Psychology and Learning Centre (PAL)

What is the PAL Centre?

The PAL Centre exists primarily to provide mental health support for students and staff of MCKL via one-to-one mental health counseling and mental health related education.

 

What services does PAL provide?

1. Personal counseling

PAL provides individual counseling with respect to adjustment and/or mental health issues. PAL also welcomes staff who would like to seek counseling.

2. Consultation with Parents/Faculty

As family relationship plays a significant role in one’s development and adjustment to life’s various transitions. PAL offers an avenue for parents and/or family members who are concerned about the psychological welfare of their children to work in collaboration with MCKL in providing optimal support for their children. Concerned parents/family members can email PAL to make an appointment for such consultations.

3. Self-Development Training

Many students find it challenging to meet the demands of college life and at times. PAL conducts a series of workshops to help students develop resilience needed to adjust well in college in a safe and non-judgmental community where experiences, ideas and insights can be shared openly.

4. Peer Support Training

Fellow students are an essential support system for anyone adjusting to life in a college. Often, individuals prefer to confide in peers regarding the various distress and challenges they are experiencing rather than approaching their family members, lecturers and/or professionals. As such, it is crucial for the college to provide a network of peers who are trained to provide optimal peer support for individuals in need. PAL facilitates such networking to take place and provides basic training for students who would like to adopt this supportive role.

5. Mental Health Seminars

PAL also conducts mental health seminars aimed at increasing mental health awareness and reducing stigma of mental health.

 

How could I make use of PAL’s services?

Email PAL at pal@mckl.edu.my for queries on counseling matters and/or to register for workshops/talks. The schedules and venues for all talks and workshops are posted on PAL’s notice board.

 

What is PAL’s operating hours?

PAL is open from Mondays to Fridays 9am-4pm.

 

Who works in PAL?

Dr Hera Lukman, PhD, CPsychol (British Psychological Society)

Chartered Health Psychologist

Head of PAL

 

Ms June Naik, Bachelors of Psychology (Hons), MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Licensed Counselor (Lembaga Kaunselor, Malaysia and State of Illinois, USA)

 

Ms Rachel Seak, BSc (Hons) Psychology, currently completing MA in Special Education

Study Skills and Career Counselor