Chương trình Team bonding Tháng Năm cho học viên Let’s Talk


Let’s Talk Team Bonding for Students

This is a first for ‘Let’s Talk Plus’. We held a special team bonding event for all Let’s Talkers from Let’s Talk 1-7.

This event is an opportunity for all students to meet and build an effective network in mental health care. We are grateful to Hanoi International Fellowship (HIF) for allowing us to use their auditorium and PA system without charge.

This is event is especially meaningful as it is the last event that Gwen facilitated for us. She has since returned to the States for good.

Dear Gwen, we wish you all the best in the States.

TO HIF, thank you so much for the generous use of your facilities.



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Special Team bonding for Let’s Talk lecturers in Spring


Let’s Talk Team Bonding for Lecturers

In 2017, CoRE launched the “Let’s Talk PLUS” program. This is different from our existing 3-month basic counseling training “Let’s Talk” series. We launched this program to introduce further training for our graduates and professionals working in the mental health industry in Hanoi. We also hope to connect our graduates and lecturers through “Let’s Talk” even after the program has ended. As one of the first events in this new program, a team bonding for Let’s Talk lecturers only was hold on 1st April 2017 at beautiful Park City. Under the great facilitation of  Mrs. Gwen Johnson, the person we normally called “an expert in team activities”, all participants had a great time of fun laughter and bonding!



Suicide Assessment and Intervention Skills (March 31st 2017)


In a study of medical records in 2005 in Hanoi, nearly half (49%) of the persons who attempted suicide were aged 15 to 24 (Thanh et al, 2005).

This social challenge was deemed taboo and not openly discussed in Vietnamese society (Harpham & Tuan, 2006). Fear of being stigmatized hinders an affected person from seeking help. Families and friends can be unaware or unable to help.  The social costs for the individual, families and society is high.

Base on the social needs, CoRE invited with Ms. Florence Fong, a Senior Medical Social Worker from Singapore General Hospital cum an ASIST trainer has conducted a 1-day workshop on Suicide Assessment & Intervention Skills.

From this workshop, participants were equipped to identify a person who may be at risk of suicide. They also acquired the knowledge and skills required to either directly intervene to prevent suicide behavior and/or refer a person at risk to a trained mental health professional for further follow-up care using a suicide assessment and intervention framework.

All participants found it very helpful and the model was easy to use. Role-plays were fun and aid in learning the PAL (Pathway to Life) model. Hope that we can spread broadly this model to community!

Art Therapy Workshop (March 2017)


Art therapy is an effective method to support clients in mental health care.

In March 2017, Mrs. Cindy West Limbrick – The President of Awakening Artist (USA) conducted an art journaling course on using art as a means to express one’s soul. This class is opened to anyone and participants included laymen, counselors, social workers and lecturers.

She also conducted an intensive 2-day workshop on using art as tools in a therapeutic situation. This was only opened to Tea Talk staff.

During her time here, Mrs Cindy also conducted peer coaching sessions for different participants based on appointment.


Let’s Talk 8 – A Para Counselor Training Course is coming back!

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“Let’s Talk” is a training program to equip young people with basic counseling skills. Established in 2013, it is the flagship program on the Centre for Counseling, Research and Empowering Community (CoRE), which seeks to improve the emotional and psychological well-being of the local community.

“Let’s Talk” is coming back at this autumn and looking for 20 participants

Language: Vietnamese and English

Location: Tea Talk Café & Bakery, No 16 Lane 100, Tran Duy Hung Rd., Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi.

Application round: from 3rd Jul – 3rd Aug, 2017

Training Course: from 9th Sept – 9th Dec, 2017

Course schedule:

