What we stand for
We help people develop the critical skills that enable them to help themselves, and help others to help themselves make positive, lasting behavior change.
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The Background Story
In 2020, Nicholas came to us with a radical idea of setting up a company in Singapore to tap the expertise and programs in Wellness and Behaviour Change that IWE (the Institute for Wellness Education) had successfully launched in the US.
One of their most popular programs was a Wellness Coach certification, which helped individuals better understand where they were, within 10 different dimensions of wellness (ranging from physical to nutritional to social, among others – see below), and then for them to figure out for themselves what they needed to do to improve. The program was mostly online (“in the cloud”), which allowed freedom to learn where and when they liked, but each course also had 10 compulsory live sessions with the IWE facilitators for the students to practice their skills, which includes learning how to help other people (at whatever stage in their journey) to do the same thing.
Behaviour Change for oneself or others is hard, unless you learn the skills to do it. IWE has now run that same program for thousands of people from Social Work agencies, Hospitals, Schools, Church Groups, ordinary companies and of course, for the US Government – all to fantastic reviews.
What is there not to like? So in 2021/2022 we will be progressively modifying some of their material/case studies to make them more “local”, and to build up our own expertise in the programs. Meanwhile, the courses will be taught by IWE but administered and managed by Change For Good in Singapore.
The 10 Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness is a state of well-being and it applies to the “whole person.” Human beings aren’t one-dimensional—our lives consist of many facets, including these:
- Social: family and social support and cohesion
- Physical: structured exercise, active lifestyle practices
- Environmental: adjustment of physical setting to enhance well-being
- Medical and dental: screening, prevention, adherence
- Nutritional: diet and food choices, weight loss
- Spiritual: core values, identity and purpose
- Psychological: coping, stress management, problem solving, decision making
- Behavioral: substance abuse, hygiene, risk reduction
- Occupational: interests, skills, performance, satisfaction, environment, transitions
- Financial: planning and saving, cash and credit management, risk management
At Change for Good, we teach that you must be cognizant of every dimension of your wellness—as a deterioration in one area could adversely affect the others as well as your overall balance.
Your wellness should include a balance of health habits, rest, good nutrition adequate sleep, exercise and connections with friends and family that support you. Here are a couple of the dimensions:
Your fitness level and ability to care for yourself define physical wellness. You get physically “well” when you engage in regular physical exercise during which your heart rate remains elevated for at least 30 minutes. Experts recommend at least 2.5 hours of brisk cardiovascular exercise—also called “aerobic” exercise.
Other ways to improve your fitness include doing a brisk walk three times a week, an aerobics or Zumba class at the gym, or jogging or cycling for 30 minutes. Hey, don’t forget to break a sweat!
If you are unable to do this, you should consider building up to it—if you are physically able to — or consider what keeps you from regular exercise. Too much work? Too little time? Apathy? We simply can’t ignore so many studies in favor of “getting moving.” Physical activity prevents common lifestyle-related illnesses like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, plus it improves brain function and memory, including problem-solving and focus.
If you’re spiritually “well” you may possess a set of guiding beliefs, principles or values that give meaning and purpose to your life, especially during difficult times. You need both to develop a sense of balance and peace to protect and nurture your psyche.
Spirituality is not necessarily religion or even necessarily affiliated with religion. It’s more a process or journey of self-discovery, learning not only who you are but who you want to be. It can be about the challenge of reaching beyond your current limits and determining what you are most passionate about in your professional, social and personal lives.
You manifest spiritual wellness if you perform community service, keep a journal, pray, practice yoga and simply challenge yourself to be a better person, however you define that.
At Change For Good, we respect all 10 dimensions of wellness, and invite you to attend our classes to expand your knowledge and your grasp of all the components that make us “whole” and “well.”
Khoo Seok Teng
Seok Teng has been an educator in institutions of higher learning for more than 10 years, delivering enriching learning experience to both young adults and mature learners. She brings in daily examples that are relatable to the learners to make their learning process a meaningful one.
As a young executive, then manager and mother, she recognised the need for herself, her friends, family and staff to gain skills to help themselves to do better, by changing their own behaviour, and learning new skills in interacting with people.
Seok Teng holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Nanyang Technological University. She is a Singapore Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder.
Kan Hwa Heng
Hwa Heng has a background in software development and project management. As a Project Director, he has managed many very large projects in the government and banking sectors.
Hwa Heng’s interest is in using evidence based tools and techniques to increase resilience and to make positive behaviour change in individuals and communities. He believes in measuring outcomes to understand what is happening, so as to increase what works, remove what doesn’t and improve what shows promise.
He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Information Technology from Nanyang Technological University.
