Strategies & Skills Learning & Development
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ssld mooc is now live on coursera!
You can now enroll in the SSLD open online course on Coursera -- The Arts and Science of Relationships: Understanding Human Needs!
Summer
2017
Summer seminars
Professor Tsang and his team delivered and presented many workshops and seminars from May to July in China and Hong Kong.
July 8
2017
Online conferencing about children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Professor Tsang had the opportunity to speak with researchers and physicians from a children’s hospital in Jinan via online conferencing about children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
July 7-8
2017
SSLD’s role in community development and governance
A two-day policy forum about city governance, urban planning and policy took place in Tianjin. Many government departments, organizations, and international researchers were in attendance. Professor Tsang presented a paper on SSLD’s role in community development and governance.
Late June-Early July
2017
PID, lifeworld and ASD
In late June and early July, Professor Tsang met with a number of organizations in Hong Kong to speak about PID, lifeworld and ASD.
June 23-25
2017
Workshop on Dating and Intimacy
Professor Tsang delivered a workshop on Dating and Intimacy at Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, China, hosted by the Chinese Psychological Society. Around 60 psychological counselors and professionals were in attendance.
June 4
2017
Beijing SSLD Core team training
The Beijing SSLD Core team held an internal training session.
June 2
2017
Application of SSLD to Community Building
At Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, the conversation revolved around the application of SSLD to Community Building in a post-professional manner. The seminar focused on trans-disciplinary integration of humanistic values and practices with architecture and urban planning to create a new and improved living space.
June 1
2017
Introduce SSLD
The team was invited to introduce SSLD to Beijing’s Xicheng District social work practitioners, professors, and graduate students. The introduction emphasized the needs and expectations of the attendees to strengthen their understanding of SSLD.
May 29
2017
Visiting Lianhuashan (Lotus Hill) Funeral Home
Professor Tsang and his team visited the (visiting) Lianhuashan (Lotus Hill) Funeral Home in Jinan and provided consultation to its management and social work team. China is the first country to have social work teams in funeral homes. Previously, all homes were state-owned by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, only recently have some programs and services been privatized. Lianhuashan is now planning to provide psychological and social services for grieving families, as well as life and death education for the public.
May 25-27
2017
Three day training on SSLD method to Core Direct Practice Skills
A three-day training took place at Shandong University, which focused on applying the SSLD method to Core Direct Practice Skills: interview, engagement, assessment, case formulation and intervention. The workshop emphasized experiential learning and used plenty of simulations and case studies. Participants included social work faculty and students, practitioners, field instructors, managers, and interns from universities and social service organizations within Jinan, Shandong.
May 17-18
2017
Group dynamics, student leadership, and conflict resolution from the SSLD perspective
Professor Tsang and his team were invited to Beijing Jiaotong University to conduct a two-day workshop on group dynamics, student leadership, and conflict resolution from the SSLD perspective. There were an estimated 50 people in attendance, including psychological counselors and student guidance officers from different universities in Beijing.
Feb 20
2017
PID UPDATE
The following is a summary of recent developments:

CANADA
William Leung of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care is given a SPARK Award (Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation) to develop program material for caregivers based on the PID model.
Professor Ka Tat Tsang has made several presentations on the PID, (e.g., Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Seminar on Aesthetics and Aging at the Hong Kong Baptist University; Behavioral Support Rounds at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre).

CHINA & HONG KONG
The PID has been piloted in three organizations in Hong Kong: Yan Oi Tong, HKMLC Wei Kei Hostel, St. James Settlement. Dr. Daphne Cheung, a nursing professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University recently obtained a grant to study the PID program at St. James.
Au Kit Lin, Cecilia Man-Sze Cheung, and Bingyu Li are key members of our training team in Hong Kong. Au Kit Lin and Cecilia Cheung are experienced social work practitioners who have been associated with the development of the SSLD ever since. Bingyu Li was originally part of the Toronto PID team and participated in our 2014 pilot run at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong. Earlier this year, Kan Cheong Li joined our team as an associate.
We are getting encouraging results from the various test sites. Benefits have been observed in gross-motor functions, bilateral coordination and integration, speech, reasoning, memory, fine-motor dexterity, sensory-motor coordination, emotional regulation, mood, and affect, interpersonal synchronization and engagement, social participation, agency, autonomy, self-assertion, etc. Feedback from caregivers and family members, staff and volunteers is generally positive. Objective measures such as the Fuld Object Memory Evaluation, Modified Fuld Speech Fluency Test, and Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI) have also recorded statistically significant positive changes.
Dec 29-30
2016
SSLD Workshop at Beijing University of Technology
On the last two work days in 2016, Prof. Ka Tat Tsang delivered a two-day SSLD workshop on relationship management at the Beijing University of Technology. More than 40 participants including university faculty members and staff from psychology, counselling and other disciplines attended. The workshop introduced the basic SSLD concepts, such as N3C and Six Domains of Life World, to facilitate the understanding of human needs, intimate relationships and quality of life. The participants also enjoyed a series experiential learning activities to improve communication skills and develop more effective strategies to address issues and challenges in building and managing relationships.
