Breakout Sessions

 

1. Supporting your child's mental health through high school and college

Description:
This session will focus on the role that parents play in their child's emotional support network. Why do Asian American high school and college students experience mental health differently? How parents can support and encourage emotional wellness in their high achieving students? What resources are available on college campuses, especially for minority students? We will provide handouts that will help parents start healthy conversations with their child, identify risk factors for depression, and learn about what resources are available for their child once they go to college. Our session will be interactive, and will include discussion and story-sharing.

Intended Audience: Parents, college students, and community leaders (especially in higher education)

Language: English

Location: Gutman 303


2. Exploring the Unexpected Gift of Vulnerability: Preparing Students to Run the Education Marathon from High School to College (and Beyond).

Description:
This interactive workshop will enable parents to mindfully examine some of the invisible elements necessary for students of Asian descent to thrive personally and academically in a high-pressured educational environment.   We will highlight insights and skills that high school students and their families can begin to apply in order to best prepare them to cope with the unique challenges they may face in college.  In particular, we will explore the role that vulnerability plays in helping students gain self-confidence and build trusting relationships with others.  Parents will be provided with the opportunity to expand their perspectives and gain new culturally sensitive ideas and strategies.

Intended Audience: Parents

Language: English

Location: Gutman Conference Center Area 1


3. Raising Successful AND Happy South Asian Kids in America

Description:
Parents of South Asian high-school students often struggle with determining how much to push their child. After all, if they don't push and the child does not succeed, isn't that a lose-lose situation? The template in parents' countries of origin involved clearing the hurdle of admission to a preferred profession; once done, one's future was assured. To what degree is this template valuable and applicable in raising South Asian-American students? Drawing upon experience as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and as a child of immigrant parents, tips will be shared for navigating the challenges parents face. Students are welcome to attend to share experiences and contribute to a rich discussion.

Intended Audience: Parents and college students

Language: English

Location: Gutman 440


4. Navigating Education and Career Choices for Parents and Students

Description:
Choosing a path of study and career can be stressful for any young person. How can students find a right balance between interests, values, and practical considerations? How can families most effectively support their children as they explore different career aspirations? Join us for discussions and exercises on how to find the "sweet spot" between a student's strengths and goals, how to communicate openly between parents and children, and how to build skills and resources that help support students and families through their career development journeys.

Intended Audience: Parents and college students

Language: English

Location: Larsen G08


5. Queering Asian Mental Health

Description:
This session features a panel of LGBTQ Asians from different stages in their lives, from high school students to working professionals, and aims to explore the multiple identities of LGBTQ and Asian/Asian-American. Through witnessing the panelists' stories, a Q&A session, and interactive activities, attendees will come away from this session with an introduction to the multitude of journeys LGBTQ Asians take in pursuit of wellbeing, and for parents/guardians, strategies for best supporting LGBTQ children.

Intended Audience:  Parents, students, and community leaders

Language: English

Location: Longfellow 319


6. Children of Refugees: Four Decades After Vietnam

Description:
This session considers the diverse experiences of second- and (emerging) "2.5"-generation of Vietnamese Americans with a mental-health focus. How have their parents' refugee experience affected them? What is their relationship with the first- and "1.5"-generations? What does intergenerational trauma mean for this demographics? What are the challenges, if any, of acculuration and assimilation? Issues of mental health in terms of navigating familial relationships, identities, spiritualities, race/ethnic relations, and sexualities will be considered. Finally, in light of the current refugee crisis, what is the role of young Vietnamese Americans? What can be learned from Vietnamese-American experiences? Acknowleging that no single narrative captures richness of the lives of Vietnamese Americans, we will try to be conscious of both generalities and differences.

Intended Audience: Educators, parents, students, mental healthcare professionals

Language: English

Location: Longfellow 207


7. Empowerment Through Hip Hop: Using Hip Hop and the Arts to Dismantle Racism and Express Our Voices

Description:
In this session, we will explore how Asian and Asian American students can express and empower themselves through hip hop and the arts. We will explore how Asian and Asian American rap artists and college students have expressed their voices and dismantled racism through hip hop, as well as engage in a writing activity. Through this interactive session, students and educators will develop and exchange knowledge and tools for continued self-expression and empowerment through hip hop and the arts.

Intended Audience: Students, educators, community leaders, artists

Language: English

Location: Longfellow 228


8. Church Leaders as Shepherds: Nurturing Korean American Students' Holistic Health*
학생들의 영적양육 및 정신건강을 위한 한인교회의 역할*

Description:
This session will focus on ways that church leaders can create a space for youth and college students to engage in challenging and vulnerable conversations that will foster emotionally healthy spirituality. A large population of Korean Americans find community in the church, so it is an ideal setting for leaders to incorporate effective counseling skills and act as gatekeepers who can identify risk and address mental health struggles. We will also offer a space for leaders to share current challenges and effective practices that they have found in the church setting. Although much of the research presented in our session will be focused on the Korean American youth, we welcome church leaders from all Asian American backgrounds to share their experiences and join in the conversation.

