The number of students with mental health problems has been rising in recent years. Affected by their mental health condition or side effects of medication, these students often find it difficult to concentrate on learning or activities. According to the Equal Opportunity Commission, it is essential to provide accommodation measures for students with mental illnesses so they can learn and enjoy campus life as their peers. Applying the same requirement for all students while students with mental illnesses are affected more adversely may constitute indirect discrimination based on disability.

Many school social workers encountered difficulties in fighting for accommodations for students with mental illness at schools. It requires not only policy support of the Education Bureau, but also professional knowledge in addressing the students' needs. The Council is going to organize a sharing session to enhance sectoral understanding on relevant subject matter. Details are as follows:

Date: 18 Nov 2022 (Friday)

Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm

Venue: Online

Target: School Social Workers, practitioners whose work related to special education needs (e.g. guidance teachers and SENCOs)

Content:

2:30 – 3:15pm

1. Learning about the functional impairment and psychological needs of students with Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Speaker: Ms. CHENG Po Kwan Jamie, Clinical Psychologist 
(Ex-Chairperson, Division of Clinical Psychology, The Hong Kong Psychological Society)
 

3:15 – 4:00pm

1. Learning about the special education needs of students with mental illness
2. Learning accommodations and special examination arrangement on supporting students with mental illness 
Speaker: Ms. CHAN Wai Man Michelle, Educational Psychologist
(Sr Specialist, Educational Psychology Service (Kowloon 1) Section, Education Bureau)
 

4:00 – 4:30pm

Q&A

Interested parties please register online. Should you have any enquiry, please feel free to contact Ms. Cheng at 2864 2942.

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