Protecting your relationship with your partner can be challenging while caring for a child with special needs, trauma or those from difficult beginnings. While there are moments of true joy and accomplishment, there are also moments of depletion and loneliness. Numerous appointments, disruptive behavior, and challenges to self-care can add to the already existing stress of work/academic life and travel schedules. Sometimes friends, family, and even helping professionals unwittingly add to the strain through unfamiliarity or insensitivity. Although thriving might be defined differently throughout the journey, couples can find their way to health and resilience as a unified team in the midst of challenges.
Our speaker has walked this journey both personally as well as professionally, and will share honestly through her own experiences. Join us for this informative and engaging talk, whether you and your partner:
...are finding it difficult to move beyond just trying to stay afloat
...are feeling stuck and need additional suggestions
...are doing well but just want to be proactive about addressing potential challenges that may come.
This talk is appropriate for: adoptive and foster parents, parents of children with special needs, trauma, psychiatric or behavioral issues, and/or parents considering adding to their family through birth, adoption, or foster care. Professionals including social workers, mental health professionals, educators, and any others supporting families are also welcome.
Dr. Erica Liu Wollin is a Registered Clinical Psychologist (HK) and a Licensed Psychologist (US). She holds a PsyD and MA in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and has a private practice in Sheung Wan, specializing in trauma treatment for adults, adolescents, children, couples and families. She is a Certified EMDR therapist and has practiced EMDR Therapy, a highly-effective treatment for trauma and anxiety, for over 15 years. She is the Professional Adoption Resources Coordinator for Adoptive Families of Hong Kong and is a trainer and consultant for Mother’s Choice. Before coming to Hong Kong 10 years ago, she specialized in university student mental health in the US. She has been married for 25 years and has two children, a 19 year-old by birth and a 14 year-old by adoption.
- 170HKD for AFHK & SNNHK members;
- 270HKD 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 170HKD).
- All participants can choose to obtain a Certificate of Attendance for attending this event. For families going through the adoption or fostering process we hope this certificate may serve to support an application by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to learning about the needs of parenting a child through adoption. For others this certificate may be of use in other study or professional development areas.
Seating is limited, registration and payment are required in advance.
Please arrive to check-in at 6:45pm. Meeting is from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
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