Chris Ng’s career is quite varied. He started out as an educator, then an actor/entertainer, then a non-governmental individual working with marginalised communities, a trainer and a play therapist. His strength is in training and in designing and developing customised training programmes for various organizations and communities.
He believes in empowerment and believes that empowerment comes with knowledge and skills that can help one make informed decisions that impact one’s life. In 2004, he was awarded the United Nations (Malaysia) Award for “outstanding and creative work in empowering young Malaysians to make informed decisions in HIV/AIDS prevention through the Youth to Youth Theatre”.
He has developed various training programmes including stress management via the Expressive Therapies for corporate clients as well as behaviour change communication for communities dealing with personal losses arising from addiction issues. He also develops and runs training programmes for counsellors on using play and expressive therapies in helping clients dealing with grief and loss and living with terminal illnesses and secrets. He provides TOT modules to community leaders as well as facilitates leadership workshops.
His shift of focus into play therapy in the last 9 years comes from years of working in the area of HIV/AIDS and Child Protection. He observed that while knowledge and skills are important, what is equally important is mental health and issues arising from mental health that can prevent a person from functioning at his/her best. He believes that mental health support must be made accessible to all and works towards developing training programmes in play and expressive therapies for community workers. He realizes that any work with children must also involve the adults in their lives. He has embarked in a series of parenting talks on managing difficult children and children with problems.
Chris also believes in self-care and personal development. He makes time to cycle, cook, travel, and connect with family and friends. He believes that in life one must constantly adjust and adapt and evolve. He is fun loving and believes that laughter is the best medicine and helps himself to massive doses every so often.