Event Archive

Overcoming Exam Anxiety

Fall 2020

Do you feel like your mind “goes blank” during exam period? Do you feel like your heart is racing and difficult to breath or concentrate during assessment?

As a university student, it is perfectly natural to feel anxious and nervous in taking an assessment or examination. A moderate level of anxiety can sharpen our concentration and performance, as well as to keep us motivated. In this workshop, Ms. Michelle Li, Educational Psychologist shared with us the symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder and short-term/long-term effective management strategies to alleviate stress for academic success.

Relax. Recharge. Reconnect: Self-soothing Practice for the Nights

Fall 2020

With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we would give to a family member or a good friend. There are three elements of self-compassion: Self-kindness, Common Humanity and Mindfulness. Self-compassion and Mindfulness practices offer a foundational way to foster our self-care, strengthen awareness, lower stress levels and live from the heart.

In all evening practice sessions, Dr. Adrain Wan, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher (CMSC) taught us practical ways from the Mindful Self-Compassion Program to calm our minds, relax our bodies, and sooth our hearts. A variety of meaningful practices on self-kindness and mindfulness were shared to be an integral part of our daily life. Students would be able to unwind their body and mind for better sleep quality, and develop daily routine in practicing mindfulness and cultivating compassion after the sessions.

Sexual Health, Trauma and Positive Psychology (Part II)

Fall 2020

According to the WHO (2006), sexual health is “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality… (that) requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence”

This workshop introduced practical ways to handle traumatic experience, cultivate resilience and wellbeing through the lens of positive psychology.

Dr. WONG Chung Hin Willy is a specialist in psychiatry and the Director of Hong Kong Psychiatry and Integrated Medical Centre. He is also a certified sex therapist of the Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists Limited. Mr. Carl Chung is the founder of Teengineer - Institute of Positive Psychology. He has an extensive experience in promoting the science of well-being and mental health to the public.

Sexual Health, Trauma and Positive Psychology (Part I)

Fall 2020

Intimacy, sexuality and sexual expression are basic human needs. Our understanding towards sex and intimacy affects how we see ourselves and the relationships with others. This workshop discussed the relationship between having a healthy view on sexuality and its impacts on overall psychological well-being. By achieving positive relationships, you will enjoy the companionship, excitement, fulfillment of emotional pleasure and love.

Dr. WONG Chung Hin Willy is a specialist in psychiatry and the Director of Hong Kong Psychiatry and Integrated Medical Centre. He is also a certified sex therapist of the Hong Kong Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists Limited. Mr. Hugo Ho has an extensive experience in working with children and youth. He currently focuses on sexual minority services and provides voluntary sex therapy consultation for deprived groups.

Enhance EQ & Support Your Friends

Fall 2020

According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who popularized emotional intelligence, there are five key elements of emotional intelligence: Self-awareness, Self-regulation, Motivation, Empathy and Social Skills. People with high emotional intelligence will be able to understand, use and manage our own emotions in constructive ways to alleviate stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflicts.

In this workshop, Ms. Kate Yu shared on integrating psychological theories into practical tips for students to navigate social and emotional obstacles to our well-being. She guided us to gain insights in human emotions and social interactions through some interesting thought-experiments and case studies. We are inspired to value self-care and empathetic communication in facing stress and adversity in life, thus gaining more confidence in handling our own emotions and in turn rendering timely support to our beloved ones.

Can't Stop the Wave. Let's Learn to Surf: Cultivating Self-Compassion for Well-Being

Fall 2020

Whilst many of us find it natural to offer compassion towards others, we may struggle to offer the same sense of kindness and tenderness to ourselves, especially when life brings challenges and failures. In fact, self-criticism and judgment can reduce our ability to experience joy in everyday life - and even hold us back from achieving our personal goals.

In this workshop, Dr Adrian Wan guided us to learn how to cultivate more personal space for loving awareness and self-kindness in our daily life, thus enhancing our capacity for emotional well-being and building resilience. With a spirt of openness and tenderness, we will stop being so hard on ourselved but motivate and encourage us with greater ease and confidence.

Dr Adrian Wan is a registered Social Work (R.S.W.), CT and the first Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher in Hong Kong.

Finding Your Inner Peace with Pastel Nagomi Art 和諧粉彩

Fall 2020

After a month of adapting the new normal of mixed-mode online learning, a group of students joined a fun and artistic afternoon with Ms. Michelle Leung, Advanced Instructor of Pastel Nagomi Art & Registered Social Worker to taste the serenity out of busy school life.

Pastel Nagomi Art is a form of healing art founded in Japan, which uses powered pastels and fingers to create a transparent, gentle, warm and heart-touching art through simple yet unique ways of painting techniques. The word “Nagomi” carries the meaning of harmony, calm and peace.

Regardless of age and different skill levels, anyone can complete a piece of artwork without much difficulty. There is no right or wrong or any drawing rules. The therapeutic nature of this pastel art is able to sooth emotions, restore confidence, relax your mind, reduce stress and depression.

The Psychology of Self-Care

Fall 2020

University life & Postgraduate studies can be fruitful, but challenging. There will be ups and downs from time to time. In this workshop, Ms. Kate Yu introduced “The Cognitive Triangle” to point out that our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all interconnected with each other, and influence our mind, emotions and actions. As a result, it is importance for us to manage our own emotions in constructive ways to alleviate stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflicts.

Self-care starts with accepting yourself that we have blind spots. Through self-reflection and positive thinking, you can let out everything you have been holding back and to ponder on life to pursue your dreams and goals.

Untangle with Zentangle

Summer 2020

A group of students spent a fun and soothing Saturday afternoon with Mr. Henri Chan, Certificated Zentangle Teacher & Co-founder of Visible Invisible to learn drawing structured pattern with combination of dots, lines, simple curves and orbs.

Zentangle art is non-judgmental and unplanned, so you can focus on each stroke and no need to worry about the result. There is no right or wrong, so an eraser is not part of the tools in Zentangle Kit. Instead of erasing “mistake”, Zentangle teaches you how to incorporate what seem like “mistakes” into the overall pattern of the design. It is a great metaphor for everyday life— nothing is perfect, but how you adjust to imperfections (mistakes or the unexpected) in life is what really matters.

Mental Health Refresher Course for SHRLO

Summer 2020

This workshop introduces the importance of mental health awareness and what to expect from hall tutors on supporting students who are with mental health difficulties, features of common mental health concerns on campus, and basic knowledge in the early detection of mental health problems.

In the workshop, participants also had the chance to practice effective helping skills and discuss issues that are relevant to carrying out their hall tutor duties, as well as to equip themselves with knowledge in psychological intervention to handle mental health crisis including self-harm, suicidal ideation, panic attacks, psychosis, and violent behaviors.