Contents A Message from the Director Highlights Love of Learning Study Smarter, Not Harder: Knowing Your Learning and Study Strategies Improving Your Concentration Beauty, Excellence and Lifestyle Image Building 1001 Wine Appreciation as a Life Skill (Introductory) Wine Appreciation as a Life Skill (Advanced) Emotional Intelligence Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence Anger Management and Conflict Resolution Courage and Confidence Be a Master of Your Worries How to be a Dynamic Speaker Being Assertive without being Aggressive Self-management Time Management Progressive Muscular Relaxation Exercise for Well-being Mindfulness Relaxation Exercise for Well-being Social Intelligence How to be a Lady/Gentleman (Social Etiquette Training) Effective Listening Empathetic Responding Love and Intimacy He Talks, She Talks Relationship Wars - Why do we argue so much? Can we stop hurting each other? Autonomy and Family Relationship Understanding Family Dynamics - Regaining Your Autonomy Mental Health First Aid Training Workshop Schedule Workshop Registration Registration Rules
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Dear students, Greetings and welcome back! We are pleased that you are joining us, either as a returning student or a new student. After a long and refreshing summer vacation, we now look forward to the new academic year. This “double cohort” year signifies a new era of university education in Hong Kong. With the implementation of the new curriculum focusing on the totality of students’ learning experience, students are expected not only to pursue academic success but also to become inquisitive learners, inter-cultural communicators, and community advocates who are willing to contribute to the betterment of society. CEDARS-Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE) is committed to supporting your total learning experience and preparing you to be the “ideal HKU student” by offering a wide range of co-curriculum programmes. For new students, the First Year Seminars and Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU (p.5) are something you can’t miss. You will get useful tips on how to live a well-balanced and successful university life from caring staff and senior students. You are highly recommended to take the quick assessments on the Psychometer(web-based psychological profile, psyax.cedars.hku.hk), to know more about your character strengths and how well you adjust to the life at HKU so that you can better plan for your study and social life at HKU. We conduct Person Enrichment Workshops that suit the needs of both new and returning students. The “Love of Learning” series will help you develop solid study skills and learning attitudes for your university education. The workshops in the areas of “Courage and Confidence” and “Social Intelligence” as well as the Peer English/Cantonese Tutoring Programme (p.5) will help you to be an effective inter-cultural communicator. You may also consider joining the peer support programmes and social inclusion learning projects (p.5-7) which are a platform for you to be involved in advocacy work for HKU students with special needs or under-privileged groups in society. A good start is half way to success. I hope that all of you will grasp these opportunities for self-enhancement and make your university life a memorable experience! This booklet contains details of the co-curriculum activities mentioned above. I am sure it is worth your time to go through it.
Dr Eugenie Leung Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment CEDARS – Counselling and Person Enrichment 3
Start your self-exploratory journey by completing these tests in Psychometer: • University Adjustment Checklists: Available in both Chinese and English, covering seven areas including social life, academic life, campus and hall-related life etc. • The Goals Scale: Check if you have adequate determination and ways to achieve your goals. • Time Management Questionnaire: Assess your time-management practices, which will affect your intellectual productivity and grades. Psychometer is a one-stop online resource hub which provides you with: • A wide range of self-help tests on university adjustment, learning strategies, personality, stress etc. • Tracking function where you can review your progress • Informative and helpful online tips for your enrichment • Privacy where your results will be protected Visit psyax.cedars.hku.hk.
