Event Archive

WRAP - Nourishing Wellness in your Everyday Life

Fall 2023

The beginning of a new semester could be a challenging and emotionally distressing time as students navigate new social environments. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a simple and powerful process to discover simple, safe, effective and personalized tools to create and maintain one’s wellness in your everyday life.

In the talk, three WRAP® Facilitators, Ms Artemis Leung, Mr Harry Chung and Ms Hody Lee from New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, leveraged on their personal experience and video about “Miracle of Arthurs Boorman” to illustrate the five core values of WRAP®, namely education, hope, personal responsibility, self-advocacy and support. Importance of pre-planning in navigating ups and downs of life were also discussed.

Leveraging on Padlet, participants shared common stressors that throw them off track, identified their personalised wellness tools and developed a daily maintenance plan to stay on track with their life and wellness goals.

Building Loving and Supportive Relations with Parents

Spring 2023

Even when transitioning into university, a good student-parental relationship is still particularly important as it could make you feel safe, loved, valued, and supported when coping with all kinds of changes and life stressors in the world. However, people may go a long way in building or maintaining healthy relationships with parents while struggling in the process of developing unique identity and personal beliefs.

In this workshop, Miss Fiona Tsang, an experienced counselor from THE COMPANIONS, provided guidance on discovering what are the roles of parents and exploring our expectations towards parents. The roles of parents could influence our values, self-worth, communication styles, and relationships with society. She also shared her personal story on understanding parents as human beings with limitations and flaws.

More importantly, Fiona provided some practical tips on how we can communicate and connect with our parents effectively, including accepting our feelings and experiences, identifying our expectations, setting our boundaries, and making better choices for ourselves.. By the end of the workshop, students are equipped with important messages to foster positive relationships with their parents.

Art of Decluttering - Terminating Toxic Relationships in Life

Spring 2023

All of us crave a sense of connection and love from different kinds of relationships. Although we often gain support and joy from relationships, sometimes some relationships can start off or become unhealthy over time. Unhealthy relationships can bring us suffering and influence our mental well-being.

We are pleased to invite Dr. Nicky Yu, a registered clinical psychologist, accredited by the Department of Health, to introduce what are toxic relationships and the ways to declutter toxic relationships.

In this workshop, Dr. Yu delved into different types of toxic relationships that can exist in our lives and provided insights into how factors such as parenting and attachment styles can contribute to making it difficult to leave these relationships. She also shared some examples and signs of unhealthy relationships and guided us to build self-awareness and communicate our thoughts and feelings effectively to grow stronger and more secure relationships over time.

By the end of the workshop, students gained essential messages on how to review, identify and let go of unhealthy relationships, freeing up space for positive connections, as well as tips on building healthy relationships based on trust and respect, laying the foundation for happier and more fulfilling relationships.

Sleep Smart and Flourish

Spring 2023

Accumulating evidence converges to underline the contribution of sleep and sleep disorders to the cognitive and emotional wellbeing of individuals with and without mental illnesses. A good night of sleep and many bodily functions are under the influence of circadian rhythm. However, due to modernization of society, circadian disruptions are common.

In this workshop, Dr. Joey Chan, Associate Professor from Department of Psychiatry, CUHK introduced us the four stages of rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. As each stage plays an important role in repairing and rebuilding the brain and body, hence, a well-synchronized internal rhythm (biological clock) with the environments is essential.

By learning the two common sleep and circadian rhythm problems (sleep deprivation & Delayed sleep phase), it is important to monitor any changes to our sleep and wake patterns and aim for the recommended sleep times to shape our biological rhythm. Few tips to adjust students’ biological clock were also shared at the end of the workshop to help us sleep smart and flourish.

Setting Boundaries for Healthy Relationships

Spring 2023

Relationship is a significant element of life, and boundaries are crucial in relationships. In every kind of relationship - from family and friends to classmates and someone you just know, healthy boundaries create mutual respect between individuals and pave the way for sustainable and comfortable relationships, enhancing our well-being. Without healthy boundaries, we can feel unsafe, imbalanced, and suffer from relationships.

In this workshop, Ms. Gigi Pang, a Counseling Psychologist from Edge Development Centre introduced to us more about what a boundary is in relationships and different kinds of boundaries. She also shared with us how to recognize healthy and unhealthy boundaries in different relationships and guided us to be aware of our own boundaries. More importantly, Gigi provided some practical tips on how we could build appropriate boundaries in relationships for our healthy interactions with others. She additionally navigated us to communicate our boundaries with others through some exercises. She pointed out that we could be assertive in communication and at the same time listen to our significant others’ needs, building a mutual understanding between each other for a long-term healthy relationship with others.

By the end of the workshop, students gained insightful messages and tips on setting the ground for building happy relationships filled with love and respect.

