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September Virtual Roundtable
Avoidance Part II
Strategies and Skills Development

Avoidance and procrastination have typically been thought of as intentional or subversive, which often results in parenting approaches that focus on motivation through reward and punishment programs. If these strategies no longer seem to motivate your child, this discussion is for you!

FOCUS is offering a follow-up, interactive session to address the feedback comments, and further support and discussion regarding

  • Accurately identifying problems to be solved 
  • Effectively implementing skills to be learned

Rick Smith and Melissa Ortega Giglio will again be leading the discussion, with added perspectives from Cheryl Raper, educator, and Aurora Aritao, executive coach.  Participants will leave understanding that kids do well when they can. Decades of research show that avoidance behaviours typically result from a lack of skills needed for problem solving, managing frustration and mental flexibility. Participants, therefore, will also learn key tools necessary to identify the causes of task-avoidance and teach the skills that these children need to move toward challenges rather than avoid or hide from them.

This virtual roundtable discussion is for professionals and parents interested in learning the evidence-based approach to understanding and helping children and adolescents who are struggling with chronic avoidance of schoolwork. 
The format will be interactive with small group discussion and sharing sessions.

Event Details


Date:     September 15, 2020 (Tue) 

Time:     6:30 - 8:00 pm

Venue:   Virtual Meeting via Zoom 
(a free app that allows participants 
                   to watch the presentation and ask questions)


Cost:     Member & Participant of Aug 24 (Free);
              Non-member (HK$200)
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Panel Speakers 

Rick Smith EdD., PsyD.
Rick Smith has 20 years of experience creating honest and meaningful connections with teenagers in service of increasing their independence, motivation and decreasing chronic avoidance of responsibilities.
He holds a masters and doctorate in education (Ed.D.) and is completing a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D). He specialises in supporting and educating students facing learning and emotional challenges, such as ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, perfectionism, and anxiety.
Melissa Ortega Giglio PsyD.
Melissa Ortega has been working as a psychologist in the field of clinical child psychopathology and mental health for the past 17 years. She holds a masters and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.  She specializes in the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders and disruptive behavior disorders. She has extensive training in assessment and intervention with children and adolescents. Her expertise lies in the treatment of Selective Mutism, Social Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, OCD, Executive Functioning weaknesses, and other social, emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Upcoming Event


Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Parenting Burnout: What to look for and what to do
Speaker: Dr. Minna Chau (details to follow)
 
Developing a new Coaching Capability for
Adolescents and Adults
FOCUS is looking to help develop a new coaching capability here in Hong Kong to help people overcome persistent executive function challenges like procrastination, impulsivity, time management or emotional regulation that limit potential. Increases in awareness and understanding of ADHD in Hong Kong have outpaced the availability of professional support services, particularly for adolescents, adults and families. We see a service gap for this population that would be well served with qualified ADHD coaching.  

 Our goal is to be a catalyst for the development of certified, evidence-based ADHD coaching here in Hong Kong through: 
  • Raising awareness of this coaching specialization
  • Leveraging our knowledge and relationships to identify the qualified training resources
  • Financially assisting qualified coaches to pursue ADHD coaching certification in partnership with FOCUS
If you are currently a credentialed professional coach and would like to learn more about the need in Hong Kong, specialised ADHD coaching skills training, and certification opportunities, please contact us today!
FOCUS is looking to help develop a new coaching capability here in Hong Kong to help people overcome persistent executive function challenges like procrastination, impulsivity, time management or emotional regulation that limit potential. Increases in awareness and understanding of ADHD in Hong Kong have outpaced the availability of professional support services, particularly for adolescents, adults and families. We see a service gap for this population that would be well served with qualified ADHD coaching.  

 Our goal is to be a catalyst for the development of certified, evidence-based ADHD coaching here in Hong Kong through: 
  • Raising awareness of this coaching specialization
  • Leveraging our knowledge and relationships to identify the qualified training resources
  • Financially assisting qualified coaches to pursue ADHD coaching certification in partnership with FOCUS
If you are currently a credentialed professional coach and would like to learn more about the need in Hong Kong, specialised ADHD coaching skills training, and certification opportunities, please contact us today!
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