Extensive training in the theory and practice of counselling
80 hours of supervised counselling practicum
Innovative approaches and strategies to address the needs of students in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions
Focus on the collaboration between school and community
Emphasis on the psychoeducational assessment and evaluation of counselling cases
An outreach model of learning; student practicum will be arranged in satellite counselling sites, such as Christian Family Service Centre, Wong Chuen King Student Development Centre of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, Rhenish Church Pang Hok Ko Memorial College, Evangel College, Kwun Tong Government Primary School (Sau Ming Road), in collaboration with NGOs, and primary and secondary schools.
Professionals in education and social services sectors who wish to embark on specialised training in educational counselling. The programme aims to help participants establish their professional membership in professional counselling associations, finally leading to the status of certified counsellors.
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” This famous quote by Randy Pausch (author of The Last Lecture) reflects my feelings at the time I first fully comprehended how strenuous the MAEC Practicum requirements were going to be. In spite of early planning and preparation, one can be caught off guard by unexpected obstacles and life events that threaten to sabotage those careful and thoughtful plans. Staying positive and maintaining confidence in one's self is crucial, throughout the practicum period, to push through to a winning end.
Trying to strike a balance between the busy life of a full time secondary teacher in Hong Kong and satisfying family responsibilities is challenging, made even more so with the additional burden of organizing individual and group counselling sessions, meeting with a supervisor and group mates, attending lectures on different counselling related topics, and handling other less predictable but no less demanding events and incidents that intervene.
With unyielding support from my practicum supervisor (Dr. Man) and the camaraderie of my cohort, the once daunting challenge became manageable. The pace of my practicum journey has quickened, from a slow start to an accelerated finish. The journey has provided me with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills in counselling I have acquired and along with the guidance and advice of my mentor to help clients overcome difficulties in their lives. It has been a truly eye-opening experience! The cards have been played.
English and English Literature Teacher
Have worked as a professional accountant for more than 20 years, I treasured my learning experience gained in the MA(EC) programme and started my second career after my graduation in 2018. In the MA(EC) programme, I enjoyed in the practicum arrangement much. I had chances to perform counselling services with the guidance of my supervisor in a secondary school, an NGO and a SEN centre at the EdUHK, from children to adults. I am also working as a part-time research assistant in EdUHK while I am studying the MA(EC) programme. I am luckily to be involved in projects for students with special educational need.
After graduated and gained all these treasurable experiences, I start my new journey in an NGO, Enlighten Hong Kong Limited, which aims to support those affected by epilepsy, from this summer. I mainly provide counselling services to members and their caregivers to soothe the emotional distress caused by epilepsy. I am glad that I can use those I learned in the MA(EC) programme in my new position.
Outreach Officer of Enlighten Hong Kong Limited (香港啟迪會)