“Meditate & Harmonize” Guided Meditation Workshop

Spring 2023

After 3 years of pandemic, some students may feel anxious about building friendships or relationships in university or collaborating with others in a group project.

We are pleased to invite experienced meditators from Heart and Soul Limited to organized bilingual sessions to guide students to explore their inner self for self-reflection and create an understanding heart through relaxing music and electrical candles in a meditative state. In these two sessions, Meditation Program Advisor, Mr. Johnson Chong and Founder of Heart and Soul shared with us the difference between spiritual age and physical actual age to let us understand the perspective from the other person’s side.

Through the group guided mediation, students could gain better understanding of themselves and their inner feelings, as well as to connect and harmonize relationship with an understanding and compassionate heart.

Cultivating a Blame-Free Relationship with Non-violent Communication

Spring 2023

Blame is a tragic way of sharing with others what matters to us but is left unfulfilled and a tragic way of getting the other to respond to our needs. While it works sometimes, sooner or later we will pay the relational costs.

In this workshop, Dr. Joseph Cho, lecturer of Gender Studies Programme from The Chinese University of Hong Kong introduced us the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) communication process developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg. It is a compilation of ideas about compassionate human behavior to helps us connect with ourselves and others at the level of feelings and needs in our intention, attention and communication.

By learning the 4 NVC components (Observation, Feeling, Needs & Request), we could express ourselves clearly and honestly while listening to our needs and others. To transform the blame into a need-based request, we will no longer need to use the language of blame or judgment to make demands or evaluate others. We can experience the deep pleasure of contributing to each others' well being.

Growing in Romantic Relationships 「侶」程修行

Spring 2023

This workshop enabled students in developing a deeper understanding of the dynamics of romantic relationship, including recognizing and addressing potential issues such as love violence, conflicts, and boundary violations. This involves several key steps, including learning to identify and address emotional blackmail, understanding your own reactions and patterns in conflicts, and setting appropriate boundaries.

Intimate partner violence, including emotional blackmail, can be a serious issue in romantic relationships. By learning to recognize the signs of emotional blackmail and other forms of love violence, individuals can take steps to protect themselves and their partners. Conflicts are a natural part of any relationship, but learning to handle them in a healthy and productive way is a key to grow in a romantic relationship. By focusing on effective communication and working towards mutual understanding and resolution, conflicts can become an opportunity for growth and deepening connection. Finally, setting appropriate boundaries is crucial to maintaining a healthy and respectful romantic relationship. By creating a safe and respectful space for emotional and physical intimacy, individuals can create a foundation for a healthy and fulfilling romantic relationship.

By prioritizing effective communication, mutual respect, and emotional and physical safety, individuals can build a strong and healthy romantic relationship.

Getting Prepared for Romantic Relationships 愛情預備課

Spring 2023

Getting prepared for romantic relationships involves taking steps to protect yourself from potential risks and ensuring that you have a strong sense of self-worth and understanding of your own values.

It is important to be aware of the risks of romance scams and take steps to protect yourself. This can include being cautious about giving out personal information online, being aware of common tactics used by scammers, and using reputable dating sites and apps.

Understanding yourself in the context of your family background can also be important in preparing for romantic relationships. This involves reflecting on how your upbringing and family history may impact your views on relationships, communication, and intimacy. It can also involve identifying any patterns or tendencies that may have been passed down from previous generations. Finally, developing a strong sense of self-value is crucial in recognizing your own worth and setting boundaries that reflect your values and priorities. It also involves being open to growth and learning from past relationships, while also being confident in your own identity and sense of self.

In this workshop, students learned to protect themselves from potential risks, understanding the impact of upbringing, and developing a strong sense of self-value, and get better prepared for romantic relationships with greater confidence and clarity.

Let Yourself Be Happy - Build a Healthy Relationship with Self

Spring 2023

People usually lose themselves when always focusing on things out of their control and pleasing people around them. Sometimes, it is important to move the focus back on ourselves and develop a healthy self-relationship that opens the door to a life of independence, emotional stability, and a better lifestyle.

In this workshop, Ms Fiona Tsang, an experienced counselor from THE COMPANIONS, provided some quiet moments and guided students through some exercises to reflect on their values and cultivate awareness of their physiological reactions, feelings, thoughts. Different coping stances that may affect our way to speak to others and ourselves in stressful situations are also introduced. Ms Tsang also shared cases that illustrated how to apply above concepts in real life situations and ended with some practical tips to help students crave out “me-time” among busy schedule to reflect and grow stronger in face of future challenges.

By the end of the workshop, students have grasped all the essentials that laid foundation for building a healthier relationship with themselves - to accept one's limitations, make the right choices, and take responsibility on our own choices with kindness and compassion.