Enhancement Group for Direct Entry to Year 2 Students This programme is designed to facilitate better university adjustment for students who are directly admitted from associate degree to higher diploma (AD, HD) to year 2. It aims to enhance students’ self-understanding, recognise one’s personal strengths, build up mutual support among direct entry students, obtain necessary resources on supporting services and set more realistic expectations of university life. In view of the fact that no separate orientation programme is arranged for this group of students, this programme is tailor-made to fill the service gap. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Enhanced coping skills to deal with challenges of transition from AD or HD to year 2 • Received mutual support among AD or HD students • Recognised personal resources and strengths Date: 25 September 2012 (Tuesday) Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Mrs Yoki Tyler, Counsellor, CEDARS Language: Cantonese Class size: Maximum 30 Fee: Free of charge (No deposit is required) Registration: hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail. aspx?ueid=19424
Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU Different supporting units will showcase exciting learning opportunities available at HKU, both inside and outside the classroom. You can get a better idea of how to plan university life and know where to go for assistance. This event is jointly organised with the Academic Advising Office. Date: 26 - 27 September2012 (Wednesday – Thursday) Time: 12:00 noon - 3:30 pm Venue: Sun Yat-sen Place
First Year Seminars This series of seminars will provide you with firsthand information from successful senior students, excellent teachers, and caring staff to better plan your university life. At the seminars, new students may ask any questions about the learning journey and get a good start by knowing the basic survival skills and also where to seek further information and assistance when necessary. Details will be announced by emails.
Want to be an effective inter-cultural communicator? Join Peer English Tutoring and Survival Cantonese Programmes! “Peer English Tutoring”: This is a 30-minute face-toface chat session with a native or near-native Englishspeaking Peer Tutor, jointly organised by the Centre of Applied English Studies (CAES) and CEDARS. “Survival Cantonese”: These practice sessions conducted by Peer Tutors cover some basic day-to-day survival Cantonese for non-Cantonese speakers. It is ideal for newly arrived non-Cantonese speakers. This programme is jointly organised by the Chinese Language Centre and CEDARS. Details will be announced by emails.
First Year Experience Website Check out more activities organised by CEDARS, faculties, departments and other units for first-year students. cedars.hku.hk/fye
Be a community advocate for people with different special needs! • HEA Kiosk Project: Manage a social enterprise in HKU HEA Kiosk is a collaboration between CEDARS and New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (“New Life”). The Kiosk carries sales items such as handicraft (created by people with mental disabilities), environmentally-friendly as well as fair trade products. Located on 3/F, Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre, the Kiosk is jointly managed by student volunteers and vocational trainees from New Life. Student volunteers will learn how to promote social inclusion through running a social enterprise. • FitMind Ambassador Scheme: Fight against stigma of mental illness This Scheme is jointly designed and managed by CEDARS, Hong Kong Early Psychosis Intervention Society (EPISO) and Jockey Club Early Psychosis Project (JCEP). It is a service learning programme for HKU students to develop the attitude and skills for interacting with people who need support, contribute to the destigmatization of mental illness and promote social inclusion in Hong Kong. As a student volunteer (FitMind Ambassador), you will serve as a “personal trainer” for people with mental illness. • Guided Social Coaching for Students with Social Difficulties This Project aims to raise awareness and concerns on the needs of students who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder such as Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. CEDARS will recruit and train a group of “Social Coaches”, who will provide peer support and guidance to students who encounter social difficulties due to their developmental limitations. Through various activities and interactions, “Social Coaches” can improve their interpersonal sensitivity and enhance their helping skills.
• Peer Tutoring Service for Students with Special Educational Needs This service aims at helping students with special educational needs due to learning disabilities and/or other types of disabilities. CEDARS will recruit postgraduate students with experience serving as an academic tutor and with flexibility in working with people with learning disabilities. The recruited peer tutors will provide one-to-one learning support and/ or study skills to groups of students who encounter learning problems due to their disabilities. Previous peer tutors reported a great sense of satisfaction and better understanding of people with disabilities. • Mental Health First Aider: Complete Mental Health First Aid Training and promote a caring HKU campus with us! (Read p.30-31 for more information.) Details of the above projects will be announced. Please stay tuned to our mass emails and Facebook (facebook.com/cedarscope).
Self-Help? FAQ videos (http://cedars.hku.hk/faq) • What are the social responsibilities of university students? • Are there any support services for students with disabilities? • How can I promote a more inclusive campus environment?
