2021 晨光通訊九月 FLC Newsletter September

 

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2021 September Newsletter Highlight


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  1. Cherrie 的分享 Sharing by Cherrie 

  2. 新輔導中心裝修費用代禱和支持 Special Prayer and Finanical Support for New Counselling Centre

  3. 感恩及代禱 Thanksgiving & Prayer

  4. 粵語研討會 Cantonese Seminars

  5. 英語研討會 English Seminars

  6. 国语研討會及父母成长课程

 

 

 

Cherrie 的分享

 

在晨光服侍的反思:

回顧過去兩年在晨光作為一位臨時心理學家的事奉,我十分感謝團隊的支持,我要特別感謝樂於助人和一直鼓勵我的同事們。晨光以基督徒的愛為社區服務,真誠的關懷和使命的承擔是無可置疑的。我很幸運,縱使在疫情下,我在晨光總得到適切的支持和指導,以致可以繼續無間斷地提供心理諮詢服務。感謝上帝的憐憫和恩典,為我預備晨光這機構,使我無法想像有別個更適合我的實習場所。

作為治療師的反思:

作為一位治療師的工作極具挑戰和極有意義,但卻往往令人傷透腦筋和引起焦慮。每天個案天天新款、變化莫測。人類是複雜和獨特的,儘管我能夠幫助人們作出改變,卻每每都充滿極度挑戰性。即使如此,我深愛這工作,對於案主每一生活事件我都極感興趣。我相信生命中每一個轉折都提供了獨特的成長契機,讓我們更接近上帝,從中找到意義、人生目標和基督的愛。學會在工作中肯定上帝的同在和聖靈的引導,因為我知道最終是祂治癒、拯救並在人內心動工。詩篇127:1 讓我們了解到「若不是耶和華建造房屋,建造的人就枉然勞力。 若不是耶和華看守城池,看守的人就枉然警醒。」

我成為治療師的故事

我在香港出生和長大。少年時候,父母把我送到悉尼求學,目標是獲取大學學位。受父親創業背景的影響,我便順其自然地選擇了商科,完成了碩士學位並在企業界工作。不久,我意識到我受的教育和我的理想相距甚遠。然而,轉職談何容易,似乎為時已晚了。

儘管如此,這並沒有令我裹足不前。在工作之餘,我繼續尋覓我的理想和方向,此時,因著教會正出現了輔導的需求,啟發起我踏上學習之路。原來在不知不覺間,像我這個不打算成為專業輔導員的心內,上帝已播下了一顆種子。在神學院完成輔導研究生文憑後,我便開始了一個漫長的心理學學習之旅。儘管聽起來這個決定很瘋狂,難得丈夫完全支持,犧牲他很多的休息時間配合我的學習計劃,來讓我去追逐這個「不切實際」的夢想。在整個旅程中,自我懷疑、筋疲力盡及種種壓力是常客,彷如泰山壓頂。從新婚到成為兩個孩子的母親,我不乏掙扎。然而,在艱難的時候,上帝有時會奇蹟地消除障礙。更多時候,我經歷祂與我同行,乘風破浪。的確,這段旅程難忘充實,這過程本身就值得慶祝感恩,因為我不斷看到上帝的恩手,每想到祂的信實,都會令我熱淚盈眶。

今天,我已正式成為註冊心理學家,投入服務。詩篇 65:11「 祢以恩典為年歲的冠冕,祢的路徑都滴下脂油。」我謹以這詩表達深深的讚嘆!

Cherrie Liu

註冊心理學家

(Ellen Lam 譯 )

 

Sharing by Cherrie

 

My reflection on working at FLC

Reflecting on the past two years working at First Light Care (FLC), I am deeply grateful for the support I received working as a provisional psychologist. I am amazed by the whole team at FLC. The genuine concern and commitment to serve the community with Christian love is evident. I especially want to thank all my colleagues who have  always been encouraging, available and helpful. With the pandemic’s impact, I’m so blessed that I always receive adequate support and guidance in providing psychological services at FLC.  I thank God for His mercy and grace upon me to provide such a suitable place. I cannot imagine myself working elsewhere.