Time Date



9.00 am – 11.00 am


1.00 pm – 3.00 pm


7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

9th Sept (Sat) Opening Ceremony (Afternoon)
13th Sept (Wed) Lecture 1: Self-Awareness and Ethics (Evening)
16th Sept (Sat) Lecture 2: Non Verbal Communication skills (Morning)
16th Sept (Sat) Mentoring Session 1 (Afternoon)
20th Sept (Wed) Lecture 3: Problem Identification & Goal Setting (Evening)
23rd Sept (Sat) Lecture 4: Empathic Skills (Morning)
23rd Sept (Sat) Mentoring Session 2 (Afternoon)
27th Sept (Wed) Lecture 5: Exploring & Clarification Skills (Morning)
30th Sept (Sat) Mentoring Session 3 (Afternoon)
4th Oct (Wed) Lecture 6: Reflection Skills (Evening)
7th Oct (Sat) Lecture 7: Summarizing Skills (Morning)
7th Oct (Sat) Mentoring Session  4 (Afternoon)
14th Oct (Sat) Lecture 8: Suicide Risk Assessment (Morning)
18th Oct (Wed) Lecture 9: Evaluation & Termination (Evening)
19th Oct – 30th Nov Mentoring Sessions 5, 6, 7 & 8 (flexible time)
18th Nov (Sat) Mini Workshop conducted by lecturers
2nd Dec (Sat) Group Student Presentations
9th Dec (Sat) Graduate Ceremony (Afternoon)
  1. Who can apply?
  • Youths and students who have interests in social activities such as counseling, psychology or social work;
  • Commitment (participate full course);
  • English is an advantage
  1. How to register for “LET’S TALK 8”?

To complete the registration procedure, please take the following steps:

Step 1: Download and fill out the application form from the following link: http://bit.ly/LT8-DK

And send the completed document to the email address below: counseling@teatalkvietnam.com

Subject of email: [DK LT8]_[Your full name]

Step 2: Pay the registration fees in the Office of CoRE – No.16 Lane 100, Tran Duy Hung Rd., Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi. Please call before coming via the following hotline number below.

Registration fee: VND 50,000/per profile

  1. Subsidized Tuition Fee: VND 1,500,000 (Materials included)



For more information, please contact:

Call: (024) 37 836 230 – 0168 7744 889

Email: counseling@teatalkvietnam.com

Fanpage: www.facebook.com/TEATALKNGO

Be Glad in April


– Now it’s May! But wait, how was your April? Was it fun?
– Yes, we were so glad to continue serving our community!

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TEA TALK TURNED 5! To celebrate our fifth anniversary this year, on a beautiful Sunday morning on 9th April, we organized a special event “Let’s Celebrate Family” to welcome many parents and children in the area of Hanoi. Along with musical performances on stage, we conducted different outdoor games to help strengthen the bonds between family members. While parents were busy attending workshops on parenting skills, their children were happy to join creative and playful activities like making small gifts, decorating cookies, face-painting or board games. We indeed couldn’t accomplish our mission without the great support from our volunteers, partners and all the attendants who spent their precious time to join our fifth anniversary. Together, we created a harmonious space that helped family members get closer.


SATURDAY FUN has officially launched!
Saturday Fun is our weekly activity that aims to provide a place for creative play for children from ages 4 to 11 years. By joining our fun activities such as arts & crafts, decorating cookies or making handmade toys from recycled materials, we hope they can grow both physically and mentally.


In April, LET’S SHARE enjoyed a series of discussions related to Easter, as even the recent film “Beauty and the Beast” was revealed (by guest speaker Beka Reise) as a story that displays how true love sacrifices for someone who has done wrong, and restores that person, making them new. Indeed, the month kickstarted with REI-Vietnam staff Ginny Teel and Rebecca Hedges offering “Easter and Spring: A Time for New Beginnings”. And as Let’s Share enters it’s second year, we know WHAT we do at Let’s Share and HOW we go about doing it, but the question of WHY was explored in another session called “Life Planning: Vision and Values” led by Raymond Tan and Lawrence Liew. Let’s Share continues to exist to give young Vietnamese friends an opportunity to truly express their souls while learning and sharing about new and relevant topics in life.  We saw this happen again with the final Let’s Share of April entitled “Desert Storm: A Liberation Story”, where a military veteran shared about his experience in war trying to help free a country, but how nowadays he’s working to help people find personal freedom. Of course, we had fun playing some games and trivia, and winning some prizes along the way!

