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Developmental Trauma: Implications for Heart, Mind and Body

  • Friday, June 09, 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • SCOPE Admiralty Learning Centre, City University, Room UC3, 8/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Minimum 4 individuals, who register as a "group". One individual must be either an AFHK member or SPOT client, and the others can be non AFHK members or non SPOT clients.

    Students can apply through this rate, as a group of 4. Same conditions apply

    For group rate registration please email the names and email addresses of the Group and you will be sent the registration code

    AFHK members email:
    SPOT clients email:
  • Please email the SPOT office, for the registration code.

Registration is closed

Repetitive traumatic stress that occurs during childhood or adolescence impacts many areas of a developing child's systems and functions, including their attachment relationships, emotions, physiology, cognitions and belief system, coping skills, and sense of self and identity. These impacts can create lifelong challenges without proper assessment, intervention, and support.

Join Virginia Spielmann OT and Dr. Erica Liu Wollin for an informative full-day workshop, which will include coverage of:

  • The developing brain: critical periods of development and neuroplasticity
  • Brain reactions to threats and triggers
  • Children at risk of developing traumatic stress reactions
  • Acute Stress, PTSD, Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma - what does it all mean?
  • Dissociation and the disintegrated self
  • The importance of narrative
  • Impact on intimate relationships in the long run
  • Easy exercises to help with regulation
  • Treatment strategies for addressing trauma
  • The need for trauma-sensitivity in educational settings
  • Resilience and post-traumatic growth

Dr. Erica Liu Wollin is a Registered Psychologist (Hong Kong) and a Licensed Psychologist (US). She holds a PsyD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and a BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erica has a private practice in Sheung Wan, specializing in trauma treatment for adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. She is well-experienced in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, an effective treatment for trauma and anxiety. She is the Professional Adoption Resources Coordinator for Adoptive Families of Hong Kong and is a trainer and consultant for Mother’s Choice and CityU Student Development Services. She has also worked with organizations such as Alliant International University HK, Lingnan University, Dance with Depression, and HK Society for the Protection of Children. She is an adoptive parent as well.

Virginia Spielmann is an Occupational Therapist, specialising in infant and child development, sensory integration and mental health, and is the Clinical Director of SPOT Children's Interdisciplinary Therapy Center, HK.  Virginia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University in England, and is currently studying for her PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development.

This workshop is for therapists, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, social workers, educators, teachers, learning support assistants, special educators, SENCos, child care workers, developmentalists, behaviorists and parents. 

Venue: SCOPE Admiralty Learning Centre, City University, Room UR11, 8/F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

  • 880HKD for AFHK members.
  • 880HKD Group rate: The member's rate is offered for a group of 4 individuals, who can register as a "group". One individual must be an AFHK member, and the other 3 can be non AFHK members. To register for this group rate, please email the names to, and we will email you the registration code needed to register.
  • 980HKD for non-members or lapsed members (or click here to join/renew your AFHK membership and attend this event for the member's rate of 880HKD).

Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.

Registration check-in begins at 9am. Workshop is from 9:10 to 5:30pm.

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