Event Archive

Knowing Your Attachment Style

Apr 2018

From early on in life, we develop an attachment style to our caregivers that tends to remain constant. This attachment style has a serious effect not only on our emotions, but also our relationships. Find out what your style is and how it affects your relationships by taking the assessments.

Visit to Yung Fung Shee Psychiatric Day Hospital

Mar 2018

Psychiatric day hospitals are part of the ambulatory care facilities providing multidisciplinary assessment, continued care and rehabilitation to psychiatric patients. We are grateful that we had the chance to visit Yung Fung Shee Psychiatric Day Hospital c/o United Christian Hospital. The visit enhanced our learning about the facilities and services of the day hospital, deepened our understanding in helping patients’ re-integration back to the society, and encouraged our sharing with recovering patients and showing our support. It was really a very rewarding experience!

Bounce Back! - Challenges in the City Adventure Camp

Dec 2017

Accept changes and challenges as part of life, embrace them and turn them into opportunities for growth instead of obstacles to overcome. Psychologists term it as a “growth mindset”, in which people see themselves learning, not failing. They believe that their basic qualities can be developed through dedication and hard work. A growth mindset encourages persistence and resilience. Let’s meet the challenges and grow together!

Bounce Back! - Gain Your Emotional Resilience

Sep 2017

Resilience is the ability to "bounce back" from adverse situations, such as trauma, tragedy, threats, or other significant sources of stress. Several factors are found to enhance people's resilience. They are “R.E.B.O.U.N.C.E.”.
R – Relationship building
E – Embracing change and focus on growth
B – Being mindful
O – Optimism
U – Understanding the ABCDE of resilience
N – Nurturing yourself
C – Character strengths
E – Effort and engagement

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Standard Training Course (2017-2018)


The Counseling and Wellness Center of the Student Affairs Office conducts 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to HKUST Students and Staff every year.

The trainer of 12-hour MHFA course will teach you how to provide initial support to people with mental health problem or people experiencing mental health crisis. It will cover:

• Basic knowledge of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and substance use disorders;
• Possible crisis arising from these mental health problems (e.g., suicidal behaviors, acute psychotic behaviors, acute stress reactions) and the necessary interventions;
• Early intervention and appropriate support to the person in need before the situation gets worse;
• Community resources and professional services available in Hong Kong


New Student Orientation

Every August

We offer a series of workshops for new students. This series of workshops, which are conducted by Student Counselors, are designed to help students realize learning aspiration and maximize their potential in attaining personal goals in University lives.

Past workshops include:
• Building a Resilient Habit
• Psychology of Building Friendship and Charisma
• Psychology of Finding Your Way
• Psychology of Happiness
• Psychology of Smart Learning

Hold On, Put Efforts - Exam Support

On Term Basis

“Hold On, Put Efforts” is one of the signature programs offered by the Counseling and Wellness Center. Past events include:
• Busking
• Dr Dog
• Refill Station
• Desserts Time
• Aroma Making
• Snacks Break at Learning Commons (in partnership with HKUST Library)

Take A Smile: Stay Positive Stay Happy

On Term Basis

According to Prof. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a renowned social psychologist, we can boost our happiness by showing our gratitude to others; cultivating optimism; practicing acts of kindness; nurturing trustful social relationships; practicing mindfulness; exercising; feeling hopeful and cultivating laughter.