Ongoing
SSLD study group for senior service practitioners
The SSLD study group for senior service practitioners is a peer sharing and learning community created by and for senior service practitioners. Please see this page for details.
Jan 22-23
2016
Next Generation Social Work Practice SSLD Symposium
On January 22 and 23, 2016, Next Generation Social Work Practice SSLD Symposium will be bringing a series of three SSLD workshops to Hong Kong! This symposium is first of its kind social work practice symposium preparing colleagues for the Next Generation. Please see the attached flyer for more details on the following three workshops!
Dec 17
2015
first session of case conference on managing sexuality and intimacy issues among seniors on December 17th
The first session of case conference on managing sexuality and intimacy issues among seniors will be held on December 17th, 2015 2pm - 4pm! There will be case consultation on challenging situations, sharing and learning of experiences among professionals and peers, and understanding what un-met needs are motivating client behaviours. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Dec 07
2015
Next PID Volunteer Training on December 7th
Did you enjoy our first PID volunteer training program in October? Or did you miss it? This will be good news for you! Our next PID volunteer training day will be on December 7th, 2015. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Oct 29
2015
First Official Volunteer Training Program for Play Intervention for Dementia (PID)
On October 29th, 2015, we had our first official volunteer training program for Play Intervention for Dementia (PID)! Congratulations to 30 participants from different parts of Ontario who completed the training program! For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Sep 25-26
2015
SSLD Advanced Training Specialized in Play Intervention for Dementia
Another SSLD Training specialized in Play Intervention for Dementia (PID) will be held on September 25th (Friday) and 26th (Saturday). This program will focus on:
Program Design: Personalized Multiple Contingencies Analysis
Systemic Intervention: Caregiver Education and Beyond
R&D and Quality Improvement
Training hours in this course can count towards the 30-hour requirement for certification as a SSLD Practitioner. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Primary Facilitator:
Linus Fan Ip, MSW, RSW, SSLD Trainer
with Professor A. Ka Tat Tsang, PhD, Founder of the SSLD System
Sep 18-19
2015
first SSLD basic course offered by the centre for learning and change ltd (Hong Kong) successfully completed
The first SSLD Basic Course offered by the Centre for Learning and Change Ltd (Hong Kong) was successfully completed on September 19, 2015. The two-day program with over 50 participants was filled with so much learning, sharing and inspirations! For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Sep 01
2015
Speech on the Potential Contribution of SSLD at IFPHK Financial Planning Conference 2015 at Hong Kong
On September 1st, 2015 (Tuesday), Prof Ka Tat Tsang addressed the IFPHK Financial Planning Conference 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, talking about the potential contribution of SSLD.
August 20
2015
SSLD study group for senior service practitioners
The SSLD study group for senior service practitioners is a peer sharing and learning community created by and for senior service practitioners. In this meeting, we will discuss how we are going to support one another to learn and apply SSLD in a practical manner to enhance our work, professional and personal lives. For registration, please click on this link.
Date and time:Thursday August 20, 2015 6:30 PM
Venue:Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Rm 702, 246 Bloor Street W, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1V4
Jun 19-20
2015
SSLD Basic Training Specialized in Play Intervention for Dementia
This is a two-day training program focuses on the application of SSLD in play intervention for seniors with dementia. Training hours in this course can count towards the 30-hour requirement for certification as a SSLD Practitioner. Please see the attached flyer and registration form.
Feb 27-28
2015
Two-day Basic SSLD Module
There will be a Basic SSLD Module offered (as part of the Play Intervention for Dementia Program) at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care on February 27 (Friday) and 28 (Saturday). This two-day module will be delivered by Linus Ip and Hanna Kim, and carries full credit for qualifying hours for the purpose of SSLD certification. Colleagues interested in getting certified as SSLD practitioners can take this module even when you are not planning to work in the dementia area. This Basic Module will cover fundamental knowledge and skills, and does NOT only use dementia examples. Please see the attached flyer and registration form.
Jan 20-21
2015
Two-day Workshop – Managing Sexuality and Intimacy Issues among Seniors
On January 20 and 21, 2015, Dr. Tsang will introduce the basic principles and methods of the SSLD System, with a special focus on managing sexuality and intimacy issues among seniors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (please see flyer). Experiential and interactive learning will be heavily utilized, and active participation is expected. Training hours of this program will be recognized by the Centre for Learning and Change (Canada) as part of the prerequisite for licensing examination in SSLD practice.
Dec 05
2014
Managing Sexuality and Intimacy Issues among Seniors
– Practical Application Training Workshop
Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care is holding a one-day workshop on managing sexuality and intimacy issues among seniors, in partnership with Dr. Tsang of Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. The purpose is to prepare seniors service professionals for handling common situations involving sexuality or intimacy issues.
Date: December 5, 2014 (Fri.)
