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2 1 Organizer and Collaborators Organizer Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Sponsors Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong CityU 30 th Anniversary Celebration Collaborators City University of Hong Kong Social Work Alumni Association Hong Kong Social Workers Association Hong Kong Academy of Social Work
3 2 Organizing and Advisory Committees Organizing Committee at City University of Hong Kong Chairperson Dr. Alice Ming-lin CHONG, Associate Professor Vice-Chairperson Dr. Lai Ching LEUNG, Associate Professor Members Dr. John Robert BOLA Dr. Chitat CHAN Dr. Estella Yue Kuen CHAN Dr. Esther Oi Wah CHOW Dr. Oi Ling HUNG Dr. Mary Tien Wei LEUNG LING Dr. Jessica Chi Mei LI Dr. Herman Hay Ming LO Mr. Hoi Wah MAK Dr. Raymond Man Hung NGAN Dr. Jerf Wai Keung YEUNG Associate Professor Visiting Fellow Instructor Associate Professor Visiting Fellow Visiting Fellow Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Assistant Professor Associate Professor Assistant Professor Advisory Committee Prof. Tit Wing LO, Head of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Prof. Iris CHI, Professor of School of Social Work, University of Southern California, USA
4 3 Welcoming Message by Department Head Professor Tit wing LO Head, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong On behalf of the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong, I am delighted to welcome you to the Conference on Social Work and Social Sustainability in Asia. The conference is a key event to celebrate our 30 th anniversary, and we are honoured to have a number of community stakeholders, such as City University of Hong Kong Social Work Alumni Association, Hong Kong Social Worker Association, Hong Kong Academy of Social Work to co-organize this event. City University of Hong Kong has achieved fast growth in recent years, and we are humbled to have received international recognition for our achievements. The University fully recognizes that higher education institutions have an important role to play in the modern society. As a centre of knowledge development, our mission is to create and apply knowledge to support social advancement, and we aspire to become the gateway for easy access to these valuable resources. Against this background, we organise this conference to provide a platform for academics, educators, students, professionals and government officials from various countries to exchange views, examine and develop initiatives and actions for the effective implementation of social sustainability. To meet this goal, it is important that we strengthen partnership and communication among people and institutions from various sectors that are involved in promoting social sustainability in this region. We are honoured to have distinguished speakers from Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, China, and U.S.A. to share their unique experiences. Our conference is also a timely gathering of local social workers, experts and welfare institutions. It will connect those who are interested in promoting social work and social sustainability around the world. It is encouraging indeed to see so many participants today dedicated to the promotion of social sustainability in Asia. On behalf of the City University of Hong Kong and the Department of Applied Social Studies, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your presence. With your active participation, I trust that we will have an enjoyable and meaningful conference. Thank you. Professor Wing Lo Professor and Head Department of Applied Social Studies
5 4 Welcoming Message by Chairperson of Organizing Committee Dr. Alice Ming-lin CHONG Chairman, Conference on Social Work and Social Sustainability in Asia, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2014 Conference on Social Work and Social Sustainability in Asia. You may ask why social sustainability is chosen as the theme of this Conference. It is because of the following reasons. Globalization has brought a variety of sustainability challenges including climate change, poverty and social inequalities. While social work has always been adopting the concept of person-in-environment, we usually focus on the social, economic and political environment, and tend to neglect the physical environment. Yet, we can see how environmental issues (such as flooding, earthquake, tsunami, and draught) are profoundly affecting the quality of life of individuals and families, as well as the sustainable development of societies. Moreover, these issues are very often cross-regions, for example, air pollutants from our neighbouring areas bring about serious air pollution in Hong Kong. Furthermore, due to the usually large scale and complexity of the issues, collaborations across disciplines and countries are needed. New partnerships have to be explored and set up, and new working strategies have to be tried out and strengthened. This Conference therefore aims to provide a platform for practitioners, academics and students in social work to exchange views, to share good practices and to identify future service directions and intervention strategies in promoting sustainable development of individuals and communities in different societies in Asia. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy the 4 Keynote Presentations, the 7 Plenary Sessions and the 8 practice-oriented Workshops specially arranged in the Conference. Alice Chong Chairperson, Organizing Committee
6 5 Programme-at-a-Glance 08:45-09:15 Registration Wei Hing Theatre 09:15-09:45 Opening Ceremony Professor Way KUO President, City University of Hong Kong 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Professor Tit-wing LO Head, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong 09:45-11:15 Keynote Speech 1 Professor Iris CHI Social Work & Sustainable Development: Theories & Concepts 11:15-11:45 Tea Reception Keynote Speech 2 Professor Michael HOLOSKO Neoliberalism and Globalization: Trends Shaping Sustainable Social Work Practice 11:45-13:00 Parallel Plenary Sessions Venue P4-302 P4-701 P :00-14:30 Lunch Break Plenary Session 1 From Practice to Advocacy: The Case of Children and Youth Practice In Hong Kong 14:30-15:45 Parallel Plenary Sessions Plenary Session 2 Building Sustainable Ageing Communities In Japan and Hong Kong Plenary Session 3 Mindfulness Practice Development In Taiwan and Hong Kong Venue P4-302 P4-701 Plenary Session 4 Recovery of Youth Offenders Capacity in Singapore and Hong Kong Plenary Session 5 Empowering People with Physical Impairments in Vietnam and Hong Kong 15:45-16:00 Tea Break 16:00-18:00 Parallel Workshops Venue P4-302 P4-701 P4-703 Workshop 1 Working with Ethnic Minorities - Macro Social Work Practices Workshop 2 A New Form of Youth-at- Risk Service in Hong Kong Workshop 3 A Decade of Higher Education Experience for People with Special Education Needs
7 6 20 June 2014 (Friday) 08:45-09:15 Registration Wei Hing Theatre 09:15-10:30 Keynote Speech 3 Professor Linda Che-lan LI How a University May Approach Social Sustainability in the Current Context of Hong Kong 10:30-11:00 Tea Break Keynote Speech 4 Professor Mary L. OHMER Advancing Social Sustainability: Transforming the Social Work Curriculum through Community Partnerships 11:00-12:15 Parallel Plenary Sessions Venue P4-302 P4-701 Plenary Session 6 Capacity Building in Practice Learning in Australia and Hong Kong Plenary Session 7 Challenges in Social Work Development in China 12:15-13:45 Lunch Break 13:45-15:45 Parallel Workshops Venue P4-302 B5-210 B :45-16:00 Tea Break Workshop 4 Person-Centered Approach in Dementia Care 16:00-18:00 Parallel Workshops Workshop 5 Narrative Therapy: Reconstructing Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Meaning of and Purpose in Life Workshop 6 Writing as a Cost-Effective and Sustainable Way to Conquer Depression: From Disease Burden to Capacity Building Venue B5-311 Rm H, AC2 6/F Workshop 7 The Role of Service-Learning in Sustainable Social Development and Learning: City-Youth Empowerment Project Workshop 8 Mindfulness Practice Workshop
8 7 Programme Details 19/6/2014 (Thursday) Time Venue Session Speakers Moderators 08:45- Wei Hing Registration 09:15 Theatre 09:15-09:45 Wei Hing Theatre Opening Ceremony Professor Way KUO, President, CityU Professor Tit-wing LO, Head, Dept of Applied Social Studies 09:45-10:30 Keynote Speech 1: Social Work & Sustainable Development: Theories & Concepts Professor Iris CHI, USA Dr. Alice Minglin CHONG 10:30-11:15 Keynote Speech 2: Neoliberalism and Globalization: Trends Shaping Sustainable Social Work Practice Professor Michael HOLOSKO, USA Ms. Joelle Pettus, USA 11:15-11:45 11:45-13:00 Tea Reception P4-302 Plenary Session 1: From Practice to Advocacy: The Case of Children and Youth Practice In Hong Kong Dr. Mary Tien Wei LEUNG LING Evidence-Based Advocacy in Hong Kong: Supporting Child Sexual Abuse Treatment for Young Offenders Professor Monit CHEUNG, USA Exploring Youth s Experiences and Perception on the Meaning of Working with Children Individual Experience, Group Enhancement and Social Participation Dr. Elaine Suk-ching AU LIU, HK 11:45-13:00 P4-701 Plenary Session 2: Building Sustainable Ageing Communities In Japan and Hong Kong Dr. Ping Kwong KAM Enhancing Intergenerational Caring Reciprocities for Sustainability in Aged Japan: Interfacing Old Virtues with New Innovations in the Information Age Professor On-kwok LAI, Japan Productive Ageing: Changing Burden to Resources Dr. Alice Ming-lin CHONG, HK Miss Susu LIU, HK Enhancing Quality of Life and Empowering Older Adults through Artistic and Creative Participation: Building Socially Sustainable Communities Dr. Anna Na-na HUI, HK Dr. Evelyna LIANG, HK
