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Crossing Cultures Together

Monday, May 13, 2013 – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Knox College


2:45 – 3:00 PM Registration
3:00 – 3:30 PM Worship and Welcome
3:30 – 4:30 PM Keynote: Understanding Mental Health and Adjustment Experiences of Immigrant Newcomers – Dr. Ben Kuo
4:30 – 4:45 PM Coffee Break
4:45 – 5:45 PM Presentation and Q & A with Mental Health Practitioners/Counselors
5:45 – 6:00 PM Break
6:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner and Panel Discussion with Ministry Leaders
7:00 – 7:40 PM Small Group Discussion
7:40 – 8:00 PM Wrap-up & Closing

KEYNOTE: Understanding Mental Health and Adjustment Experiences of Immigrant Newcomers

Over 1.2 million Toronto residents were born outside of Canada. Immigration is a life-changing event that can have a profound impact on a person’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. In his presentation Dr. Kuo will discuss what psychologists have learned about the mental health challenges new Canadians face and how church members can support newcomers in their congregations.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ben Kuo

Born in Taiwan and educated in Canada and the U.S.A, Dr. Ben Kuo is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor, Canada. As a practicing psychologist in Ontario he has over 20 years of clinical experience treating diverse clients, including international students, immigrants, refugees, racial/ethnic minorities and non-minority individuals in North America and Asia. Dr. Kuo’s research is in cross-cultural psychology and multicultural counseling/psychotherapy. He has published research on acculturation, cultural stress and coping, professional help-seeking attitudes and behaviours, and cultural adjustment and mental health among immigrants and culturally-diverse populations. In recent years, Dr. Kuo has been actively involved in training clinical psychology graduates to provide psychological treatment to refugee survivors of trauma and torture. Dr. Kuo is in high demand internationally as a lecturer and training and workshop leader.

Dr. Kuo is a member of the Toronto Formosan Presbyterian Church in Toronto. He and his family currently attend Lakeshore St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Windsor (Tecumseh), Ontario