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We are a small, dynamic organization, comprised of a group of individuals, mostly clinical and counselling psychologists who are desirous of creating change in individuals in Trinidad and Tobago.
The MNC Psychological Testing and Counselling Centre (MNC) was founded by prominent psychologist and president of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists (2017-2019) Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor. It has always been the organization's goal and duty to help and provide assistance to children, couples and families that are in need of Clinical and Professional aid.
MNC consists of a team of 9 individuals, including 4 Clinical Psychologists, a Forensic Psychologist, a School Psychologist, an Educational Psychologist, a Neuroscientist and a Director of a service that provides mentorship and parenting skills for parents and their children. Our services are available to schools, NGOs and organizations for Professional Development Workshops, Team Management, Mental Health Workshops, and Counselling for children and adolescents considered 'at risk'. We have developed a specific training workshop titled, PEST, which assists single-parent families in developing and honing their coping skills.
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The MNC is a psychological institution that offers psychometric assessments for learning disabilities as well as forensic, psychological and educational evaluations. We also offer a variety of therapeutic services including Individual, Family, and Couples/Marital Therapy. Many of us work in schools or are employed in the private sector and as such, our projects are carried out on site - within schools, youth centres or in institutions.
“To create an environment where individuals are enriched, and where they are able to view their healing as transformative”.
“To provide emotional and mental support in a safe place, where children and adolescents together with their families, can share their experiences as they move through the healing process”.
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Dr. Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and their families for over twenty years. Her areas of expertise include at-risk youth, parental bereavement counselling, screening for learning disabilities and indigenous research methodologies for Caribbean peoples. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Education Programmes (UTT) in Educational Psychology, Psychology of Human Development and Adolescent Psychology.
Dr. Nakhid-Chatoor is President of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists (TTAP) and Director of the MNC Psychological Testing and Counselling Centre which conducts workshops, training and presentations for NGOs and schools. She continues to be a strong advocate for the mental health of children and adolescents. She is also a columnist for the local dailies. Dr. Nakhid-Chatoor is professionally affiliated with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Death Education Counselling (ADEC) in the US.
Wendy Jeremie received her B. Sc. Psychology and M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Her special areas of interest lie in the holistic development of the individual and as such, she delivers psychological services that address a wide range of issues related to home, family, married life, and relationships. Her goal is to provide her clients with insights and tools needed to move beyond the old beliefs and failed coping mechanisms and behaviours that limit their development. Her inspirational and motivational workshops are based on Self Esteem, Anger Management, Stress Management and Coping with Crisis. Wendy has worked with women in prisons, developing programmes of restoration as they prepare for the outside world.
Dr. Astra Kassiram is a Clinical Psychologist and a Criminologist. A major focus of her interventions and psychological assessments include working with juvenile delinquents and the profiling of persons who have criminal backgrounds. Astra has worked closely with women who have been abused in domestic violence incidents and who have experienced somatization disorder as a result of their experiences.
An experienced Guidance Officer II, skilled in Coaching, Counselling, Program Planning, Research and Training, Carla has many years’ experience in providing current and effective programs for staff, parents and students, where she is well-known for her dynamic, motivating and humorous speaking style. Carla has been a member of the MNC for more than 10 years and she has delivered workshops in Career Development, Classroom Management and Adolescent Development programs to ‘at risk’ youths. A strong professional with a Master’s in Human Resource Management (Training and Development) from the UWI, Arthur Lok Jack Institute of Business and a M.Ed. (School Counselling) - St. John’s University, Queens, NY., her motto is: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Joanne has been providing counseling services to diverse populations for more than twenty years and has been instrumental in the planning, executing and evaluating of counseling programmes in many schools and organizations. She is a strong advocate for families and group therapy and is involved in conducting parenting workshops to heal the rifts that may occur.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. in Sociology and a M.Sc. in Counselling, Joanne has taught at both the primary and secondary school levels. At the Ministry of Education, she worked as a Guidance Officer 1 and subsequently as a Guidance Officer 11, in a supervisory capacity. Joanne has been a part of the MNC since its inception, and is committed to the development of young persons and the opportunities that they can offer to the society.
Jefferson is a Clinical Psychologist attached to the Rebirth House and an Employee Assistance personnel with the prison services in Trinidad and Tobago. He holds many portfolios and is able to multitask all assignments at optimum level performance. A former Welfare Officer, then Guidance Officer, he is the Clinical Psychologist at the Piparo Empowerment Centre. Mr. Jurawan’s areas of specialization include Adolescents ‘at risk’ and their families, substance abuse and other addictions. He lectures in Addictions Counseling at tertiary level. He also conducts in depth Psychological assessments for F.U.L. (Firearm Users Licence).
Casswina Donald is a Researcher with the International Research Programme on Psychosis in Diverse Settings (INTREPID II) project at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Donald was educated at King’s College, London (M.Sc. Cognitive Neuroscience) and at UWI (B.Sc. Chemistry/Physics).
She has previously worked on projects investigating anger management and was involved in a PAHO-WHO initiative for suicide prevention in Trinidad. She has published many papers in international scientific journals. An invaluable asset to MNC, Casswina documents our findings as we work with NGOs and organizations.
Gregory Pierre is the Managing Director and Founder of the Professional Protection and Training Services Ltd (PPTSL) since 2010. He formerly served as the Deputy Director of Security in the Office of the Prime Minister (2007-2010) and as Assistant Chief of Security in the Ministry of the Attorney General.
A former Police Officer in the TTPS, Mr. Pierre is a Certified Security Trainer (A.S.E.T. Virginia, USA), with a Diploma in Crisis Management Studies and an Associates of Science Degree (ASD) in Security Administration & Management. His experience with various groups in Crisis Management, his knowledge of many topics and his unique abilities in counselling young people, has made Mr. Pierre a valued asset to the MNC Psychological Testing and Counselling Centre, of which he has been a member since 2013.
Jordanna’s strengths lie in her ability to mediate in group discussions effectively. She possesses good communication and conflict solving skills and is often intrigued by new, challenging, and dynamic experiences which allow her to be creative and utilize the knowledge and skills obtained over the years. In 2014, she designed an online private, counselling chat room for troubled teenagers and individuals seeking guidance and advice. Ms. Chatoor has a B.Sc.in Psychology with a minor in Management studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree (Human Resource Management) at the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
As a member of the MNC, she took part in a two-day workshop hosted by the Juvenile Court Project on ‘Evidence-Based Practices’ for the assessment of young persons who engage in low risk- to high risk crimes.
Jann-Marie has a B.Sc. in Special Psychology with experience as a counselling assistant, teacher, musician and research assistant across many areas, but especially in children’s development where she uses her musical skills as a professional clarinetist, as part of the counselling experience. Her key skills are in Criminology and Personality Studies (Perception, Motivation, Emotion and Abnormal Psychology) and she is enrolled in the M.Sc. Programme at the UWI, St. Augustine in Criminology and Criminal Justice systems. At the MNC, she works with teenagers in group discussions and has conducted the adolescent forums when parenting workshops are held. Her analytical skills are much needed as part of the organization’s thrust for data recording and documentation.