Professor of Psychology
City University of Hong Kong
The workshop on “Positive Interventions to Enhance Resilience and Growth: Concepts and Strategies” was held on the third day of the conference and was conducted by the keynote speaker for ICAP 2016, Professor Ho Mun Yin Samuel. The workshop aimed to introduce the applications of positive psychological approaches for enhancing resilience and growth under adversity. The basic theories and techniques of positive psychological intervention (PPI) was introduced first and the PPI strategies related to resilience and growth developed by the facilitators was discussed during the latter part of the workshop.
During the workshop, Professor Samuel addressed concepts such as hope-based intervention strategies, including assessment of dispositional hope and the use of hope stories to enhance hope, strength-based intervention strategies, including assessment of strengths, identifying and using strengths to enhance well-being and Attentional bias and interpretation strategies including gratitude exercise, cognitive interpretation style training. The workshop included presentations, videos, and case sharing discussions as well as group activities and individual exercises which allowed the interaction of the participants to engage get a more practical exposure. The participants contributed to the workshop by participating actively in group activities and individual exercises as well as sharing of personal experiences.
The audience of this workshop included psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists & counselors, social workers & occupational therapists, mental health researchers & enthusiasts as well as psychology students. After this workshop, participants gained a better understanding of the basic principles and theories of applied positive psychology &to apply positive psychology techniques for self-understanding and enhancement.
Professor of Psychology
University of Bolton, UK
The workshop on “Recovery from Long-Term Mental Health Problems: Is There Hope?” was held on the third day of the conference and was conducted by Professor. Jerome Carson. Prof. Carson qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1984. He has always been interested in long term mental health problems and for many years has worked as a rehabilitation psychologist, with consultant psychiatrist Dr. Frank Holloway. He has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry / Maudsley Hospital from 1992. In 2006 he moved to work in the Lambeth South-West Sector, where he developed a “bottom-up” model of personal recovery in partnership with people with lived experience over a five year period. He retired from clinical practice from the National Health Service in 2011. In 2012, he became Professor of Psychology at the University of Bolton.
During this workshop, Prof. Carson addressed the concept of recovery from mental health problems and how to implement it in clinical practice. It focused mainly on the bottom-up approach, the “Recovery Group”, recovery workshops as well as the use of drama to teach recovery. The importance of resources needed to move towards recovery based services as well as the problems with the recovery approach were also discussed. This workshop ended with a discussion on recovery heroes of past and present, focusing on the importance on their stories, whilst putting forward the promise of Positive Psychology as hope for people recovering from mental health problems.
The audience of this workshop comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists & counsellors, social workers & occupational therapists, mental health researchers & enthusiasts as well as psychology students. Each topic of the workshop included presentations of case studies as well as videos of real life events.
University of Bolton, UK
The workshop on “Thriving Children: Five Factors that Contribute” was held on the third day of the conference and was conducted by Mrs. Chathurika Kannangara. One of the main areas that were discussed during this workshop was the mental health and wellbeing in children. Providing the right support for children at school as well as at home can play a vital role in any child’s future.
This workshop addressed the significance of five key factors that influence children’s wellbeing. Five factors: Strengths, Grit, Mind-sets, Optimism and Resilience are commonly researched and discussed concepts in Positive Psychology. This session allowed attendees to discuss the practical application of several tools used to assess these five factors and applications. The session supported colleagues to design interventions to assist children develop those key areas. The aforementioned five factors will be useful to gain knowledge and skills to help children thrive.
Topics that were covered during the workshop included: Mental health and wellbeing in children, Significance of the five factors: Character strengths, Grit, Mind-sets, Optimism and Resilience, Practical application of several tools used to assess the five factors, designing of interventions to assist children develop the key areas and Applications and Assessments.
The audience of this workshop included practitioners, counsellors, teachers, parents and psychology students.
Director of Organisation Development
Coventry University, UK
Senior Lecturer – Academic Development (SFHEA)
Coventry University, UK
The workshop on “Developing Global Academic Excellence – The Importance of a Professional Teaching Qualification” was held on the third day of the conference and was conducted by Mr. Mark Holton and Ms. Haneelie du Plesis-Walker from the Coventry University, UK.
This workshop took the participants on a journey to explore contemporary Higher Education teaching, learning and assessment practices, curriculum development, quality assurance requirements as well as developing academic leadership. Through the interaction between the participants and tutors, the foundations were laid for building a strong community of excellence that naturally develops and is nurtured by academic staff with extensive experience in academic staff development in the United Kingdom and at Higher Education institutions globally.
The session titled ‘Explore the changing environment of Higher Education – Why do I need a teaching qualification?’ involved a two-way discussion between the presenters and the audience to explore the need of professionalising the role of academic practitioners in Higher Education. The session on ‘Have a hands-on opportunity to explore an example of contemporary Higher Education teaching practice’ involved the participants having a hands-on experience of a technology enhanced learning opportunity.
The audience of this workshop included academic staff members, curriculum developers, program coordinators and academic administrators.
Head of School
Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology CIRP
The workshop on “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Obsession Compulsive Disorder” was held on the third day of the conference and was conducted by Mr. Matt Broadway-Horner. The workshop aimed to study about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which is a problem that afflicts many people. The obsessions are many and varied with the most common problem being about cleanliness. But there are other distressing types linked to sex, gender and crime of which is not spoken about because they feel ashamed. There is no shame in OCD but help, knowledge and power. Learn today how to help your patients overcome the OCD using the latest in research ideas from the scientists.
Topics covered during the workshop included: The different types of Obsession Compulsive Disorders, Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat Obsession Compulsive Disorder, and Helping individuals to recover and function well in day to day life.
The audience of this workshop included Clinicians, Psychologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists Social Workers, Family Members and Students.