First running of the National Counselling & Psychotherapy event a resounding success
Hong Kong, 5 December 2019
A packed-out conference of 200-plus psychotherapists, counsellors and healthcare professionals were privy to the inaugural running of Lighthouse Media’s National Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference on 5 December 2019.
The event took place on a chilly and wet Hong Kong day at the Hong Kong Productivity Council in Kowloon Tong, but the atmosphere soon hotted up with the opening keynote by Dr Albert Chan – head of the School of Psychology at Gratia Christian College.
His talk on championing mental health in the age of anxiety quickly had the gathering enthralled, covering a range of crucial mental health issues, including how to reduce the stigma around mental health, creating a wellness blueprint towards a more resilient society, and normalising and addressing mental health issues.
Registered psychologist Dr Adrian Tong then delivered a thought-provoking talk on the effective measurement of a client’s progression, which focused on understanding and using feedback to make decisions about how to improve clinical practices.
This was followed by a fast-paced and information-packed session from Dr Scarlett Mattoli – a clinical psychologist at The Psynamo Group – who posed the very important question: Who counsels the counsellors? She spoke in-depth about building sustained resilience via neurologically-informed self-care approaches.
“Observe with evaluating” and “learning is mistakes” (by which she means learning comes from making mistakes) were two of the key takeaways from her talk.
The delegates were then energised with wellness and ice-breaking exercises with emcee and international wellness speaker, Teressa Siu, before recharging with refreshments during the lunch break.
The afternoon session kicked off with a highly insightful talk from Dr Andrew Adler – clinical director of the Adler Family Centre – who presented an integrated model for child counselling and psychotherapy, drawing on a number of fascinating case studies from everyday practices.
Then onto the drawcard of the day’s session, with a special video presentation by legendary psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo – Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University. Zimbardo first hit the headlines with his famous – some would say notorious 1971 Stanford prison experiment – where a group of university students were invited to play the roles of guard and prisoner for two weeks in a confined setting – with a number of extraordinary and unexpected outcomes.
The delegates were treated to a wide-ranging, spellbinding, and at times, amusing discourse from Zimbardo on the nature of evil and, conversely, heroism; the five factors that improve individual lives and productivity; and positive psychology in training mental health professionals working with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity.
The day was rounded off with an engaging panel discussion on moments of change – positive psychology approach – reprising the roles of Dr Adler, Dr Chan and Dr Mattoli, with Dr Melissa Ortega Giglio, from the School Psychologist at Hong Kong International School, acting as moderator.
King’s College London
King's College London offers two 100% online programmes in psychology and neuroscience. Drawing on the wealth of resources across our world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), these courses appeal to both practitioners and to those with a personal interest in the area of psychology, neuroscience and mental health.
We are expecting over 200 delegates/practitioners/counsellors who want to get a better understanding of mental health so they can improve results for their clients. The conference will aim to show delegates new approaches to therapy which their clients can then benefit from. Delegates will learn how to improve their practice by providing high quality services. By hearing from world class speakers, we hope that by attending this conference they are left with a new motivation for their career.
The National Counselling & Psychotherapy conference is an international series of events focusing on how we should approach mental health. Following sold-out conferences in London, Birmingham and Singapore, Lighthouse Independent Media is delighted to bring this essential 1 day conference to Hong Kong.
Our international Counselling & Psychotherapy conferences have covered a diverse range of pressing themes across mental wellness, including but not limited to:
Discuss the contemporary trends of 21st century psychology, new approaches to understanding mental health and ethical guidelines and best practice for therapy. Also learn how to develop new approaches and techniques for counselling and psychotherapy by attending HK’s leading national conference.
Hear expert speakers, including world renowned Professor Philip Zimbardo, deliver world class content throughout the day.
Registration and refreshments
Vivien Peters, Director, Lighthouse Independent Media
Championing mental health in age of anxiety
Effective measurement for client’s progression
Who counsels the counsellors? Building sustained resilience via neurologically-informed self-care approaches
Integrated model for child counselling and psychotherapy
Special guest recorded video presentation: Cultivating everyday heroism
Panel discussion: Moments of change – positive psychology approach
Understanding mental health in a new way is fundamental to improving results for your clients. This conference will introduce you to new approaches to therapy which will help you offer new solutions to your clients to benefit from. Learn how to improve your practice by providing a level of high quality services. With world-class speakers at the helm, attending this conference will leave you with a new motivation for your career.
Conference Hall @ Hong Kong Productivity Council
78 Tat Chee Ave, Kowloon Tong
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