for more details on Volunteer Training Courses in Chinese.

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2017 Volunteer Course Details

  • Module 1
  • Topic 1: Medical
    Title: Symptom management of advanced-stage disease
    Speaker: Prof Chiu Tai-Yuan (Taiwan)
    Duration: 2 hours

     Topic 2: Medical
    Title: Common problems at the last stage of life
    Speaker: Prof Lai Ming-Liang (Taiwan)
    Duration: 2 hours

    Topic 3: Nursing
    Title: Physiological changes of patients approaching end-of-life
    Speaker: Ms Sim Lai Kiow (Nurse Clinician)
    Duration: 2 hours

     Topic 4: Communication
    Title: Communicating with the elderly
    Speaker: Dr Neo Han Yee
    Duration: 2 hours

    Topic 5: Social work
    Title: Experience of a palliative care social worker
    Speaker: Mr Fong Yee Leong (Social worker)
    Duration: 2 hours

    Topic 6: Counselling
    Title: The role of a volunteer
    Speaker: Ms Jane Wong (Counsellor)
    Duration: 3 hours

    Topic 7: Spirituality / Religion
    Topic: The Buddhist view and attitude towards death
    Speaker: Venerable Sik Wai Kong
    Duration: 2 hours

    Course Fees: S$150 (For non-sponsors) / S$130 (For sponsors only) – includes course materials, lunch and refreshments over two and a half days (15 hours).

  • Module 2
  • Topic 1: Medical
    Title: Cancer prevention and treatment in the 21st century
    Speaker: Dr Lim Hwee Yong
    Duration: 2 hours

    Topic 2: Medical and Spirituality
    Title: Dealing with worry and fear from a medical and Buddhist perspective
    Speaker: Dr Ng Wai Chong
    Duration: 2 hours

    Topic 3: Nursing
    Title: Nursing care for the 6 daily activities
    Speaker: Nurse Moira Tan
    Duration: 2 hours

     Topic 4: Counselling
    Title: Managing Grief
    Speaker: Mr Fong Yee Leong (Social worker)
    Duration: 2 hours 

    Topic 5: Spirituality
    Title: Communication in advanced-stage care
    Speaker: Venerable Sik Wai Kong
    Duration: 2 hours

    Prerequisite: Completed Module 1.

    Course Fees: S$110 (For non-sponsors) / S$90 (For sponsors only) – includes course materials, lunch and refreshments over one day (10 hours).

  • Module 3
  • Topic: Social work / Counselling / Psychology
    Title: Planning a good death – fulfilling the last wish of your life
    Speaker: Mr Fong Yee Leong (Social worker)
    Duration: 5 hours

    Prerequisite: Completed Module 2 and plan to be NCS volunteers.

    Course Fees: S$100 (For non-sponsors) / S$80 (For sponsors only) – includes course materials, lunch and refreshments over one day (5 hours).

  • Module 4
  • Title: Skills of spiritual palliative care
    Speaker: Lecturers to be advised
    Duration: 10 hours

    Prerequisite: Completed Module 3 and plan to be NCS volunteers.

    Course Fees: S$120 (For non-sponsors) / S$100 (For sponsors only) – includes course materials, lunch and refreshments over 2 days (10 hours).

  • Module 5
  • Topic: Social work / Counselling / Psychology
    Title: Active listening and empathy (Part 1)
    Speaker: Mr Fong Yee Leong (Social worker)
    Duration: 2½ hours each class

    Prerequisite: Completed Module 4.

    Course Fees: S$70 (For non-sponsors) / S$60 (For sponsors only) for 3 weekly classes (total 7½ hours).

  • Module 6
  • Topic: Social work / Counselling / Psychology
    Title: Active listening and empathy (Part 2)
    Speaker: Ms Jane Wong (Counsellor)
    Duration: 2½ hours each class                                   

    Prerequisite: Completed Module 5.

    Course Fees: S$70 (For non-sponsors) / S$60 (For sponsors only) for 3 weekly classes (total 7½ hours).

  • NCS Lecturer Profiles
  • Dr Ng Wai Chong黄卫众医生

    Dr Ng Wai Chong is the medical advisor of Nectar Care Service and the medical director of the Tsao Foundation’s Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, and Assistant Director of Hua Mei Mobile Clinic. He is also the Vice President of Home Health Care Association, and a member on the Medical Advisory Board and the GP Advisory Panel of AIC. In addition, Dr Ng is a Buddhist and an experienced meditator.

    Dr Lim Hwee Yong林辉扬医生

    Dr Lim Hwee Yong is a medical oncologist with Novena Cancer Centre and a visiting consultant medical oncologist with National Cancer Centre Singapore. Dr Lim teaches medical students from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, as well as oncology and palliative care nurses.

    Dr Neo Han Yee梁涵宇医生

    Dr Neo Han Yee graduated from National University of Singapore in 2003. He took on basic specialist training in Internal Medicine and obtained his Master’s degree (MRCP) in Internal Medicine in 2008. He went on to pursue specialist training in Geriatric Medicine and continued to pursue further training in Palliative Medicine in 2012. Currently, he is a Consultant in the Palliative Care Clinic with Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

    Nurse Clinician Sim Lai Kiow沈来娇高级专科护士

    Nurse Clinician Sim Lai Kiow from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) received the President’s Award for Nurses in 2014. In 2002, she was the first palliative care nurse at Alexandra Hospital and attained a Certificate in Palliative Care Nursing and Advanced Diploma in Palliative Care in 2005. She is also a founding member of the Chapter of Palliative Care Nurses, which organises continuing nursing education activities for palliative care nurses in Singapore.

    Mdm Moira Tan陈秋蒂护士

    Mdm Tan is the Nurse Manager of Agape Methodist Hospice. She joined nursing in 1972 and has been a registered nurse since 1975. She has been to Japan and Australia for post graduate nursing training. Over the past 40 years, she has served in Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Mount Alvernia hospital and Assisi Hospice.

    Mr Fong Yee Leong 冯以量先生

    Mr Fong Yee Leong is one of the Volunteer Supervisors of Nectar Care Service and is also the Counselling Advisor of Xiao En Group. Formerly a medical social worker, he is currently a full-time trainer, providing training and talks on grief counseling and palliative care in Singapore and Malaysia. In 2009, he won the Singapore Healthcare Humanity Award. In 2011, he was voted Top 10 most popular writer in Malaysia by readers from Sin Chew Daily.

    Ms Jane Wong Chiew Mee黄秋媚资小姐

    Ms Jane Wong is one of the Volunteer Supervisors of Nectar Care Service, and Senior Counsellor in Shan You Counselling Centre. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and has over 15 years of experience. Her areas of interest are in stress management, depression, parent-child relationships, interpersonal communication and family therapy.

    Venerable Sik Wai Kong释慧光法师

    Venerable Sik Wai Kong is one of the founders of Nectar Care Service and is the Administrator of Fushan Temple. She obtained a Bachelor Degree at Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education (1981-1985) and a Master’s Degree at the college’s Institute of Philosophy in 1987. In Singapore, she served as Education Director in the Singapore Buddhist Federation and Tai Pei Buddhist Centre. In 2009, after participating in a study program at the Palliative Care Ward in National Taiwan University Hospital, she set up Nectar Care Service (Singapore) with various Buddhist groups, which is now at the forefront of Singapore Buddhist palliative care movement.