Time: 9am to 5pm
Place: Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care – Scarborough Finch (Room: Peace Corner)
60 Scottfield Drive, Scarborough, Ontario M1D 5T7
For more information and registration, see flyer.
Participant Testimonials:
1. Hazel Sebastian, MA, MSW, RSW
Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant,St Michael's Hospital Watch video
2. Jacqueline Lyn, MSW RSW
Clinician, Community Behavioural Support Outreach Team, Baycrest Hospital Watch video
Oct 18
2014
Presentation on Body Sensor Network
Prof. Dongyi Chen from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China visited the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work to present his research on the Body Sensor Network. After the presentation, Prof. Tsang and Prof. Chen discussed the possibilities for future multi-disciplinary cooperation as well as future plans to develop a wearable sensor device based on the goals and principles of SSLD.
September
2014
New SSLD Publications Available
Two SSLD books are now available for purchase! Managing Sexuality and Intimacy Issues among Seniors: The SSLD Approach is a comprehensive and engaging exploration of sexuality among seniors and, using practical concepts and skills, seeks to create a positive environment for the clients, staff, and institution. Settlement Practitioner's Handbook: The SSLD Approach is a practical and procedural guide to settlement practice using SSLD, complete with helpful exercises, worksheets, and invaluable resources. Visit our SSLD Publications page for more information and to make your purchase.
Sept 26 -27
2014
Advanced Certificate Program in Settlement Practice
– Specialized Module on Special Clinical Issues
Prof. Tsang is holding a small class on the application of SSLD to special clinical issues in psychotherapy and mental health. This module is offered through the Continuing Education Program of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, listed under their Advanced Certificate in Settlement Practice.
Dates: Sept. 26 (Fri.) to Sept. 27 (Sat.), 2014
Time: 9am to 4pm
Place: Room #100, 246 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Training hours will be recognized for SSLD Practitioner certification purpose.
Register
Aug 23
2014
Play Intervention for Dementia Debriefing Session
The Play Intervention for Dementia (PID) program hosted by the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric CareYee was completed on August 16 with great success. On August 23, Ka Tat Tsang held a debriefing session for the caregivers of the participants in the previous PID sessions, explaining and demonstrating how SSLD has been applied in the PID program.
Aug 13
2014
One-day Seminar – SSLD and Women Offenders Settlement
On August 13, Hiroko Goto PhD, a law professor at Chiba University and advocate for women offenders’ rights, visited the University of Toronto to attend an academic seminar hosted by Dr. Ka Tat Tsang on his comprehensive counselling method, SSLD (Strategies and Skills Learning and Development). Dr. Tsang proposed methods for applying SSLD in the women offenders settlement to Dr. Goto and several other professionals.
July 3
2014
Humanity and Rationality in Personal Financial Planning: Empowerment through SSLD
Ka Tat Tsang will be speaking to professional financial planners in Hong Kong on July 3, 2014. The application of SSLD will lead to more comprehensive financial planning that matches the needs of clients. (please check details)
July 4-5
2014
Two-day Workshop—Application of SSLD System in Elderly Service
On July 4/5, 2014, Ka Tat Tsang, Ph.D. will introduce the basic principles and methods of the SSLD System, with a special focus on working with clients living with dementia at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. (please see flyer). Experiential and interactive learning will be heavily utilized, and active participation is expected.
May 23-24
2014
Dementia Workshop in Hong Kong
A two-day workshop on how to work with clients and families living with dementia will be delivered by Ka Tat Tsang at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on May 23/24 (please see flyer). This is part of the many exciting developments of SSLD practice in this area. Stay tuned.
April 01
2014
Play Intervention for Dementia Workshops in Toronto
Research Based Intervention for Individuals Living with Dementia Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, in partnership with Dr. Tsang of University of Toronto Factor- Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, has created a new interactive play-based intervention for older adults living with dementia. This intervention is going through extensive trials and experimentation. It aims at promoting health and wellness among seniors and has been found to improve day-to-day functioning of individuals living with dementia. Caregivers are encouraged to join the sessions to learn the necessary steps to bring the procedure and its beneficial effects home. For more information please see flyer page1 and page2.
Jan 10
2014
A New Page in Seniors Service
Working with seniors has been an important focus of SSLD R&D work in the last half year or so. Exciting developments are taking place in interventions for dementia, home support and community care, managing sexuality and intimacy issues, caregiver support, training of senior service professionals, volunteer development, etc. We have been doing consultation work for seniors service organizations with regard to their service model and program design. We are also contemplating social enterprise as a future direction of SSLD development.
Dec 5
2013
Tanzania
As the Global Community Chair, Dr. Tsang has been involved with agencies in Tanzania to develop a SSLD practice model for local social worker training.
Dec 1
2013
SHERLYN ON GRANDPARENTING
On Apr. 17, 2013, Sherlyn Hu presented her practice experience delivering a multidisciplinary, culturally sensitive community health promotion program supporting Chinese newcomer grandparents caring for their young grandchildren in Toronto.
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