Counselling Services

Counselling Services

About School Counselling

Community Resources in Hong Kong

Counselling Services at South Island School

Our school realises that students may face many issues as they grow up be it peer pressure, academic struggles or adapting to a new school. Apart from approaching their Tutors or the Head of House or Learning Family Head, we also encourage students to use counselling service as an additional, confidential support to help them address difficulties that affect their social, emotional or intellectual wellbeing. We believe that students will benefit from counselling after improving their self-awareness and wellbeing. We offer students two qualified counsellors who visit the school regularly:

School Social Worker – Miss Kamy Yeung

She is a registered social worker from the Hong Kong Children & Youth Services (HKCYS). She enjoys working with adolescents and believes that everyone has the strengths to grow up. She also believes that “the problem is not a problem but the coping is.”(from Virginia Satir) and hopes to work together with people to find more choices in their lives. Apart from counselling, she also offers group services such as We-Serve community service Team, Anti-Drug Force Group, Obsessed Anti-cyber-bullying Group and organizes various community services to the students. (Website: http://www.cys.org.hk)

Kamy is in school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:00am to 5:00pm.

School Social Worker – Miss Stephanie Wan

Stephanie is dedicated to serve teenagers and enjoys listening to their life stories. She believes that everyone possesses the expertise to lead their own lives and she hopes to assist student

s to open up their lives to various possibilities. Apart from counselling, she will run The We Serve Community Service Team and organise different developmental programmes at South Island School.

Stephanie is in school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00am to 5:00pm, Fridays (8:00am to 4:00pm).

The social workers’ room is on G/F, D Block.

School Counsellor – Miss Christine Meaney

Christine has a strong commitment to supporting students dealing with a range of life events and psychological issues, including stress and anxiety; issues with self-esteem, social skills and peer relationships, attention, concentration, impulse control, and emotional regulation issues, among others. Christine’s experience working with secondary students means she is very conscious of the uncertainties and challenges faced by our young people as they navigate the pressures of Hong Kong life and the school system. She is looking forward to being part of the counselling team at SIS. Christine is available by appointment.

The Counsellor’s Room is located on the 1/F, D Block.

Counselling services schedule for 2020-2021:

What is counselling?

When you come for counselling, you have a chance to talk with a professional in confidenceabout whatever is going on in your life, whether you have problems regarding home or school, or simply want someone to talk to and seek advice from him/her. We will listen to you in a neutral and non-judgmental manner and help you work through challenges and explore your own strengths and potential clearly. We will respect your values, lifestyle and culture, and will work to help you make your own decisions, so that you feel stronger and more in control of your life.

What counselling can help

Counselling, both individual and group, is helpful for a range of issues, such as:

  •    Identity and Self-image
  •    Self-esteem and Confidence
  •    Bullying
  •    Family problems
  •    Relationship problems
  •    Managing Emotions
  •    Depression and Self-harm
  •    Anxiety or Exam Stress
  •    Study problems (Organization, Time management)
  •    Addictions
  •    Grief and Loss

Coming to see a social worker / counsellor is a positive step in trying to overcome your difficulties. Everyone has problems at points in their life, and sometimes we all need some help in finding our direction again. 

Confidentiality

All conversations with you are private and confidential UNLESS you give permission to share with others. The ONLY exception is when there appears to be a serious risk to your own or others’ safety. In these circumstances, we would normally seek to speak to you first before contacting anyone else.

Sometimes it is helpful that we agree to share some information with your parents or teachers in order to get you the support you might need, this is always done with your permission too.

Confidential, trusting relationships are essential to effective counselling. 

How to make an appointment

  • Speak with your Tutor or Head of House/Year or Ms. Lucie Purves (Vice-Principal) who will help you to arrange an appointment
  • Email a school social worker / counsellor directly
  • Call or Drop by the Counsellor’s Office (2240-6703) / School Counsellor’s Office (2240-6784) for making an appointment directly
  • Talk to your parents who can help you by doing any of the above (# Parents are welcome to contact the counsellor for consultations or referrals too.)

Commitment to the process

Counselling is a collaborative process for both you and the counsellor. Engaging in the process will definitely help you to move forward though you may find it takes some time to talk openly with the counsellor. It will be important to commit yourself to scheduled appointments and taking responsibility for emailing or texting your counsellor in advance if you are unable to attend any meeting. It will help us re-arrange meetings with other student in need. You may reschedule another appointment.

