Jul 2021

Replay Webinar Series VI: Loving our work with people in distress or with difficulties

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. Antony K.K. TONG and Prof. Samuel M.Y. HO as the speakers for our 6th webinar on “Loving our work with people in distress or with difficulties”.


Details are as follows:


Date: 16th July 2021 (Friday)

Time: 13:00–14:00


About the speakers and abstracts


Dr. Anthony K. K. TONG, 湯國鈞博士, Ed.D. FHKPS, RCP (HKPS), is a clinical psychologist of Kowloon East Cluster, Hospital Authority, and adjunct associate professor of the University of Hong Kong. He has been active in the profession for more than 35 years venturing into different fields including clinical practice, teaching, public education, and writing. He founded the United Centre of Emotional Health and Positive Living in 2003 pioneering in the promotion of Positive Psychology among professionals and in the society. He has also written several popular self-help books on emotional disorders and well-being. Both clinical practice and mental health education have been his passion and vision all along. Started off as a traditional cognitive behavioural therapist, he has become more and more 'third wave' in recent years embracing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as his major therapeutic approach in clinical practice. He and his associates founded the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, Hong Kong Chapter in 2019. Being the Chairperson of the organization, he was committed to the promotion and advancement of acceptance and commitment therapy in the local professional and social communities.


Abstract: From Positive Psychology to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


In this talk I will share my clinical and professional journey, especially that in the recent years when my interest has shifted from positive psychology to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Being a clinical psychologist and trained as a cognitive-behavioural therapist, I found CBT very practical and effective in treating various mental disorders. Nevertheless, it has its own limitations and I am not totally satisfied with its symptom-focused orientation. I had been looking for a wider perspective of mental health and was attracted to positive psychology which highlights well-being and flourishing in life. In recent years in the quest for integration of positive and the negative psychologies (flourishing and suffering), I found ACT most appealing, holistic and integrative being mindfulness-based and meaning-oriented. ACT caters for both healing and flourishing, treating pathology as well as promoting well-being. In this talk I will introduce ACT's hexaflex model of psychological flexibility and its relationship to pathology and wellness. Also I will propose an integrative model of positive psychology and ACT which I believe can enhance the power of both.


Prof Samuel M.Y. HO, 何敏賢教授, PhD.(Melb), FHKPS, RCP (HKPS) is a clinical psychologist with a research and clinical focus on resilience and traumatology. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society and has been serving as an advisor of many organizations, including the clinical psychology services of the Correctional Services Department. Prof Ho is the current head of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Department at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He received the President's Award and the Outstanding Supervisor Award of CityU in 2017.


Abstract: Posttraumatic Depreciation and Posttraumatic Growth during and after Adversity

Many people report psychological symptoms such as posttraumatic stress, depression, and anxiety during or after a challenging experience. However, in clinical psychology, it is also widely recognized that many people report positive changes, often referred to as posttraumatic growth (PTG), after a traumatic encounter. This presentation will address the following questions related to the phenomenon of PTG:

  1. What are the common positive changes people report after a traumatic event?
  2. Does PTG represent a constructive change or a maladaptive coping mechanism to handle difficulties?
  3. Can people experience both positive changes (PTG) and negative changes (posttraumatic depreciation, PTD) simultaneously? If so, what is the relationship between PTG and PTD?

The presenter will share his research findings on PTG in the past 18 years to address the above questions. It is hoped that the discussion will help our psychological adjustment during the post-COVID era.


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