9 8 19/6/2014 (Thursday) Time Venue Session Speakers Moderators 11:45-13:00 P4-703 Plenary Session 3: Mindfulness Practice Development In Taiwan and Hong Kong Dr. Chi-Tat CHAN The Rise and Development of Mindfulness Movement in Taiwan Resilience Amongst Hong Kong Female Stroke Survivors Dr. Tzung-kuen WEN, TW Dr. Esther Oi-wah CHOW, HK 13:00-14:30 14:30-15:45 Lunch Break P4-302 Plenary Session 4: Recovery of Youth Offenders Capacity in Singapore and Hong Kong Prof. Dennis Sing Wing WONG Towards the Reintegration and Social Sustainability of Juvenile Offenders in Singapore Work Model for Working with Youth-at-Risk Dr. Francis Hua-mong HENG, Singapore Mr. Wing-hung CHUK, HK 14:30-15:45 P4-703 Plenary Session 5: Empowering People with Physical Impairments in Vietnam and Hong Kong Dr. Tak Yan LEE University Students Eye Problems, Needs, and Collaborative Solutions Ms. Grace MISHLER, Vietnam Bilingual Education of the Deaf in Inclusive Education in Hong Kong Mr. Hoi-wah MAK, HK Mr. Tat-yan YAU, HK 15:45-16:00 16:00-18:00 Tea Break P4-302 Workshop 1: Working with Ethnic Minorities - Macro Social Work Practices (Cantonese) Ms. Fermi WONG, HK Mr. Hoi-wah MAK 16:00-18:00 P4-701 Workshop 2: A New Form of Youth-at-Risk Service in Hong Kong (Cantonese) Mr. Wilson CHAN, HK Dr. Jerf Wai Keung YEUNG 16:00-18:00 P4-703 Workshop 3: A Decade of Higher Education Experience for People with Special Education Needs (Cantonese) Ms Eva Doi-Kwan CHOI, HK Ms Hanna CHEUNG, HK Mr Ron Tsz-Cheung CHAU, HK Ms Eva Yuet-han NG,HK Mr. Simon Wing Kuen WU
10 9 20/6/2014 (Friday) Time Venue Session Speakers Moderators 08:45- Wei Hing Registration 09:15 Theatre 09:15-09:45 Wei Hing Theatre Keynote Speech 3: How a University May Approach Social Sustainability in the Current Context of Hong Kong Professor Linda Che-lan LI, HK Dr. Lai Ching LEUNG 09:45-10:30 Keynote Speech 4: Advancing Social Sustainability: Transforming the Social Work Curriculum through Community Partnerships Professor Mary L. OHMER, USA Dr. Lai Ching LEUNG 10:30-11:00 11:00-12:15 Tea Break P4-302 Plenary Session 6: Capacity Building in Practice Learning in Australia and Hong Kong Dr. Andrew Yiu Tsang LOW Building Capacity for Quality and Sustainable Social Work Field Education Dr. Phyllis CHEE, Australia An Inquiry of "Practice-to-Learn-to- Practice" in Practicum Training: Path(s) of Learning from Knowledge Use to Knowledge Creation Dr. Wai-man KWONG, HK 11:00-12:15 P4-701 Plenary Session 7: Challenges in Social Work Development in China Social Work Education in China: Issues, Challenges and Implications Professor Patrick LEUNG, USA Dr. Sylvia KWOK Hurdles in the Professionalization of Social Work in China: the Experience in Shenzhen Dr. Cherry Hau-lin TAM, HK The Role of Health Insurance in Promoting Health Equity of Chinese Children: A Rural / Urban Comparison Ms. Micki WASHBURN, USA
11 10 20/6/2014 (Friday) Time Venue Session Speakers Moderators 12:15-13:45 13:45-15:45 P4-302 Workshop 4: Person-Centered Approach in Dementia Care (Cantonese) Lunch Break Ms Nancy TANG, HK Dr. Raymond Man Hung NGAN 13:45-15:45 B5-210 Workshop 5: Narrative Therapy - Reconstructing Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Meaning of and Purpose in Life (Cantonese) Dr. Esther Oi-wah CHOW, HK Dr. Oi Ling HUNG 13:45-15:45 B5-311 Workshop 6: Writing as a Cost-Effective and Sustainable Way to Conquer Depression - From Disease Burden to Capacity Building (Cantonese) Mr. Johnny FU, HK Dr. Herman Hay Ming LO, HK Dr. Estella Yue Kuen CHAN 15:45-16:00 16:00-18:00 Tea Break B5-311 Workshop 7: The Role of Service-Learning in Sustainable Social Development and Learning - City- Youth Empowerment Project (Cantonese) Ms. Constance CHING, HK Mrs. Frances Wai Hing LUI LEUNG 16:00-18:00 Rm H, AC2 Workshop 8: Mindfulness Practice Workshop (Mandarin) Dr. Tzung-kuen WEN, TW Dr. Herman Hay Ming LO
12 11 Keynote Sessions: Speakers Biographies and s Keynote Speech 1 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 09:45-10:30 Venue: Wei-Hing Theatre Professor Iris CHI Professor of School of Social Work, the Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly University of Southern California, USA Prof. Chi is the Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to joining the USC, she taught at the University of Hong Kong for 17 years, in addition to chairing the Department of Social Work and serving as the founding director of the Sau Po Centre on Aging. Prof. Chi has participated in more than 90 studies and published over 250 articles. She is an honorary professor, fellow, consultant and advisor to more than 30 local and international professional organizations. She is also an associate editor for International Journal of Social Welfare, expert reviewer and editorial board member for many gerontology and social work journals. She served on the Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation for the Council on Social Work Education, the Executive Committee for the Board of International Association of the Schools of Social Work and the National Program Advisory Committee for the Hartford Doctoral Fellows, and was appointed as expert panel for the World Health Organization at the Kobe Collaboration Center. She was nominated to be the member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honoros Society of America and most recently, she was awarded as a fellow of American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work in Social Work and Social Sustainability: Theories & Concepts The concept of sustainability involves development that satisfies the immediate needs of the current generations without compromising the capacity of future generations to satisfying their needs. Sustainability is not just about the protection of the natural environment, but also applies to political, economic and social systems. Social sustainability occurs when the formal and informal processes, systems, structures, and relationships facilitate the ability of present and future generations to maintain secure and healthy communities. A socially sustainable community is equitable, diverse, connected and democratic, offering people a good quality of life. Traditional and contemporary social work tends to lack sustaining work and holds narrow views of globally interconnected social problems. For social work to develop to be a meaningful and viable profession that addresses contemporary sustainability issues, it requires changes and transformation in paradigm, theory, strategies, social policy and social services that will facilitate a sustainable future for all mankind. In other words, the vision of contemporary social work should incorporate principles of sustainable development and focus on the development of human and social capital, to enhance the capacity of the service users and communities to make continuing use of skills learned so that the intervention is sustainable. This presentation will cover the theories and concepts of social sustainability, the rationales for social work to pay more attention to the critical role of social sustainability, and various social work approaches one can adopt to promote social sustainable development.
13 12 Keynote Speech 2 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 10:30-11:15 Venue: Wei-Hing Theatre Professor Michael HOLOSKO Professor of School of Social Work, Chairperson of the Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare at The University of Georgia, USA Prof. Michael Holosko is the Professor of School of Social Work and Chairperson of the Pauline M. Berger, Professor of Family and Child Welfare at University of Georgia. He has taught across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in schools of social work (primarily), nursing, public administration, and applied social science in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the past 36 years, he has been a consultant to a variety of large and small health and human service organizations in the areas of: program evaluation, outcomes, accreditation, organizational development, communication, leadership, visioning, organizational alignment, and stress management. He has published numerous monographs, chapters, articles, and texts in the areas of evaluation, health care, social work practice, gerontology, family and child welfare, social policy, administration, research, music intervention, and spirituality. His recent texts published this year (2013) were Distinguishing Clinical from Upper level Management with Taylor & Francis, Routledge, and Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families with J.Wiley & Sons. He serves on the editorial boards of: Research on Social Work Practice; Social Work in Public Health; Journal of Human Behavior and Social Environment; the Hong Kong Journal of Social Work; Journal of Social Service Research and the Journal of Evidence - Based Social Work Practice. For a number of years, he has had both radio and television shows advocating for social justice in North America. Neoliberalism and Globalization: Trends Shaping Sustainable Social Work Practice This paper describes how neoliberalism and globalization have impacted social welfare institutions in general, and social work practice in particular. It configures how neoliberalism and globalization directly influence various trends that impact at the organizational level of service delivery in our human service agencies. It describes how these trends further trickle down to day-to-day practice at both micro and macro levels. It concludes by calling for a new strengths-based paradigm to offset many of the negative and influential challenges that this ideology has imposed upon social work practice internationally. The reviewed literature on this subject matter indicates that given the pervasive and ubiquitous influence of these worldwide trends, their impact is similar in both Western and Eastern world cultures. While the trends remain the same, the cultural interpretation of them indeed differs.
