Invited Speakers

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Ronaldo A. Motilla, PhD., CSCLP, RPsy
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Motilla is an associate professor, licensed psychologist, certified specialist in clinical psychologist, trainer, facilitator, module maker, and a lifelong learner. He earned his AB Philosophy from the Ateneo de Davao University; and MA in Economics and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University. A very passionate teacher of Positive and Health Psychology, Dr. Motilla assists individuals in nurturing their character strengths, health, and wellbeing.  He has been conducting trainings, lectures, and seminar-workshops on these topics to various educational, corporate, governmental and non-governmental organizations, both nationally and internationally.


Previously, Dr. Motilla was elected Vice President of the Psychological Association of the Philippines, the Secretary of the UNESCO-APNIEVE (Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education), and appointed as Chair of the Department of Psychology, Miriam College. Presently, he teaches part time at Miriam College and is a consultant of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center of Miriam College where he is tasked to create, maintain, and innovate programs and services for the work-life integration of its employees. He is also the President of the Psychological Empowerment to Resources and Aspirations (P.E.R.A.), Inc.



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Several studies have documented that providing organizational wellness programs and services to employees have positive results, both on the personal and organizational levels.  Participation in wellness programs, for example, makes employees feel better physically, which has shown to influence employee affect, general happiness, morale, and job satisfaction. Likewise, providing psychosocial support allows employees to manage their personal and professional issues more effectively; thereby reducing their levels of stress.


On the organizational level, the provision and promotion of wellness programs and services result in the reduction in health care costs, injuries, turnover, and absenteeism. Thus, the cost savings that result from positive health behavior change are typically linked with a reduced number of primary care patient visits and with increased employee productivity, as measured by decrease in work absenteeism owing to illness.


To explain these concepts more concretely, the experience of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center of Miriam College will be cited as an example on how to nurture well-being in the workplace.






Rose Marie Salazar-Clemeña, PhD, RPsy, RGC
Plenary Speaker

Dr. Rose Marie Salazar-Clemeña is the President of Asian Psychological Services and Assessment and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Divine Word College of Legazpi, where she heads the psychology program.  A licensed/registered psychologist and a licensed/registered guidance counselor, Dr. Clemeña is also  a Certified Specialist in Counseling, Educational, and Assessment Psychology by the Psychological Association of the Philippines, of which she is a Past President. In 2015, she was chosen as the Outstanding Professional of the Year in the field of Psychology by the Professional Regulation Commission.  Dr. Clemeña holds a doctorate in Psychology, with specialization in counseling, from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from De La Salle University, where she is a University Fellow and Professor Emeritus. She is the founding President of the School Counselors Circle of the Philippines.


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Self-care is a core foundational competency in professional psychology (Fouad et al., 2009). A vital element of this competence, for someone ready to start professional practice, is “self-monitoring of issues related to self-care and prompt interventions when disruptions occur” (Fouad et al., 2009, p. S11).  As one continues to engage in professional practice of psychology, one is expected to work on continuing competency development in this and other domains. Although the Code of Ethics and Professional Standards for Psychology Practitioners in the Philippines is silent about this competency, the need for self-care and wellbeing may be implied in Principle II, Competent Caring for the Well-being of Persons and Peoples.  In particular, this principle requires sufficient “self-knowledge regarding how one’s own values, attitudes, experiences, and social contexts influence their actions, interpretations, choices and recommendations.” Given the many occupational hazards faced by practicing psychologists today, it is imperative that they maintain a balance between caring for others and caring for the self.  In this plenary session, the speaker will look into the occupational stress, self-care practices and concerns of Filipino practicing psychologists and discuss strategies for enhancing psychological wellbeing.


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