Improving Your Concentration Do you have trouble concentrating when you study? Is your concentration span less than optimal? If your answer is YES, this workshop is right for you. This workshop provides students with advice on learning strategies with a focus on how to study with improved concentration. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Explored how your concentration works • Identified the blocks to your concentration and their causes • Learned techniques to improve your concentration Date: 15 November 2012 (Thursday) Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Iris Lam, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS Language: English or Cantonese (Depending on participants) Class size: Minimum 20 / Maximum 30 Fee: $20
Self-Help? Study Smart Website (cedars.hku.hk/studysmart) • How to get the most out of your lectures? • How to take good notes for lectures and readings? FAQ videos (cedars.hku.hk/faq) • Are there any resources for me to improve my English? • How can students and teachers work together to achieve better student learning? • I find it difficult to handle my studies. Where can I seek help?
Image Building 1001 Your look will inevitably influence people’s impression about you, because the way you dress is a form of selfexpression. In this workshop, with the help of an art director, you will learn how to • Look good in six easy steps • Analyse trends • Find out your preferred styles of outfit and those to be avoided • Work with accessories effortlessly • Use colours in a smart way • Select clothes that fit your body shape • Develop a wardrobe that suits you Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Enhanced your awareness of your choice of clothing • Recognised the types of clothes and accessories that fit your body shape and your style • Gotten tips on selecting suitable clothes for various occasions
Female Group Date: 5 October 2012 (Friday)
Male Group Date: 8 October 2012 (Monday) Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainers: Ms Pamela Lay Language: Cantonese Class size: Minimum 10 / Maximum 20 Fee: $50 Note: Participants need to wear an outfit that they think may leave a positive impression to others to the workshop.
About the trainer: Pamela Lay has over 20 years of working experience in Styling, Art Direction, Trend Prediction and Branding. She has worked in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York and Paris with renowned companies such as Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather, Club Monaco, Studio Edelkoort, Joyce, Blanc de Chine, Bossini and Fendi Asia Pacific.
Wine Appreciation as a Life Skill (Introductory) Wine, in addition to being worthy of academic study, is increasingly becoming a life skill, with interest in wine escalating across the world, and nowhere more strongly than Asia. This course is both theoretical and practical. The first half provides a foundation of wine knowledge such as factors affecting the taste and style of wine, and offers advice in areas such as wine etiquette, and food and wine matching. The second half is a guided wine-tasting, showing you how to recognise, smell and taste wine, and then evaluate it. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will be: • Knowledgeable about basic wine-making • Comfortable about wine etiquette in a social setting • Confident about how wine should be appreciated in the glass Date: Code: WA1/12-13
Group 1: 3 November 2012 (Saturday)
Group 2: 10 November 2012 (Sa turday)
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Annabel Jackson (Wine and food consultant) Language: English Class size: Maximum 24 Fee: $180 Important Note: Students who wish to apply for the course must be 18 years old or above. About the trainer: Ms Annabel Jackson has been working in the wine and food industry for 20 years. She began as a journalist and critic, went on to write 10 books, worked in public relations, and is now an educator and consultant. She works with the hotel school in Macau, conducts corporate training classes, and has been helping with HKU programmes for more than five years.
Wine Appreciation as a Life Skill (Advanced) This two-hour class assumes you already have some basic wine knowledge. The class concentrates on the small details in the vineyard and the winery which affect the taste and style of wine. Things ranging from soil type, the date of picking, to the use of oak will be covered. The theory should give you a firmer understanding of why there is average wine as well as very good wine – and how to tell the difference. Four quality wines from France will be tasted, including a white Burgundy (Chardonnay), a red Burgundy (Pinot Noir), a red Rhone (Syrah) and a red Bordeaux (blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot). The tasting should help participants identify the characteristics of different grapes (tannin, acidity and so on, including weight and mouth-feel). Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Learned the factors which affect the taste and style of wine • Identified the characteristics of different grapes • Recognised the differences between quality and average wines Date: 17 November 2012 (Saturday) Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Annabel Jackson (Wine and food consultant) Language: English Class size: Maximum 13 Fee: $240 Important Note: Students who wish to apply for the course must be 18 years old or above. About the trainer: Ms Annabel Jackson has been working in the wine and food industry for 20 years. She began as a journalist and critic, went on to write 10 books, worked in public relations, and is now an educator and consultant. She works with the hotel school in Macau, conducts corporate training classes, and has been helping with HKU programmes for more than five years.
