Day 2 :
Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery, USA
Time : 09:00-09:40
James Wilson, Ph.D. obtained his doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Arizona. He has been practicing as a licensed psychologist in California for thirty-two years, specializing in neuropsychology and brain injury rehabilitation. He presently is a clinical consultant for the Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery. His specialty in private practice is neuropsychological evaluation of TBI and Concussion, and he has published on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. In the late 1970’s he worked for three years in hospital settings in Hokkaido, Japan.
According to the WHO and the CDC, Traumatic Brain Injury is one of the major causes of death and disability around the world. In the United States alone over 50,000 lives are lost every year, while hundreds of thousands of people are left with severe and lasting disabilities. Globally, Clinical Psychologists and other health practitioners, who themselves may have only limited familiarity with these conditions, are often faced with a lack of resources to aid clients in their recovery. The Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery, a non-profit center located near San Francisco, California, has created an innovative range of services to address the needs of adults who have sustained Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Concussion (referred to as Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - or mTBI). The program consists of several key components: The Resource Center, the Post-concussion Education and Support Group, the Individualized Computer Treatment Program (ICTP), “Cog-Smart” - a compensatory skills training class, and a full-day Therapeutic Program (for moderate to severe brain injury). These approaches allow participants flexibility in accessing services to meet their individual needs. The aim of the Post-Concussion Education and Support Group is to provide accurate information about mild traumatic brain injury, and direct clients to suitable sources of care in the community, at the same time addressing the altered sense of self, a common psychological reaction among survivors. This presentation highlights the the Center’s treatment methods and we will present both pre- and post-treatment clinical outcome data showing the efficacy of the Post-Concussion Education and Support Group. Finally, we present a case study which illustrates the benefits that these services provide in helping clients recover and cope with the long-term cognitive, behavioral and psychological consequences that often impact their work, family, and personal lives.
Gratia Christian College, Hong Kong
Keynote: Existential Chinese Family Therapy
Time : 09:40-10:20
Albert Chan is the Head and Professor of the School of Psychology, Gratia Christian College and is the Senior Clinical Psychologist at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Center in Hong Kong. He also is an Adjunct Professor for Macau University of Science and Technology, Mongolia University of Science and Technology and Baptist Hospital Nursing Program. He was invited to be a visiting professor for McGill University in 2018. He is a dynamic clinical psychologist and an experienced marriage and family therapist and approved supervisor. Albert offers inspiring insights and stimulating experiential facilitation and psychological services that cultivate participants’ strengths and motivation to develop innovations and practical solutions. His recent publication includes a book chapter “The Preternatural in Chinese Cultural: A Ghost Story.” and co-authored “Existential psychology East-West. 2nd Vol., Colorado Spring, The University Professors Press”
Anthony Marsella : all psychology is indigenous and Kwang-Kuo Hwang: Taiwan indigenous psychologist proposes that Western psychology at its best carries some patronizing of other cultures and at worst, colonizing the minds of the East. Existential Chinese Family Therapy stares in the eyes of the Chinese clients to depict the Chinese Existential givens which are in contrary to Yalom’s proposed existential givens, Isolation, Freedom/Responsibility, Meaninglessness, and Death. The Chinese existential givens which are affirmed by the three pillars of Chinese philosophies, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism and are rooted in the construct of harmony. The focus of this paper is constructing a theoretical framework on Existential Chinese Family Therapy through examining the Chinese culture and clinical practice on Chinese clients. The general family system theory will be used as the theoretical backbone which encompasses the Chinese existential givens in therapeutic intervention. Both researched Harmonious Values of Forbearance, Loyalty, Respect, Obedience and Role Acceptance will be examined and the proposed Chinese Existential Givens of To Live, Meaning of Love (Ch’ien), Family will be introduced. Common Chinese family issues and typical Chinese family enmeshment will be inspected. How theoretical concepts apply in clinical practice will be elucidated.