Plenary Speakers

Plenary 4
Prof Samson Tse
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education), Director of Experiential Learning, University of Hong Kong
Speaker's profile

Samson is the Professor in Mental Health, Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of the Master of Social Sciences in Counselling in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong. Prior to his relocation to Hong Kong, he has worked in New Zealand – Dunedin and Auckland− for over 20 years. Samson has had a long standing interest in supporting persons with mental health issues or gambling addiction by using recovery approach and strengths-based interventions. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed articles (e.g., World Psychiatry, Bipolar Disorders, Addiction, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research) and book chapters in the field of mental health and addiction. Professor Tse has served in various committees in New Zealand (Mental Health Commission), Singapore (International Advisory Panel for the National Addictions Management Centre and the National Council on Problem Gambling) and Hong Kong (Advisory Committee on Mental Health [Food and Health Bureau], Caritas Rehabilitation Services). Samson holds honorary/visiting professorial positions in Yale University, University of Melbourne and University of Auckland.

Programme Details

Track : Plenary 4
Day 1, 30 January 2019
3pm – 3.45pm
Topic : Research and Upscaling of Recovery-Oriented Services in Hong Kong


A recovery-oriented approach in mental healthcare is an area that is increasingly being discussed these days. Service providers and policy planners are keen to grasp the concept as they aim to inspire service users (and their caregivers) to achieve the recovery outcomes.

This plenary session will look at the importance of recovery-oriented services in the field of mental healthcare. The speaker will seek to granulate the nature of recovery that is required of our everyday practice. This will include a consolidation of subject-matter “recovery” and will review the experience and lesson learnt in Hong Kong with regards to the design and implementation of recovery-oriented services. The talk will also look at critical factors for sustained practices and examine different approaches to interventions across diverse settings and communities. Finally, this talk will demonstrate how various stakeholders are involved in discussing and debating the difficult questions to foster and upscale mental healthcare services.