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Why Are Our Youth Falling Through The Cracks?


A Community Forum on
Issues Facing Non-Chinese Speaking and Ethnic Minority Youth in Hong Kong

KELY Support Group (KELY) and the Psychology Society SSS HKU are pleased to invite you and your team to attend a community forum focusing on the issues faced by non-Chinese speaking and Ethnic Minority youth in Hong Kong. We invite you to recruit your school’s representatives of well-being leadership team to learn more from KELY’s guest speakers about local trends, issues and developmental concerns that challenge the young people of Hong Kong.

A panel of industry experts will join us on the evening to share with us their professional insights and experiences. By identifying the current gaps in services for non-Chinese speaking and Ethnic Minority youth, this forum will address the growing need to find practical solutions while exploring options and new initiatives available to English medium and Ethnic Minority designated schools. Please refer to the following page for details of the speakers.

Date: Wednesday, 29th May 2013
Venue: CPD 2.42. Central Podium Centennial Campus
Address: The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Registration & Refreshment: From 6:00pm
Speakers & Panel Discussion: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Donations are welcomed

Kindly RSVP Ms. Kristie Craigen at kristie@kely.org or 2521 6890 to reserve your seat

Speakers Biographies

Mr. Paul W.C. Wong, D.Psyc.(Clinical), Reg.Clin.Psyc., AFHKPsS, MAPS

Dr. Wong is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong with expertise in suicide and suicide prevention. He is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention HKU, National Representative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and Scientific Secretary of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. He has published academic articles on a number of suicide-related issues including findings from a large-scale psychological autopsy study, effectiveness of a community-based suicide prevention program, youth suicide, suicide notes, suicide bereavement, pathological gambling and suicide, and homicide and suicide. His articles appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine, Journal of Medical and Internet Research, Journal of Affective Disorders, Psychiatric Research, BMC Public Health, Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior etc. Moreover, he has consulted sui­cidal persons and families of suicide as a clinical psychologist, and has been teaching courses on research methodology, abnormal psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mental health and suicide prevention at the university. He has also con­ducted seminars and workshops on mental health promotion and suicide prevention for front-line professionals and the general public. He is also one of the developers of an award-winning website on depression prevention, The Little Prince is Depressed, www.depression.edu.hk.

Dr. Mark L. Gandolfi, St. John’s Counselling Service Executive Director

Mr. Gandolfi has been a clinical psychologist and health care executive for over 26 years in the U.S. and Asia. Dr. Gandolfi’s clinical experience has included working with children and teenagers in areas of grief, depression-anxiety disorder, family dynamics, substance abuse, addictive disorders, teenage sexuality, cutting and bullying. Dr. Gandolfi has also taught university and training courses in Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, China and the U.S. in areas of counselling and therapy, anger and stress management, rehabilitation, healthcare management, family and marriage, substance abuse, crisis management, family violence, child sex abuse and trauma, suicide, and action learning. Dr. Gandolfi also clinically supervises graduate students in psychology and social work from Monash University and University of New England (Australia), Hong Kong University and City University (Hong Kong) at St. John’s Counselling Service, and works closely with various Hong Kong international-local schools and colleges with teachers, administrators, parents and students on various mental health matters.

Ms. Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan, Ph.D.

Oliver is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at City University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of South Florida, Florida, and was selected as a 2012 Outstanding Criminology Ambassador Award recipient by his alma mater. Oliver earned his M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University, Virginia, and B.A. in Psychology from Bemidji State University, Minnesota. Before joining the Criminology team at City University of Hong Kong, he has worked at the University of Hong Kong. Oliver published widely on the study of sexual violence and criminological issues related to the Asian population.

About KELY Support Group

KELY is a non-government funded bilingual organization which provides empathetic, non-judgmental, confidential and inclusive support to youth between the ages of 14 - 24 in Hong Kong. Our mission is to empower young people through non-judgmental peer support to make informed choices in reaching their potential. KELY's programmes and services focus on drug and alcohol prevention and intervention, specifically designed to tackle the root causes of abuse including: boredom, peer pressure, a lack of self awareness, low self esteem, poverty, unemployment and discrimination.

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