Anger Management and Conflict Resolution Anger, like other emotions, is a normal emotional reaction accompanied by physiological and biological changes. It is an adaptive response to threats and inspires our powerful feelings, which allows us to fight for our rights and defend ourselves when we are attacked. Hence, a certain amount of anger is necessary to our survival. However, when it gets out of our control and turns destructive, it can lead to many problems to our health, interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life. Anger is usually induced by conflicting situations. It will be useful to reduce anger by learning to deal with conflict effectively. This workshop is meant to help you understand and control your anger. You will learn some effective ways of handling anger by adopting different coping skills such as relaxation exercises, rational thinking, positive self-talk, problem-solving, sense of humour, changing the environment and time-out at conflict. A variety of activities such as small group discussions, individual exercises and role plays will be arranged to facilitate students to practice the anger management and conflict resolution skills. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Identified your anger management style • Learned useful tools to manage your anger and resolve conflict Date: 16 November 2012 (Friday) Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Language: Cantonese Trainer: Ms Elaine Y.L. Chan, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS Class size: Maximum 35 Fee: $20
Self-Help? FAQ videos (http://cedars.hku.hk/faq) • I feel overwhelmed. Where can I seek help? • I don’t know how to solve my personal problems. Who can help me?
Be a Master of Your Worries Do you always feel stressed out and filled with worries? Are you overly concerned about everyday issues? Come and join this workshop to address your anxieties and worries. In this workshop, you will learn more about anxieties and worries in general, and most importantly, how you can manage them more effectively. You do this by first identifying the negative thoughts associated with your experiences of anxiety and then acquiring the specific coping skills you need to manage them. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Identified your thoughts and feelings in anxiety-provoking situations • Familiarised yourself with cognitive strategies that you can use to manage your worries • Mastered effective techniques to help you face anxieties and worries Date: 25 October 2012 (Thursday) Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Olivia Jung, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS Language: Cantonese Class size: Minimum 10 / Maximum 30 Fee: $20
How to be a Dynamic Speaker This intensive course focuses on helping you to develop the necessary confidence and ability to speak clearly and persuasively to your audience. Different audiences demand different approaches. You will learn how to deliver a speech in order to achieve the maximum effect. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Increased confidence when delivering speeches • Improved and polished your publicspeaking skills
Being Assertive without being Aggressive • Are you able to stand up for your rights? • Are you able to refuse unreasonable requests from others? • Are you able to accept criticisms without being defensive? • Are you able to accept compliments without being embarrassed? • Are you able to express your thoughts and feelings in front of others? Assertiveness is an honest, direct, and appropriate expression of one’s feelings, thoughts and beliefs. Assertiveness increases your ability to reach the individual and shared goals while maintaining your rights and dignity.
Date: 27 October 2012 (Saturday) Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Mr Elfed Roberts, Honorary Associate Professor, Department of History and Lecturer of MBA programme, Faculty of Business and Economics, HKU Language: English Class size: Minimum 15 / Maximum 25 Fee: $50
Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Learned to differentiate assertive and aggressive responses • Appreciated the benefits of being assertive • Practised some practical tips on how to assert yourself Date: 26 November 2012 (Monday) Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Mrs Yoki Tyler, Counsellor, CEDARS Language: Cantonese Class size: Minimum 10 / Maximum 25 Fee: $20
Progressive Muscular Relaxation Exercise for Well-being Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR) allows you to learn to recognise and control muscle tension in a systematic way. By deliberately tensing and relaxing your muscles, you can achieve a deep state of relaxation. It also helps relax your mind as you learn to feel calmer and happier overall. Give Progressive Muscular Relaxation a shot to see how it can be built into your daily schedule. You may enjoy the rewards of enhanced recovery, better muscle control and the ability to more effectively manage stress. Learning Outcomes
Select only one session: Code: REW1/12-13
Putonghua Session Date: 19 October 2012 (Friday) Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Elaine Y.L. Chan, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS
English Session Date: 2 November 2012 (Friday) Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Olivia Jung, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS
Cantonese Session Date: 16 November 2012 (Friday) Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Olivia Jung, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS
At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Enhanced your awareness of muscle tension • Learned to relax your muscles and mind
Class size: Maximum 35 Fee: Free (Only deposit is required) Note: You should consult your physician if you have a history of serious injuries, muscle spasms or back problems.
