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Interviewing family therapists at the World Family Therapy Congress, organised by the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), held in Aberdeen, March 28-30 2019

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Media coverage of “Program Evaluation on a Family-centered Project for Children with Special Educational Needs and their Families” for YWCA 

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Current Projects

Promotion of a strength-based approach in understanding and helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)

Project Team Members Professor Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Professor Siu Fung-ying, Angela
Professor Lai Yee-ching, Kelly
Duration 2019 - 2021
Description

Project objectives:

  1. To disseminate the knowledge and wisdom regarding the understanding on ADHD developed from “the Study of the Efficacy of an Indigenous Multi-Family Groups for Chinese Families in Hong Kong with children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders”.
  2. To promote strength-based and resilience-focused understanding of ADHD among the families with children with ADHD, the community and the helping professionals in Hong Kong, in addition to the existing deficit and behavior-based model;
  3. To reduce social stigmatization of the disorder for children with ADHD and their parents;
  4. To equip helping professionals with the knowledge about family-centered intervention model in working with children with ADHD.
Funding body CUHK Knowledge Transfer Project Fund (KPF)

A Study on Family Well-being in Hong Kong

Project Team Members Professor Wong Mei-ching, Mooly
Professor Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Ms. Wan Po-san, Shirley
Duration 2018 - 2021
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

The objectives aim at:

  1. To develop a socially relevant and culturally appropriate measuring tool, which has sound psychometric properties in terms of reliability and validity, to assess family well-being of Hong Kong people; and
  2. To identify the well-being of Hong Kong families.

To develop an index of family well-being index and track the changes of Hong Kong families over time, this study will adopt mixed methods and a cross-sectional design. In general, this study will be divided into three parts.

  1. Development of the family well-being index: literature review, focus group and pilot survey
  2. Phone survey
  3. Promotion of the tool and follow-up plan
Funding body Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

A Study on Mental Health Problems and Needs of Foster Care Children in Hong Kong

Project Team Members Professor Wong Mei-ching, Mooly
Professor Chang Ching-wen
Professor Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Duration 2018 - 2019
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society.

The objectives aim at exploring:

  1. the phenomenon of mental health difficulties of foster care children
  2. their mental health services utilization condition and experiences. The findings will help us to reflect the mental health needs of children residing in foster care, and to suggest recommendations for fostering mental well-being for the vulnerable community in Hong Kong.

The research study adopts a mixed-method approach, composing of both quantitative and qualitative study.

The quantitative study will examine:

  1. the rate of various types of mental health difficulties, including rates of clinical-level difficulties, among foster care children
  2. the factors related to mental health difficulties of foster care children
  3. the service utilization rate of foster care children who are in need of mental health service
  4. the factors related to the utilization of mental health service of foster care children

The qualitative study will examine:

  1. the lived experiences of foster care children of using mental health service
  2. the perceived helpful and unhelpful elements of mental health service for the foster care children
Funding body Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

A Study on the Kindergarten Stationing Services - Enhancement of Social Emotional Competencies of Preschoolers

Project Team Members Professor Wong Mei-ching, Mooly
Professor Leung Suk-man, Grace
Professor Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Duration 2017 - 2019
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society.

 

The objectives are as follows:

  1. To screen preschool children that have social emotional difficulties;
  2. To evaluate the intervention group and program for children, parents, and school personnel with the aim to facilitate children’s social emotional development;
  3. To evaluate the overarching achievement of the services in enhancing the social emotional development of children;
  4. To collect school personnel and service users’ satisfaction levels and utilization of kindergarten school social work service.

 

The research project consists of the following parts:

Study 1: Identify children with social emotional difficulties


Study 2: Evaluate the group intervention for children


Study 3: Evaluate the group intervention for parents


Study 4: Evaluate the parent-child activities


Study 5: Evaluate the overarching achievement of the services in Level II to IV


Study 6: Service users’ and school personnel’ perceived helpfulness, satisfaction level and utilization of services in Level II to IV

Funding body Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

 

Evaluation Study on the Financial Social Work Training Program in Hong Kong

Project Team Members Professor Kim Minseop
Professor Zhou Huiquan Mary
Ms. Yau Ng Lai Tuen, Monica
Duration 2017 - 2020
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and Hong Kong Family Welfare Society.