Most of Nicholas’s career has been in technology related companies, with stints in Computer Operations, Networking, Manufacturing, Public Relations and Marketing. As CEO of an internet startup, Pacific Internet, he took the company to a US$1 billion listing on the US NASDAQ. As VP of Motorola in China, he was responsible for the introduction of 3G mobile phone technology to China in the early 2000’s.
Nicholas was one of the original investors in IWE, and has worked extensively with the IWE team since 2013 to bring the company from startup to operating courses for the US government in 35 states.
Now retired, Nicholas spends his time volunteering in the Australian Vinnies Organisation in both, Brighton and Seaford, and regularly attends Bible Study Fellowship classes in Melbourne. He is also on the Executive Board of the Chinese Association of Victoria.
What We Believe
At Change For Good and the Institute for Wellness Education:
We believe…in the democratization of wellness.
We believe…everyone can make positive, lasting change to boost their own wellbeing—and inspire and guide others.
We believe…everyone, regardless of educational achievement, professional role, or work experience, can make a difference.
We believe…everyone from the grassroots and front-lines to the executive suite has a role to play in transforming our culture so that everyone has a voice, a choice, and the ability to exercise that choice.
We believe…today’s “expert knows best” helping model, whether in healthcare or other settings, limits individual self-efficacy and community empowerment.
We believe…we do our best when we help others help themselves.
We believe…together, we can do better.
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What We Do
We offer a best-in-class training program that turns the “expert” model on its head. We believe that each person is the expert of themselves, and that all change is self-change.
We offer a rich array of programming in the language of caring conversation and science of behavior change for people at home, in schools, healthcare and social service agencies, community organizations, and businesses.
Our courses help people first maximize their own well-being while they develop the competence and confidence to help others help themselves.
Our work is based on solid science and integrity. We teach a person-centered, biopsychosocial-spiritual model that accounts for all the factors that contribute to well-being. Our approach is solution-focused, strength-based, relationship-focused, and outcomes-driven.
Affordable. Accessible. Appropriate.
Socioeconomic status must not be a barrier to learning. We make tuition costs manageable, and give special consideration to people working in community-based settings.
Our online courses and live training sessions are easy to access for students anywhere in the world through any device.
Our program is flexible to fit the needs of people worldwide regardless of setting, scheduling, or target goals.
Our training is rigorous because everyone deserves a chance to thrive. The skills students develop through our training help them transform lives.
Everyone’s a Coach
Our program improves the effectiveness of anyone in a position to influence others, from community activists, clergy, and teachers and students, to business and clinical professionals.
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The goals of IWE’s programming are to foster a culture that emphasizes:
Strengths vs deficits
Relationships and collaboration vs individual blame
Prevention vs reaction
Engagement and empowerment vs arrogance and judgment
Finding solutions by focusing on what works vs solving problems by concentrating on what’s wrong.
Using science-based strategies and tools within a biopsychosocial-spiritual model to promote positive lasting behavior change.
Creating psychological safety so people feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings, pursuing new ideas, and applying creative thinking to the challenges they face.
Modeling a whole-person, person-centered approach to individual and individual, organizational, and community well-being.
Measuring meaningful outcomes to increase what works, eliminate what fails, and improve what shows promise.
IWE – Our Business Collaborators
David Mee-Lee, MD
David is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Based in Davis, California.
David has trained and consulted nationally and internationally for hundreds of organizations, ranging from small mental health centers to government departments and national behavioral healthcare companies.
David has also authored a number of book chapters and papers in a variety of professional publications. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of all past and current editions of The ASAM Criteria.
David is the recipient of ASAM’s 2017 John P. McGovern Award. David has forty years of experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance-use conditions.
Dr. Deborah Teplow
Deborah is an expert in person-centered, solution-focused, strength-based, relationship-focused approaches to care, and has published widely on evidence-based strategies to promote lasting behavior change.
She earned her doctorate from Stanford University and is certified as a Tiny Habits® Coach by BJ Fogg, Director, Stanford Behavior Design Lab and currently is a member of the TIny Habits Research Lab. Deborah also has extensive training in solution-focused brief therapy and recently graduated from SAMHSA’s Faith Leadership Academy to help faith communities address substance use disorder.
Deborah has pioneered approaches to training that translate solid science into effective action that delivers proven results for professionals and community activists in diverse settings ranging from local, state, and federal organizations to individual groups and families.
IWE Set the US National Standard
Students train with the experts who “wrote the book.” IWE created the national occupational competencies and training curriculum the US Department of Labor used to establish wellness coaching as an official US occupation SOC # 21-1094.00).