14 13 Keynote Speech 3 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 09:15-9:45 Venue: Wei-Hing Theatre Professor Linda Che-lan LI Associate Provost (Strategic Planning), City University of Hong Kong Professor, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong Linda Li stresses the role of collaboration as well as conflict in understanding politics and public policy. A specialist in intergovernmental relations and Chinese government reforms, her awardwinning piece published in Political Studies back in 1997 advocates an alternative analytical framework to enable observers to take note, and work towards, the occurrence of collaboration and compromise, amidst a general context of mutual distrust and conflict. Trained in political science and sociology, her works have straddled the politics of central-local relations in China, government reforms, rural public finance, equity education, civil society coalitions, and cross-border relations to explore the dynamics of institutional and agency change processes. She was educated in Hong Kong schools before going to London where she earned a doctorate in political studies. She teaches political analysis theories and Chinese government and politics courses, and postgraduate research seminars. She is a regular commentator on Chinese and Hong Kong politics and public policy in the Hong Kong and international media. Her portfolio as Associate Provost (Strategic Planning) of the University includes the development of the University s sustainability agenda. How a University May Approach Social Sustainability in the Current Context of Hong Kong Underlying social sustainability is the capacity of agency and the institutions in which agency is embedded to foster and work with diversity with resilience over time. Universities as a modern institution play an instrumental role in cultivating and encouraging such a capacity. As a learning institution universities are also privileged in experimenting new approaches. This presentation shares the initial experience of City University as an actor and a field in approaching and contributing to social sustainability, with its share of anticipation, and sweats.
15 Keynote Speech 4 14 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 9:45-10:30 Venue: Wei-Hing Theatre Professor Mary L. OHMER Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Georgia State University, USA Professor Ohmer has over 25 years of experience in community organizing and development, working with residents and community, social service, corporate, government and philanthropic organizations to promote sustainable social and community development. She worked most recently in Costa Rica, where she directed a study abroad program on health, social justice and sustainability. Mary currently conducts research on a variety of community-based projects and initiatives. She has published in several highly ranked social work and community psychology journals, including Social Work Research and Journal of Community Psychology. She published two books: Consensus organizing: A Community Development Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to designing, implementing and evaluating Community Change Initiatives; and The Handbook of Community Practice, 2nd edition. She is currently working on a new book: The Handbook of Community Practice Measurement. She serves as the chair of a community development corporation, the chair of the community-level intervention research special interest group for the Society for Social Work and Research, and the Co-Chair of the Research and Program Evaluation Track for the Council on Social Work Education. Mary research focuses on citizen participation, and she was a recipient of the prestigious Interdisciplinary Fellowship for Community-based Evaluation. In 2008 she received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration. Advancing Social Sustainability: Transforming the Social Work Curriculum through Community Partnerships Environmental challenges throughout the world demonstrate the need for social workers to play more of a role in sustaining the earth s resources. For example, much of the world is threatened by the lack of fresh water and fertile land (Kramer & Johnson, 1996). Moreover, approximately 20% of the population in urban industrialized nations consumes 80% of the earth s resources (Harmony Foundation of Canada, 1989). Sustainable social development strategies considering environmental, social and economic issues must be integrated into the social work curriculum to better prepare social workers to address these global issues. Social sustainability focuses on maintaining and securing healthy communities now and in the future through equitable, diverse, connected, and democratic processes (McKenzie, 2004).This presentation will describe how a school of social work in a large U.S. city integrated sustainable social development strategies into its curriculum and provided opportunities to apply these strategies through community partnerships. Several partnerships will be discussed, including a student-led community project with a local environmental justice organization to raise awareness and engage the community around health, social and environmental sustainability issues at Fort Gillem, a former US military base that served for years as a toxic waste dumping site. The second case will discuss the school s partnership with a local community development corporation (CDC) whose mission is to create sustainable communities through knowledge sharing, community building, housing and economic opportunities. The CDC s green affordable housing will be described, including how students and faculty worked with the CDC on this and other projects.
16 15 Plenary Sessions: Speakers Biographies and s Plenary Session 1 Theme: From Practice to Advocacy - The Case of Children and Youth Practice In Hong Kong Prof. Monit CHEUNG Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 11:45-13:00 Venue: P4-302 Professor and Chair of Clinical Practice Concentration at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, USA Monit Cheung is Principal Investigator of the Child Welfare Education Project and Associate Director of the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research. She is the owner of the National Title IV-E Website posting up-to-date child welfare training and curriculum information. She has been a social worker for 37 years and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in play therapy, family counseling, child/adolescent counseling, child protection, sexual and domestic violence, and incest survivor treatment. She has practiced as a clinician by providing counseling and case consultation at the Asian American Family Services, and served as a consultant trainer for the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department and the Hong Kong Police Force. Using an experiential and practice-oriented approach in teaching, Dr. Cheung has taught at the graduate level for 28 years. She has presented in 247 workshops and conferences and written 442 articles, books, book chapters and research reports on child protection and parenting issues in English and Chinese. Her research is related to treatment effectiveness in child sexual abuse, creative family therapy, therapeutic touch, and immigrant adjustment. She currently serves on the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People, Board Member of Catholic Charities in Houston and End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation in Hong Kong. Evidence-Based Advocacy in Hong Kong: Supporting Child Sexual Abuse Treatment for Young Offenders Based on public inquiries anonymously sent to Wu Miu Column and published in three major newspapers in Hong Kong ( ), this presentation reports how social workers used research data to support advocacy and mobilize policy changes to promote and sustain the public s positivity toward reporting child sexual abuse. Through this newspaper channel, in ten years, 336 inquirers asked questions about sexual abuse or sexuality issues. Among them, 131 did not report their cases to child protection but they knew the abusers, who molested their victims in school or at home. There were reportedly more male abusers, but proportionally and significantly more female than male abusers tended to abuse younger children. Also, many abusers themselves were minors who abused younger children, explaining the reluctance in reporting abuse to Child Protection Unit. The discovery of this underage phenomenon motivated child advocates to challenge the common law presumption that a boy under the age of 14 is incapable of sexual intercourse. In 2010, the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation launched advocacy actions utilizing these inquiry data and relevant court cases to testify the underage phenomenon in sexual penetration cases. The common law presumption was finally abolished in July 2012 in Hong Kong. Social actions supported by evidence helped modify the law so that juvenile male sexual offenders under the age of 14, who have committed a crime of sexual intercourse with an underage female, can be sentenced to receive treatment. Through the media and advocacy efforts, young perpetrators can now receive proper services to improve their mental health.
17 16 Plenary Session 1 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 11:45-13:00 Venue: P4-302 Dr. Elaine AU LIU Associate Professor and Assistant Head of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Elaine S.C. Liu is Associate Professor and Assistant Head of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. She had ten years of experience as a social worker and supervisory social worker to the School Social Work and Youth Counselling services in an NGO before joining the University in Her primary teaching and research interests are in children, youth and family, and volunteerism. Recently, she has been advocating and promoting youth development and empowerment, youth volunteerism and youth cross-cultural learning both locally and internationally. She has acted as a consultant to a variety of youth related projects in Macau and Hong Kong, and she had been a member of the Commission on Youth in Hong Kong for six years. She is now the principle researcher to the City-youth Empowerment Project in the University. She is also a supervisor to PhD students in the areas of youth and volunteerism. Exploring Youth s Experiences and Perception on the Meaning of Working with Children Individual Experience, Group Enhancement and Social Participation Philosophy of childhood questioned if a child is fully human and if only adult is a complete human due to societal pressures to eradicate the child self in order to become an adult self imposing a path that dictates child development characterized by the hierarchy and domination of adult over child (Kennedy, 2010). What then is the relationship between one s childhood and adulthood? Is it a contrast to adulthood or a continual (Kennedy, 2002)? The nature of childhood is also a debate. What is a child? A child is sometimes considered our unity of self and nature, as represented by his/her desire to play, to seek pleasure, to co-ordinate thinking directly with action, and to see the parallel between self-boundary and the boundary of the outer world, which allows the child an exclusive time for nature and freedom to construct subjectivity (Kennedy, 2002). The view of a child being a limited or incomplete human until the shedding or abandoning of the child self to the becoming of the adult self is therefore worthwhile to be inquired. Youth age is the stepping stone from childhood to adulthood and does it formulate an important cohort for studying the linkages between childhood and adulthood? These questions are approached from a qualitative study on the perceptions of young adults who had previous experiences of working with children as a volunteer on individual level, on group base debriefing and sharing after service, and finally on participation to run program and advocacy work for children s welfare and rights. Drawing from these, implications are directed towards the importance of capitalizing the linkages and continuity between childhood and youth for fostering positive development on the young people.
