Ms Siti Mariam
providing a safe space where clients can feel they matter, while facilitating their ability to cope and gain mastery over their stressors and challenges.”
Even as a young child, Siti knew she wanted to be in the helping profession. She had friends who had been abandoned and abused, and really empathised with them.
Siti started her career as a social worker in the community before joining the healthcare sector where she spent most of her professional career. Her extensive experience included working with individuals, couples and families, supporting them through challenges associated with having chronic diseases, cancer, medical trauma, terminal care, end-of-life issues and bereavement. Part of this experience also include supporting survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and people struggling with mental health difficulties.
In Sengkang General Hospital, Siti set up and led her team of Medical Social Workers to provide psycho-emotional support to patients and their family at the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit. She formed and delivered peer support and staff counselling service and was part of various internal and external workgroups to promote mental health and wellness for staff.
Being passionate about nurturing and empowering others, Siti is active in providing training and clinical supervision in areas such as breaking bad news, grief and loss, crisis and trauma, counselling and attending skills, managing difficult situations, Fundamentals in Clinical Education, WHO Psychological First Aid and self-care. She was part of the team that established the Advance Care Planning service in the hospital and trained numerous healthcare staff to be facilitators to conduct conversations with patients and families on their end-of-life healthcare choices.
Supporting others with medical trauma and end-of-life issues is Siti’s passion. She strongly believes in the importance of mental wellness at the workplace and integrates expressive arts as part of the healing process in her therapeutic approach.