2014 Oxford Symposium

The 2014 Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling
in HONG KONG at Robert Black College, Hong Kong University
June 22nd to 27th 2014

Objective and Overview

The Oxford Symposium is an invited, residential, international conference limited to around twenty-five invited Members. Oxford Symposium members are experienced practitioners, researchers and theorists worldwide working at the leading edge of School-Based Family Counseling. With its origins in a synthesis of School Counseling and Family Counseling, School-Based Family Counseling has a multi-systems approach designed to promote academic success and personal growth in children and families. The objective of the Symposium is to make visible the “invisible college” of international experts in School-Based Family Counseling and to provide opportunity for information exchange, co-operation and collegial networking.

Symposium Members come from diverse professional disciplines and include: counselor educators, social workers, school administrators, counselors and principals, psychologists, family therapists, physicians, psychiatrists, experts in counseling theory and practitioners in social psychology, public policy and the law.

The international college of Oxford Symposium members now includes representatives from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The 2014 Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling is an intimate residential think-tank with the number of members kept small enough to promote cohesion and a high level of participation.

presentationSymposium Members may present or co-present a formal paper (45 minute presentation), either individually or as part of a panel: between fifteen and nineteen presentation slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Papers may be presented on any aspect of School-Based Family Counseling, including: interventions, aspects of theory, program descriptions and outcome research, applications of the model to the reduction of school and family violence, counselor education and individual case studies. Symposium presenters may write a formal paper, either ahead of the conference or subsequently, and may elect to submit the paper to the editorial board of the International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling.

At all Symposia since 2007 more than half of the participants have been returning Oxford Symposium members. Returning members make for cohesion in the group, greater enjoyment of the conference (both professional and personal) and an ever greater sense of community within our worldwide network of stakeholders in School-Based Family Counseling. The success of the Oxford Symposium is further demonstrated by ongoing national and trans-national collaboration between Symposium Members in teaching and research.

Conference Organization and Schedule

The conference program begins on the Sunday afternoon and ends after lunch on the Friday and is organized along similar lines each year. The proceedings are held in English.

Robert Black College2014 Symposium members and their guests will reside at Robert Black College, University of Hong Kong. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is the oldest tertiary institution in Hong Kong.

HKU has academic links with more than 400 overseas universities and is actively partnering with Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, Xiamen University, and Sun Yat-sen University in mainland China. In 2003 the World Trade Organization announced HKU as the official WTO training center for the Asia-Pacific region. HKU is a founding member of Universitas 21, a network of comprehensive research-intensive universities covering all corners of the globe.

During the mornings Symposium Members will meet in formal session for presentations and discussion while Guests will attend a specially arranged morning cultural program. After lunch at the College, Members and Guests will together enjoy a varied cultural program of afternoon tours before returning to Robert Black College for dinner.

Accommodations and Conference Facilities

hongkong_rooftopThe Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling contracts with Robert Black College for the provision of conference facilities and accommodations. Robert Black College was established in 1967 primarily as a guest-house of Hong Kong University for visiting scholars from overseas and mainland China.

Robert Black College is situated in a scenic spot of The University of Hong Kong’s main campus on the western side of Hong Kong Island. The College is easily accessed by public transportation or by taxi.

Internet connection is available. A range of AV facilities is available to Symposium presenters wishing to use Powerpoint, OHP slides or video.

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attending the 2014 Oxford Symposium in School-Based Family Counseling in HONG KONG is:

Shared Room Discount
$100 discount per shared room

  • Symposium member - USD $1,995
    Symposium members attend the morning formal conference sessions and usually (but not in every case) deliver a presentation (individual or co-presentation).
  • Symposium guest - USD $1,495
    Symposium guests do not attend the morning formal conference sessions.

Symposium registration rates cover the cost of the Symposium for Members and accommodation and all meals (including wines) and cultural program for Members and Guests; Symposium Members and Guests pay their own travel expenses; registrants are allocated places on a first-come, first-served basis; until the registration deposit has been paid we are unable to hold a registrant place as confirmed and may continue to issue invitations to the Symposium and allocate an unconfirmed place to another registrant.


Symposium Members make an initial deposit of $495 at the time registration is confirmed:

  • a second payment of $725 by February 10th 2014
  • and a final payment of $725 by April 10th 2014


  • Registrations paid are refundable in full up until March 10th 2014
  • Registrations paid are nonrefundable after May 18th 2014
  • Registrations canceled between March 11th and May 18th 2014 will be subject to a refund declining by 10% each week, ie. 90% is refundable if canceled by March 18th, 80% if canceled by March 25th and so on.


For further information or if you would like to recommend a colleague to the invitees' list, please email the Symposium coordinator, Sheena Sattarpour, MA, MFTi, at