Special lecture related to the Tokyo English Lifeline


Ms. Vickie Skorji, the assistant director of the Tokyo English Life Line (TELL), and Lori Wigmore, the Director of TELL’s Children and Families, will grace our Sagamihara Campus on Thursday, December 16th to give a talk related to the work of TELL, an organization that has provided free crisis counseling services and information over the phone for members of the foreign and Japanese communities since 1973. The talk is open to all. Teachers who are teaching 3rd period classes on the 16th should feel free to come along with their students. Students may attend the talk either accompanied by a teacher or on their own. The talk will touch upon…

  • How TELL can help
  • Stress of college life and exams
  • Stress of cultural adjustment
  • Things to help manage stress
  • How you can help a friend
  • What resources and supports are out there
  • Role plays

Speakers: Ms. Vickie Skorji & Ms. Lori Wigmore

Topic: The Work of a Lifeline

Location: Sagamihara Campus, Building D-315

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010

Time: 1:10 PM to 2:40 PM (3rd period)

Mrs Vickie Skorji completed her Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences with honors from La Trobe University, Australia in 1995. She has specialist training in neuropsychology and Acquired Brain Injury in both hospital and rehabilitation settings. Prior to moving to Hong Kong & Tokyo she managed an Acquired Brain Injury Support Service in Australia. Her interests include cultural adjustment, adolescent issues in Japan, work/life balance and suicide prevention.

Ms. Wigmore (MBA in Health Care, LMSW) is a licensed social worker from New York City who has lived in Asia for the past 18 years. In her role as Director of TELL’s Children and Families, she is responsible for the administrative coordination of the following programs: Child Protection Services, Child Assessments, Testing and Treatment Services, School Awareness Program, International School Relations, and the Exceptional Parenting Program.  As a psychotherapist, she works with adolescents and adults on issues such as depression, anxiety, life transitions, cross cultural challenges, eating disorders, grief and loss.


The Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) is a registered non-profit organization that has been providing counseling and information services to the international and Japanese communities for over 35 years. It offers free, anonymous telephone counseling, including confidential crisis counseling and non-judgmental emotional support.

TELL’s homepage can be found at: http://www.telljp.com/ . They also offer an extremely useful wiki at: http://www.bluejava.com/tell/index.html. The wiki has loads of information related to life in Japan, organized in these categories:

  • Counseling & support
  • Daily life
  • Emergencies
  • Legal & business
  • Government & social services
  • Health
  • Travel & transportation
  • Education

About Jodias

J.V. Dias, an American from San Jose, California, is currently the co-coordinator of the Integrated English (IE) Program and a member of the Communications Unit of Aoyama Gakuin University's English Department. In the last few years he has published articles that appeared in two TESOL texts: Dias, J.V., & Kikuchi, K. (2010). Designing listening tasks: Lessons learned from needs analysis studies. In Teaching Listening: Voices From the Field (N. Ashcraft and A. Tran, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 9-31. AND... Dias, J.V. (2009). A Web of Controversy: Bringing Critical Thinking Skills Online. In Adult language learners: Context and innovation (G. Strong and A. Smith, Eds.). Alexandria, VA: TESOL, pp. 97-105.
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