Supporting Resilience:

Understanding and working with traumatic experiences in Gestalt theory 2020



Supporting Resilience: Understanding and working with traumatic experiences in Gestalt theory 2020


Course Code: PT-200802

Seminar Dates & Time: 

19 January 2021 (Tue), 9:15a.m. - 5:30p.m.
25 January 2021 (Mon), 9:15a.m. - 12:45p.m.

Trainer: Ms. Annetta WONG Sau Mei 黃秀薇女士

Experiential Workshop Dates & Time:

25 January 2021 (Mon),  2:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.

26 January 2021 (Tue), 9:15a.m. - 5:30p.m.

Facilitator: Prof. Timothy LEUNG Yuk Ki 梁玉麒教授

Guest Facilitator: Ms. Dorothy HO Yee Lin 何綺蓮女士 

Venue:  Room 906, 9/F, No.9, Shing Mun Road, Tsuen Wan
Target:  Social Workers, Counselors, Clinical Psychologists and other helping professionals


Seminar & Experiential Workshop: $2,900 ($2,700 early bird fee on or before 19 December 2020)

Seminar only: $1200 ($1000 early bird fee on or before 19 December 2020)

Early bird discount: if register and pay on or before 19 December 2020

**Participation in seminar is a pre-requisite for joining the experiential workshop**


Gestalt adopts a holistic perspective over human nature. The perception with Gestalt sees human nature as an entire structure rather than the sum of its parts. Trauma and traumatic experiences breaks the whole into parts, creating disintegration with different forms and patterns. Gestalt therapy works to facilitate integration of the fragmented parts in order to restore the holistic nature of human beings.
The training consists with 3 sessions of seminar and 3 sessions of experiential workshop.

Seminar Objectives:

  1. To enhance understanding of human nature and influence of traumatic experiences with gestalt theory

  2. To find out alternatives in dealing with trauma in gestalt

  3. To build a respecting attitude towards human nature through gestalt

Trainer of seminar: Ms. Annetta WONG Sau Mei 黃秀薇女士

Experiential Workshop Objectives:

  1. To provide an opportunity to experience gestalt therapy and working through gestalt theory

  2. To find out alternatives in dealing with trauma in gestalt

  3. To build a respecting attitude towards human nature through gestalt

Facilitator of workshop: Prof. Timothy LEUNG Yuk Ki 梁玉麒教授
Guest Facilitator of workshop: Ms. Dorothy HO Yee Lin 何綺蓮女士  

Trainer and Facilitators Biography:

Trainer of Seminar

Ms. Annetta WONG Sau Mei 黃秀薇女士

Senior Counselling and Training Consultant
Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Soc. Science (CUHK)
Postgraduate Diploma in Family-centred Social Work (HKPU)
Gestalt therapy Supervisor (Instituto di Gestalt HCC Italy)
Gestalt Therapy Practitioner

Ms Wong is the senior training and counselling consultant in HEAT, Caritas Family Service. She was the Chief Training and Counseling Consultant in the same project from 2004 to 2016. She had worked as family caseworker, school social worker since her career in Caritas Family Service since 1991.

Ms Wong graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1989. Ms. Wong received her Post-graduate Diploma in Family-centred Social Work in 1995 and Master of Social Work in 2012 awarded with Dean’s List. Ms Wong joined the Brief Therapists’ Team in the agency in mid 1990’s. She had received extensive training by renowned international trainers on Solution-focused Brief Therapy and system therapy such as Ms Insoo Kim Berg, Dr. Scott Miller and Ms Lee Mo Yee and case supervision by local academics such as Dr. Ho Wui Shing, Dr. Chu Chi Keung and Dr. Yeung Ka Ching.

 Ms Wong has extensive clinical experience in counseling especially in marital issues, family relationship work and crisis prevention work. She provides trainings and clinical supervision courses on marital issues to social workers in the field since 2014. Topics on ‘How to rebuild trust in marital infidelity’ and ‘How to engage men in marital counselling’ are receiving very positive feedback from participants. She has been invited as guest lecturer on crisis intervention work and family counselling to social work students in university severally.

Ms. Wong received her gestalt therapy trainings from Paula Bottome from 1997 to 2000 and was accredited of therapy practitioner. In 2002, she attended the one-year certificate training program by Dr. John Banmen on Suicide Prevention and Treatment by Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of University of Hong Kong. She has been learning and adapting different counselling theories in practice but mostly on the existential and experiential approach. Since 2017 onwards, Ms Wong follows Dr Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb in international trainings on Relational Gestalt therapy and accredited as Gestalt Supervisor in 2019. 

Facilitator of Experiential Workshop

Prof. Timothy LEUNG Yuk Ki 梁玉麒教授

Associate Professor of Practice in Social Work Department of Social Work,  CUHK
PhD (CUHK), Master of Social Work (HKU), Bachelor of Soc. Science (CUHK), 
Gestalt Therapy Practitioner


Prof. Leung is an experienced practitioner, trainer, social worker and counsellor with extensive experiences in counselling services and conducting groups/workshop on gambling treatment, stress management, growth groups, team building, family education and experiential learning. His group format combines arts, experiential learning, mindfulness practice, cognitive behavioural interventions and Gestalt approach in working with clients having pain problems, insomnia, interpersonal difficulties, earthquake survivors, cancer patients, couples, gamblers, as well as families. He has conducted training and workshops for HKCSS, HKSWA, RTHK, Hospital Authority, MTR, Caritas, HKFWS, Lutheran Social Service Centre, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Equal Opportunities Commission, MTR, Mandatory Provident Scheme Authority, Campbell Soup Asia Limited, Cathay Pacific Ltd, Ikea and many other schools and organizations. He has been invited to conduct workshops for TV documentary programmes on "Parenting" (愛子方程式) and “EQ Formula” (EQ 方程 式). He is one of the consultants and speakers for family education programs (親親孩子心) produced by RTHK. He is the editor in chief on social work group series promoting group work practices in Chinese communities.


Guest Facilitator of Experiential Workshop

Ms Dorothy HO Yee Lin 何綺蓮女士

Clinical Supervisor
Master of Social Work (HKU), Bachelor of Soc. Science (CUHK), 
Accredited Psychodrama Psychotherapist (B.P.A & H.K.P.A), 
Gestalt Therapy Practitioner


Ms Ho is one the Clinical Supervisors of Caritas Family Service. She is also the Project Supervisor of Grains of Soul: Community Support Programmes on Psychological Wounds. She had worked as a counselor in Caritas Project for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma for more than 10 years. Besides individual trauma work, Ms Ho was also committed to work with trauma survivors in groups.

Ms Ho has extensive clinical experience in dealing with youth, marriage and family as a whole. Having work in the field for more than 27 years, she had worked as a school social worker, family life education and family caseworker before she finally dedicated to trauma healing and recovery. She was well equipped to deliver service in a wide spectrum from psychoeducation and training to counseling and psychotherapy.

Ms Ho received gestalt therapy trainings from Dr. Paula Bottome since 1998. At the same period, she was also exposed to systemic and structural family therapy. In those years, she was much influenced by existential, phenomenological perspectives together with systemic interactivity. With keen interest in interactive and authentic nature of therapeutic relationship, Ms Ho started her other learning journey on psychodrama psychotherapy in 2011 which emphasized much on role and psychodynamic theories.

She got her license and was registered as a professional member in British Pscyhodrama Association and Hong Kong Psychodrama Association. She found lots of common grounds and skills in gestalt and psychodrama. She looks for possible integration between the two in the future.