Improving Student Health and Wellness through Advocacy
Dulwich College Beijing
May 17-18, 2019

Workshop Outline

A 2-day training workshop for international school counselors

Growing concern about child and adolescent mental health can be observed in education systems around the world, and the critical role of the school in supporting and safeguarding children from emotional, psychological, and physical harm is now widely recognized at the international level. China's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports suicide as the top cause of death among Chinese youth, with at least 500 school children deaths each year*. Mental health issues and family problems are also often the root causes of poor academic performance, behavioral issues, and truancy.

As a result, it has become commonplace for international and local schools to directly provide onsite counseling services. Research shows that these services lead to significant, improved outcomes for children in terms of academic performance**. School counselors and psychologists address a wide range of needs in the school community, such as low self-esteem, difficulty coping with pressure, time management issues, social communication difficulties, peer conflicts, and family relationship difficulties. They also provide support for more serious issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal ideation, addiction/substance abuse, neglect, and abuse. Through accessto specialized, integrated counseling services at school, children are (i) kept safe, (ii) able to learn skills for resilience, and (iii) given the opportunity to reach their full academic potential.

However, improving student health and wellness is everybody's responsibility - counselors, teachers, principals, support staff, parents, and children themselves all have a fundamental role to play. Creating a culture of healthy habits requires the school community to be educated on this topic and empowered to address needs when they arise. This 'deep dive' training workshop therefore seeks to build the skills of school counselors so that they can:

  • Educate, empower, and motivate the school community to take preventive action so that fewer children suffer now and as adults.
  • Offer clear, practical guidance to others connected to the child, on how they themselves can safely address needs and crises when they arise.

*South China Morning Post (2014). 'School pressure to blame for Chinese youth suicides, official study finds'. Link:

**Richardson, T. et al. (2012). School-based adolescent mental health programs. Social Work Today, (Vol.12), No. 6, p.24. Link:

Speaker Bio

Davy Guo, Counseling Psychologist

Link to profile:

Davy has been practicing as a counseling psychologist at ELG since 2015, providing individual, group and embedded school counseling services to the international communities of Shanghai and Hangzhou. Additionally, he spreads awareness of mental health through seminars and trainings. As an individual he is known as a health and wellness guru; he co-owns a CrossFit gym, leads mindfulness classes, and runs a fitness club for children with special needs on a voluntary basis.

Previously, Davy worked as a psychometrist at Trent University. He also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) and is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

At Trent University, Davy provided psychometric testing and counseling for students with learning disabilities. Davy has also worked as a mental health counselor in Peterborough, Canada, and as a counselor for international students at the University of Manchester and Manchester College, UK. Prior to that, he worked in Hangzhou as an international recruitment specialist and a director of a language school.

Training Schedule

Module (duration)Core ComponentsOutcomes
Module 1:

Knowledge is power

- educating the school community on healthy habit-formation

Day One
8:30 - 12:00
This module dives deeps into the specific advice school counselors need to provide in relation to:
  • Sleep habits
  • Eating habits
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise habits
  • Screen time habits
  • Relaxation and stree-relief habits
1. School counselors will be equipped with evidence-based information on which they can advise.
2. School counselors will have increased understanding of how habits and routines are formed and changed.

Module 2:

The power of influence: asserting yourself to become a beacon in your wider school community

Day one
13:00 - 16:30
This module will explore how counselors operating in schools have the power to influence far beyond the individual and group therapy setting. In particular, school counselors will acquire and enhance skills in:
  • Positive assertiveness
  • Professional confidence
  • Proactive, community-wide practice vs. reactive, private practice.
3. School counselors will reflect upon and redefine (expand) their perception of their own role and scope of influence.
4. School counselors will acquire assertive communication skills for the purpose of engaging every layer of the school community.

Module 3:

Helping others to help themselves at times of crisis: the world-renowned 'Signs of Safety' approach

Day two
8:30 - 12:00
In this module, school counselors will have an opportunity to practice a specific approach to intervening in any situation where a child may be at risk of harm from themselves or others. This approach is an internationally recognized safeguarding structure known as 'Signs of Safety' (Edwards & Turnell, 1999; 2006) that encourages the creation of a 'team around the child': a working partnership between the school, family, and any other relevant persons, to standardize, measure, and actively reduce the risk together using a simple to follow safety plan framework.5. School counselors will acquire a framework and accompanying skills that will allow them to take a confident lead in directing others when a crisis of any kind arises.
Module 4:

Practical activities and habits to start now for the widespread improvement of student health and wellness

Day two
13:00 - 16:30

In this final module, school counselors will determine a specific action plan of creative activities they will implement and undertake, and opportunities they will access including:
  • Marketing opportunities
  • Student activities
  • Parent activities
  • Teacher activities
  • Leadership activities
6. School counselors will walk away with a specific, personal plan of action they will undertake in their school setting to improve student health and wellness.

Host School

Dulwich College Beijing
Address: 89 Capital Airport Road, Legend Garden, Shunyi District, Beijing PRC 101300
Tel: +86 10 6454 9000


Hotel Reservation

The host school recommends the following hotel:

Crowne Plaza Beijing International Airport
Address: Capital Airport, #60, Fuqian 1 Street, Tianzhu, Shunyi District, Beijing 101312, China
Phone: (86) 10 5810 8888


Superior Room RMB850
Deluxe RoomRMB950
Club Room RMB1200
Studio SuiteRMB1400
Club Studio SuiteRMB1600

Corporate rate depending on room availability

Rates include one daily breakfast, room internet, surcharge and 24 hours schedule shuttle bus service every 30 minutes between hotel and BJ Capital Airport T1/T2/T3 (advance reservation required).

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.

Register Now!

If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.