Remarks: • Participants are required to attend only one session. • Please wear comfortable and loose clothing. • Please have a light meal before joining the class as no lunch will be provided. • Latecomers are not permitted to enter the venue.
Mindfulness Relaxation Exercise for Well-being Learn how to relax yourself mindfully and see how this can be built into your daily schedule to help you manage your everyday stress more effectively. This workshop will provide you with a new experience of serenity through mindfulness relaxation. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Enhanced your awareness of the present • Learned to relax your body and mind Date: 26 October 2012 (Friday) Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Elaine Y.L. Chan, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS Language: Cantonese Class size: Maximum 35 Fee: Free (Only deposit is required) Remarks: • Please wear comfortable and loose clothing. • Please have a light meal before joining the class as no lunch will be provided. • Latecomers are not permitted to enter the venue.
Self-Help? FAQ videos (cedars.hku.hk/faq) • How to strike a balance between academic work, hall life, social activities and part-time jobs?
How to be a Lady/Gentleman (Social Etiquette Training) We sometimes ask ourselves: • Would what we did, or did not do, be considered rude? • What should I say after we have exchanged our names? • When should I shake hands? Do I shake hands correctly? • How should I introduce people to each other? • How should I eat with a knife and fork? • How should I dress appropriately for different occasions? • When I try on a suit, how do I know if it fits well? This one-day workshop is designed to provide you with practical tips concerning social etiquette and image-building so that you can feel confident about attending social functions. Note: You will be asked to buy a set lunch (western style) in the Canteen (Maxim’s at Chong Yuet Ming Amenities Centre) and join a practise session on western table manners during lunch-hours. If available, please bring along • Gentlemen - jacket, shirt & tie (no need to wear) • Ladies - suit jacket & blouse (no need to wear)
Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will: • Be able to answer the above questions • Have learned the skills involved in shaking hand, making small-talks, and making introductions • Have learned the ability to avoid the “obvious traps” in social interactions • Have learned dining etiquette • Have greater social confidence Date: 31 October 2012 (Wednesday) Time: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (Including a lunch practical session) Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Ms Elinor Young Language: Cantonese supplemented with English Class size: Maximum 40 Fee: $50 About the trainer: Ms Elinor Young, a very experienced image and management training consultant, has conducted trainings for multi-national corporations for twenty years. Since 1995, she has held many training workshops for the universities in Hong Kong. She specialises in verbal and non-verbal presentation skills, from appearance to handling difficult situations. Participants learn effectively through her lively, interactive and enjoyable sessions.
Effective Listening Listening is an essential communication skill. Do you listen attentively, unassumingly and adequately or are you are just “hearing” without “listening”? People generally prefer to talk than to listen because we want to share our views and express our feelings. We all want to be heard, understood and appreciated. However, effective communicators usually tell you that listening is more important than speaking. If you want to be a good listener, you have to cultivate the right attitude and acquire effective listening skills. You have to get into a habit of being fully attentive, which is usually easier said than done. By being a good listener, you will realise that you will be a better student, friend, son/daughter and employee. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Identified your communication barriers • Acquired effective listening skills • Practised questioning and reflecting skillsorries Date: 16 October 2012 (Tuesday) Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Mrs Yoki Tyler, Counsellor, CEDARS Language: Cantonese Class size: Minimum 12 / Maximum 18 Fee: $20 Remarks: • You are also encouraged to take “Empathetic Responding” (p.25) as well. • Please note that this workshop is not intended for counselling skills drilling. Priorities will be given to non-social work/counselling students.