On occasion, students are mandated to counselling to focus on issues which result in a breach of our school rules or special well-being concerns. Such appointments are usually made in collaboration with Tutors, Heads of Year or House, Individual Needs, Ms. Purves (Vice-Principal) and, on occasion, parents. Students are not referred just because they disrupt lessons and/or expressed anger, but based upon emotional difficulties, mental health issues or for another reason which has the potential to escalate or have an increased negative impact upon emotional wellbeing and learning. Your commitment is vital in the process.

Advice to Parents

If your child is receiving counselling, you can help them by:

  • Respecting their privacy and the confidential nature of counselling
  • Try not to intrude on their experience but let them know you are available if they need to talk
  • Limit your advice and guidance by encouraging your child to express what their feelings, needs and goals are:
  • Praise and encourage their positive manner in seeking help.
  • If your child is not ready for receiving counselling service in school but you as parents feel you need help, you may check the resources from any non-government organizations or private counseling service centres for assistance.
  • We treasure the communication with parents in supporting your child’s overall growth and development. Please feel free to contact our School Social Worker or School Counsellor if your require any help.

1. 24-Hour Hotlines for Crisis Intervention

Organisations 24-Hour Hotlines Websites / *Online Counselling
Social Welfare Department Hotline
社會福利署熱線
2343 2255 http://www.swd.gov.hk
The Samaritans: Multi-lingual Suicide Prevention Hotline
撒瑪利亞會
2896 0000 www.samaritans.org.hk
*Email: jo@samaritans.org.hk
The Samaritan Befrienders H.K.
香港撒瑪利亞防止自殺會
2389 2222

 

www.sbhk.org.hk
Suicide Prevention Services
生命熱線
2382 0000 www.sps.org.hk
Caritas HK – Family Crisis Line
向晴熱線
18288 http://fcsc.caritas.org.hk
CEASE Crisis Centre 芷若園
(For Family Crisis & Sexual Violence)
18281 http://ceasecrisis.tungwahcsd.org
The Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong
利民會「即時通」公眾熱線
JustOne tele-health support service (mental health)
3512 2626 https://justone.richmond.org.hk

2. Other Youth Helplines

Organisations Helpline / Enquiry Websites / Email
The Samaritan Befrienders H.K.
香港撒瑪利亞防止自殺會
(Enquiry on handling suicidal risks)
2319 1177

Mon – Fri: 9am-1pm & 2-6pm

www.sbhk.org.hk

http://www.help4suicide.com.hk *(Chinese Only)

KELY Support Group
啟勵扶青會
2521 6890 www.kely.org

Email: contact@kely.org

Rainlily 風雨蘭 – Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (For victims of sexual abuse) 2375 5322

M–F: 9am-10pm; Sat: 9am-1pm

http://rainlily.rapecrisiscentre.org.hk

Email: safechat@rainlily.org.hk

HK Family Planning Association
香港家庭計劃指導會 (For health)
2572 2222

 

www.famplan.org.hk/en
Narcotics Division, Security Bureau
保安局禁毒電話諮詢
2366 8822 www.nd.gov.hk

Anti-drug Instant Messaging Enquiry: 98 186 186

Integrated Smoking Cessation Hotline
戒煙熱線
1833 183 https://www.tco.gov.hk/english/quitting/quitting.html
HK Eating Disorders Association Ltd.
香港進食失調康復會
2850 4448 www.heda-hk.org

Email: heda@heda-hk.org

E.A.S.Y. enquiry & referral Hotline (For early psychosis)
思覺失調查詢
29 283 283

 

http://www.3ha.org.hk/easy/eng/help03.html
The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
香港心理衞生會
2772 0047

(Chinese Only)

http://www.mhahk.org.hk/chi/sub2_1_service_1_4.htm
Hong Kong Red Cross Psychological Support Service
香港紅十字會
心理支援服務
2514 2280 https://www.redcross.org.hk/en/services/psychological_support_service.html

Email: psp@redcross.org.hk

* Shall We Talk Appointment from website

3. Counselling Resources in HK               

3.1 Integrated Family Service Centres from the Government / NGOs Sector:

On District Base: Please search from website of Social Welfare Department (SWD) https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_family/sub_listofserv/id_ifs/ to see the list of Socla Welfare Department (SWD) and Subvented Non-Governmental Organisations Integrated Family Services Centres (You can find the Family Service Centre in accordance to your residential area)

3.2 Specialised Co-parenting Support Centre (SCSC) Services:

On District Base: Five SCSCs are setup across territories to provide one-stop child focused co-parenting support services for separated/divorcing parents and/or their child: https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_family/sub_listofserv/id_scsc/

3.3 Integrated Community Centre for Medical Wellness (ICCMW):

On District Base: For helping persons with suspected mental health problems or ex-mentally ill since secondary age in district-based community support and social rehabilitation services by various NGOs: https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_rehab/sub_listofserv/id_supportcom/id_iccmw/

