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Aitia Family Institute Opens In Shanghai

October 13, 2014 Training No Comments Email Email

Aitia Family Institute (AFI) officially opened this week in the Octave Living Room center in Shanghai with a warm welcome from Chairman Frederick Chavalit Tsao to over 90 distinguished guests, friends and media.

AFI, one of the most comprehensive family organizations in Shanghai dedicated to the enhancement of human relationships, featured three seminars throughout the day: ‘Working with Asian Chinese Families’ led by Dr. Wai Yung Lee, the Clinical Director of the Aitia Family Institute; Dr. Jay Lebow, the Editor in Chief of Family Process spoke on ‘Publication about Family Therapy and Family Science: An International Perspective”; and ‘The Healing of a Couple in Distress’ presented by Dr. Evan Imber-Black, Professor and Program Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.

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Aitia Family Institute is the brainchild of the founder Chairman Frederick Chavalit Tsao. His vision is to establish a center of excellence through its leadership in practice, research and training on family dynamics and human relationships.Based on the need in the region, AFI will implement specialized projects to fill the gaps in the existing service provisions and promote new knowledge in selected areas for research. Through the integration of practice, research and training AFI is committed to developing more cross-regional, cross-disciplinary collaborations to benefit individuals and families in China and beyond.

Under the stewardship of acclaimed Clinical Director Wai Yung Lee, Ph.D. from Hong Kong, AFI offers a wide range of family enhancement programs to the general public including individual, family, and group counseling. These include Family and Marriage Therapy, Children Assessment Services and Educational Services.

AFI also offers a broad range of educational and training programs for clinicians and the public audience, both on short- and long-term basis, as well as tailor-made in-service training packages for local agencies and academic facilities. These include: Certificate Courses in Family Therapy, One Year Advanced Certificate Course in Family Therapy, Clinical Supervision in Family Therapy, Live Case Demonstration, Professional & Public Workshops and Specialized Projects.

The team at AFI brings with it a wealth of experience and acclaim in Asia and globally. Dr Wai-Yung Lee is herself the recipient of the 2014American Family Therapy Academy’s Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice Awardfor distinguished contribution to family therapy theory and practice, “We want AFI to become to become a center of excellence through its leadership in practice, research and training on family dynamics and human relationships.” says Dr Wai-Yung Lee.

The clinical team members include the Associate Clinical Director, Chen Xiang Yi, Ph.D., Chief Physician of Shenzhen Sixth People’s Hospital and a leading figure in the development of family therapy in China; and Dr. Liu Liang, a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy from Tongji University in Shanghai and formerly a research fellow in The Lab of Adult Development, at Massachusetts Hospital, Harvard Medical School on couple dynamics. Also, Dr. Ma Xiquan, who graduated as a medical doctor from Tongji University, and worked as a psychiatrist in the Clinical Mental Health Department of Shanghai Dong Fang Hospital.

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