Psychosocial Intervention For Parents And Their Children With Eczema (Phase 2)

Eczema is the most common pediatric skin disease affecting 15-20% of children worldwide and 30% of children in Hong Kong. It is estimated that more than 160,000 children (0 to 14 years old) in Hong Kong are currently suffering from this disease. Children with eczema often suffer from sleep problems, fatigue, social problems, decreased self-esteem, emotional distress etc. Parents are also face a lot of pressure from caregiving, including emotional disturbances, diminished social activities and declining quality of life.

In view of this, Department of Social Work and Social Administration of The University of Hong Kong organized the first Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Course for children suffering from eczema and their parents during the summer in 2017. Preliminary results show that the course can effectively relieve children’s physical and mental problems, help them cope with eczema and learn from the experience; the course can also significantly improve parents’ overall quality of life and self-care awareness, and thus develop closer parent-child relationships. The course was interviewed by the “Doctors and You” program of RTHK. For details, please refer to this web page: http://podcast.rthk.hk/podcast/item_epi.php?pid=1326&lang=zh-CN&id=103966.

Thanks to the enthusiastic response last year, we will join the four NGOs – The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Christian Family Service Centre, The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, and Neighbourhood Advice Action Council. We will hold Phase 2 of “I-BMS course” from July to October in 2018. The course aims to (a) gain understanding about body-mind-spirit and self-help skills, (b) improve eczema symptoms and emotional management, and (c) learn to grow in the challenge of eczema.

Fee: Free for low-income families (Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) or The School Textbook Assistance (TA) Scheme recipients

HKD 6,000 for non-low-income families

Assessment and group details: Master schedule-updated

Online application: https://goo.gl/forms/woU7RxcsXYoELL2q2

Deadline of application: 15 June 2018

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