3.4 Outreaching Teams for Ethnic Minorities:

Three Outreaching Teams for supporting ethnic minorities group especially those from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka to connect with mainstream welfare services: https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_family/sub_listofserv/id_otem/

3.5 Other Counselling Services in Private Setting:

Name of Organisations Contact Details Address & Website
St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service

* serving many ESF schools

Tel: 2525 7207 / 2525 7208

Fax: 2524 2777

Email: info@sjcshk.com

Suite 7D, 7/F, On Hing Building, 1-9 On Hing Terrace, Central, HK

www.sjcshk.com

ReSource The Counselling Centre Ltd. Tel: 2523 8979

Fax: 2845 7352

Email: enq@resourcecounselling.org

23/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong

www.resourcecounselling.org

Jadis Blurton Family Development Centre Tel: 2869 1962

Fax: 2869 7770

Email: info@blurton-fdc.com

19th Floor, Kennedy Town Centre, 23 Belcher’s St,
Kennedy Town, Hong Kongwww.blurton-fdc.com
OCD & Anxiety Support HK Email: ocdcommunityhk@gmail.com
(for booking counselling session)
https://www.ocdanxietyhk.org/counselling
Central Health Partners Child Development Team

(with different types of professional support)

Tel: 2824 0822

Fax: 2824 0603

Email: enquiries@centralhealth.com.hk

3/F, Baskerville House

13 Duddell Street, Central, HK

www.centralhealth.com.hk

F.O.C.U.S.

(for supporting students with SLD and/or AD/HD)

Tel: 2849 8218

Fax: 3019 7644

Email: info@focus.org.hk

Room 1504, 15/F, CLI Building, 313 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

http://www.focus.org.hk

Psynamo Mental & Allied Health Consultancy Tel: 2789 9907

Email: flourish@psynamo.com

Suite 1201, Car Po Commercial Buidling, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, H.K.

http://www.psynamo.com

Centre on Behavioural Health (HKU)

香港大學行為健康教研中心

Tel: 2831 5158

Fax: 2816 6710

Email: bhealth@hku.hk

 

2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research,
5 Sasson Road, Pokfulam, Hong Konghttp://cbh.hku.hk/service.html
Hong Kong Mood Disorders Centre (CUHK)

香港健康情緒中心
(香港中文大學醫學院)

Tel: 2144 6004

Fax: 2144 5129

Email: hmdc@cuhk.edu.hk

 

7A, Block E, 46, Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, NT

http://www.hmdc.med.cuhk.edu.hk

*(Chinese website Only)

Green Pastures Whole Person Development Centre

青草地全人發展中心

(Cantonese, Mandarin & English speaking counselors)

Tel: 2771 1370

Fax: 2771 7717

Email:

enquiries@greenpastures.com.hk

9/F Wofoo Commerical Building, 574-576 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

http://www.greenpastures.com.hk/eng/e_counselling.html

Soul Care Counseling Center
心窗身心發展輔導中心
(Cantonese, Mandarin speaking social workers)
Tel.: 3586 2252

Fax.: 3586 2252

Email : sccc@soulcarehk.org

 

Rm 1004, Nathan Centre,

580, Nathan Road, Mongkok, Kln.

http://www.soulcarehk.org

*(Chinese website Only)

Additional Information

1 Mind HK
-Understand the mental health service provision and community service directory in Hong Kong
https://www.mind.org.hk/getting-help/
2 The Adolescent Medical Centre of Queen Elizabeth Hospital

伊利沙伯醫院青少年醫療中心

-an adolescent friendly facility for providing comprehensive multi-disciplinary health care to aged 12-19 in Hong Kong. The team includes medical doctors, clinical psychologist, social worker, occupational therapists, dietitian and registered nurse.

Tel: 3506-6443

Note:
*You can contact School Social Workers for further discussion before making referrals.

*You can also seek psychiatric services from public /private hospitals in your residential district.

3 Search Engines for finding Psychiatrists in Hong Kong www.hkdoctors.org (by HK Medical
Association)ORwww.edr.hk (醫德網 Chinese Only)
4 Directory of Psychologists:

For people Registered with the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)*

hkps.org.hk/index,php?fi=public

Note:

*Currently, there is No Statutory
Registration on who can practice as a Psychologist in HK and so the HKPS made a Register to ask members to observe the Code of Professional Conduct

 

Disclaimer: All information listed above is not comprehensive but for your information ONLY. You may explore other counsellors, therapists, social workers that fit your needs and interests.

(updated in August 2020)

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