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Supporting the Psycho-Socio-Spiritual Needs of Parents/Caregivers

Supporting the Psycho-Socio-Spiritual Needs of Parents/Caregivers

Previous research has provided strong evidence that including art therapy within clinical supervision can effectively reduce work-related stress and enhance psycho-socio-spiritual health for both practitioners and those they care for.  

Health, allied health and mental health professionals are prone to burnout and compassion fatigue given the intense emotional and existential nature of their work. 

Integrating the practice of mindfulness meditation in art therapy-based supervision, with reflective awareness complementing emotional expression, has immense potential for self-care and collegial support.  

These ultimately cultivate compassion and sustained resilience among those immersed in health and other areas of care, including palliative care, bereavement support, and support for parents and caregivers.  

In this webinar, Andy will:  

  • present the foundational knowledge on burnout, resilience and self-care 
  • provide the theoretical underpinnings and clinical framework of Mindful Compassion Art-based Therapy (MCAT) 
  • present the findings of a Randomized Wait-List Control Trial that assess MCAT’s efficacy for reducing burnout and promoting holistic wellness among 56 palliative care professionals in Singapore 
  • share narratives and experiences of MCAT participants, to illuminate the inner workings of this novel and promising psycho-intervention modality which enhances end-of-life care provision by caring for caregivers 
  • explain how these learnings can be applied to best support parents and caregivers. 

Ideal for

Health, allied health and mental health professionals and other caregivers. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. understand the causes and effects of stress and burnout on caregivers, particularly those immersed in the fields of palliative and bereavement care 
  2. understand the relationship between burnout, compassionate fatigue and moral distress, and their impacts on holistic health 
  3. discuss the current literature and research on resilience, mindful-compassion and expressive arts, and their integration for promoting self-care 
  4. discuss the empirical foundation for integrating mindfulness meditation and art therapy for self-help and clinical supervision purposes 
  5. integrate an empirical model of Mindful Compassion Art-based Therapy for supporting self and others emotionally, psychologically and spiritually within the context of palliative and bereavement care. 


About the presenter 

Dr Andy Ho is Associate Professor of Psychology and Medicine at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. He serves as Board Director of the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), and the International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB). He is also the Founding Director of the Action Research for Community Health Laboratory, and the Director of Research of the Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education.  

A health psychologist and a social scientist who holds double Doctorates in Thanatology and Lifelong Education, Andy has pioneered numerous innovative and robust psycho-socio-spiritual interventions for supporting individuals, families and communities through difficult life adversities such as illness, loss and mortality.  

A prolific author and acclaimed speaker with over 100 top-tier publications as well as more than 160 keynote and plenary presentations, his scholarly works are recognised with distinction by academic, professional and government bodies around the world.  

Andy is the first Asian recipient of the eminent ‘ADEC Academic Educator Award’ in 2018, while capturing the prestigious ‘Nanyang Education Award’ from NTU in 2019 and conferred the ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ from the University of Hong Kong in 2020. 


75 minutes of content and 15 minutes of moderated Q&As.

Registration information

Registrations close 48 hours before the webinar start time.

If paying by invoice, proof of payment needs to be provided at least 24 hours ahead of the event.

In addition to the live event link, all registrants will receive a link to the webinar recording post-event.

When you click to book, you will be taken to our payment gateway. Once you complete your registration you will receive an email detailing how to access your learning event in our Moodle Learning Management System.

Webinar requirements

In order to participate in this webinar, you will need access to the following:

  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Headphones
  • Microphone/speakers
  • Webcam (built in to your computer, or input separately)

Contact us

Training and Development Team
Phone: (03) 8573 2222
Email: [email protected]


3 - 4:30pm AEST on 17 July 2023

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