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Intrinsic motivation as a source of vitality?

Intrinsic motivation as a source of vitality?

“Vitality management is provided for organizations that have a vision”. A quote from Pauline van Dorssen, writer of “Vital People in a Vital Organisation”. This is a new successful training (NIP). Positive psychology and the use of vitality are central. The response from Occupational and Organisational Psychologists and Occupational Health Psychologists was exuberant, with all available places booked. In addition, the same question arises from organizations, who often need advice and coaching in the field of vitality.

To know more, here is the original article in Dutch language: Artikel_De Psycholoog_lisa van der Heijden

Written by Lisa van der Heijden, Clinical Psychologist.

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The Relationship Between Media Multitasking and Executive Function in Early Adolescents

The Relationship Between Media Multitasking and Executive Function in Early Adolescents


The increasing prevalence of media multitasking among adolescents is concerning because it may be negatively related to goal-directed behavior. This study investigated the relationship between media multitasking and executive function in 523 early adolescents (aged 11-15; 48% girls).

The three central components of executive functions (i.e., working memory, shifting, and inhibition) were measured using self-reports and standardized performance-based tasks (Digit Span, Eriksen Flankers task, Dots–Triangles task). Findings show that adolescents who media multitask more frequently reported having more problems in the three domains of executive function in their everyday lives.

Media multitasking was not related to the performance on the Digit Span and Dots–Triangles task. Adolescents who media multitasked more frequently tended to be better in ignoring irrelevant distractions in the Eriksen Flankers task. Overall, results suggest that media multitasking is negatively related to executive function in everyday life.

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Written by Lisa van der Heijden, Clinical Psychologist, Susanne E. Baumgartner and Wouter D. Weeda.

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Signs your son or daughter may be in crisis

Signs your son or daughter may be in crisis

crisisSigns that your son or daughter may be in crisis include;

– Self-harming such as cutting or burning
– Expressing suicidal thoughts
– Withdrawal from friends and family
– Poor academic performance
– Getting into fights at school or at home
– Changes in appetite and body weight
– Appearing moody, anxious and irritable
– Posting negative self statements on social media
– Experimenting with alcohol or drugs

What can you do to help your teen?

– Access a support network for help and advice
– Provide your teen with support and encouragement to seek help

Most importantly, get in touch with a mental health professional for guidance and support. Contact our Forensic Team at Promises Healthcare for a confidential enquiry. We can provide you with comprehensive suicide risk assessments and treatment plans to help your teen get back on track.

If you need urgent help

If you feel that your teenager is in any danger, you can also contact your local ambulance service on 995. For after hours emergencies contact the Institute for Mental Health 24-hour hotline on 6389-2222.

Written by: Leeran Gold – Psychologist, Forensic Services at Promises Healthcare

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New Children’s and Adolescent’s Services at Promises

New Children’s and Adolescent’s Services at Promises


Promises launched a comprehensive range of psychiatric and psychological services for children and adolescent. Psychological services comprise of counselling and psychological evaluations to address legal, diagnostic and educational purposes.

The children’s and adolescent’s division of Promises is focused on supporting your child’s cognitive, social and emotional development. We provide psychological therapy and counselling in addition to psychological evaluations.

Our Services
Our team of Clinical Psychologists are experience in providing evidence-based therapeutic
interventions and, comprehensive diagnostic and psycho-educational evaluations. Generally, our services are summarized into the following:

Individual counselling for children and adolescents
Group therapy for children and adolescents (e.g. Social Skills Training and Anger
Management groups)
Parenting skills training
Couples and Family counselling
Psychological Assessments (Diagnostic, Developmental and Psycho-Educational)

Some of the treatment areas that can be supported by our team of therapists’ include but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment/Transition Issues
  • Anxiety Disorders (such as panic attacks, phobias, excessive worry and separation anxiety)
  • Anger Management
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (including conditions previous known as Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders)
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Art Therapy
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Bullying
  • Co-dependency
  • Depression
  • Developing Social Communication
  • Eating Disorders (such as Anorexia and Bulimia)
  • Expat Relocation Counselling
  • Family Violence
  • Family Therapy (including Divorce Counselling for Families)
  • Gender Identity Issues
  • Grief and Trauma
  • Internet and Gaming Addictions
  • Learning Disorders (such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia)
  • Marriage and Relationship Conflicts and, Enhancement
  • Parenting Concerns and Parenting Training
  • Play Therapy for Children
  • Self-Esteem issues and Assertiveness Training
  • Sleep Problems

Click here to learn more about our new division.