In 2012 we delivered our first international training, in Hong Kong.
Obesity rates are rising rapidly in Hong Kong. In 2011, 9% children starting school were obese, compared to 7.7% just 4 years earlier in 2007.
14 practitioners undertook 4 days of HENRY training – including medical and nursing staff and a clinical psychologist. Their response to the training was extremely positive, demonstrating that the HENRY approach is relevant across different cultural settings.
Benefits described by participants included:
- a clearer understanding of what helps people to change their behaviour
- increased ability to build relationships with parents based on empathy and understanding – and therefore to adapt support to meet parents’ needs
- recognition of the importance of listening and exploring parents’ existing skills
- new insights into the value of using a solution-focused approach and working in partnership with parents – both to create rewarding respectful relationships between practitioners and parents and to build self-efficacy
The training is great fun. I really learnt a lot from the inspiring solution-focused approach and can use it within normal daily life, not only with my clients.
Family health worker, Hong Kong
Supporting parents to provide a healthy start in life for their children