Jun 2021

Replay Webinar Series V: Loving our work within the legal and law enforcement framework


To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the HKPS, we are pleased to announce that we are hosting a webinar series from 2020-21. We are very honored that we have Dr. Yvonne LEE, Dr. Anita LEUNG, and Ms. Kenix Kung as the speakers for our 5th webinar on “Loving our work within the legal & law enforcement framework”. 


Details are as follows:


Date: 18th June 2021 (Friday)

Time: 13:00–14:30


Speakers and abstracts


Dr. Anita C. LEUNG, PhD 梁莊麗雅博士 FHKPS, AFBPS, CPsychol, Past-Chairperson of Division of Clinical Psychology, HKPS and Past-President of HKPS. She started the career of clinical psychology as a pioneer in correctional services, then settled in family services predominantly. Having acquired training in family mediation, child consultant in child-focused family mediation, and collaborative practice, she finds her niche in family forensic psychology, being an expert examiner in child custody, access and parenting capacity. On encountering high-conflict-parents in divorce, she has been learning to be more compassionate with the parties concerned. In recent years, her passion grows in taking up the role of a parenting coordinator, helping divorced parents minimize conflicts to avoid placing their children in the miserable middle. She translated The CoParenting Toolkit into 《離異父母共親職『錦囊』》.In the discussion session, she will share the challenges she experienced in her work in promoting the best interests of children.


Abstract: Challenging Issues in Divorce Disputes

Dr. Anita Leung will discuss 3 challenging issues in working as a child custody evaluator in divorce disputes, namely: (1) child abuse allegations; (2) children’s authentic voice; and (3) allegations of a parent’s mental, personality, or behavioral problems.


Dr. Yvonne LEE, Ph.D., FHKPS, clinical psychologist in the Hong Kong Correctional Services.  She has provided psychological assessment and treatment in three maximum security prisons, specializing in violent offenders and sex offenders in particular.  To strive for evidence-based practice in offender rehabilitation, she collaborated with local academics as well as world renowned experts on the construction and validation of the first risk-needs assessment scale for violent offenders and then sex offenders in the Chinese community.  Recently, she coordinated the setting up of the specialized male treatment unit ‘LIFE GYM: Positive Living Centre for Men’, pioneering the integration of male psychology in offender rehabilitation in Asian jurisdiction with a view to cultivating positive masculinity in male offenders in addition to reducing re-offending. 


Abstract: Toward Positive Living: Psychological Treatment for Offenders

Are offenders bad, mad, dangerous or desperate?  We can understand and explain why an individual committed offending behavior based on a general personality and social psychology perspective.  To help an individual prevent re-offending and make positive change, there is strong research evidence to adopt the risk-needs-responsivity approach for effective offender rehabilitation.  In this talk, the psychology of violent offenders and violent offending behavior will be presented.  The delivery of the Violence Prevention Program in ‘LIFE GYM: Positive Living Centre for Men’ with the use of male-responsive treatment strategies, which help the offenders promote pro-social lifestyle and positive masculine qualities, will also be shared.


Ms. Kenix KUNG, Police Clinical Psychologist; Vice-chairperson of the Division of Clinical Psychology, Hong Kong Psychological Society.


Abstract: A comprehensive approach to obtaining best evidence from and care for child abuse victims during investigative proceedings

Hong Kong has been adopting a child-centered and multi-disciplinary approach in managing child abuse cases. Since 1995, special measures have been taken to minimize the discomfort of and negative impact on child abuse victims during criminal and court proceedings. In particular, video-recorded interviews with child witnesses were made admissible to court for trial, to replace the evidence-in-chief. This presentation will highlight the collaboration between Hong Kong Police Force and Social Welfare Department in the development of a local protocol in investigative interviews for child abuse cases.


Replay Here