Psychology and Counselling Summit 2021

Unlock Well-Being Through Positive Psychology and Neuroscience

3 - 4 March 2021
8:50 - 12:45 GMT+8


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EVENT OVERVIEW

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all across all aspects of our lives, forcing us to take stock and focus on what’s most critical – the mental, emotional and physical well-being of ourselves, our nearest and dearest and of course, those we serve.

The premiere edition of the Psychology and Counselling Summit 2021 will bring together mental health professionals across the world to absorb, appreciate and deliberate on the science of Well-being and how we can integrate it to build resilience and positivity.

This virtual event offers you a once in a career opportunity to interact with globally renowned scientists, academics, practitioners allowing you to learn to build on existing knowledge and implement new approaches in using positive psychology to enhance the well-being of your clients through neuroscience.

Internationally Renowned Speakers

Dr. Stephen W. Porges

Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.
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Sonja Lyubomirsky

Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside
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Barry Schwartz

Emeritus professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College; Visiting Professor at Haas School of Business at Berkeley
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Regional Experts

Marina Vogt

Chief Happiness Officer
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Patrick Bensen

CEO at PB Consulting Ltd.
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Graham Barkus

Founder and Managing Director, The Human Factor
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Dr. Vanessa Wong

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Hong Kong; Membership, The Royal College of Psychiatrist; Diploma of Fellowship, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Psychiatry); Diploma of Fellowship, Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists
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Dr. Scarlett Mattoli

Clinical/Neuro-Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, Wellbeing Consultant, The Psynamo Group
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Dr. Laurena Law

B MED (Newcastle), DFM (HKCFP), Dip in Practical Dermatology (Cardiff University), P Dip ComPsychMed (Hong Kong)
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Rachel Winston

Play Therapist, Founder of Full Cup Play Therapy
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Dr. Adrian Low

President of Hong Kong Association of Psychology, Certified Industrial/ Organisational Psychologist
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Dr. Erica Liu Wollin

Registered Clinical Psychologist, Hong Kong, Licensed Psychologist, USA, Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant
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Teressa Siu

Emcee, International wellness speaker, Certified health coach Award-winning broadcast journalist, TV host, International wellness speaker, Lifestyle educater
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David Chan

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute at the Singapore Management University
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Dr. Katherine L. K. Kot

Clinical Psychologist at Connexion Psychological Practice
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Dr. Nakia Hamlett

CEO and Founder, Complex Psychology LLC
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Why Should You Join

3 inspirational keynotes from pioneers in the field
Practical solutions and best practices from case studies and panels
Live streamed event with real time interactive Q&A
Actionable insights you can apply in your orgainsation today
Access to video recordings of the virtual conference and review it anytime
A certificate upon completion of 2-day conference

PROGRAMME

Day 1
Wednesday, 3 March
Day 2
Thursday, 4 March
8:50
Introduction and Ice-Breakers
9:00
Opening Keynote: The Emergence of Polyvagal Informed Therapies: Harnessing the Neuroception of Safety in Clinical Treatment
  • Understand how specific circuits in the autonomic nervous system are related to social and defensive behaviors. 
  • Gain insights into the physical features of the clinical conditions necessary to promote feelings of safety in the client. 
  • Recognise why deficits in the Social Engagement System are core features of several psychiatric disorders. 
  • Master how trauma triggers neural states that support defensive reactions and disrupt typical function of the autonomic nervous system 

Speaker: Dr. Stephen W. Porges
Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.

9:45
Live Q&A with Dr. Porges

Moderated by: Dr. Scarlett Mattoli
Clinical/Neuro-Psychologist & 
Clinical Supervisor, Wellbeing Consultant, The Psynamo Group

10:30
Breathe Break
10:35
Panel Discussion: The Polyvagal Theory in Practice
  • How to integrate Polyvagal Theory into treatment models, real life sharing of examples and case studies
  • Explore how specific circuits in the nervous system impact social and defensive behavior and how dissociative processes and treatments can be designed to experience bodily feelings of safety and trust.
  • Discover restorative consequences of movement, rhythm, and dance in promoting social connectedness and resilience

Panellists:
Dr. Scarlett Mattoli - Clinical/Neuro-Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor, Wellbeing Consultant, The Psynamo Group

Rachel Winston - Play Therapist, Founder of Full Cup Play Therapy

Dr. Erica Liu Wollin -  Registered Clinical Psychologist, Hong Kong, Licensed Psychologist, USA, Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant

Dr. Katherine L. K. Kot - Clinical Psychologist at  Connexion Psychological Practice

11:10
Breathe Break
11:15
Keynote Address: The Inefficiencies of Efficiency: Lessons from a Pandemic
  • Reflect on the presumption that self-determination is a good thing and choice is essential to self-determination 
  • Identify points  choice starts to be not only unproductive, but counterproductive--a source of pain, regret, worry about missed opportunities and unrealistically high expectations. 
  • Ways to help clients choose more wisely, so their choices becomes an informed journey that maximises self-determination rather than undermines it. 
  • Make and live with choices that bring back focus on nurturing the things that bring real lasting happiness. 

