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Event Registration – May 19

Event Information

Title: Providing Mental Healthcare in Uncertain Times: Responding to Coronavirus
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Stock
Date: Tuesday, 19th May 2020
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Platform: Google Hangouts

Registration

Send an email requesting to register to psychotherapysociety.hk@gmail.com. PSHK will reply with a link to the presentation. The link will be reliably opened using a Google Account/Gmail.

Please consider a voluntary donation, with the amount determined by each participant, to Suicide Prevention Services https://www.sps.org.hk/. This is the charity chosen by Dr. Andrew Stock.

Overview

When we face times of great uncertainty, the people we work with can become increasingly susceptible to mental ill-health, as well as less likely to prioritise suitable mental healthcare and support. The same can be said for providers of mental healthcare, as well. COVID-19 presents as one of the greatest moments of global uncertainty in recent history. Being well-equipped to provide informed, flexible and evidence-based support is crucial for responding effectively to the current challenges while promoting mental and overall health and well-being.

Objective

This workshop explores how times of great uncertainty impact individuals and organisations, highlighting which aspects of mental and behavioural health are most likely to be affected. It outlines a practical and proactive approach to help individuals adapt, build resilience and maintain their mental health with flexible thinking and emotional regulation. It also outlines how to help limit anxiety contagion, which is a significant threat during times of uncertainty. COVID-19 presents a threat to mental and physical health, and effectively balancing the response to these challenges is another important focus of this workshop.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants can expect to gain an ability to:

  • Identify the specific challenges faced by individuals and families, and clinicians themselves, during times of great uncertainty, and specifically during COVID-19.
  • Identify and explore significant stressors and those specific to COVID-19 like the potential and sometimes looming need to work from home at short notice
  • Help people reconnect with values at the individual and family level, locating mental and overall health and well-being within these values.
  • Explore what it means to be psychologically flexible when responding to stressors
  • Apply some strategies to promote psychological flexibility in response to uncertainty and anxiety, including emotional acceptance and mindfulness 
  • Establish some healthy behaviours that are backed by evidence to improve mental, physical and overall health and well-being, while maintaining specific considerations for limiting the spread of infection.
  • Build meaningful connections when traditional methods are difficult or not possible.

About Dr. Andrew Stock

Dr. Stock was born and grew up in Perth and received his BSc while majoring in psychology from the University of Western Australia. Dr Stock later received his masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

Dr. Stock provides therapy to adults, adolescents and families. He is trained and experienced in family therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.  He also conducts psychological and psychoeducational evaluations. Dr. Stock runs ClinPsych Services, a practice that operates out of Central while also specialising in-home and teletherapy. He recently became the director of Asia for En Masse, a team of workplace behaviour change consultants helping organisations in the areas of mental health and well-being.

Dr. Stock is on the Executive Committee of the Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong, as well as being a member of both the Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology and the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

If you have any questions about this event, or any other PSHK event, please contact the us at psychotherapysociety.hk@gmail.com.