 

This study is designed to study Hong Kong social workers’ training needs for financial social work practice, with a focus on the suitable contents and modes of the Financial Social Work (FSW) training program, and to evaluate the outcome of FWS training program, specifically, the Financial Social Work (FSW) Certification program. As such, this evaluation study will conduct both need assessments and outcome evaluations.

 

The study will adopt mixed research methods with quantitative and qualitative methods. For needs assessment, participants of FWS training program will join the focus group for investigation on their experience in the training program and training needs. Taking reference from the content of focus group, online survey will be designed for Hong Kong social workers’ completion to investigate their training needs. For outcome evaluations, it consists of on-site participant observation, focus group, and in-depth interview. Questionnaires with a single group pre/post design will also be distributed to participants of FWS training program to examine the effectiveness of the training program.

Funding body Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

 

A study of the Treatment Efficacy of Multiple Family Therapy in Helping Chinese Families of Parents in Recovery of Major Depression

Project Team Members Prof. Ma Lai-chong, Joyce
Prof. Lai Yee-ching, Kelly
Dr. Wan Suk-fan, Erica
Mrs. Yau Ng Lai-tuen, Monica
Ms. Sania Yau 
Duration 2016 - 2019
Description

This project is a research collaboration between our Centre and New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

This study aims to:

  • develop a clinically useful, culturally relevant and socially effective model of practice on MFT with Chinese families with a parent or two in recovery of major depression;
  • evaluate the applicability and treatment efficacy of MFT in helping Chinese families with a parent or parents in recovery of depression; and
  • identify theories of change so developed by using the data set generated in this research including the family experiences toward MFT and their subjective experiences in the group process.
Funding body New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Completed Project

2017 to 2018 A Study on Family Research in Hong Kong: A Critical Review and Annotated Bibliography
2017 to 2018 Evaluation Study for the S-QUBE (S3) – Youth Financial Empowerment Project
2017 to 2018 An Exploratory Study of the Proposed Family-centered Intervention for Adults with Asperger Disorder /High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
2016 to 2018 PROGRAMME EVALUATION ON A FAMILY-CENTERED PROJECT FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND THEIR FAMILIES
2016 to 2016 The Hong Kong Rugby Union Community Foundation Inclusive Sports Coach Training Programme – Phase I
2015 to 2016 A Study on Family Mediation Services in Hong Kong
2015 to 2016 Evaluation Study on Investor Education Centre Workplace Financial Education Programme
2014 to 2017 Evaluation Study on The Women's Foundation's Employability Training Programme for Marginalised Women
2013 to 2015 A Study of the Efficacy of an Indigenous Multi-family Groups for Chinese Families in Hong Kong with Children Suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
2013 to 2015 Training project on family-centered practice with cancer patients for Hong Kong Cancer fund
2012 to 2014 Family-centre Practice Research for S.K.H. St. Christopher's Home
2012 to 2014 Phase 2 of Shandong Project:
Research Project on the Development of Family-centered Services Model in Working with Youth and Families in China
2011 to 2014 Evaluation Study on The Women's Foundation's Financial Literacy Programme for Marginalised Women
2011 to 2012 Research on Work-family Balance of Full-time Employees in Hong Kong
2010 to 2012 Phase 1 of Shandong Project:
Research on Social Work Intervention and Education in Shandong
2007 to 2011 Project on Family Therapy and Eating Disorder in Shenzhen, China
2008 to 2010 Projects on Multiple Family Groups
2009 Evaluation on Effectiveness of Treatment Group Using Strategies and Skills Learning and Development (SSLD) and Mindfulness Practice on Chinese Adults with Insomnia
2009 Harmony Praxis Project