Pre-Conference Workshops – May 25 & 26 (Wed & Thu)

Wedensday, May 25, 2016 (09:30 – 17:30)
2/F., 5 Sassoon Rd, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Death and Authenticity: How the Confrontation with Death Enhances Authenticity
(Expanded Workshop)

Facilitator: Mark Yang, PsyD
(Saybrook University)

Facilitator's Bios
Philosophers remind us that “death is the condition that makes it possible for us to live life in an authentic fashion.” With death being the ultimate limitation, this workshop will take participants through several exercises designed to increase our awareness of the limitation and fragility of life in order to help us to live more authentically, count our blessings and cherish the amazing gift of life that we have been given. Exercises will include:
• Destination Line as a Simple Reflection of the Limitation of Time
• The Interdependence of Life and Death – The Imperfect Shadows of Our Perfect Day
• Writing and Sharing One’s Own Epitaphs in a Small Group Setting
• Gratitude Letters – Rippling, Gratitude Visits and Living Funerals
Thursday, May 26, 2016 (09:30 – 17:30)
2/F., 5 Sassoon Rd, Pokfulam Hong Kong
Using Literature to Grow
(Expanded Workshop)

Facilitator: Jason Dias, PsyD
(Saybrook University)

Facilitator's Bios
Emotions are part of authentic living. Denying them is self-aggression, but expressing them may not always be appropriate. This question of how to live authentically with unacceptable feelings moves the discussion of authenticity out of the self and into society. Through the use of creative writing, one can access and understand ones emotions as well as express them in ways that are socially acceptable and that, potentially, move the culture. Attendees will learn about a process of creative writing and hear samples. They will then produce their own work and share it with others. Through this process, attendees will learn about using creativity, symbolism and metaphor as agents of healing either in their work with their own clients or as part of the humanistic process advocated by Virginia Satir of doing our own work. Rollo May and Stephen Diamond warn us about the unexpressed and the dangers of the daimonic, the things we ignore or repress that come to take over our personalities. The cure for this, says May, is creativity.