Pacific Education Advocacy Research & Learning Institute of New York

Opportunities and Challenges: Asian Students Study Abroad in the U.S. - East Meets West

November 4, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
NYU Law School, Lipton Hall Auditorium
33 Washington Square West, New York, NY 10011


This 1-day conference will help social workers and mental health counselors understand the risk complexities faced by these students, as well as promising and effective interventions to help Chinese students acclimate and succeed. Participants will examine two important areas - the problem and its solutions. The morning section will be devoted to defining the problem from key experts in the field. The afternoon will be devoted to presenting solutions for social workers and mental health professionals who work with Chinese students. We will hear from both mental health experts and students with their own personal experiences of the challenge.


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Experience Social Work in New York City: Innovate to Improve the Wellbeing of Citizens and the Community

July 23 - August 5th 2017

This program has distinct advantages and specialities:

  • Certification from the NYU Silver School of Social Work and P.E.A.R.L. Institute
  • All trainers are NYU Professors and senior supervisors from various social work organizations
  • Full day training includes lectures, seminars, and social work service agency visits
  • Through this program, you can know more about American social work education, more about current social welfare policy and social work practice
  • Content is designed to fit your needs

Program Prices:

  • Ages 15 - 25: $4980
  • Ages 26+: $4480


  1. Provided are courses, translations, accomodations, and (10) meals (per week)
  2. Transportation within New York City is provided
  3. Airfare is not included (please purchase health insurance)
  4. This does include U.S. visas and other fees that you must prepare before coming to New York
The program touches on various specialities:
  • American social work development, social welfare system development
  • Helping homeless communities
  • Social relief and aid
  • Services for American children and teenagers
  • Multicultural and social services
  • American mental health services
  • Domestic violence and human trafficking
  • Seminar and agency visits

After the course, we provide an optional one-week NYC travel excursion. The price for this is $750/person, and includes accomodation, meals, and transporation (but does not include various fees such as the price of tickets at tourist sites)

2017 Sino-American Cross-Cultural Summer Training Project

May 28th - June 17th 2017

The P.E.A.R.L. Institute, in partnership with the NYU Silver School of Social Work, is hosting this training dedicated to children, adolescent, and family social work practice, led by Professor Eva Lu, who has over 20 years of social work education and research experience.

The Sino-American International Summer Training Program began in 1991 at San Diego State University, focused initially on child protection services. After five years at SDSU, the program was continued at UC Berkeley focusing on welfare and domestic violence issues. Since 1998, the training has been conducted at NYU School of Social Work. The goal of this program has been to foster professional development and a deeper understanding of services for children, youth, and families.

All (20) trainees are front-line social workers from the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families. Courses in children, adolescent, and family social work practice include:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Individual session skills
  • High-risk family management
  • Crisis intervention and post-trauma therapy
  • Children and adolescent mental health
  • Agency management and evaluation
  • Leadership training
  • NGO fundraising
  • Financial management and project development

Chinese Wellness Self-Management Training

Years of research has addressed one of more effective approaches designed to help adults manage the symptoms of serious mental illness. A study conducted 20 years ago discovered that few agencies were aware of or implemented research informed approaches. One effort to address the science to practice gap was to identify symptom management related approaches and cobble them together into a comprehensive illness management and recovery program, giving birth to the Wellness Self-Management Program. WSM has been implemented in New York State since 2002, with high rates of success. In order to fufill the demand of Chinese patients with severe mental illness, the P.E.A.R.L. Institute took over the C-WSM initiative, integrating Chinese medicine and traditional Chinese therapy into a Western framework.

The general principles of C-WSM are based on the original English WSM handbook and the previously translated Chinese version, condensing 57 lessons of the original Wellness Self-Management handbook into 12 distinct units and modifying the language in order to incorporate culturally congruent terminology. This includes Chinese cultural materials, such as: Chinese medicine and mental health treatment, Accu-massage, mindfulness practice, Qigong exercise, and other traditional Eastern healing practices.

C-WSM training began in October 2016, in Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai. In March 2017, Dr. Yuhwa Eva Lu traveled to Nanjing, China to provide C-WSM training to mental health workers coming from Nanjing, Shanghai, and Wuxi. From this training, Chinese mental health workers can use the C-WSM handbook to help patients learn and co-facilitate their recovery. This training introduces current American mental health service system ideals and efficiency.