Embedding Social-Emotional Learning into Everyday School Life
American International School of Guangzhou
November 9-10, 2019




A 2-day training workshop for international school teachers, counselors, leaders and others in student support roles. A universal training relevant for those working with students aged 3 to 18 years old.

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Schedule & Details



ScheduleTraining Component Outcome
Saturday 9th November 2019,
morning session
Risk and resilience factors: understanding the nature of social and emotional wellbeing in children
Participants will explore and engage on:
  • The diverse benefits of social and emotional wellbeing in childhood
  • Risk and resilience factors for social and emotional wellbeing in the South East Asia international school context
  • The impact of school systems and teacher/staff wellbeing
  • Assessing school culture as felt by children, families and staff

Participants will then be experientially introduced to two key approaches for improving wellbeing:

  • Mindfulness
  • Creative expression

Participants will become more confident and evidence-based in their advocacy for improved social and emotional wellbeing.

Participants will increase their comfortability and experience level in relaxation and expressive techniques that can be taught and delivered to students on a group and individual level.
Saturday 9th November 2019
afternoon session
Teaching for wellbeing: what more you and your colleagues can do
Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice specific, universal techniques for increased daily social-emotional learning, including:
  • Basic counseling skills
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Metacognitive approaches
Participants will be able to utilise specific strategies for prevention and response to social and emtional wellbeing needs.
Sunday 10th November 2019
morning session
Case analysis: getting to the root of the child's need and applying the right techniques
Participants will collaborate and learn together through guided case studies and role plays addressing:
  • Children with behavioral challenges
  • Children with low social functioning
  • Children with attention and concentration difficulties
  • Children with depression and anxiety
  • Children with executive functioning deficits
  • Children experiencing family functioning issues
Participants will know how to apply the right strategies in the right circumstances, based on each child's specific needs.
Sunday 10th November 2019,
afternoon session
Whole school plan: truly embedding good practices into the school system
Drawing upon all learnings, participants will develop specific plans for their school in the following areas (with group and facilitator support):
  • Systems for staff self-care plans
  • Systems for students self-care plans
  • Embedded mindfulness curriculum and practice
  • Highly regular creative expression opportunities
  • Consistent teacher strategies for preventing and responding to specific social and emotional wellbeing needs
  • Systems for parent/family partnership in relation to social and emotional wellbeing needs
Participants will collate their learnings into SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) plans, which they will present to school leadership and support to implement.

Speaker Bio




Tingting Chen, M.S. Art Therapist

Tingting Chen holds an M.S. in art therapy and counseling from Springfield College and a B.A. in sociology and psychology from Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a registered art therapist and licenced mental health counselor eligible. She is the only Mandarin-speaking US-registered art therapist practicing in mainland China. In addition, Tingting has received specialized certifications in motivational interviewing, management of aggressive behavior, and hypnotherapy.

Tingting has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults within a range of therapeutic areas, including art therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, and mindfulness. She provides interventions for autism and related disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, trauma, and cross-cultural conflict. In her previous position as an outpatient clinician at a community mental health organization in the US, she provided individual and family counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. Her prior experience working in an inpatient psychiatric unit in the US, a child development center, and a clinic for at-risk youth in Hong Kong have provided her with solid clinical experience, in-depth knowledge of child development, and tools to serve various populations.

In her role as art therapist at ELG, Tingting provides art therapy and mental health counseling services to individuals and their families. Her clinical experience working with culturally-diverse individuals and families has given her a deep understanding of emotional disorders, the impact of family relationships on children’s development, and individuals’ capacity for resilience during times of change. Tingting enjoys promoting art therapy and mental health in China, and working with individuals to help them see the beauty in imperfection.


Speaker bio in Chinese: http://www.chinaelg.com/zh/author/tingting-chen/

Host School



American International School of Guangzhou (Science Park Campus)
No. 19 Kexiang Road, Huangpu District, Guangzhou, PR China, 510663
Tel: +8620 3213 5555

https://www.aisgz.org/




Hotel Reservation



The host school recommends the following hotel:

Hilton Guangzhou Science City
28 Ningcai Road, Science City, Guangzhou, 510663, China
Tel: +86 20 8880 0999
Contact Person: Tony Wong at tony.wong@hilton.com
Website: https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/china/hilton-guangzhou-science-city-CANNIHI/index.html



Notes with hotel reservation:
  • You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
  • Transportation will not be provided during the workshop days. You and/or your colleague who registered the workshop will receive a notification email approximately a week before the conference with workshop information and direction to the host school.

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