My reflection on being a therapist  

Being a therapist is challenging and rewarding. It is nerve-wracking and anxiety-provoking because every encounter is new and unpredictable. No two days are alike. We human beings are truly complex and unique.  Real change is highly challenging, although it is possible. Even so, I genuinely love my job and am intrigued by my clients’ every life event. I believe that each transition comes with unique opportunities for growth and drawing closer to God in which we find meaning, life purposes and the Agape love. In my therapeutic work, I learn to acknowledge God’s presence and welcome the guidance of the Holy Spirit in every encounter because I know ultimately it is He who heals, rescues and makes the psychological intervention work. In Psalm 127:1, we learn that “unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”

My story to becoming a therapist

I was born and raised in Hong Kong. When I was a teenager, I was sent to Sydney with one goal – to get a university degree. Influenced by my father’s entrepreneurial background, I went with the flow and studied commerce. Soon after I completed my Master’s degree and worked in the corporate world, I noticed a great sense of discrepancy between my educational background and my passion. However, I thought it was too late to change my career.

Nevertheless, it did not stop me pursuing my passion outside my work. As I navigated, I was inspired to study counselling as such need at church arose. As you can imagine, I was not planning to be a therapist professionally. Little did I know that God planted a seed in me. After completing my graduate diploma in counselling at a theological college, I began on a long-haul journey to study psychology. As crazy as it sounds, my husband, Nicholas, fully supported me in this decision, and he sacrificed a lot to allow me to chase this “unrealistic” dream. Throughout this journey, self-doubt, tiredness and stress were regular visitors. I was not short of struggles from a newlywed to a mother of two. In times of need, sometimes, God removed the barriers miraculously. More often, I felt He walked with me. Indeed, the process of this journey itself was worth celebrating because I constantly saw the hands of God. Thinking about His faithfulness can make me cry any time.

Fast forward to today, I received my full registration and now practice as a psychologist. I echoed the psalmist and declared that “you crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” (Psalm 65:11).

Cherrie Liu

Registered Psychologist

 

 

 

 
請特別為我們新輔導中心的裝修費用代禱和支持
Please specially pray for and support renovation expenses of our new counselling centre

 

我們為晨光能使用在捐獻者的幫助下設立的建築基金,正在購買在靠近West Ryde火車站的一個物業而感恩。我們感謝上帝的供應和捐獻者的慷慨,幫助減少我們的長期租金支出。

請為新物業的裝修經濟需要(約十萬元)禱告,該物業將成為我們永久的輔導中心,讓我們繼續在未來歲月服務社區。

懇請您支持與幫助我們的裝修經濟需要,您可以使用信用卡通過電話作出一個可扣稅的捐款,請致電(02)9211 9988。

您也可以在晨光網頁(https://www.firstlightcare.org.au/supportus#donations)下載並使用捐款表格來安排其他付款方法。感謝您的支持!

We are thankful that First Light Care is purchasing a property in West Ryde close to the railway station, using the building fund set up with help from donors. We are thankful for God’s provision and the generosity of the donors that will help reduce our long term rental expense!

Please pray for the finances needed (about $100,000) for renovation of the new property that will become our permanent counselling centre from which our ministry will continue to serve the community in the years ahead.

We sincerely ask you to support and help our renovation expenses. You may use a credit card to make a tax-deductible donation by calling us on (02) 9211 9998.

You may also download and use the donation form on First Light Care‘s website (https://www.firstlightcare.org.au/supportus#donations) to arrange other payment methods. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

代禱 Prayer

 

1. We sincerely thank the donors for their timely donations in recent months. It helps this ministry greatly to meet its current financial needs despite a reduction in donation in the last financial year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

2. We are thankful for the government COVID-19 financial assistance that has helped us get through the last financial year. Without the assistance, we would have suffered a financial deficit. We ask you to continue to pray for regular financial support for the ministry this year.