미국에 있는 한인교회는 한인 이민자들과 유학생, 그리고 그들의 자녀들의 삶에 큰 영향력을 주는 기관입니다. 본세션은  1.5, 2세 자녀들의 영적 양육뿐만 아니라 그들의 정신건강을 부양할 수 있는 교회의 역할을 소개 하고자 합니다. 한인 자녀들이 특별히 겪는 어려움들, 특히 우울증, 거식증 등 심리적인 고민들을 가지고 있는 학생들을 알아볼 수 있는 증상들을 설명하고 교회가 이 고민들에 어떻게 대처 할 수 있는지를 나누고자 합니다. 또한, 교회내 소그룹에서 손쉽게 실천할 수 있는 전문적인 소그룹 인도법을 소개하며 교회 리더들이 흔히 경험하는 학생들의 어려움들을 함께 의논 하는 시간을 가지려고 합니다.

Intended Audience: Church leaders working with Asian/Asian American youth and/or college students

Language: Mainly in English (Key words in Korean; some translation provided for documents)

Location: Longfellow 320

*This breakout session will run for both afternoon times from 1-2 PM and 2:15-3:15 PM. The second session will be a continuation from the first session. If you plan on attending this session, mark it as your preference for both times.


9. Mindfulness and Stress Management for Chinese International Students*
关注中国留学生心理健康: 正念减压和经验交流分享*

Description:
Are you curious to learn ways to overcome academic and social-emotional challenge in American college and graduate school? Come to this special session for Chinese international students to learn some “mindful” stress management techniques through experiential activities, and get familiar with mental health resources. Our Q & A section will provide a comfortable space for you to discuss specific concerns and feelings, share your own experience and coping strategies, and gain insight and support from your fellow students.
独自一人赴美留学,我们常常要面对来自各方面的压力,你是否想掌握应对这些压力的方法,顺利完成人生的阶段性目标呢?请来参加我们特别为中国留学生准备的正念工作坊。本次工作坊将通过亲身体验的方式向你展现如何运用正念缓解压力,并提供有关心理健康的资源。在问答环节中,你将有机会和同学们一起讨论和分享留学生活中遇到的压力,挑战和处理方法。

Intended Audience: International Chinese college and graduate students

Language: Chinese

Location: Longfellow 229

*This breakout session will run for both afternoon times from 1-2 PM and 2:15-3:15 PM. The second session will be a continuation from the first session. If you plan on attending this session, mark it as your preference for both times.


10. Lost in Translation: How to Better Understand Your Bicultural Child

Description:
A stronger bond begins with a better understanding of your child, especially one who is developing (or has developed) a unique bi/multicultural identity. This interactive session will provide opportunities for parents to recognize their child’s needs and reflect on the conflicting cultural experiences that their child encounters. We will present survey responses collected from Asian/Asian-American youth and college students sharing what they wish to hear from their parents. Theoretical framework and its applications will be discussed to improve parent-child communication skills.

아이와의 유대관계는 아이를 더 잘 이해함으로써 형성됩니다. 특히 아이가 아시안 또는 아시안계 미국인으로 자라면서 이중 (혹은 더 다양한) 문화 속 정체성이 형성되고 있는 시기이거나 이미 정체성을 확립한 단계라면, 아이는 부모로부터 특별히 더 많은 이해와 격려를 필요로 합니다. 본 세션은 이중 문화 속 자라는 우리 아이들의 필요를 부모님께서 조금 더 수월히 인식하실 수 있도록, 아이들이 어떤 문화적 충돌을 겪을 수 있는지 나누고,  궁극적으로 부모님들의 이해를 돕고자 합니다.  아시안과 아시안계 미국인 중고등학생과 대학생들이 부모님으로부터 어떠한 말을 듣고 싶어하는 지 수집한 설문 조사 결과를 바탕으로, 문화적 차이와 세대적 견해 차이를 완화시킬 수 있는 방법에 대해 설명해 드리는 시간을 갖습니다. 교육학적인 관점에서 사례들을 접근하고, 부모님과 아이 간 상호 대화 기술을 향상 시킬 수 방법을 나누도록 하겠습니다. 

Intended Audience: Parents

Language: English (first session), Korean (second session)

Location: Gutman G05


11. Asian American Student Mental Health: What Do We Know?

Description:
High-profile suicides of Asian American students have been reported in the media, but are Asian American students really at increased risk of mental health problems? In this session, a panel of clinicians and researchers with expertise in Asian American and cross-cultural mental health will briefly present what is known about psychological issues among Asian American students. There will be plenty of time for questions, answers, and interactive discussion with participants..

Intended Audience: Students, parents, educators, clinicians, researchers

Language: English

Location: Gutman Conference Center 3