This Chapter covers SCCA’s support to in house counsel in their overall well-being and growth.
The mission of the SCCA has been to support in-house counsel in their profession and careers. However, there is a growing recognition that simply equipping in-house counsel with the technical skills and legal training is not sufficient and that there needs to be a more holistic approach to such support. To this end, the SCCA is curating a chapter to support the Health and Well-being of in-house counsel.
The chapter will broadly focus on:-
(a) Both mental and physical aspects of well-being, (such as self-care strategies, reframing work life balance and improving effectiveness of your work practices) their respective importance and the science behind it;
(b) Providing valuable information on recognising signs of mental illness, how and where to seek support; and
(c) Most importantly, what habits and routines can be adopted by members in their lives to increase overall well-being and navigating the various hurdles in respect of same and the science behind it.
The work and goals of the well - being chapter will be to:-
1. Continuously generate data and statistics which ascertain where members of the Community currently are in terms of their level of health and well-being and refine the programme on an ongoing basis to remain relevant, address emerging trends and challenges.
2. Create awareness in the idea and importance of well-being.
3. Teach members strategies for bringing about and increasing their well-being.
4. Provide a general reference/information on how and where to seek practical support (for poor mental health and for increasing well-being).
5. Sharing of various approaches for taking “control” of how to manage stressful situations in workplace.
“Taking Charge of your well-being in busy and evolving times”
On the 17th May, SCCA’s Well-Being Chapter was formerly launched with its inaugural workshop covering the topic “Taking charge of your well-being in busy and evolving times”. The launch focused on starting a conversation on well-being within the legal sector in Singapore; sharing some results following an initial survey conducted among in-house counsels; and engaging with and providing tools for the audience to assist with personal well-being.
This included an experiential work-shop and an interactive session facilitated by our Key-note Positive Psychology Practitioner- Ms. Tara Schofield. Tara is currently working as a Lecturer/Trainer with the School of Positive Psychology (Singapore). Tara co-founded and manages the Positive International Educators (PIE) Network, and is a Positive Psychology Coach for Being (Wellbeing for Human Beings).
Tara commenced a dialogue with the audience on the various pathways to well-being, including the use of positive emotions, strengths, engagement, relationships, meaning and purpose and achievement. The audience had the opportunity to practice some techniques and understand how these concepts could fit into lawyers’ everyday life.
The workshop was followed by a sharing of personal experiences with well-being by two esteemed Singapore in-house counsels, Jacqueline Low and Monisha Kamdar respectively. They both shared what well-being meant to them and how well-being is a subjective concept. Jaqueline shared a few key highlights of her own journey and how she coped with building and maintaining resilience. Monisha additionally spoke of what factors brought about well-being for her and how that has improved her effectiveness both professionally as well as personally. She also shared some coping strategies and personal tips with the audience. This dialogue of personal experiences with well-being was moderated by our chapter co-lead, Geeta Thakerar.
The session was followed by networking, drinks and refreshments.
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SCCA’S second Well-Being Chapter event “UNTYING THE KNOTS ....by using emotions and mindfulness” was held at our sponsor FTI Consulting offices on 20th September 2018. It was a “cosy” and intimate event. We had a broad range of attendees from the in-house legal community including the government sector as well as private practice and also from other professions. It was an open public event.
Zerlina Sim, corporate trainer and coach with Potential Project together with Monisha Kamdar, a positive practitioner and coach, a practicing lawyer and our Well-Being chapter co-convenor, both facilitated the plenary workshop session. In addition, our panel of 3 in-house counsels – ShiYuan Yeo, Convenor of the SCCA Well-Being chapter and VP Legal and compliance BCS Information Systems, Vimaljit Kaur, Sembcorp, and Michele Musgrave, NextStory group also shared some experiences and learning.
Some of the key takeaways from the workshop included:
• Sharpening attention and focus through mindfulness techniques. We practiced some exercises as a group;
• Use and function of emotions (positive and negative) with a focus on the emotion of stress and how re-framing stress as necessary or beneficial can change our response to it.
Othe tips the panelists shared included:
- giving your self permission to be selfish one in a while and do something that we want to do that makes us feel good;
- knowing when to put your oxygen mask on and also helping others to also do so too in order to recharge; and
- leveraging simple mindfulness practices for a few moments everyday in order to remain calm and objective.
The session ended with networking and some refreshments very kindly supplied by the sponsors for the event, FTI Consulting.
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