3. We are thankful that Mrs Cherrie Liu has become a registered psychologist and that she takes up His calling and commits herself to serve with the ministry for long term. We are thankfully that our team is strengthened to serve our diverse community in the years to come.

4. Please pray for the team of experienced pastors who serve on the Pastors Renewal Ministry subcommittee as they plan and develop this important ministry to support the serving pastors in Australia. (Please browse: https://www.firstlightcare.org.au/pastors-renewal-ministry)

5. Please pray for and support those people and their families who have been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic physically, mentally and financially. 

 

1. 我們衷心感謝捐獻者近幾個月的捐獻。由於冠狀病毒大流行,在上一財政年度的捐獻減少了,這些及時的捐獻大大幫助了晨光解決其當前的財務需求。

2. 我們感謝政府提供的冠狀病毒的財政援助,幫助我們度過了上一個財政年度。如果沒有援助,我們就會出現了財政赤字。請繼續為晨光今年能得到定期的財政支持而禱告。

3. 我們為廖郭冠姿女士成為註冊心理學家,並接受祂的呼召,委身長期服務於晨光而感恩。我們為晨光的團隊的人手得到加強,以至在未來歲月能好好的服務我們多元化的社區而感恩。

4. 請為教牧更新事工小組委員會中經驗豐富的牧師團隊禱告,他們正在計劃和發展這個重要的事工,以支持澳大利亞的在職服事的牧者們。(請瀏覽: https://www.firstlightcare.org.au/pastors-renewal-ministry)

5. 請為那些在身體、精神和經濟上受到冠狀病毒大流行影響的人們及其家人祈禱和給予支持。

 

 

 

Cantonese Seminars 粵語研討會

 

1. 尋找人生召命 Searching for Life’s Calling
.透過具體指引了解自己如何回應生命的呼喚  
講員 Speaker: 陳謝麗婷博士Dr Winnie Chan
(Counsellor/Spiritual Director)
日期 Date: 30/09/2021 (星期四Thursday)       
時間 Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
截止日期 Closing Date: 22/09/2021
 
2. 面對大流行的不確定性時期: 如何照顧你的精神健康  How to Take Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty During the Pandemic
講員 Speaker: 馬在慈女士 Ms Evelene Ma  
日期 Date: 11/10/2021 (星期一 Monday)  
時間 Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm  
截止日期 Closing Date: 04/10/2021
 
3. 你可以 Say No
.學習自我肯定的溝通
講員 Speaker: 陳謝麗婷博士Dr Winnie Chan
(Counsellor/Spiritual Director)
日期 Date: 28/10/2021 (星期四Thursday)       
時間 Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
截止日期 Closing Date: 20/10/2021
 
4. 重新凝視失落 Looking at Grief and Loss
.探視你的失落 .哀傷的歷程 .擁抱哀傷
講員 Speaker: 陳謝麗婷博士Dr Winnie Chan
(Counsellor/Spiritual Director)
日期 Date: 25/11/2021 (星期四Thursday)       
時間 Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
截止日期 Closing Date: 17/11/2021
 
5. 認識和面對焦慮 Understand and Face Anxiety
在日常生活中,你會否常常感到焦慮,緊張或心緒不寧?覺得很難集中精神?腦海常會不斷重複思想過去或將來的事情?避免一些會引發焦慮的事物?感覺難以控制憂慮?以上的都是一些常見的焦慮症狀,若不處理,會漸漸影響我們的日常生活。  希望藉著以下的講座,幫助大家認識和正確面對焦慮。
 
講員 Speaker: 馬在慈女士 Ms Evelene Ma
                     註冊臨床心理學家 (Registered Clinical Psychologist)
 
              時間 Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
              日期 Date: 03/12/2021 (星期五Friday)
              截止日期 Closing Date: 24/11/2021
 
              時間 Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
              日期 Date: 10/12/2021 (星期五Friday)
              截止日期 Closing Date: 01/12/2021
 
