Post-Convention Workshops







Arsenio Sze Alianan, Jr., PhD, RP

PsychConsult Inc.; Ateneo de Manila University

This 3-hour seminar-workshop is meant for psychometricians and psychologists involved in doing psychological assessments as part of their routine evaluation procedures.  Psychological screening assessment is an option when practical concerns hinder the conduct of a more comprehensive psychological evaluation.  It aims to introduce the participants to a particular rational method of designing and developing a psychological screening assessment.  It begins with an overview of the rationale and 5 basic steps involved in this process, and gets the participants to think through the assessment needs of their stakeholders.  Using short lectures and quick practical exercises, the participants learn the most basic steps involved creating rational and coherent screening assessments.  The five steps involved are the following:  1) understanding the context of the assessment; 2) defining assessment dimensions; 3) identifying assessment methods; 4) linking specific measures with dimensions; and 5) drafting a report format.  Some examples that follow this process will also be used to illustrate this.


Test Development and Adaptation: Process and Issues

Dr. Richard DLC Gonzales

Inno-Change International Consultants, Inc. (IIC)/University of Santo Tomas Graduate School, Manila

This Workshop aims to provide an overview of test development and adaptation. It also aims to familiarize participants with standards and guidelines for test development (like APA and ITC) from definition of constructs, establishing internal consistency, to validation (either exploratory factor analysis or confirmatory factor analysis and item variance), and test use. Lastly, this workshop intends to discuss and address some problems and issues (including ethical) in test development and adaptation in the country.





Burying the Skeletons in My Closet: Revelations of Child Sexual Abuse Victims”

Fr. Geraldo Costa, CICM, RP

Jennifer Garcia

Peejay D. Bengwasan, RP, RPm

Jewel Minlorry G. Llanillo-Villanueva, RPm

Saint Louis University - Sunflower Children’s Center

Child Abuse is a silent epidemic that affects the children and youth. From the different types of abuse, Sexual Abuse is one of the most prominent and disturbing violation against children as it impacts the child’s overall functioning (physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and emotional). The reality of such prevalence is seen in the increasing number of sexually abused children referred for psychotherapy. Given the complexity of having psychotherapy with such clients, combined with the difficulties encountered by the psychotherapist (such as the emotional load in managing sexual abuse cases and dealing with counter transference), this workshop aims to emphasize the roles of psychologists and helping professionals who are attending and providing assistance to child sexual abuse victims. The workshop also aspires to draw upon clinical actual cases of child sexual abuse victims to expound practical knowledge and psychotherapeutic skills related to effective psychological interventions addressing common personal and psychosocial issues such as aggression, depression, substance abuse, suicidality, etc.





Washington C. Garcia, PhD & Team of Therapists

Philippine Association for Child and Play Therapy (PhilPlay)

Like the Filipino translation of the nursery rhyme that is currently enjoying renewed popularity in the country, Child-Directed Play Therapy (CDPT) is also gaining increased awareness among a new generation of local practitioners.  CDPT is the locally contextualized form of Play Therapy, a popular mode of intervention for children with behavioural and emotional problems. This workshop aims to acquaint participants with the pioneering work of Dr. Carandang, whose long years of clinical work with Filipino children in various settings have inspired her to adapt selected play therapy techniques into a familiar but also distinct model that is attuned to the needs and sensibilities of the local culture.  CDPT reflects her personal convictions and beliefs about the wisdom of children and the important role that their families play in their emotional growth and well-being.  With utmost respect for the child as the core value underlying the 7 principles of CDPT, the workshop exercises and discussions are also geared towards making participants appreciate the importance of the three-pronged advocacy for Filipino children that CDPT eventually and necessarily promotes.  Learning about CDPT and how this model came to be, participants are afforded the opportunity to examine how our own cultural traditions and their own personal values can dovetail and lead to meaningful child-adult relationships and an enlightened professional practice.




Evangeline Alianan-Bautista, RP/  PsychConsult Inc.

Sharon Ann C. Chan, RP                /  PsychConsult Inc.

