Learning Sessions

Day 1, September 14, 2016 (Wednesday) 

Session A4 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Venue: Sunflower)

Mindfulness and the Clinical Practice

Facilitator: Ma. Blesilda De Asis, MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc

Mindfulness is rooted in eastern spiritual traditions as a practice that cultivates a “being mode of mind”. It offers a powerful connection to the present moment, opens inner space that clarifies experience, and allows for the emergence of fresh perspective. Contemporary approaches to mindfulness sometimes lead to commodification and reduction to technique. This learning session provides an opportunity to explore how mindfulness can be integrated into clinical practice with authenticity to nurture awareness, resilience, and compassion both in therapists and clients. The session will: (a) provide an experience of mindfulness practice, (b) discuss the embodiment of mindfulness through the personhood of the therapist, (c) explore ways in which mindfulness can be folded into the therapeutic process, and (d) foster understanding of how mindful awareness deepens compassion for oneself and others, thereby facilitating relational healing. At the end of this session participants are expected to: (a) develop an appreciation for mindfulness not merely as a technique or intervention tool but as a personal practice and a way of being, (b) be able to describe the benefits of mindfulness in psychotherapeutic process, and (c) learn how mindfulness can be carefully integrated in working with clients.


Day 1, September 14, 2016 (Wednesday) 

Session A6 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Venue: Sakura)

Transforming Unpleasant Memories

Facilitator: Tomas Batalla, The Child's World

Since our birthing process, we all have undergone unpleasant experiences. Such experiences become memories within a split of a second that affect us slightly, moderately or even severely and traumatically. Depending on our coping/therapeutic skills, we can easily glide through such memories or suffer for years and even a lifetime. Thus, this learning session was conceptualized and designed to help the participant modify certain aspects or even the total unpleasant memory itself by identifying and transforming:
1. How the memory is filed
2. The memory's operating system
3. The memory's software
By going through the above process, the participant learns powerful skills on how to be emancipated and detached from unpleasant memories , plus gain new insights on how to creatively deal with them.


Day 1, September 14, 2016 (Wednesday) 

Session B4 2:40 - 4:10 pm (Venue: Sunflower)

Eliciting and Encouraging Posttraumatic Growth: Practices and Processes

Maria Lourdes Llaneza Ramos

The new science of posttraumatic growth (PTG), the phenomenon of positive changes that result from experiencing and struggling with adversities in living, has been receiving more systematic focus from researchers and clinicians who welcome the possibilities of growth in individuals dealing with natural and human crises, losses, and catastrophes. Utilizing a model of “expert companionship” with real life cases, this learning session provides more evidence for the uplifting discovery of how people can thrive in the face of traumatic challenges, share methods of eliciting hope and finding courage to “sing through the night and be found by the Light”, learn specific transpersonal tools to promote positive responses to trauma; and serve as impetus for further researches and possibilities for clinical practices. While much attention is given to the negative consequences of trauma, PTG invites a radical shift in our perspectives from usual painful dislocation to life-changing transformation.

Objectives: Participants shall acquire:
*greater awareness of positive changes resulting from grappling with trauma
*clinical skills to recognize and facilitate emerging new ways of being in the aftermath of trauma
*a healing perspective beyond adaptation to growth and transformation


Day 1, September 14, 2016 (Wednesday) 

Session C2 4:30 - 6:00 pm (Venue: Paeonia)

Learning Session and Book Launch: Healing from Trauma Through Mindfulness

Author-Facilitator: Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang


Day 1, September 14, 2016 (Wednesday) 

Session C3 4:30 - 6:00 pm (Venue: Lily)

Helping LGBT Clients Through Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Facilitators: Eric Manalastas and Maria Angela Virata, UP Diliman

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is interested in looking for client’s strengths, resources and capabilities toward managing their own problems and helping them find solutions in small, workable steps. Studies show building on successes is easier than looking at deficits. Change is more likely when individuals experience themselves as being competent, capable and successful and having some agency over their lives. Participants will: (1) learn key Solution Focused questions like the miracle question, affirming strengths and resources, finding exceptions, coping and scaling, and (2) see how SFBT can help LGBT clients dealing with coming out and relationship issues.


Day 2, September 15, 2016 (Thursday) 

Session D1 8:30 - 10:00 am (Venue: Jasmine)

Learning Session: Building Resilience to Stress Challenge with the Help of Employee Assistance Programs

Moderator: Josie Banaglorioso, In Touch Community Services

Both employees and managers are vulnerable to personal and work related stressors. There is a growing incidence of employees or managers seeking help to address depression or anxiety. Two EAP case studies will be presented in this session.
This learning session aims to address the following: How can EAP and its wellness programs help managers and employees deal with stress?


Day 2, September 15, 2016 (Thursday) 

Session D7 8:30 - 10:00 am (Venue: Lotus)

Learning Session: Are you married? How to recognize and respond to Microaggressions in Everyday Life

Facilitator: Ronald T. Del Castillo, UP Manila

Are you married? You walk like a girl. I don’t discriminate, I have a lot of gay friends. These are examples of small, subtle and seemingly harmless statements we all make or hear in everyday life. However, they also reflect implicit negative biases that communicates hostility, invalidations and insults - in other words, microaggressions. In this session participants will learn to define and recognize these everyday indignities, to identify its possible origins, and to recognize their harmful impact, particularly on marginalized, vulnerable groups. As such, specific focus will be placed on issues of race/ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Participants will recognize their own biases and will develop tools to appropriately deal with these verbal and nonverbal microaggressions, both as the deliverer and as the recipient of these indignities. The learning session aims to shape professionals and students as socioculturally competent leaders and advocates.


