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Training Opportunities

Inclusive Training on SEN Awareness

This training provides a comprehensive understanding of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and equips attendees with practical strategies to support individuals with SEN. Participants will learn about the different types of SEN, their impact on learning and development, and how to create an inclusive environment that fosters inclusion and respect for all individuals. 
 

By the end of this training, Peer Supporters will be able to:

  • Explain the key principles outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and their relevance to individuals with SEN

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique needs and challenges of individuals with SEN

  • Evaluate the impact of different types of SEN on learning and development in university setting

  • Apply effective strategies for supporting students with SEN in university setting

 

About the Trainer
Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth is a government registered charitable organization aiming to advocate for the best interest and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Through promotion of policy advocacy and public education, the Federation aims to help the disabled to fully integrate, participate and contribute to the society. 

Date: 2 February 2024 (Friday)
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Venue: CPD1.21

Sharing Session on Overcoming Language and Cultural Barriers

Languages as a crucial mean for self-expression may sometimes be regarded as the first barrier for some students in adapting to life in HKU. A renowned YouTuber Brendan (@gumdoughduck.tv), also an HKU alumnus originated from Australia, is invited to share his Cantonese-learning journey. From his personal story, Peer Supporters will understand the possible challenges in learning a foreign language and how to better support others in overcoming language barrier and assimilating to the local culture.


By the end of the workshop, Peer Supporters will be able to:

  • Understand the challenges for a foreign language learner

  • Identify possible ways to guide their peers in practising a new language

 

About the Trainer

Brendan (@gumdoughduck.tv) is a non-local media content creator known for his entertaining and informative YouTube Channel (@ggdtv). Deeply fascinated by Cantonese and Hong Kong local culture, he developed a video series on food adventure in Hong Kong from a non-local perspective. His unique storytelling style and creative approach have earned him a growing fan base and more exposure on other media platforms.

Date: 13 March 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: LE7

Workshop on Addressing Difficulties in Learning Foreign Languages

This workshop is designed specifically for Peer Supporters who are interested in helping their peers in cultural integration and university adjustment from a language aspect. By understanding the common challenges faced by foreign language learners, Peer Supporters will gain valuable insights and learn practical techniques to provide tailored guidance, offer constructive feedback, and create a supportive atmosphere to make a positive impact on the language learning experience of their peers.   

 

By the end of this workshop, Peer Supporters will be able to:

  • Identify common difficulties in learning a foreign language

  • Apply practical skills in establishing a secure environment for dialogue

  • Adopt effective techniques in recasting errors without undermining their peers’ confidence

 

About the Trainer

Ms. Imogen Dean, a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Speech Therapists, graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia, with first class honours. She has experience working with adults includes accent and intelligibility coaching for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners and actors. She also has experience working with children and teenagers in both school and clinic settings. Imogen believes that every person deserves individualised support to achieve their communication, social, and academic goals. 

Date: 26 February 2024 (Monday)
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Venue: KKLG103

Building Stronger Connections with
Non-judgmental Communication

This workshop provides Peer Supporters with necessary skills to communicate in a non-judgmental manner, fostering understanding, empathy, and building stronger connections with others. By exploring the principles and techniques of non-judgmental communication, Peer Supporters will enhance their ability to listen, understand, and respond effectively when connecting with peers.

 

By the end of this workshop, Peer Supporters will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of non-judgmental communication and its importance in building strong connections.

  • Develop skills on active listening skills to better understand others without jumping to conclusions

  • Utilise non-judgmental language and non-verbal cues to create a safe and inclusive communication environment.

  • Apply non-judgmental communication techniques in approaching/responding to peers in need

 

About the Trainer

StoryTaler is a social enterprise aiming to promote mental health and reduce psychiatric stigma. They are a team of people with lived experience, clinical psychologists, people with psychology training, and the general public who have shared values and vision.

Date: 1 March 2024 (Friday)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: LE5

Communication with People with SEN

This workshop aims to equip Peer Supporters with effective communication strategies when interacting with individuals who have Special Educational Needs (SEN). Peer supporters will learn about how to adapt their communication styles to meet the unique needs of individuals with different needs. They will also gain insights into fostering inclusive and respectful communication, promoting understanding, and building meaningful connections with people with SEN.

By the end of the workshop, Peer Supporters will be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of various types of SEN and their impact on communication

  • Apply effective communication strategies when interacting with individuals with SEN

  • Adapt appropriate communication styles to meet the unique needs of individuals with SEN

 

About the Trainer
Trainer is the Educational Psychologist from the Heep Hong Society. Heep Hong Society is a leading education and rehabilitation organisation offering professional assessment, guidance, training and family support services for children and young people of different abilities. 

Date: 11 March 2024 (Monday)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: LE9

Workshop on Microaggression and
Inclusive Language

The workshop aims at raising awareness about microaggression in our daily life and their impact on individuals. It will provide Peer Supporters with the tools and strategies to promote inclusive language and create a more inclusive and respectful environment at HKU. By identifying microaggressions in everyday context and understanding the importance of inclusive language, Peer Supporters will be equipped with practical skills to communicate sensitively and respectfully.

 

By the end of this workshop, Peer Supporters will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of microaggression and its impact on individuals and communities

  • Recognise different forms of microaggression and their underlying messages

  • Respond effectively to instances of microaggression and address them in a constructive manner

  • Apply strategies for promoting inclusive language in daily communication

Date: 18 March 2024 (Monday)
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Venue: LE6

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