Madeleine Yong is the founder of Protect and Save
the Children (P.S The Children). For over 20 years, she advocated for child protection issues and led the organization in supporting thousands of children and adults through preventive work and intervention support to move forward from their past traumas and daily fears of child sexual abuse.
She is a passionate trainer and
speaker of prevention of child sexual abuse who
trained adults in Thailand, China, Vietnam,
Philippines and Korea. Madeleine designed the Keeping Me Safe personal safety curriculum, initiated new child protection programs and projects, as well as, supervised case management work, practiced clinical therapeutic play for children aged 4 – 12 years and expressive therapy with at risk children in
shelter homes, communities and schools.
After years of listening to abused stories and seeing the dysfunction in the pit of society, there was a realization that there is a huge void in breaking the cycle of inter-generational abuse. And a
huge need for healing and therapeutic support to be offered to all children. Thus, her curiosity for healing and learning effective therapeutic tools has
taken her around the world from South America, Europe to Asia, as student as well
as a practitioner, under-studied from numerous outstanding play therapists. She found play therapy in her journey believing that children hold their own keys to healing by becoming visible and valued to themselves. She holds the therapeutic
space coming from the space of “I see you, I hear you, I accept you, I care.” This offers children the courage to explore and master the self during
As Vygotsky so beautifully puts it, “A child’s play is not simply a reproduction of what he has experienced, but a creative reworking of the impressions he has acquired.”
Madeleine is the recipient of the 2006 Play Therapy International award for her contribution of play therapy initiatives in Malaysia. Her diverse background in Advertising, Montessori Early Childhood Care and Education Teaching and Play Therapy has assisted her in insights that are tailored to each specific client’s needs, regardless of their age. She offers an integrative therapeutic play sessions to individual and groups of children. And group workshops to adults. She is a member of Play Therapy International (PTi).
Quek Sue Yian
Sue Yian believes that every child should have the ability to be in charge of their own self - expression. Following this she is one of the founders of Anyaman Preschools, a reggio - inspired school that values play as the keystone of childhood development. She is also a founding partner at The Surin Academy, a small inclusive school that values personalised education deliveries.
Moving from schools to individuals she started her journey on child therapy with a
a diploma in Child Psychology and Learning Disorders. She also holds an MSC from the University of Birmingham for Poverty Alleviation and Development and has been working with at - risk communities for over 15 years through her role as Executive Director of the Hong Leong Foundation.
A lover of children's books that support emotional well - being in 2014
she received the White Raven Award in 2014 for her book on refugees and is hoping through her journey on child therapy to grow into writing personalised therapeutic story for children. She believes that children have the ability to heal by becoming visible to themselves through stories, play and an understanding of their own subconscious processes.
She offers individual therapeutic play sessions for children and is also a member of Play Therapy International.