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Participating and Organizing Conferences
2015 Asia Pacific Supported Employment and Job Coach Seminar
Mr. Thomas Chu, Professional Service Manager, and Ms. Dora Ng, Social Worker, participated in the 2015 Asia Pacific Supported Employment and Job Coach Seminar on May 4-7, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Information was exchanged on the roles of multi-disciplinary teams and the development and implementation of supported employment in the Asia Pacific region. Representatives of various regions presented and shared their experiences and knowledge in the field on promoting sustainable employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The 8th Workability Asia Conference 2015
Ms. Joey Chan and Ms. Irene Mok attended a Conference from July 8 to 10, 2015 in Pattaya, Thailand during which they gave a presentation on New Life Farm’s development. They also joined a post-conference visit to a farm and a day care center.
“Wellness Recovery Action Plan®” - WRAP®” Around the World Conference 2015
Two Advanced facilitators of Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) participated in the WRAP® Around the World Conference 2015 from August 24 to 26, 2015 in Washington D.C. Two facilitators presented a workshop at the conference titled “A Unique Place and a Unique Culture—Facilitating Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) in Hong Kong with Creative Activities”. In addition, they had lots of inspiring interactions and cultural exchanges with facilitators from around the globe.
The Regional Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health
Ms. Sania Yau, Chief Executive Officer, and two professional staff participated in the Regional Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health, which held in Singapore from October 1 to 3, 2015. The Congress promoted the development of innovative and holistic interventions in mental health service in the Asia-Pacific Region. Ms. Yau was invited to present “Experience of Recovery Model in Practice in Hong Kong”.
The 10th IAGG Asia & Oceania Regional Congress
Dr. Christopher Chan, our Occupational Therapist, attended The 10th IAGG Asia & Oceania Regional Congress with the theme Healthy Ageing Beyond Frontier, which was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 19 to 22, 2015, Dr. Chan presented a paper on “Comorbidity of Medical Illness Among Soon-To-Be-Old and Aging Adults with Mental Illness in Hong Kong: Implications for the Direction of Service Provision”. This paper was co-authored with Ms. Sania Yau, Chief Executive Officer of the Association, Professor Danial Lai, Chair, Professor and Head of Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Mr. K.C. Chan, Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“16th International Mental Health Conference - Mental Health Future for All” in Gold Coast, Australia
A two-staff delegation, Ms. Zoe Chan and Mr. Alan Din attended the“16th International Mental Health Conference - Mental Health Future for All” held in Gold Coast, Australia during 12-14 August 2015. They appreciated the clinical knowledge and technology development of current practice in Australia and were inspired by the local mental health promotion strategies and implementation.
Symposium: Review on the Integrated Social Service in Guangdong Provinces
Mr. Thomas Chu, Professional Service Manager, was invited to present at the Symposium held in Guangzhou on May 22, 2015 on The Collaboration between Vocational Rehabilitation Service and Social Enterprises. It included sharing the innovation on vocational rehabilitation service, service delivery model, brand development and promotion, etc. Mr. Chu was also invited to serve as an Evaluation Committee member for the competition of Best Case Study for Integrated Social Service.
The 11th National Seminar on Mental Health of Mainland China
Ms. Sania Yau, Chief Executive Officer attended the 11th National Seminar on Mental Health of Mainland China held in Dalian, China June 27 and 28, 2015. Ms. Yau gave a presentation on “The Development of Community Service in Hong Kong” and visited Dalian’s Seventh People’s Hospital.
Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore Creative Arts Therapy Exchange: Symposium and Workshops on Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit
The symposium was jointly organized by the Association and The Centre for Community Cultural Development from August 7 to 16, 2015. Creative art workshops were held by therapists from Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Participants also shared their experiences on the application of creative art therapy in Chinese communities.
“Recovery in Action: Development of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) in Hong Kong” Seminar
The Seminar was held on September 30, 2015 and was attended by medical personnel, social workers, people in recovery, family caregivers and college students who shared their experiences in promoting WRAP® within different services and organizations. Mr. Matthew Federici, Executive Director of Copeland Center, was also invited to deliver a speech via an online platform. The seminar introduced WRAP® to the community by the sharing of examples of its implementation in various settings, as well as highlighting development plans in the near future.
Symposium for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 2015
The Association co-organized the Symposium for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with the Vocational Training Council (VTC), the Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service (YMMSS), the Hong Kong Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied Association (HKPHABA), and the Spastics Association of Hong Kong (SAHK) from November 30 to December 1, 2015. Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor and Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS® Clinic at the University of California, Los Angeles in the U.S.A., were invited as the keynote speaker. Dr. Raymond Chan, Consultant to our Association’s Jockey Club iREACH Social Competency Development Center, and professionals from the Hong Kong Institute for Counselling Professionals, the Hong Kong Educational Psychology Services Centre and co-organizing NGOs also conducted various presentations. Twenty-seven staff from the Association attended the symposium and provided positive feedback on the event.
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Seminar and Training Workshop
The Association co-organized the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program with the Hong Kong Association for Infant Mental Health Limited and the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children on November 21-23, 2015. Two infant and early childhood specialists, Associate Professor Campbell Paul, Consultant Infant and Child Psychiatrist, and Dr. Megan Chapman, Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, were invited as keynote speakers.
The seminar entitled Building “Good Enough” Infant Caregiver Interactions aimed to understand the mental health needs of infants and young children, and to acquire knowledge of good practices in promoting infant and early childhood mental health. The focus of the workshop was Attachment-based Interventions with Infants and Families. More than 160 people attended the seminar and more than 80 people attended the workshop. Participants greatly appreciated the training.