18 17 Plenary Session 2 Theme: Building Sustainable Ageing Communities In Japan and Hong Kong Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 11:45-13:00 Venue: P4-701 Prof. On-Kwok LAI Professor at Graduate School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, Honorary Professorship in Social Work & Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong On-Kwok LAI is the Professor at Graduate School of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan; honorary professorship in Social Work & Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong; Visiting Professor at United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies. Graduated from The University of Hong Kong (B.Soc.Sc., M.Soc.Sc.), and University of Bremen (Dr.rer.pol.), Germany under DAAD Fellowship, he has taught/researched in Germany, China and New Zealand. He publishes over 100 journal papers and book-chapters on environmental, social and urban issues and policy in Asia and Europe; and has been invited as speaker for conferences of UNESCO, UNU-IAS, WHO, International Council of Social Welfare, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Malaysia s Institute of Strategic & International Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Turkish UNESCO Commission, and Korean Association of Broadcasting & Communication Studies,. His recent research is on social development issues of ageing society, globalization, information society and sustainable development. Enhancing Intergenerational Caring Reciprocities for Sustainability in Aged Japan: Interfacing Old Virtues with New Innovations in the Information Age Thanks to its cultural blessed wa harmony with peace, Japan(ese) has been learning not just from its contradictory pro-growth modernization processes but also the apocalyptic-learning from natural disasters of typhoon, earthquake and tsunami... The most recent ones the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake ( ) and the 2011 March 11 (3.11) Tohoku s trio-disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe, epitomize dynamism and spread of civic activism, innovations and policy initiatives for sustainable development, situated in the advanced ageing society. Life goes on during/after natural calamities of seasonal typhoon, earthquake and tsunami. Confronting the unprecedented reform of Abenomics, say monetary quantitative easing and rising consumption tax (from 5% to 8%), social consensus for development is still Japanese wa: while taking good care for biodiversity, the positive communicative actions echoing social virtues for love and caring each other intergenerational respect and reciprocities (say, filial piety) are the utmost one for good humanity towards sustainability. Focusing on policy change, civic activism and the emergence of socioecologically sound silver market, this paper examines Japanese experiences and their functional interfaces between old social virtues and new innovations in public policy, societal and economic arenas. The research question is: how these intertwined policy initiatives and socio-economic innovations contribute to sustainability in Japan, East Asia and the world at large? After specifying the advanced-ageing challenges in Japan, Part 2 illustrates case studies on policy initiatives, societal communicative actions for intergenerational reciprocities, and the silver market. Part 3 discusses the comparative advantages of Japanese innovations and their relevance for policy learning-transfer.
19 18 Plenary Session 2 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 11:45-13:00 Venue: P4-701 Dr. Alice Ming Lin CHONG Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Dr. Alice CHONG is the Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. She is a Registered Social Work with more than 10 years of social work practice and management experiences before joining CityU. Her research interests include social gerontology, welfare management and higher education. She has published more than 70 academic articles and presented more than 50 conference papers, mainly on ageing issues. Because of her expertise, she has been a consultant to various government projects, including poverty and community care needs of the elderly. She has been invited to different governmental committees, such as the Elderly Commission as well as the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund Committee. Dr. Chong has established very strong professional connection with the welfare field, and is currently the vice-chairman of two NGOs and consultant to a few others. She has been honoured with many awards, including the 60th Anniversary Distinguished Social Work Alumni Award by the University of Hong Kong in 2010; Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2013; and the Medal of Honor by the HKSAR Government in She is a great teacher and has won the CityU Teaching Excellence Award and the very prestigious 2013 University Grant Committee Teaching Award. Miss Susu LIU PhD candidate, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Miss Susu Liu is a final year PhD candidate of the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. She specializes in social gerontology, gerontological social work, and well-being issues of the elderly. She has participated in a few research projects and published one article in SSCI journal. She has had a total of seven conference presentations at international conferences such as the 2012 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, 2013 International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and British Society of Gerontology 2013 Annual Conference.
20 19 Productive Ageing: Changing Threats to Resources Late life can be a time of productivity Hong Kong is one of the fast ageing society in Asia mainly due to increase in longevity and decrease in birth rate. This is accompanied by an increase in old age dependency rate, and a worry about rising need and cost for medical and social care, reduced productivity of the society, making Hong Kong less competitive. It is the aim of this paper to advocate productive ageing since many older people continue to be productive on personal, interpersonal and societal levels, if given the chance and the support. Three levels of Productive Ageing On the individual level, it may take the form of life-long learning, or engagement in creative or constructive leisure activities (e.g. calligraphy, painting). At the interpersonal level, older people contribute to their family through caregiving to frail or young members and taking up household chores. Outside the family, a lot of retired people would take the initiative to get in touch with peers and organize mutual aid or social activities. At the societal level, it may take the form of either paid employment or non-pay voluntary work. Resources and support required To maximize older people s contribution, support and resources are required. This paper will recommend measures and support that are needed to maximize the contribution of people at late life, so that the threats from population ageing would become rich and contributing societal resources.
21 Plenary Session 2 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 11:45-13:00 Venue: P Dr. Anna Na-Na HUI Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Dr. Anna Na-Na HUI is currently the Assistant Professor of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. She serves in the Editorial Board of Thinking Skills & Creativity, and the Journal of Drama & Theatre Education in Asia. She also serves as a chairperson in the Curriculum Development Council Committee on Gifted Education, TREATS (integrating children and youth with and without disabilities), Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education and a board member in Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights and Parenting Forum. Her research interests include creativity of children and elderly, motivation orientation as well as gifted and talented education, lifespan development of creativity and organizational creativity. Ms. Evelyna LIANG KAN Art consultant, Art for All Ms. Evelyna Liang Kan is an artist, art consultant, and art educator and community art facilitator. Over the past 40 years, Ms. Liang has been zealously promoting community art to help underprivileged communities in Hong Kong and all over the world. She founded the Art in the Camp project in the 80 s, bringing art education to the Vietnamese Camp community. In the early 90 s, she established Art in Hospital and turned hospital walls into happy and colorful murals. She also founded Art for All in 2002 which aims to use art to empower all for a better, harmonious society. She has been conducting workshops on Art and Well Being around Asia and also a noted speaker on the same area in various international conferences. Evelyna exhibited extensively around Hong Kong and Asia. Using art to connect, be it with nature, with different communities or within oneself. Pushing through the idea of Healing through Art and to raise concern on relationship between countries and between men.
22 21 Enhancing Quality of Life and Empowering Older Adults through Artistic and Creative Participation: Building Socially Sustainable Communities A socially sustainable community supports capacity building in all members regardless of age, sex, socioeconomic status and ethnicity. McKenzie (2004) has suggested four indicators to assess the social sustainability of a community: a) sense of future; b) strong sense of community or belonging; c) strong community activities; and d) strong even age structure. Creativity has been identified as a psychological capital and character strength in positive psychology (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). The present paper will report research evidence in two community-based art projects for elderly using a randomized controlled trial design. The first one is a 10-session collaborative creative arts program for 72 healthy elderly living in the community. Creative and art activities, for example creative drama, acrylic painting, crafting with everyday materials, have integrated with narration of life events and concerns through the themes of "tree of life" and "cycle of water". Results showed that significant gains in figural creativity, problem-focused strategies, and bridging social capital among participants in the experimental condition when compared with those in the control condition. The second one is a 36-session integrated art program for 40 elderly with early dementia living in the community. The program has been delivered by professional artists from various art forms. Qualitative feedback on positive emotions has been recorded as illustrated by satisfaction about the past, happiness in the present and optimism for the future (Seligman, 2002). Active engagement in these projects has enhanced the creative performance and empowered the participants to sustain their creative personality in older adulthood. Implications on enhancing creative abilities and engaging older adults in community and collaborative creative arts activities will also be discussed.
23 22 Plenary Session 3 Theme: Mindfulness Practice Development in Taiwan and Hong Kong Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 11:45-13:00 Venue: P4-703 Dr. Tzungkuen WEN Associate Professor at Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC),Taiwan Dr. Tzungkuen Wen is the Associate Professor at Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC), Taiwan. Most of his researches focus on mindfulness meditation and early Buddhist Buddhism. Since 2005, he has devoted himself to promote mindfulness meditation by translating books on vipassana meditation as taught by Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. His latest translation works are translations of Mindfulness for Beginners and Child s Mind. He teaches mindfulness course to postgraduate students at DDBC, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to the public at DDBC Continuing Education center. He has been invited to teach mindfulness meditation in universities, schools and government units in Taiwan, and to facilitate mindfulness workshop in Singapore and China. Recently, he and his colleagues started to create Taiwan Mindfulness Development Association, with the aim to spread more efficiently the practice and science of mindfulness in the mainstream society of Taiwan. The Rise and Development of Mindfulness Movement in Taiwan Mindfulness practice, which originates from Buddhist traditions in Asia, has been used and adjusted for secular purposes in the west mainland over the past three decades. After gaining great popularity in the mainstream society of the West, mindfulness practice accompanied by scientific research is now returning to influence its homeland, Asia. Taiwan is one of the Asian areas which first receive the impact of the popular secular mindfulness practice in the West. There is little research, however, on the ongoing mindfulness movement in Taiwan. This paper proposes to investigate the rise and development of the mindfulness movement in Taiwan over the past two decades. In this paper, I first introduce the arrival of mindfulness meditation in Buddhist form in the 1990s, which form the foundation of later secular mindfulness movement in Taiwan. Then I discuss how the secular mindfulness-based interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy gradually attract the attention of professionals in the disciplines of psychology, medicine, health care, and Buddhist studies, introducing people, private organizations and academic institutes that play a role in promoting mindfulness practice and its academic research in Taiwan. In conclusion, I analyze the factors which contribute to the rise and development of mindfulness movement in Taiwan, its influence on the society of Taiwan to date and its future prospect.