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Following the success of our events under Let’s Talk PLUS in March, in April, 13 – 14th, Ms. Jean Lim (MA Counseling), Director of PowerVision EAP Inc. from the Philippines, together with CoRE, conducted a training workshop on Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). SFBT is an approach to psychotherapy that, as the name implies, focuses on solutions rather than problems. This focus makes it shorter than other forms of therapy. Through the therapeutic conversations, the therapist and client collaborate to envision what the client wants and to discover solutions from the client’s strengths and experiences. This training workshop attracted social workers, psychologists and students. All found it helpful and easy to apply to their work.


This March!


If we had to describe this March with one word, “hectic” would definitely be the one! The Cafe launched its final phase of renovation to welcome many individuals and groups of customers, CoRE which is the charity arm of Tea Talk provided various study tours, training and workshops within the month.



In 2017, CoRE launched the “Let’s Talk PLUS” program. This is different from our existing 3-month basic counseling training “Let’s Talk ” series. We launched this program to introduce further training for our graduates and professionals working in the mental health industry in Hanoi. We also hope to connect our graduates and lecturers through “Let’s Talk” even after the program has ended. This March, 3 workshops and training were conducted under Let’s Talk PLUS. From left to right are the featured photos of Team Bonding session for Let’s Talk lecturers/support staff, Art Journaling workshop, Art Therapy training in “Creative Processing” and workshop on Suicide Assessment & Intervention. Among which, 14 participants came for the 1-day workshop on Suicide Assessment & Intervention conducted my Ms Florence Fong, an ASIST trainer. All found it very helpful and the model was easy to use. Role-plays were fun and aid in learning the PAL (Pathway to Life) model.

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March was a big month for “Let’s Share” as we celebrated our one year anniversary!  Over the past year, we’ve hosted guest speakers from seven different countries, learning and discussing a wide variety of topics. This included speakers from Vietnam, America and Singapore who facilitated thought-provoking issues such as “Love’s Sacrifice:  Saint Valentine’s” and “The Right Way to Drop Out of College“. We celebrated our first year anniversary with a blast! 28 Singaporean students came to share about their culture and creole (Singlish) in “A Night in Lah Lah Land Singapore“, so it was fun to have a twist of having Tea Talk Singlish instead of Tea Talk English!  We are looking forward to another year of great fun and forming lasting friendships!

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Our dear friend Owen Soon from Singapore would be doing an Ironman 70.3 triathlon race in Danang to raise SGD 10,000 for Tea Talk. Please follow his Instagram names “owensoon” or Facebook account “Owen Soon” for the fund raising updates.


For February


Tea Talk’s makeover is almost complete and just in time to celebrate our 5th Anniversary. This again would not have been possible if not for your generous contributions. Our Hope, Love and Faith Rooms are completed and we are now launching our final phase of renovation, that of the Family Room and the outside signage. We need a final donation of US$3000 to complete all our renovation needs.


This year, for Tea Talk’s 5th Anniversary, we are organizing a carnival with the theme
“LET’S CELEBRATE FAMILY!”  More details coming SOON.

It was our pleasure to have the great support from REI volunteers this February. During their very first business trip in Hanoi, Tessa Schuman, Alina Farag and Grace Senior decided to drop by and teach our Cafe staff how to make tiramisu cake and doughnuts. Well done ladies! The cakes were so yummy, and as you can see, Tea Talk was again proudly represented!

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Tea Talk English picked back up its “Let’s Share” program in mid-February, with Thang Tran giving an overview of Vietnamese literature and Tessa Schuman, an REI-VN volunteer from America, sharing about how to balance personal and professional life. Both speakers were well received and the interactive times showed off how the new Tea Talk building could continue to host the sharing sessions. Tea Talk also welcomed back the McFadden family, Presley, Mary, Lincoln, Owen – and the new arrival – Baby Quinton! The McFaddens are looking forward to committing one more year to working with Tea Talk and are enjoying the fact that their second home (Tea Talk) is now a short walk from their flat!


Tea Talk Tours is now in partnership with Actxplorer to provide tours that make a difference. When you book all your travel needs through Actxplorer to Vietnam or any other destinations offered, Actxplorer makes a donation to Tea Talk. So, support Tea Talk by using Actxplorer!