6.  閱讀小組 Reading Group -「活出晴天」
您是否為情緒低落、絕望、缺乏活力和熱情而長期掙扎?本課程旨在幫助您解決抑鬱症狀和教你改善感覺的實用技能。
本課程適用於有下列情緒中有挣扎, 而從未學過認知行為療法的朋友:
.長期情緒低落
.患抑鬱症
每週主題如下:
1. 了解診斷抑鬱的症狀. 並製定改善計劃
2. 自我監控 — 認識維持抑鬱症狀的因素
3. 學習改進想法 — 挑戰無益的想法並減少自我批評
4. 面對恐懼 —了解如何通過逐步練習來面對恐懼
5. 學習如何有效溝通,以便表達您的需求
6. 了解預防復發
 
我們將會使用 This Way Up Clinic提供的材料 (This Way Up Clinic是 St. Vincent’s Hospital 和新南威爾士大學 The University of New South Wales 協作合辦)
 
主持 Facilitator: 廖郭冠姿女士 Mrs Cherrie Liu (註冊心理學家 Registered Psychologist)
日期 Date: 13/10, 20/10, 27/10, 03/11, 10/11, 17/11/2021(星期三)
時間 Time: 10 am–11:30 am
語言 Language: 廣東話(小組討論), 繁體中文(材料)
截止日期 Closing Date: 06/10/2021

 

 

 

English Seminars 英語研討會

 
1. Healthy Screen Time for Young Children (0 - 5 years)
.What does the research say about screen time?
.How much and what kinds of screen time is appropriate?
.Challenges including how to encourage less screen time
Speaker: Dr Yixin Jiang Xu
Date: 15/10/2021 (Friday)
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Closing Date: 11/10/2021
 
 
2. Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Parent (for parents and carers of children 0 - 5 years)
.Understanding & meeting your child's needs
.How to relate better with your child
.Being more reflective & less reactive as a parent
Speaker: Dr Yixin Jiang Xu
Date: 04/12/2021 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Closing Date: 01/12/2021

 

 

 

 

Mandarin Seminars 国语研討會

 

1. 婚姻中的愛與尊重 Love and Respect in Marriage
講員 Speaker: 譚健生先生Mr Jason Tam  (註冊心理學家 Registered Psychologist)
日期 Date: 19/11/2021 (星期五Friday)
時間 Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
截止日期 Closing Date: 10/11/2021

 

2. 2021国语父母成长课程《教出好男儿》

 这是一个鼓励爸爸们在百忙中抽空陪同妈妈们共同参与的一个有关“教出好男儿”的共育课程。

 现代的女孩很活跃、专注而自信,各方面都得到充分的发展;男孩有趣活泼,宽容大方,充满欢笑与活力;可不知为何,男孩却也麻烦一箩筐—太过吵闹、精力过剩、有的爱冒险缺乏自控力,而有的又过于谨慎、缺乏主动性。柏拉图称男孩为“野性难驯的野兽”。身为父母常常力不从心,望男孩而兴叹。

 然而家有男孩的父母需要更多了解:男女孩大脑的差异、男孩的心理、成长阶段、荷尔蒙和天性,在运动方面、和母亲之间的亲密关系、父亲和其他优秀男性在他们生活中积极参与的态度和作用,就能够把他们养育成优秀的年轻人,让他们平安长大、充满关怀、富有同情心、对未来有清楚的目标;让好儿子蜕变成好男人,预备将来收获幸福婚姻的能力。

 由家庭教育专业人士Joy Song教授的这一课程将带领你领略“柳暗花明又一村”的育儿旅程。

 

22/10/2021 第一课: 男孩大脑和身体的差异
05/11/2021 第二课: 男孩成长三阶段及需要 
19/11/2021 第三课:  父母角色决定男孩的未来 
03/12/2021 第四课:  帮助儿子发展健康的性 
 
时间 Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm (星期五Fridays)
讲员 Speaker:  宋晓玲Joy Song
· 社会工作硕士 (新加坡国立大学)
· 拥有丰富的婚姻家庭教育经验
地点 Venue: Zoom 视频会议Video Conference
*截止日期  Closing Date: 13/10/2021