Date
20 August 2017
Hong Kong Clinical Psychologists Association chairman Ephraem Tsui Pui-wang criticizes the way Meggie (right) was grilled on TVB's 'Nowhere Girls'. Photo: HKEJ, TVB
Hong Kong Clinical Psychologists Association chairman Ephraem Tsui Pui-wang criticizes the way Meggie (right) was grilled on TVB's 'Nowhere Girls'. Photo: HKEJ, TVB

Book thrown at counsellors: No way to treat ‘Nowhere Girls’

Guest psychologists have been accused of giving improper counselling to women appearing on TVB’s new reality show “Nowhere Girls”.

They are hurting the professional image of the industry, Headline Daily reported, citing the Hong Kong Psychological Society’s division of clinical psychology and the Hong Kong Clinical Psychologists Association. 

The show, which began broadcasting from August 4, is aimed at inspiring “Plain Janes” who lack academic qualifications, job prospects and money. Such women are called “Mei Nu”, or women with nothing to be proud of, in mainland China. 

In a press conference on Sunday, the association said it had feedback from some clinical psychologists who questioned the way guest counsellor Wong Hoi-man treated the women. His sarcasm and scolding may give people a negative impression of the profession, it said.

The lack of rules on registration of psychologists has resulted in inconsistent standards of practitioners, association chairman Ephraem Tsui Pui-wang said. It is imperative for the government to regulate the industry through legislation, he said.

Wong claimed he had registered with a psychology society in the United States. He said the way he confronted the women on the show is aimed at helping them face up to what they have.

He said it was beyond his imagination that the show would cause such waves and he was worried his practice in Hong Kong might be affected.

One of the show girls, named Meggie, who was subject to Wong’s harsh treatment, showed up at the press conference. She said Wong, in fact, treated her free of charge for three months and she is grateful to him as he helped her open her mind, the report said.

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