Speaker: Barry Schwartz
Emeritus professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College; Visiting Professor at Haas School of Business at Berkeley

12:00
Live Q&A with Barry Schwartz

Moderated by: Teressa Siu 
Emcee, International wellness speaker, Certified health coach Award-winning broadcast journalist, TV host, International wellness speaker, Lifestyle educater

12:45
Close of Day 1
8:50
Welcome and Warm UP
9:05
Coping with Covid-19: Global Ground Realities
  • Cultural reactions, responses and implications on mental health.
  • Case examples of coping mechanisms and their adaptions that have helped support clients deal with unexpected changes.
  • How to help clients how to recover, build resilience and leverage trauma to cultivate growth.
  • The challenges and opportunities in adapting to the new normal with a focus on harnessing technology

Panellists:

Dr. Adrian Low - President of Hong Kong Association of Psychology, Certified Industrial/ Organisational Psychologist

Patrick Bensen -  CEO at PB Consulting Ltd, Organisational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist.

David Chan - Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute at the Singapore Management University

Dr Nakia Hamlett -  CEO and Founder, Complex Psychology LLC

 

9:45
Breathe Break
9:50
Panel Discussion: The Neuroscience of Well-Being: A Holistic Approach
  • Mental health from a neuroscience perspective
  • Neurological indicators for declining mental health and wellbeing
  • Brain-Gut health imperative in inactive populations
  • Phenomena of 2020: Work From Home, Home Schooling, etc and effect on resiliency and hope
  • Current Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment measures: Telementalhealth
  • Best practices for brain health and wellbeing: trends for the future
  • Key points for patient care for 2021 reality/Covid-era

Panellists:
Graham Barkus, Founder and Managing Director, The Human Factor

Dr. Vanessa Wong - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Hong Kong; Membership, The Royal College of Psychiatrist; Diploma of Fellowship, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Psychiatry); Diploma of Fellowship, Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists

Dr. Laurena Law -  MED (Newcastle), DFM (HKCFP), Dip in Practical Dermatology (Cardiff University), P Dip ComPsychMed (Hong Kong)

10:55
Breathe Break
11:00
Keynote Address: The How of Happiness: Boosting Well-Being Through Gratitude, Kindness, and Connection
  • Happiness breeds happiness: happy people are more creative, productive, and helpful; have more stable marriages and higher incomes:, and boast stronger immune systems.
  • Practicing kindness, optimism, and gratitude in optimal ways has been shown in multiple experiments to increase happiness.
  • Much of people’s happiness is under their control and can be managed

Speaker: Sonja Lyubomirsky
Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside

11:45
Live Q&A with Sonja Lyubomirsky

Moderated by: Marina Vogt
Chief Happiness Officer

12:30
Close of Summit


*The agenda is subject to change.

Past speaker

Dr. Philip Zimbardo

Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University

Professor Philip Zimbardo is a true pioneer of psychology. Alongside his world-famous ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ in 1971, he was previously president of the American Psychological Association and is now a Professor Emeritus of Stanford University. His study of human behaviour and wealth of experience make him one of the worlds leading speakers on human behaviour. After 50 years lecturing, Zimbardo retired from lecturing in 2008 – this will be one of his last ever lectures, an opportunity not to be missed

Testimonials

Valuable speakers, informative, fruitful. And also enough time for networking breaks.

Christopher

I enjoy neuropsychology the most. The speakers are experienced and many thanks for spending their time sharing in Hong Kong.

Amelia

Hearing about the presenter’s experiences were very thrilling.

Michelle

Dr. Scarlett gives good insight and information for already field professionals. Her presentation is also smooth, clear, and easy to understand

Joey

Dr. Adler has great insight into the application of technique and relationships through case examples.

Madeline

I like Dr. Philip Zimbard’s prison research, it's interesting. Dr. Scarlett Mattoli explains the brain function clearly.

Samuel

I like Dr. Adrian Tong as he emphasised measuring the client's progression would be so important for therapeutic benefits.

Joanne

FAQ

Who should attend?

We welcome people from all walks of life, as long as you are interested in mental health well-being. This summit aimed to broaden attendees' understanding of well-being and how we can integrate it professionally and personally to bring resilience and positivity through psychology and neuroscience. Even if you are a psychological professional, our speakers with practical solutions and practices will surely bring new insights to you.

How do I attend the conference?

Psychology and Counselling Summit 2021 is a 2-day virtual conference delivered by mental health professionals across the world. We will provide a private link before the event date after your registration, which is only available for one viewer at a time.

Will I get access to materials afterwards?

Yes. You will get access to video recordings of the virtual conference, and you can review it anytime.

What language is it in?

The whole summit will be conducted in English.

How long is it?

This is a 2-day conference featuring international mental health experts. It goes live for two mornings, starting from 8:50am to noon, for you to attend online.

Can I ask questions instantly?

There are real-time interactive Q&A sessions, in which speakers will be answering attendees’ questions in the meantime.

Are there special offers for teams?

Please contact Cyrus at +852 2695 6608 or [email protected] for more information.

Will I receive a certificate?

Yes. Upon completion of 2-day conference, you will receive an official certificate from the programme.

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