24 23 Plenary Session 3 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 11:45-13:00 Venue: P4-703 Dr. Esther Oi-wah CHOW Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Dr. Esther Oi-wah CHOW is the Associate Professor of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. Dr Chow is a social work educator with extensive clinical experiences in working with older adults and family. She awarded as CADENZA Fellow (2008 cohort). She is a registered social worker (RSW), and has received her post graduate diploma in Narrative Therapy from Dulwich Centre, Australia. She has extensive clinical and research experiences in evaluative studies, particularly in partnership with not-for-profit organizations on the effectiveness of various practise-intervention models, research in the areas of need assessment, and outcome studies on public services schemes launched by the publicly-funded bodies. Her current research interests include narrative practice, self-help and mutual-aid, social support and coping, culture and resilience, gender and spirituality. Dr. Chow published widely and her articles appear in Mental Health and Aging, Social Work in Health Care, Journal of Aging Studies, Administration in Social Work, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, International Journal of Aging and human development, Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation, and Health Care in Later Life. She had recently completed a 3-year 2.2 million dollars project funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and is awarded excellence in Knowledge Transfer from City University of Hong Kong. Resilience amongst Hong Kong Female Stroke Survivors The prevalent medical model focuses primarily on the functional limitations imposed by stroke, which limits our understanding of what stroke survivors are able to achieve. They have the potential to achieve growth and wholeness after their traumatic and life-changing experience. This study aims to understand the ways in which 11 female Chinese stroke survivors in Hong Kong have overcome personal and environmental obstacles to recovery, and rebuilt and transformed their lives from within the limits of their disability. A naturalistic inquiry employing the long interview method was used to investigate the perspective of the participants. As much of the current medical empirical evidence is filtered through male perspectives and concerns, upholding masculine traits as the norm and female characteristics as pathologies, this study seeks to contribute to establishing a female norm in resilience studies. These findings have implications for how social scientists and social workers understand and interact with female Chinese stroke survivors.
25 24 Plenary Session 4 Theme: Recovery of Youth Offenders Capacity in Singapore and Hong Kong Dr. Francis Hua-mong HENG Date: 20 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 14:30-15:45 Venue: P4-302 Head, Singapore Armed Forces Counselling Centre Dr. Heng spent his entire working career with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), Ministry of Defence, Singapore, and held several command and leadership positions. He held his first command appointment as the Commanding Officer of the Ministry s Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Unit (CO DARU) in He currently holds the appointment of Head, Singapore Armed Forces Counselling Centre. In his career, he was awarded the following prestigious scholarships. Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Overseas Training Award (UK) , The Australian Defence Co-operation Programme (1986), Defence Training Award (Postgraduate Overseas) Dr Heng taught part-time at the National University of Singapore and ran several workshops in Counselling, Addictions, Suicide Intervention, Crisis Management, Critical Incident Stress Management, and many other subjects in Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. For his achievements, he was awarded the Nation s Pingat Pentadbiran Awan (PPA) (Public Administration Medal Bronze) in Towards the Reintegration and Social Sustainability of Juvenile Offenders in Singapore Singapore is a small island-state with no natural resources apart from human resource. Her falling birth rates and declining proportions of young people underscore the urgent need for a review of social policies, strategies and programmes that will facilitate a sustainable future for all youths in our very competitive society. The focus should include a small number of juveniles and young persons who are arrested for committing offences. This paper will discuss the trends and demographic profile of juvenile offenders in Singapore. A cursory look at the risk factors for reoffending as well as the strengths that reduce those risks will be included. In her efforts to reintegrate juvenile offenders into society, Singapore has adopted a multi-pronged strategy involving all three levels of intervention. In the past few decades, Singapore has also been moving towards community-based rehabilitation options for juvenile offenders. These include the more liberal use of probation, community service orders and a suite of evidence-based programmes aimed at helping juvenile offenders stay away from crime, build resilience and adopt a pro-social lifestyle. A restorative justice model was also adopted in our criminal justice system in The outcomes of these collective measures are largely unevaluated but there are some positive indications. This paper ends with a few recommendations to enhance current practices moving ahead.
26 25 Plenary Session 4 Date: 20 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 14:30-15:45 Venue: P4-302 Mr. Wing-hung CHUK Service Director, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong Keswick CHUK has been a registered social worker for over twenty years. His area of specialization is Juvenile Delinquency, Mediation and Management. With formal training in social work (B.S.W.), criminology (M. Soc Sc), business administration (M.B.A.) and law (Juris Doctor), he has also received the victim-offender mediation training from Fraser Region Mediation Center (Canada) in 2001 and Victim Offender Dialogue in Crime of Severe Criminal & Political Violence from University of Minnesota. He has gained the qualification of First Class Corporate Trainer (China). He is the Honorary Lecturer of HKU, CityU and Part Time Fieldwork Instructor of CUHK for the last 10 years. He works for Youth Outreaching Services since his graduation from frontline worker, team leader, trainer, supervisor to consultant. Apart from Hong Kong, he has also shared his valuable experience in Macau, Taiwan regularly. In 2011, with his rich experience and academic background, Singapore Government appointed him as the consultant for the first two outreaching teams in their nation. He is the consultant of the first two youth outreaching teams in Singapore since For mediation, he is the first person to conduct and oversee the implementation of victim-offender mediation (VOM) services in Hong Kong in He and his team develop and promote the mediation service in Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland China for the last 16 years. With the rich background, he has presented the Hong Kong experience on VOM in various international conferences. Also, he is one of the authors of first <Hong Kong Mediation Hand Book>. "I am enthusiastic in youth work especially those related to criminal justice, I also learn every day from my clients, most of them are engaged in the triads, drugs, and illegal business. I wish we can have a society without stranger as youth and adult without barrier." Work Model for working with youth at risk Traditionally, service for serving those youth at risk and young offender is focusing on the deviant behavior and their problem. Therefore, the cycle of relapse is the major challenges in the service. Now a new work model is suggested in working for youth at risk, it focuses on six areas, family, school/work, peer, strength, behaviour, life planning. In each area, there are 4 levels of assessment, from Harm, Risk, Protective to Resource. This paper will discuss how to promote the capacity building and resilience building in service for youth at risk.
27 Plenary Session 5 Theme: Empowering People with Physical Impairments in Vietnam and Hong Kong 26 Date: 20 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 14:30-15:45 Venue: P4-703 Ms. Grace MISHLER Faculty of Social Work, National University of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh University, Vietnam Grace s research focus is Stigma, Cultural Perceptions, Beliefs, and Perspectives on Children with Intellectual Disabilities. Grace relied upon key people with disabilities, governmental agencies, NGOs, and head masters of schools to be Resource Project Leaders, as well as, presenters, skill trainers, and coordinators in mobilizing classroom lectures, onsite visits, laboratory experiences, and program evaluation. Grace has a long history of developing innovative proposal ideas during her 30 years as a social worker. In the USA, Grace implemented a first-time-ever Peoria, Illinois, In-Home Family Counseling. She served 10 at-risk adolescents facing out-of-home placements. Likewise, Grace worked in a Psychiatric Center for 12 years. She created new agency initiatives in supervising Masters candidates in Counseling and Art Therapy. Grace also helped to develop further Family Life Education for family members who had adult sons or daughters living with schizophrenia and manic depression. Grace is the Faculty of Social Work Project Developer in the Faculty of Social Work in National University of Vietnam. Today, Grace is a part of a Scientific Research Team in Assessing Needs of Students with Disabilities by coordinating case management services. Most recent project development has been advocating the need to have visual impaired students received Eye Consultation to best understand their visual needs. University Students Eye Problems, Needs, and Collaborative Solutions Statement of Problem: A brief explanation will be given regarding the Vietnam School Code which has limited the areas of study for low-vision or totally blind students at universities. We are currently working with the 12 students enrolled at the National Vietnam University of Social Sciences and Humanities-Ho Chi Minh City, out of a total of 73 known blind or low-vision students. For the last two years, I have conducted case studies, and have promoted the use of case management services to train professors and social work students to empower the blind to be more independent and to succeed in academic work and in the future workplace. Developing a Model: By focusing on these students enrolled at this university, we hope to develop a praxis and action-oriented working model that other universities and cooperating partners can use. Speech Contents: 1) Demonstrate project initiatives for students with disabilities. 2) Resource and research networking with university professors, cooperating partners, and social work students to train the latter to provide this kind of analysis and assistance upon graduation. 3) In-depth eye examinations and testing IT devices which can develop the independence of students with disabilities and help them perform better at school. Change school procedures. 4) Looking for ways to prevent further vision loss, poor academic scores, and stress due to examinations and employment, as well as future blindness prevention: measles, congenital glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa are the leading causes of eye problems among our first group of 12 students.