After undergoing rigorous academic training and obtaining their license, many options are open to psychologists who wish to practice their profession.  Some would consider being employed by existing schools, companies and institutions.  Others would opt to be a free lance professional, while others would set up a clinic as a solo proprietor, or choose to build up a practice with other partners.  However, because there is no regular academic course open to psychologists on the management or administration of a clinic, those who wish to go on private practice may be at a loss in terms of setting up their own clinic.  Very few psychologists have actual knowledge of the practical, budgetary, and logistical necessities as well as the government requirements needed to set up their own practice.  Hiring a legal and accounting professional may be a good option but may prove to be too costly for many.

This workshop aims to guide participants in identifying personal and professional skills required in preparing for independent or group practice in clinical psychology. Practical guidelines and the business aspect of starting a clinic will be discussed.  Useful suggestions in terms of setting professional fees, sourcing clinical materials, managing operational expenses, understanding government regulations and taxes and other practical matters will be discussed.

Target participants are graduate students and professionals who are in the process of or are inclined to begin a practice in psychotherapy, and/or psychological assessment, and related clinical work.






This workshop aims to increase the psychologists, counsellors’ and other mental health providers’ awareness and knowledge on the principles of working with (MDT).  The most common MDT members, including their roles and duties are discussed here.  The workshop will include a short lecture, group sharing and focus group discussion.  According to research, multidisciplinary team (MDT) working is the most effective means of delivering a comprehensive mental health service especially to individuals with long-term health problems (Tyrer, 1998). One of the major tasks of the mental health profession stated in the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics (2005) is to “encourage client growth and development in ways that foster the interest and welfare of clients”.  When counsellors as well as other mental health professionals encounter more serious issues or those that cannot be resolved in a few sessions, they refer out to other helping professionals.  Professional researchers in the field of counseling strive to illuminate the meaning of this competency for mental health professionals aspiring to practice effective standards of care. Three of the best practice strategies that help counseling professionals meet these standards are consultation, advocacy, and collaboration.  Consultation and coordination activities are the indirect services where consultation is a skill by which counsellors offer their problem-solving and communication expertise to teachers, administrators and family members.  





Cristabel Garcia Chao, DPsy, RGC, RPsy - Technical Director and Psychologist, Phil Psy Corp. ; Joyce M. Dy, PhD – President for Adventist Laymen’s Services and Industries, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP)

With the licensure of the psychology profession, Industrial psychologist practitioners in the various industries need to subtly position their advantage or added value as well as complement incumbent human resource management and development staff who are neither licensed psychologists or licensed psychometricians. Thus, they need to know the paradigm of business executives and their managers and speak the language of business so they will be able to understand the various situations that will require the competence of industrial/organizational psychologists, formulate relevant, timely and applicable interventions that demonstrate the competency of industrial psychologists. The adhoc team of the I/O division saw the importance to expound more on strategic thinking and strategic management using the industrial/organizational lens guided by the Career Track for I/O psychologists submitted to the PRC’s PRB of Psychology. Thus, at the end of three hours, participants will be able to first: describe what strategic thinking and strategic management are and how I/O psychologist can make use of these perspective and discipline in their careers/jobs; second is to describe the knowledge, skills and attitudes required in implementing the Employee Value Proposition model leveraging on I/O principles, and lastly describe how assessment techniques impact on the strategic needs of the organization.







Exploring the Sibling Relationship and Role in Family Therapy

Dr. Margaret Helen Udarbe-Alvarez

MUNL PsychCenter

Silliman University

In examining life issues in the clinical setting, people invariably describe family members and their relationships with them. Yet for the most part, the clinician's focus is on the parent-child relationship and only incidentally does one explore the client's position and role in the sibling sequence. The purpose of this workshop is to examine our own contribution to family interaction and personality development, as sisters and brothers, and more importantly, how we as practitioners can use this knowledge to enhance our practice by 1) helping our clients to understand themselves better in the context of sibling relationships and 2) inviting siblings to be therapeutic alliances.