Empathetic Responding A good listener usually does respond, so that the speaker feels that he/ she is being understood. This responding involves empathy, which is not just a skill but also an attitude (a genuine concern). It is even more complex than listening. Empathy means putting yourself into the other person’s shoes, understanding the other person so well that you can identify with him/her and feel how he/she feels in his/her situation. When people are upset, it is usually better to work through the feelings, before solving the problems. Want to be a better friend? Want to be more equipped in what to do when your friends share their concerns with you next time? This is a workshop that you don’t want to miss! Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Understood the concept of empathy • Learned to accurately identify the speaker’s feelings • Acquired basic skills in empathetic responding Date: 19 November 2012 (Monday) Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Trainer: Mrs Yoki Tyler, Counsellor, CEDARS Language: Cantonese Class size: Minimum 12 / Maximum 18 Fee: $20 Remarks: • You are also encouraged to take “Effective Listening” (p.24) as well. • Please note that this workshop is not intended for counselling skills drilling. Priorities will be given to non-social work/counselling students.
Self-Help? FAQ videos (cedars.hku.hk/faq) • How to make new friends and maintain my existing friendships? • How should I interact with people holding different values? • I am confused as I feel like I am different from the mainstream. Do you have any advice for me?
Relationship Wars - Why do we argue so much? Can we stop hurting each other? Love can happen between two people and can transcend the limits of gender, race and culture. However, romance is more than exchanging love messages. It also involves a lot of negotiation and boundary setting. Conflicts arise when both parties cannot see eye to eye or fail to understand each other. Some see arguments as an opportunity to communicate with each other. Some see arguments as a sign that eventually leads to a breakup. Either way, relationship wars are on. This workshop will allow you to have a closer look at different communication styles which lead to constructive or destructive arguments and how you can manage arguments in a more constructive manner. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: â€˘ A better understanding of different communication styles between you and your partner â€˘ Developed some strategies to manage your fights with your partner Date: 26 October 2012 (Friday) Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Language: Cantonese Trainer: Ms Heidi Tseng, Counsellor, CEDARS Class size: Maximum 30 Fee: $20
Mental Health First Aid Training Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help given to someone who is developing or experiencing a mental health crisis, before he or she can obtain professional treatment. Students from any academic programme or discipline can become a mental health first aider. By completing the Standard Course, you will acquire a basic understanding of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, and the gradual onset of psychosis and substance misuse. You will also gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively deal with mental health crisis situations such as suicidal behaviours/ideation, acute stress reactions, and acute psychotic behaviours. This international certificate course was developed in Australia in 2000. It is under the auspice of the ORYGEN Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry. It has been evaluated and disseminated worldwide. The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong is the local coordinating agency.
The course will be taught by accredited instructors who are experienced Clinical Psychologists and Counsellors. A comprehensive course manual (2nd edition, published in 2010 and updated in 2011) will be provided to you during the course. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who have attended all training sessions. These participants will be entitled to join the MHFA Group and will enjoy the following privileges: • Back-up support through email and telephone consultations • Updated information relating to MHFA • Post-training activities such as Refresher Courses • Post-training opportunities such as conducting peer sharing sessions Format: lecture, video show, role-play, experiential exercise and group discussion. Learning Outcomes At the end of the workshop, you will have: • Learned the 5 MHFA Action Plans • Gained the basic knowledge about mental health problems and related crisis situations • Acquired the skills needed to apply the 5 action plans during a crisis situation • Identified the available resources in HKU and the local community for people with mental health problems
MHFA Standard Course This 12-hour course is designed for students who would like to understand mental health issues in the general adult population.