28 27 Plenary Session 5 Date: 20 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 14:30-15:45 Venue: P4-703 Mr. Hoi-wah MAK Assistant Professor, the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Mr. Hoi-wah MAK is Assistant Professor of the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. His area of teaching and research includes Macro Practice in Social Work, Discrimination Studies, and Practicum. Mr. Mak has served on the Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf since 2008 and has been actively engaged in championing the recognition and social inclusion of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in Hong Kong. Mr. Mak s research interest is in discrimination issues, inclusive education and social and community development. Mr. Tat-yan YAU Deaf Education & Parental Support Project Officer, the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf Mr. Tat-yan YAU is the Deaf Education & Parental Support Project Officer of the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf in-charging of the social development programs for the deaf children in schools and running groups in support of the parents. A baby signing program is planning to provide deaf children for early intervention. Bilingual Education of the Deaf in Inclusive Education in Hong Kong Auralism has always been the medium of instruction of the deaf and hard-of-hearing students (D/HH) in schools in Hong Kong as well as in other countries. Deaf students (D/HH) learn lip-reading in schools and are often prevented from using sign language to communicate with others although it is the common, if not the only, language used among the Deaf community. The International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) in Vancouver 2010 rejected all resolutions passed at the Milan Congress (1880) that denied the inclusion of sign language in educational programs for Deaf students and regretted the detrimental effects made to the Deaf and call for the acceptance of and respect for all languages and all forms of communication in educating the Deaf. The Hong Kong Association of the Deaf (HKAD) has been championing the use of sign language in Hong Kong since its establishment in 1976 and has been recently in support of the bilingual cocurriculum approach adopted by one mainstream primary school in the teaching of deaf students among hearing ones with demonstrated success. It is providing extra-curricular activities for deaf students to provide them with normal childhood development. More importantly, the centre engages the parents in groups to provide resources information, to share deaf children rearing practices and to learn sign language to communicate with their deaf children. Social awareness strategies and advocacy work have also been made to petition the government and legislative council support for the use of sign language on news programs on TV, the training of sign interpreters in the service of the deaf community, and the use of bilingual (aural and manual approaches) education of the Deaf in Hong Kong.
29 28 Plenary Session 6 Theme: Capacity Building in Practice Learning in Australia and Hong Kong Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 11:00-12:15 Venue: P4-302 Phyllis CHEE Field Education Convenor of the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, Australia Phyllis Chee teaches in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She is currently the field education convenor of the undergraduate social work program. She also chairs the Social Work Field Education program in the School. Phyllis has previously worked in Singapore as a social worker and also taught in Macau and Hong Kong. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social work field education, scholarship and pedagogy; student field and practice learning; student supervision and supervisors training; and university-agency partnerships in social work field education. Building Capacity for Quality and Sustainable Social Work Field Education In recent years, many universities in the Asia-Pacific region experience an expansion in their social work qualifying programs. For some countries in the region, this expansion is driven by the need for more trained social workers to meet current and projected workforce demands. Social work field education is an integral part of the social work curriculum. It is well accepted that the field education component is highly resource intensive where the facilitation of student learning shifts from university to field based learning. The increase in student numbers places significant strain on agencies to provide field placements. Shortage of qualified social workers to supervise students on placements poses significant challenge in the organizing of placements particularly in countries where agencies provide the majority of student supervision. This paper examines the scope and challenges of field education in the current context. It considers ways of addressing the capacity and capabilities of diverse range of agencies to engage in field education. The paper further explores creative approaches in building capacity for quality and sustainable field education.
30 29 Plenary Session 6 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 11:00-12:15 Venue: P4-302 Dr. Wai-man KWONG Associate Professor, the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Dr. Kwong is presently the Associate Professor of the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. He started his social work career in 1975 at the Boys and Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong, heading a two-year pilot project commissioned by the Social Welfare Department. After taking up both frontline and middle-management duties over a nine-year period at the Association (supervising the newly established family life education service and heading auxiliary functions of staff development, training, and research), he moved into a teaching career in 1984, teaching courses on social work theories and practice, inquiry into social work practice, and laboratory and fieldwork training. He served as the Department s Fieldwork Development Officer for some years before the Department de-centralized the organization of fieldwork education. He is currently serving as the Programme Leader of the MSSC Programme and now concentrates on teaching MSSC courses, including Counselling Theories and Practice, Parent Education and Support, Narrative-based Therapeutic Conversations Theories and Practice, and Research Methods in Counselling. An Inquiry of "practice-to-learn-to-practice" in Practicum Training: Path(s) of Learning from Knowledge Use to Knowledge Creation The main title of this presentation poses a paradox: How do beginners practice social work if they have not yet learned to practice? The sub-title is suggestive of both the nature and process of learning that beginners may acquire in practicum training that affords them to learn to practice. I propose that the expression practice-to-learn-to-practice captures the essence of practicum training for the applied professions, such as social work and counselling, wherein practitioners have to work in an ill-defined problem field with inexact knowledge. Learning in practicum training of pre-service social work education entails a process of knowledge creation in and through knowledge use whereby theoretical knowledge blends with other forms of knowledge in a student s beginning practice and thus gets transformed, through the student s private/public process of articulating, reflecting on, and theorizing embodied experience, to become her/his personalized practice knowledge. Though highly circumscribed given very limited exposure to direct practice, the experience of beginning practice and learning from practice in practicum training will place the cornerstone for the person s continuous professional learning in a beginning social work career.
31 30 Plenary Session 7 Theme: Challenges in Social Work Development in China Professor Patrick LEUNG Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 11:00-12:15 Venue: P4-701 Professor of Social Work, Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, USA Dr. Patrick Leung, Professor, Director of the Office for International Social Work Education and former Doctoral Program Director at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (UH-GCSW), teaches program evaluation, research methodology, survey design and doctoral level multivariate statistics. Currently, he was the President of the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association and currently the Co-chair of the Texas Title IV-E Child Welfare Roundtable Evaluation Committee. His research areas include cultural sensitivity training, Asian mental health issues, children and families, immigrant issues, domestic violence and gerontology. He has served as principal investigator and evaluator on numerous projects at the federal, state and local levels; has been a grant reviewer for ACYF (Administration for Children and Family, DDHS) and CSAP (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMSHA) and is currently coordinating the Social Work Research Center at the UH-GCSW. He has published over 130 articles, book chapters and reports, and has made 139 presentations at international, national and local conferences. He has served on many boards of directors, and was the President and one of the founders of the Asian American Family Services (AAFS) in Houston, Texas. He is co-author of two books entitled Child Protection Training and Evaluation; and Multicultural Practice and Evaluation: A Case Approach to Evidence-based Practice. Social Work Education in China: Issues, Challenges and Implications Social work in China serves three political functions, which are to help individuals and families overcome the challenges of rapid economic development, to help resolve social problems, and to maintain social stability. The Chinese government has developed other national policy documents regarding the development of social work, which have contributed to the advancement of the profession. By 2015, the government has established the following targets for social work educators in order to increase the number of students pursuing a social work education: 200 senior-level social work instructors, 20,000 medium-level instructors, and 60,000 primary-level social work instructors (Yongxiong, 2011). A standardized social work curriculum is viewed by many as being crucial to the development of the social work profession (Yan, 2005). Field education in China remains very challenging, as students possess very limited opportunities to practice in communities or agencies (Xiong & Wang, 2007). In response to the challenges facing the social work programs in China, the U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) selected seven universities from the US to collaborate with China s MSW Degree Programs to address these issues. These seven universities and their Chinese partners have been working on developing graduate-program curricula, participating in student and teacher exchanges, creating research opportunities, and providing workshops and instructions. The objectives of this paper are: (1) to share the collaborative experiences in working with the Universities in China; (2) to identify challenges facing the social work programs in China; and (3) to provide implications for developing social work education in China.
32 31 Plenary Session 7 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 11:00-12:15 Venue: P4-701 Dr Cherry TAM Assistant Professor, the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Dr. Cherry Tam is now an Assistant Professor of the City University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in She then begins her career in social work teaching and research in the tertiary education in Hong Kong. Before that she had substantial social work experience in youth and community work. Youth development and youth delinquency are the areas of her research interests. When family factor becomes increasingly significant both for their growth and delinquency, she is now advocating a youth-centered family based intervention in handling youth delinquency in Hong Kong. In recent years, she starts her concerns to the quality of life of migrant workers and social work development in Mainland China. Apart from providing consultancy services for social service organizations in Guangdong Province, she involves in one research project exploring the social work knowledge transfer process between Hong Kong and Shenzhen and two research projects in studying the work experience and life adjustment of migrant workers in the eastern and southern coastal areas of Mainland China. Through these research projects, two refereed articles named The Person-centred Rhetoric in Socialist China and Generational Differences in Work Values, Perceived Job Rewards, and Job Satisfaction of Chinese Migrant Workers: Implications for Social Policy and Social Services have been published in the British Journal of Social Work and Social Indicators Research respectively. The findings of the projects are also presented in the Joint World Conference on Social Work in 2012 and Hurdles in the Professionalization of Social Work in China: the Experience in Shenzhen Since the announcement to develop a grand establishment of social workers for building a harmonious socialist society in the Sixth Plenary Meeting of the 16th Central Committee of the China Community Party in 2006, social work posts, national occupational standards, professional titles, qualifying examinations and social worker registration system are established shortly in Mainland China. As one of the key economic zones in the southern part of China, social work in Shenzhen has undergone different stages of development since its establishment in Based on a qualitative study conducted between 2011 and 2013, the professionalization of social work in Shenzhen is encountering different hurdles. Many social workers understand that social work is a state apparatus of social and political control in China and it can hardly be developed without the blessings of the state at the moment. Even with the state s policy mandate, claiming and defining their practice and professional mandates in their everyday practice is not easy in the absence of knowledge and legitimacy for social work among the public and the officials of the work units. Moreover, without strong training, knowledge and experience in the profession, social workers in Shenzhen are helpless to establish exclusive scopes of work, professional role and professional reputation in society. To reconcile the cautious relationship with different parties in communities, rapports and relationship building (guanxi) are still crucial and important. When they cannot work without the state s mandate and the traditional power in communities, what they can do is to dance with them.
