Churches’ Counselling Service was started as a pilot project in September 1966. Located at No. 5, Fort Canning Road, the service offered counselling as the core programme. The first Director and Principal Counsellor was Rev Gunnar J. Teilmann and the Clinical Director was Dr Chester Raber.
Churches’ Counselling Service was confirmed to be a permanent service after being well received as a pilot project for 2 years.The Service was a collaboration between Wesley Methodist Church and St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
The inception of Samaritans of Singapore arising from the planning and training of Churches’ Counselling Service.
Anthony Yeo and Virginia Heng were the first two Asians to join as Staff at Churches’ Counselling Service.Churches’ Counselling Service became the approved centre for Clinical Pastoral Education and launched her first training programme on Clinical Pastoral Care.
Registered and approved as a Society under Registry of Societies.Moved out of Fort Canning to a temporarily office space in Wesley Church and St Andrew’s Cathedral.Name was changed to ‘Counselling and Care Service and updated as “Counselling and Care Centre” in year 1978.
Relocated to Singapore Council of Social Service (SCSS) building, 11 Penang Lane
Anthony Yeo became the first Asian Director as Rev. Teilmann returned as a missionary to Blacksburg, Virginia in the States after 14 years.The first in Singapore to use one-way mirror for observation of counselling sessions and supervision.
Launched “Becoming” magazine, a quarterly publication on family life education. Publication of the magazine ceased in Year 1988 due to the lack of financial viability.
Registered as a Charity under the Charities Act and joined Community Chest of Singapore. Community Chest provided funding for CCC since then.Training programmes were more established with Counsellor Training Programme becoming more clinical in approach.
Launched the Pastoral Counselling Programme.CCC celebrated 25th Anniversary. Conference cum Dinner was organised with the theme “New frontiers for Counselling in the 21st Century”.CCC was relocated to 1 Sophia Road, #06-19, Peace Centre.Launched the two-year part time programme on, “Post Graduate Diploma in Marital and Family Therapy”. This was jointly organised with Institute of Family Therapy, London. This was the first and only programme in systemic thinking and approach in Singapore.
Book publications: “Counselling: A Problem Solving Approach” and “Practics”.Revival of research project – exploration of indicators that assisted in the experience of positive outcome of counselling by clients with marital issues. The findings filled an existing gap in available local research literature.
Relocated to Blk 536, Upper Cross Street, #05-241, Hong Lim Complex, Chinatown.Contributions to the “Dear Aggie” column of the New Paper.In response to the needs for Mandarin-speaking counsellors, the Counsellor Training (Mandarin) Programme, in collaboration with Fei Yue Counselling Centre was launched.
The Centre celebrated its 30th Anniversary. A two-day conference drawing just over two hundred participants was held on 14 and 15 November.CCC provided counselling services for cases referred by Family Court of Singapore.
Engaged by Singapore Airlines to train members of Buddies System in the management of crisis and disasters.Provided training for police officers in dealing with spousal violence.The Post Graduate Diploma in Marital and Family Therapy that was jointly organised with Institute of Family Therapy attained certification by Birkbeck College, University of London.
CCC was appointed as the training provider for School Counsellors under the Ministry of Education.
CCC was increasingly recognised as the Centre for Crisis Management Training in Critical Incidents as reflected in the number of such requests from several corporations.
Launch of Diploma in Clinical Supervision which replaced the Certificate programme.Publication of book by Anthony Yeo, “When Mourning Breaks: Tales of Hope and Healing”.
Launch of Masters in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, a three-way partnership involving Counselling and Care Centre, Institute of Family Therapy (U.K.) and Middlesex University (U.K.). This programme replaced the Post Graduate Diploma in Marital and Family Therapy.
CCC celebrated her 40th Anniversary with a two days conference that was graced by Mr S.R Nathan, the then President of Singapore. Three books were also launched during the conference, namely, “On Wings of Storm”, “Service Provision and Utilisation” and “Labyrinth of Therapeutic Encounters: a Collection of Essays”.
CCC celebrated 35th year of service of Anthony Yeo. He had contributed significantly and was known as the “Father of Counselling in Singapore”.
Anthony Yeo passed away. CCC conducted a memorial service in tribute of Anthony Yeo’s contributions.
CCC organised a Systemic Psychotherapy Conference and launched a book on, “Journeys in Systemic Psychotherapy: Theory, Practice and Research”.
CCC was registered with Council of Private Education (CPE) for provision of training programmes.
The 5th run of Masters programme in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy was the last cohort. This was due to the lack of financial viability from the overseas academic partner.
Started “Supervision of Supervision” consultation sessions for consulting agencies in response to requests.
Launch of the book, “Clinical Supervision – Clinicians’ Perspectives and Practices: Towards Professionalising Counselling.”
Management and staff team went through a strategic planning retreat to review the mission, vision and clarify the values reflecting the core of her identity.As part of the preparation for CCC’s 50th Anniversary, a commemorative video – “Celebrating 50 years of Care, Collaborating for Change and Continuing the Legacy” – was produced.
CCC celebrated her 50th Anniversary with a Open House, two-day conference and a Jubilee Dinner.The book “Becoming” was published and given as a gift to the public. It recorded 50 life stories of the Centre’s clients, trainees and consultees who were in pursuit of their personal and professional well-being.