Group 1 Date: 30 October, 1, 6 & 8 November 2012 (Tuesdays & Thursday) Trainer: Ms Heidi Tseng, Counsellor, CEDARS
Group 2 Date: 20, 22, 27 & 29 November 2012 (Tuesdays and Thursday) Trainers: Ms Heidi Tseng, Counsellor, CEDARS & Ms Olivia Jung, Clinical Psychologist, CEDARS Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Venue: Room 411, Meng Wah Complex Language: Cantonese Class size: Minimum 15 / Maximum 25 Fee: $400* (Including a localised course manual) * The standard course fee advised by the local coordinating agency is $600. The current student course is subsidised by CEDARS-CoPE.
Application The application form can be downloaded at w3.cedars.hku.hk/web/mhfa/downloads Application deadline Group 1: 16 October 2012 Group 2: 6 November 2012 MHFA website: w3.cedars.hku.hk/web/mhfa
Workshop Registration When to register? Registration will begin at 9:00 am on 25 September 2012 at Room 420, Meng Wah Complex and will continue for as long as there are places available, up until the start of the workshops/assessment. Is there a deposit and fee required? You must pay the deposit and fee (where applicable) in order to confirm your registration. Please read our registration rules before you register for workshop(s)/ assessment session(s). How to register? You can register either in person or by e-mail; however, priority will be given to students who register in person.
In person: Complete a registration form and pay the necessary deposit and course fee either in cash or by cheque at CEDARS (4/F, Meng Wah Complex). Email: Write an email which includes your personal information (full name, university number, faculty, year of study and contact number) and the name(s) of the workshop(s)/ assessment session(s) you wish to register for, and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Email applications received before 9:00 am on 25 September 2012 will not be processed.) Mail a crossed cheque made payable to: â€œThe University of Hong Kongâ€? for the total sum of deposit(s) and course fee(s) to the following address within 2 working days from the time you sent your email registration: Centre of Development and Resources for Students (Counselling and Person Enrichment) Room 408, Meng Wah Complex, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong * On the back of the cheque, please write your name, university number and the name(s) of the workshop(s)/ assessment session(s) you wish to register for. Enquiries Tel: 2857 8388 E-mail: email@example.com Website: cedars.hku.hk/cope
Registration Rules Workshop deposit
You are required to pay a $100 deposit and a course fee for most workshops.
If for any reason you are unable to attend a workshop/ assessment session for which you have registered, you should notify us as soon as possible. There is no refund of fees (except in the cases specified above). However, for the refund of deposits, you must write to Ms Jennifer Mak, Project Officer (Counselling and Person Enrichment) at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3 working days before the commencement of the workshop/assessment session. The refund will only be made during the prescribed period of time mentioned above*.
The deposit is refundable after you have signed in and attended all activities for that workshop. You must come to CEDARS – Counselling and Person Enrichment (CEDARS-CoPE) at Room 408, Meng Wah Complex in order to claim your deposit within the following prescribed period of time; otherwise, your deposit will be forfeited. Starting Date* 5 working days after the completion of the workshop
Last Date* One month after the completion of the workshop
Workshop/Event fee or assessment charges Fees charged for workshops are non-refundable except in cases where: • There is an announcement of a cancellation of the workshop/assessment session by CEDARS-CoPE due to specific reasons; or • A student on the waiting list of the workshop/ assessment session for which you have registered agrees to take your place. Cancellation of workshop/assessment by CEDARS-CoPE A workshop/assessment session will be cancelled if the enrolment number does not meet the minimum required number.
Absence due to sickness You may have your course fee and deposit refunded if you can provide a medical certificate showing that you are sick. The refund will only be made during the prescribed period of time mentioned above*. Important notes • To avoid any waste of resources, please notify us if you are unable to attend any workshop(s)/ assessment session(s) in which you have enrolled so that another student may take your place and benefit from them. Your cooperation is very much appreciated. • If you have financial difficulties which prevent you from taking part in the Person Enrichment workshop(s)/assessment session(s), you may send an email to email@example.com.