33 Plenary Session 7 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 11:00-12:15 Venue: P Ms. Micki WASHBURN Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, USA Micki Washburn, MA, LPC-S, NCC is a clinical instructor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate College of Social Work. For almost 10 years, Micki has been providing clinical services to adolescents and adults using evidence informed interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has worked in a variety of practice settings including a college counseling center, inpatient treatment for youths in the juvenile justice system, a community based organization focusing on HIV prevention and treatment and most recently in private practice. Micki is a State of Texas approved clinical supervisor and provides post- Masters supervision for individual seeking independent clinical licensure. Micki has taught a variety of courses related to Psychology and Social Work. In addition, she has presented at numerous State and National conferences on the topics of Evidence Based Practice (EBP), Social Work education, and cultural competence with LGBTQ communities. She is active member of a number of service and professional associations such as the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Micki s research interests include practitioners use of the evidence-based practice process, applications of technology in social work education, bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners, and inter-professional mental health education. The Role of Health Insurance in Promoting Health Equity of Chinese Children: A Rural / Urban Comparison This study evaluates the potential impact of health insurance coverage on the reduction of rural/urban health. This study, part of a larger ongoing longitudinal analysis of the impact of universal health insurance coverage for Chinese children, compares physical health outcomes and out-of-pocket expenditures of rural and urban children who accessed medical care in Analyses were conducted to determine whether urban and rural children are experiencing greater parity in overall health and access to affordable care during the initial period following China s health insurance system revision and implementation. An overview of current health needs of rural and urban populations, along with a description of programs currently being implemented will follow. Suggestions for further promotion of health equity through linkage between human rights discourse with public health policy within the current social and political context of the People s Republic of China will be provided to assist with decreasing health disparities experienced by rural and urban Chinese children. Additional recommendations for future research in this area will be provided.
34 33 Workshops: Speakers Biographies and s Workshop 1 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 16:00-18:00 Venue: P4-302 Working with Ethnic Minorities - Macro Social Work Practices Ms. Fermi WONG Founder and ex-executive Director, Hong Kong Unison Fermi Wong is the founder and former Executive Director of Hong Kong Unison, a non-governmental organization campaigning for racial equality and harmony in Hong Kong. She began working with ethnic minorities as an outreach social worker in 1998, and established Hong Kong Unison in Fermi advocated strongly for the Race Discrimination Ordinance, and very much focused her efforts on education, both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realizing other rights, through advocating for structural improvements in education policies and providing services to ethnic minority students and schools. Fermi is an awardee of the Hong Kong Humanity Award 2012, the Outstanding Social Workers Award 2008 and the Chief Executive s Commendation for community Services in Southern and South-eastern Asian residents in Hong Kong have been systematically and institutionally oppressed over a long period of time, they have been prevented from attaining access to scarce and valued resources such as quality education, vocational trainings and employment services etc. They are placed in disadvantaged positions and have been trapped into the cycle of poverty. The HKSARG and local ethnic-chinese community in general hold negative valuations and images towards ethnic minorities based on skin color, culture and ethnic backgrounds. Both institutional and private individual discriminations against ethnic minorities do exist in Hong Kong. Marco social work recognizes the value of human rights. It believes problems are caused by structures rather than individual deficits. It goes beyond the traditional goal of controlling ethnic minority residents to adjust or to cope with existing unjust situations and unequal power relations. It challenges social injustice, unfair social policies and practices. It emphasizes on the improvement or changes of system as well as the empowerment of the individuals and the community. In this Workshop, Ms Fermi Wong will share her advocacy work, strategies and tactics, on the fighting for the legislation against racial discrimination and the changes of education system and policies for ethnic minorities.
35 34 Workshop 2 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 16:00-18:00 Venue: P4-701 A New Form of Youth-at-Risk Service in Hong Kong Mr. Wilson CHAN Supervisor of youth-at-risk service, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Mr. Wilson Chan is currently the Supervisor of Youth-at-risk Service in the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. He has had 17 years of counseling experience for deviant and delinquent youth including 8 years experience on supervising Youth Outreaching Social Work Team, Youth Support Scheme, Extended Service for Night Youth Drifters, and several new initiative Projects for young drug abusers and juveniles delinquency. He has formatted the HKFYG Youth Crime Prevention Centre in Hong Kong on In terms of his academic background, he was awarded the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) (CityU), Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (CityU), MSocS in Criminology (HKU), and Accredited Mediator (HKMC / HKMAAL) Youth-at-risk service has already developed more than thirty years in Hong Kong and provided a strong sense of remedial work. This presentation will show a new form of Youth-at-risk Service HKFYG Youth Crime Prevention Centre (YCPC). It was established in 2012 to consolidate the past fruitful experiences and to provide a new theoretical framework and intervention strategies for existing Youth-at-risk Services. HKFYG YCPC provides a new concept and enhances the capacity and resilience of the Youth-at-risk Service in Hong Kong, including new missions and position of the service, area of focus, service features and service contents. YCPC is not only a remedial service but also includes preventive education, early identification, multi-disciplinary intervention, and new service development. YCPC aims at encouraging positive thinking, enhancing the social capital and competence, and nurturing self-confidence all towards promoting the young people to become law abiding and contributing members of society. Besides, training for staff becomes an important part for the sustainability of service quality. The development of innovative service is another crucial mission and commitment of YCPC in order to strengthen our counseling and supporting services for youth-at-risk and juvenile delinquency continuously. Four examples of innovative services under YCPC will also be presented, including Youthlaw, Project R, LoveSims and Project IAPT.
36 35 Workshop 3 Date: 19 June 2014 (Thursday) Time: 16:00-18:00pm Venue: P4-703 A Decade of Higher Education Experience for People with Special Education Needs Ms Eva Doi-Kwan CHOI, Co-ordinator, Kowloon District Supervisor (Rehabilitation Service), The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Ms. Choi Eva is the service coordinator of The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council. Ms. Choi has been working with people with mental challenges for more than twenty years. In view of the lack of higher education for the said targets, Ms. Choi advocated a high education model, which named College for People with Special Education Needs, for people with mentally challenges since This decade s work has indeed opened the first page of high education for people with special education needs. Ms Hanna CHEUNG, Consultant, College for Adults with Special Education Needs, The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Ms. Hanna Cheung has been working at the field of special education for more than twenty years. She took up various roles in rehabilitation of intellectual disabilities. She had been the vice director of Xining Children's Home (Qinghai), rehabilitation officer of Wuqing Children Rehabilitation Center (Tianjin), and prefect of teaching affairs at local special schools. She is now working at Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (a special school under English Schools Foundation). Mr Ron Tsz-cheung CHAU, Supervisor, College for Adult with Special Education Needs, The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council Mr. Ron Chau is the Centre Supervisor of College for Adults with Special Educational Needs. He is a registered social worker who has plentiful experiences in rehabilitation services and strives to provide quality services for people with disabilities. Ms Eva Yuet-han NG, Centre Supervisor, Day Activity Centre for People with Mentally Challenges, The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council As society progresses, general public attach great importance to lifelong learning, and continuous learning will help individuals grow to adapt to the changes and needs of the community. Yet, people with cognitive or learning disabilities finished secondary school and found that it is hard to acquire higher education in Hong Kong. The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) has spent 10 years to pursue the Higher Education Model for Students with Special Education Needs (SEN), hoping to open a new chapter on Higher Education for SENs. College for Adults with Special Educational Needs (C.A.S.E.N.) is a school which was established in 2004 based on the concept of equal opportunity and respect of individual educational need. CASEN focuses on empowering students with special needs, expanding available opportunities, and enhancing the quality of life of its adult students and that of their families. We would like to share the basic value of Inclusive Higher Education, learning curriculum, teaching model and the development of CASEN. CASEN students are also invited to share their experience in further study and demonstrated their individual changes.
37 36 Workshop 4 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 13:45-15:45 Venue: P4-302 Person-Centered Approach in Dementia Care Ms Nancy TANG, Occupational Therapist I, Jockey Club Centre for Positive Ageing Ms Nancy Tang received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy with Distinction from the University of Alberta, Canada. She is a registered therapist in Canada, United States and Hong Kong. Nancy was appointed by the Polytechnic University as an Adjunct Associate Professor from and served as the Spokesperson for the Hong Kong Association of Occupational Therapy in Dementia Care in Nancy also has good experience in conducting service audits and has ample of experience in serving clients with dementia both in Hong Kong and overseas. She also has experiences in setting up dementia units. Nancy had provided consultancy services and conducted Dementia Care Mapping in various local and overseas service units. With her rich experience in dementia service, Nancy has published different dementia care booklets and training materials. She has also presented in different local and international conferences. Dementia is a disease which causes multi-facet deficits in cognitive and functional abilities. By the middle to late stages, people with dementia will gradually lose their ability to connect to the outside world. Behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD) are also common during the disease process which increases the difficulty in care. The person-centred care model was developed by Tom Kitwood in the late 1980s. Kitwood argued that people s experience of dementia not only arises from bio-medical phenomena such as their degree of neurological impairment and their physical health but also from social and psychological factors such as their personal biography and day to day interaction with other people. He suggested that viewing people with dementia in medical terms leads them to be seen as objects and affects their personhood. Kitwood s approach highlights the importance of the person with dementia rather than the disease process itself. He argues that people with dementia do not lose their personhood; rather, their personhood can be maintained through relationships with other people. Person centred care approach is therefore a very important framework in achieving both quality of care and maintaining the dignity and quality of life for people who suffers from the disease.