Seminar on “Horticultural Therapy and Psychological Well-being”
The Association co-organized a seminar on “Horticultural Therapy and Psychological Well-being” with the Hong Kong Association of Therapeutic Horticulture and St. James Settlement on December 8, 2015. Topics included the benefits of therapeutic landscape and horticultural therapy to the psychological well-being of participants, and how to conduct relevant assessments. There were also several workshops on “The Theory and Design of Therapeutic Landscape”, “Practical Skills in Horticultural Therapy Activities”, and “Assessment of Psychological Well-being”. Guest speakers included Professor Chang Chun Yen from Taiwan, Ms. Connie Fung, Chairman of Hong Kong Association of Therapeutic Horticulture, and 2 registered Horticultural Therapists from the Association, Ms. Ide Mok and Mr. Michael Kam. More than 180 participants attended the seminar.
Exchange and Collaboration
To promote mental health and recovery-oriented services, the Association collaborated with various organizations in Mainland China to exchange knowledge and skills and provide consultation, supervision, and training.
Psychiatric Hospital of Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau – Agricultural Rehabilitation, Horticultural Therapy and Expressive Arts
The Association continued its 4th year of collaboration with the Psychiatric Hospital of Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau on agricultural rehabilitation and staff training. This year, regular supervision visits were conducted and an Expressive Art Workshop was held in November 2015 for the hospital staff to enhance their competency in positive thinking through expressive arts.
Guangzhou Famhealth Social Work Service Centre – Aixin Jiayuan
The Association was invited by Guangzhou Famhealth Social Work Service Centre – Aixin Jiayuan of the Guangzhou Yuexiu Community Mental Health Integrated Service Centre for a regular on-site consultation and training service program. Aixin Jiayuan was appraised as “Excellent” in the 2015 Service Quality Annual Assessment by the Guangzhou Disabled Persons’ Federation. It was the only center in Guangzhou that received such a high honor in the assessment based on its outstanding performance and continuous improvement in center management and service planning.
Guangzhou Haizhu Community Mental Health Integrated Service Centre
In June 2015, Yuexiu Xinhe Social Work Centre invited the Association to provide supervision for Guangzhou Haizhu Community Mental Health Integrated Service Centre as from June 2015. The Centre was appraised as “Above Standard” in the annual assessment carried out by the Government.
Guangzhou Cengcheng Community Mental Health Integrated Service Centre
The Association was appointed by Guangzhou Guangda Social Work Service Centre to provide supervision for Guangzhou Cengcheng Community Mental Health Integrated Centre starting in June 2015. There were initial challenges in the delivery of our services due to the center’s remote rural location. Following a series of trainings, supervision and practicums in Hong Kong, the Centre was acknowledged as “Above Standard” by the Government in its annual assessment.
Guangzhou Baiyun Lingnan Social Development of Social Services
This one-year project provided to “Min Kangxinyi” (Sha Yuan Jie Mental Health Integrated Service Centre) was implemented in mid-2015. To strengthen the quality of the center’s service, the focus was on the application of recovery-oriented services, after the service’s coverage was expanded.
Jiangmen Social Work Internal Supervisor Training
The Association was invited by Jiangmen Pengjiang Social Work Association to oversee a one-year project on Jiangmen Social Work Internal Supervisor Training. Supervisors were appointed to provide theoretical lectures and on-site supervision in the area of youth and family services, services for people with disabilities and elderly services. The project aimed to enhance the supervision skills, self-management as well as project and team management. Students had a field study practicum visiting the service units of the Association for one week.
Jiangmen Pengjiang Albert Wu Sheltered Workshop
The Association was invited to provide to supervise half-a-year of staff training for the Centre from May to October, 2015. Consultation and training on vocational rehabilitation, case management, and administration were provided. The Association had also provided consultation and supervision for their newly established social enterprise "DW Delight", a Hong Kong Style tuck shop at Wuyi University in Jiangmen.
The Association maintained close partnerships with China and overseas counterparts. During the course of the year, there were a total of 483 delegates who visited Hong Kong, of which 338 came from Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan and 145 delegates came from overseas countries including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Australia, UK and the U.S.A. Exchange activities including participation in 32 study visits and conferences and 10 study/attachment programs which last from 1 to 7 days. The Association welcomed the sharing and exchanges which fostered the development of new services.
China & Overseas Exchange Program 2015/2016
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Visit by Wuxi Mental Health Centre on May 6, 2015
The Association shared information on organization management with participants of the Guangdong Social Work Service Agencies CEO Capability Enhancement Program organized on July 22-23, 2015
Visit by Guangzhou GuangDa Social Work Service Centre on October12-14, 2015
Visit by China Foundation for Disabled Persons on November12, 2015
Family members of Guangzhou Brain Hospital visited New Life Farm during a study visit program on November 24-25, 2015
A study visit program by Jiangmen Hang Oi Social Work Integrated Service Centre at the Association on February 21-23, 2016
Singapore Association for Mental Health and Thailand Srithunya Psychiatric Hospital held a study visit program on January 12-17, 2016 whilst attending the Symposium on Recovery organized by the Association
Exchange between Family Network and Caregivers Alliance from Singapore on June 12, 2015
Visit by Maeumsarang Hospital from Korea on November 20, 2015
The annual study program organized for Somdet Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry of Thailand from December 7 to 11, 2015