Symposium on Uniqueness of Drug Prevention Services for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong
Everyone should have equal access to drug prevention services regardless of their ethnic backgrounds. However, owing to language barriers, cultural differences and misunderstandings, ethnic minorities encounter barriers in receiving anti-drug information and services. At the same time, social workers and professionals serving ethnic minority communities lack cultural competency and understanding of existing services. It is challenging for them to make case referrals and engage service users with mainstream anti-drug services.

Funded by the Beat Drugs Fund, Community Drug Advisory Council is organising a symposium on the uniqueness of drug prevention services for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. Speakers from social service and academic sectors are invited to share the unique features of ethnic diversity, cultural factors of drug use and their barriers to receiving anti-drug services. By understanding their needs and cultural perception of services, we can learn from the practice wisdom of developing culturally sensitive drug prevention services.

The symposium is one of the flagship events of “Empowered to Moveforward – Professional Training”, aims to enhance the capability and cultural sensitivity of frontline anti-drug personnel and tertiary school students in handling drug-abusing ethnic minorities.

Details of Symposium:
Date: 22/01/2021 (FRI)
Time: 1430-1715
Format: Zoom (online)
Fee: Free of charge
Quota: 70
Language: English (Simultaneous interpretation is not provided)
Target participants:
1. Social workers and professionals of ethnic minority services
2. Ethnic Minority District Ambassadors workings in social service units
3. Tertiary school students in relevant fields
4. Other interested parties

Topics:
(1) Rumor, Reputation, and Resilience: The Use of Drug-related Services by Nepali Drug Abusers in Hong Kong
Guest Speaker: Dr Wyman Tang, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

(2) Practice Wisdom in Culturally Sensitive Drug Prevention Services for Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong
Guest Speaker: Ms Tina Yim, Head of Youth Service Division (Yau Tsim Mong District), Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service

(3) In Dialogue with a Nepali Drug Rehabilitee
Guest Speaker: Mr Basnet Pankaj (Kazy), Deputy Project Officer, The Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers

Remarks:
1. Enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis. If the number of enrollment exceeds the maximum, applicants may be placed in the waiting list.
2. A confirmation email will be sent in a week after registration.
3. A email with Zoom link, Meeting ID and Password and details will be sent one day before the symposium.
4. If enrolled participants cannot attend the symposium, please inform us as soon as possible in order to allow stand-by participants to be allocated.
5. Screenshots will be taken throughout the symposium and may be posted on CDAC's website, publications or Facebook page (appearance and name of participants are not shown).
6. Participants will be awarded a certificate after completion of symposium.

For enquiry, please contact Ms. Vicky Wong at vickywong@cdac.org.hk or 2521 2880.
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