38 37 Workshop 5 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 13:45-15:45 Venue: B5-210 Narrative Therapy - Reconstructing Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Meaning of and Purpose in Life Dr. Esther Oi-wah CHOW Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Dr. Esther Chow is the Associate Professor of Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. Dr Chow is a social work educator with extensive clinical experiences in working with older adults and family. She received her MSW, and PhD from Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong, and awarded as CADENZA Fellow (2008 cohort). She is a registered social worker (RSW), and has received her post graduate diploma in Narrative therapy from Dulwich Centre, Australia. She has extensive clinical and research experiences in evaluative studies, particularly in partnership with not-forprofit organizations on the effectiveness of various practise-intervention models, research in the areas of need assessment, and outcome studies on public services schemes launched by the publicly-funded bodies. Her current research interests include narrative practice, self-help and mutual-aid, social support and coping, culture and resilience, gender and spirituality. Dr. Chow published widely and her articles appear in Mental Health and Aging, Social Work in Health Care, Journal of Aging Studies, Administration in Social Work, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, International Journal of Aging and human development, Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation, and Health Care in Later Life. She had recently completed a 3-year 2.2 m project funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and awarded excellence in Knowledge Transfer from City University of Hong Kong. Cerebrovascular disease, as the most significant cause of disability in adults, brings dramatic psychosocial impact to both the survivors and the family members. Viewing people as the experts in their own lives, and assuming people have many skills, abilities, beliefs, and values that will assist them to change their relationships with problems, narrative therapy (NT) is applied to externalize the dominant problem-saturated experiences, open diverse possibilities for reconstruction of identity, and re-authorize alternative storylines to address the problems in ways that are powerfully connected with their meaning of and purpose in life. Sharing from community collaborators, practical skills applications, and findings of a randomized controlled trial on treatment effects will also be discussed in relations to the impact of NT on psycho-social-spiritual outcomes of stroke survivors and caregivers.
39 38 Workshop 6 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 13:45-15:45 Venue: B5-311 Writing as a Cost-Effective and Sustainable Way to Conquer Depression - From Disease Burden to Capacity Building Mr. Johnny FU, Social work graduate, City University of Hong Kong Johnny is the author of Fighting against Depression for Twenty Years 抗 病 誌 苦 困 抑 鬱 病 二 十 年. The book records his subjective experiences of depression, including the pathological torment, and the path to self-help and personal growth. Johnny graduated from Bachelor of Social Work with Honours in the City University of Hong Kong in In 2003, He started his Master study of Linguistics in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, but quitted in the second semester due to a relapse in major depression. Johnny used to work as a Research Assistant and a Project Executive. Currently he is self-employed. Dr. Herman LO, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Herman is the Assistant Professor from the City University of Hong Kong. Before his completion of doctoral study in the University of Hong Kong, he was a clinical social worker, specializing in mental health, family practice, and professional development. Herman s research interest is in the application of mindfulness meditation and other eastern body-mind-spirit approaches in promoting mental health. One of his current projects is to develop a family-based mindfulness intervention program for Hong Kong parents and preschool children, and to investigate its effectiveness. Johnny Fu ( 傅 正 斯 ) has been suffering from depression since In the last twenty years, depression offered him abundant opportunities to learn from and grow with the disease deeply, and bloodily, by hurting him continuously. He received psychiatric treatment but the effect was disappointing. Alternatively, he has developed some self-help methods to cope with his health situation. He keeps writing about his experiences of the disease, how he was affected and reacted physiologically and psychologically, and especially his profound reflection. Writing not only helps him to ventilate and to deal with emotions, but also to understand and familiarize the disease. Dr. Herman Lo has been deeply touched by Johnny s intention to share his personal experience and to promote mental health after reading his biobibliography. In this workshop, he will review the use of biobliotherapy and other self-help methods in assisting people with depression. Both argue that therapeutic writing as a cost-effective method may be promoted as a complementary treatment for depression.
40 39 Workshop 7 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 16:00-18:00 Venue: B5-311 The Role of Service-Learning in Sustainable Social Development and Learning: City-Youth Empowerment Project Ms. Constance CHING, Project Supervisor of City-Youth Empowerment, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong Constance started her social work profession in New York, USA. From 2003 to 2010, she worked with the city s homeless population who live with mental-illness and HIV/AIDS at two community-based organizations. In 2005, Constance received a full scholarship for her Master s degree from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and obtained her MSW at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, New York. Since 2010, Constance has been the Project Supervisor of City-Youth Empowerment Project (CYEP), City University of Hong Kong - a service-learning program open to all CityU students. Her work at CYEP includes developing non-credit bearing service-learning programs, coaching students to work closely with underprivileged groups, and building strong liaison between the university platform and community organizations through direct service and advocacy work. She is currently a PhD candidate at City University of Hong Kong, with a research focus on homelessness. Traditional form of volunteerism primarily focuses on the delivery of services and resources so as to alleviate the burden of community-based organizations. Meanwhile, service-learning is focused on students learning through experiences in community services, emphasizing critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community and civic engagement. More than merely seeing volunteering as extra-curricular activities, the service-learning model embraced by City-Youth Empowerment Project encompasses opportunities to create real changes with communities, and learning about community issues in holistic ways that could not be achieved through classroom-teaching alone. A true pedagogical process is thus created and is being reinjected as an essential part of social capital as well as a form of sustainable learning. Utilizing resources from the university platform and the community network, CYEP is providing a valuable platform for students to actively and effectively participate in civic engagement and social responsibilities on behalf of City University of Hong Kong, all without the intention of getting any academic credits. Student volunteers provide sustainable social solutions through their services in partnership with community organizations that are mostly understaffed and under-resourced with the long-term and ongoing help from CYEP volunteers, many of these agencies are not only able to sustain their programs and services, they are even able to achieve service deliverables that, without a group of dedicated and thoughtful volunteers, would have been impossible. Moreover, coupled with experiential learning in community services, CYEP provides an opportunity for sustained learning experiences that will perpetually have new exploratory territories as students continue to apply their learned knowledge in service and community development. Moreover, organized by the SS department, CYEP is also providing a platform for non-ss students to learn about core social work values and perspectives through serving different underprivileged groups in the community.
41 40 Workshop 8 Date: 20 June 2014 (Friday) Time: 16:00-18:00 Venue: Rm H, AC2 6/F Mindfulness Practice Workshop Dr. Tzung-kuen WEN, Assistant Professor, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan ROC Dr. Tzungkuen Wen is the Associate Professor at Dharma Drum Buddhist College (DDBC),Taiwan. Most of his researches focus on mindfulness meditation and early Buddhist Buddhism. Since 2005, he has devoted himself to promote mindfulness meditation by translating books on vipassana meditation as taught by Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. His latest translation works are translations of Mindfulness for Beginners and Child s Mind. He teaches mindfulness course to postgraduate students at DDBC, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to the public at DDBC Continuing Education center. He has been invited to teach mindfulness meditation in universities, schools and government units in Taiwan, and to facilitate mindfulness workshop in Singapore and China. Recently, he and his colleagues started to create Taiwan Mindfulness Development Association, with the aim to spread more efficiently the practice and science of mindfulness in the mainstream society of Taiwan. Mindfulness is a quality of lucid awareness that pays attention to the present moment. Mindfulness practice is a training system that develops the abilities of attention regulation, emotion regulation, self-awareness and resilience. The positive influences of mindfulness practice on human s physical and mental health have been well documented by thousands of scientific studies in the last two decades. In western countries, especially in United States and UK, mindfulness is now amazingly popular, utilized in the fields of medicine, psychotherapy, health care, social work, education and business. The best way to learn mindfulness is to learn it through one s own experience. This 2- hour workshop will give a brief introduction to the essence and spirit of mindfulness practice. The core of this workshop will be an experiential introduction to those mindfulness practices normally utilized in the world-renowned mindfulness program, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, such as mindful breathing, mindful eating and mindful movement.
42 41 Location map P4302, P4701, P4703, B5-210, B5311 WEI-HING THEATRE Rm H, AC2 6/F Remarks: Keynote Speech main venue: 6/F, Wei Hing Theatre, Academic Building 1, Amenities Building Parallel Plenary Sessions and Workshops main venue: Academic Building 1, 4/F: Room-P4-302, P4-701,P /F: Room-B5-210, B5-311 Academic Building 2, 6/F Room H
43 42 Getting to CityU - By Mass Transit Railway (MTR) By MTR Kwun Tong Line Get off at Kowloon Tong station: 1. Find Exit C to Festival Walk then take Exit C2. 2. In Festival Walk, go up to Level LG1. 3. Routes for going to Academic Routes for going to Academic 2. Get off at Shek Kip Mei Station: Exit at Exit B2 and follow Route 6 for going to Academic 1. By MTR East Rail Line Get off at Kowloon Tong station: Travelling from North to South 1. Exit from Exit G2. 2. Walk across the overhead covered footbridge leading to Festival Walk. 3. Routes for going to Academic Routes for going to Academic Routes for going to Creative Media Centre.
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