A Workshop on Respectful Support in Crisis Situations

led by Dr. Gil Brenson, Founder of REDFAC Disaster Intervention Facilitation Network

The Hong Kong Convention Center, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Saturday, October 23, 1999 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

About the Conference | The Organizers | Course Outline | Registration

With the recent disasters, both man-made and natural, in Taiwan, East Timor, Turkey, Kosovo and China the question of how to provide assistance after disasters becomes more apparent.

This is an unique opportunity to meet with an international expert and local colleagues in Hong Kong to consider the critical human issues regarding disaster intervention.

About the Conference:

Facilitation has not traditionally been considered as a tool in disaster intervention. Nonetheless, several facilitation processes for use in grief management and for social reorganization after a disaster have been developed and successfully used in recent crisises.

This one day conference is designed for leaders and volunteers who are involved in disaster relief. Through a series of presentation and interactive workshops it will provide the knowledge and skills to design and execute effective disaster interventions and allow consideration of how to enhance disaster intervention resources in Hong Kong.

Participants, upon finishing the workshop, will be able to

  1. Describe a grief cycle and identify productive and non-productive processes of handling grief in one's self and others, both on an individual and group level.
  2. Recognize the symptoms of inadequate grief management and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  3. Use four specific and effective tools for facilitating group processes.
  4. Use three facilitation-based approaches to shelter and community organization after a disaster.

Dr. Gil Brenson is a North American social psychologist, consultant, psychotherapist and author of eighteen books. He has lived in Columbia since 1972 and is director of the Fundacion Neo-Humanista, a training and consulting NPO that works in Latin America with organizational and community development, and founder of REDFAC, a Disaster Intervention Facilitation Network. He has lead intervention programs Central America (Hurricane Mitch) and Colombia (January 25th Earthquake). Gil is the Vice-Chair International of the International Association of Facilitators.

The Organizers:

The Institute of Cultural Affairs is an international development organization helping people to understand and manage their own change process. A non-for-profit network organization with member offices in 28 countries. The ICA has been established in Hong Kong for over 20 years and focuses on facilitating organizational change programs and facilitation training services.

Kayiwa Foundation is a poverty relief charity established to help the poor in their suffering and to protect oneself from being corrupted by the world.

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Course Outline and Description:

  1. Opening Exercise: Small group exercise on personal loss.
  2. The Grief Cycle: Short PPT Presentation
  1. Small group elaboration of the experiences with cycle elements.
  2. What doesn't work?: Small group exercise on unproductive strategies in grief management.
  3. What does work?: Small group exercise on experiences with productive strategies.
  4. "Fork-in-the-Road" Model of Grief Management: Short PPT Presentation
  1. Techniques of Group Facilitation of the Fork Model (presentation, demonstration and practice):
  1. Psychosocial Facilitation in Refugee Shelters and New Communities (presentation and some practice):
  1. Case Study for Intervention Design: Small Group Exercise
  2. Crisis Intervention: Group Brainstorming on the possible role of Hong Kong in future disasters.



Registration fee of HK$500 covers attendance, handouts and refreshments.

Places are limited and registration will be on a first come first serve basis.



A Workshop on Respectful Support in Crisis Situations

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