Day 2, September 15, 2016 (Thursday) 

Session E1 2:40 - 4:10 pm (Venue: Jasmine)

Learning Session: International Project on Competence in Psychology

Facilitator: Miriam Cue


Day 2, September 15, 2016 (Thursday) 

Session E5 2:40 - 4:10 pm (Venue: Caval Vine)

Learning Session: Ethics in Teaching

Facilitator: Liane Alampay, Ateneo de Manila University

“Is it okay if I 'friend' my students on Facebook?”

“Can I talk about my personal life in class? And/or the personal lives of my colleagues?”

“I think my student is attracted to me.”

So many of the dos and don'ts in the profession of teaching remain implicit and are rarely discussed. Teachers often have to second-guess the decisions they make about how they teach and relate to their students. This learning session / seminar-workshop aims to raise teachers' awareness of ethical principles and practices that support the integrity of the teaching profession and promote respectful relationships with colleagues and students. The session includes a brief lecture and a set of activities (i.e., self-assessment, case discussions and plenary presentations).


Day 2, September 15, 2016 (Thursday) 

Session F3 4:30 - 6:00 pm (Venue: Lily)

Learning Session: Developing 21st Century Skills Through Counseling and Career Services

Facilitator: Lucila O. Bance, University of Santo Tomas

This workshop focuses on the practices of professional school counselors/psychologists in their delivery of counseling and career services. Based on the global framework and platform as applied in the in the Philippine setting dubbed as the Model Counseling and Career Center in the Philippines (USAID STRIDE), this learning session aims to help counseling psychologists build programs that will address the development of 21st century skills among its students. At the end of the session, participants are expected to come up with their own programs that will address the desired outcomes for global citizenship.


Day 2, September 15, 2016 (Thursday) 

Session F7 4:30 - 6:00 pm (Venue: Lotus)

Learning Session: 

Facilitator: Victoria M. Dayao, Catherine Deen, Royce Hernandez, Arian Anderson Rabino, Ma. Lourdes Legazpi, Christina Sison, Neil Pariñas, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

Learning Objectives

  • To provide foundational principles and guidelines to promote inclusion in higher education

  • To introduce participants to inclusion practices in higher education from admissions, assessment, learning support and career transition

  • To discuss factors contributing to the development of an inclusive school culture

Increasing number of students with special education needs now enter higher education. As such, schools face varied and unique challenges on how to adapt and address the special needs of such students. Inclusion, therefore, has become a key priority in education globally. De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde is one of the higher educational institutions locally that has actively pursued inclusion. Benilde has quite a number of students with special educational needs enrolled. In this learning session, representatives from Benilde shall share and discuss inclusion practices in various stages of a student’s life, including but is not limited to admission, learning support, and career transition. Benchmark policies, documents, and programs shall be presented to provide participants with a foundational understanding of how to initiate inclusion programs in higher education. Case stories shall be used to illustrate important principles. Participants are encouraged to develop their own inclusion action plans during the workshop.

Day 3, September 16, 2016 (Friday) 

Session G1 8:30 - 10:00 am (Venue: Jasmine)

Learning Session: Professional Development: Avenues for Career Progression

Facilitator:  Imelda Virginia G. Villar 

This Learning Session focuses on the new law on the Continuing Professional Development (RA 10912) and the guidelines that are being crafted to ensure that the particular needs and concerns of psychologists are taken into onsideration.  Such guidelines are to be reflected in the Implementing Rules an Regulations of the law.  Competency building activities appropriate to the Mutual Recognition Arrangement and the International Declaration of Competencies in Psychology and career progression are to be tackled.  


Day 3, September 16, 2016 (Friday) 

Session H1 10:30 am - 12:00 nn (Venue: Jasmine)

Learning Session: Ethics in Clinical Practice

Facilitators: Ma. Teresa G. Villasor and Ma. Lourdes A. Carandang


Day 3, September 16, 2016 (Friday) 

Session H5 10:30 am - 12:00 nn (Venue: Caval Vine)

Learning Session: Behavior Management Strategies in Dealing with Children

Facilitator: Jonathan Emmanuel Sison

The session aims to develop among the participants the followng: 1) knowledge on behavior management stratgies in dealing with children and their effects and consequences, 2)capability in choosing behavior management strategies based on his/her adhered principles, and 3) skills in implementing desired strategies.

The workshop will focus on child-participant interaction particularly on behavior management by introducing methods of handling different behavioral situations. This involves a comparative analysis of the desired behavior vis-a-vis the actual behavior of a child. Cases to be presented involve preschool children and teachers but discussions will not be confined to the preschool setting. Analysis will tackle the socio-emotional development of children, focusing but not limiting on Erik Erikson's Development Theory in the early stages.

Procedure: I. Dialogue on background of the topic and expectations; II. A. Presentation of three (3) cases through video clips followed by group analysis of each case, and B. Presentation of participants' cases through role playing followed by group analysis; III. Synthesis and synopsis of what transpired in the workshop.

Participants: Should have interest in child development and conflict resolutions.