Keynote & Plenary Sessions

Professional Practice in the Age of Disruption for Glocal Well-being


Sen. Bong Go Senator, Republic of the Philippines

PGCA Strategic Directions and Way Forward


Adelaida C. Gines, PhD, RGC, RPsy President, PGCA National

Challenges and Thrusts of DEPEd Towards an Inclusive, Diversified and Professionalized Guidance and Counseling Services


Dr. Arturo B. Bayocot, CESO IV Regional Director, Department of Education
Region X- Northern Mindanao

Landscape of the Counseling Profession in Higher Education


Dr. Raul C. Alvarez, Jr., CESO IV Director IV, Commission on Higher Education
Regional Office No. 10, Cagayan de Oro City


Mental Health Law and the Counseling Profession


Atty. Zerah Marie B. Absin Faculty, College of Law
Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan
Cagayan de Oro City

Mental Health Strategic Goals and Development


Carolina Uno-Rayco, PhD, RGC, RPsy National Executive Director, Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA)

The Counseling Profession Way Forward


Fr. Arsenio A. Lumiqued, MSC, PhD, RGC

LEARNING SESSIONS



Advocating the Practice of Guidance and Counseling

LEVEL: Basic
VENUE: AV-7

Francis Ray D. Subong, MEd, RGC
PRO, PGCA
Master Teacher, Iloilo National High School

After 15 years from the enactment of RA 9258 otherwise known as the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004 professionalizing the practice of Guidance and Counseling, there have been strides in developing the profession. However, these strides encountered various setbacks that hindered the flourishing of the practice. While the private sector continues to grow, contrary happened in the public sector. The current set-up does not support the advancement of the counselors' careers that slowed down the supply of the professionals and other concerns affecting the practice. There is an in dire need of Counselors as mental health professionals not only in schools but also in the community. To further advance the profession there is a greater demand of advocacy. This workshop will tackle the different experiences, demands and future endeavors in advo



WHY MEN AND WOMEN CHEAT: THEIR EXPERIENCES AND HEALING

LEVEL: Intermediate
VENUE: AV-6

JULIAN R. MONTANO III, PhD, RGC, RPsy
Board Member, PGCA
Clinical Supervisor, In-Touch Community Services

The experience of infidelity has been considered possibly one of the most painful emotional experience someone can go through. It is also the most common reason for marital separation and for why individuals or couples seek marital therapy. First of all, in this workshop we will explore the biological and psychological roots of a cheating heart. Then we will look into the separate yet parallel experiences of the betrayed spouse and the cheating partner before and after the discovery of the affair. Only then will we endeavor to understand how to lead both partners towards their emotional and sexual healing, and finally, towards fidelity.



CBT for SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION

LEVEL: Intermediate
VENUE: AV-8

FR. ARSENIO A. LUMIQUED, JR., MSC, PhD, RGC
Auditor, PGCA
Consultant, CEFAM-Ateneo de Manila University

The workshop on CBT for suicide and depression is especially designed for counselors and other allied helping professionals who work with clients who suffer from depression and who have suicidal ideations or attempts to hurt themselves. Discussion will revolve around theoretical underpinnings of CBT for this kind of population and some specific techniques which can be employed in the counseling process. Simulations and/or role-playing during the workshop will also be done for the participants to have a clearer picture on how CBT is done.



ENHANCING RESILIENCE IN MANAGING LIFE TRANSITIONS

LEVEL: Basic
VENUE: AV-4

CARMELITA P. PABITON, EdD, RGC
Member, Professional Regulatory Board
Guidance and Counseling

This 4-hour workshop will examine the nature of resilience and life transitions through discussion and learning exercises. A special emphasis of the workshop will be on active participation in different activities aimed at enhancing one's resiliency to cope with significant life transitions which is based on the premise that the more resilient individuals are more able to address the impacts of various transitions in one's life.



CBT for Youth in a School-Based Setting

LEVEL: Advance
VENUE: AV-3

EDUARDO C. CALIGNER, PhD, RGC, RPsy
Former Board of Director, PGCA
Counselor, Senior High School
Ateneo de Manila University

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empowering and transparent approach that leaves clients, especially the youth become capable of handling their problems the moment they learn and appreciate that their beliefs (thoughts) have a consequent effect on their emotions which in turn determine their behavior. The youth as clients of today are beset with personal, relational, social and academic problems that stem from their automatic thoughts resulting from any or combined core beliefs of 1) I'm Helpless", 2) "I'm Worthless and 3) "I'm Hopeless.". Awareness of their negative belief system and changing self-defeating automatic thoughts can modify unpleasant feelings to become happier and healthier adolescents. This is what the workshop is all about.



CBT for PERSONALITY DISORDERS

LEVEL: Intermediate
VENUE: AV-2

RICARDO S. GUANZON, MD, PhD, EdD, RGC
Board Member, PGCA
Dean, College of Medicine
Mariano Marcos State University

This presentation will discuss the role of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to those who have Personality Disorders. The discussion will include the following: introduction, definition of terms, personality and personality disorders, CBT, DSM-5 classification, root causes of personality disorder, examples of specific personality disorders applying CBT. Workshop and open forum will follow after the theoretical discussion of the topic.



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as a Psychotherapeutic Modality in the Treatment of Trauma

LEVEL: Advance
VENUE: AV-5

DR. LEO G. LABRADOR, RPsy, RPm
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Central Mindano University, Musuan, Velencia, Bukidnon

Trauma is an emotional response of someone who has been victimized by an extremely negative event (APA). While trauma is a normal reaction to a distressing event, the effects can be so severe that they interfere with an individual's ability to live a normal life. In a case such as this, help may be needed to treat the stress and dysfunction caused by the traumatic event and to restore the individual to a state of emotional well-being.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) originally developed by Shapiro (1989) is a relatively new treatment method for trauma. During EMDR, clients imaginally expose themselves to a traumatic or aversive memory, while simultaneously engaging in lateral eye movements that are induced by the EMDR therapist. The idea is that through eye movements, negative memories are emotionally proce



COUNSELING SUPERVISION

LEVEL: Advance
VENUE: AVR-1

FR. TEODULO P. GONZALES, S.J., PhD, RGC
Board Member, PGCA
Consultant, CEFAM-Ateneo de Manila University

Counseling supervision is one of the areas where counselors find their place across counseling settings. This workshop will provide participants advance knowledge and skills on counseling supervision which are grounded on theory and practice. These skills can be utilized by the counselors in their performance of tasks as leaders in the administration of a guidance and counseling center. Simulations and role-playing on supervision will be part of this workshop.



Emotional Regulation in Dialectical Behavior Therapy

LEVEL: Advance
VENUE: SOE-LRC 3rd Flr-SS Bldg

DR. JOEY MARIE F. JEGONIA, RGC, RPsy
Higher Education Counselor
Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan
Cagayan de Oro City

There are four modules of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. They are: 1) Mindfulness, 2) Interpersonal Effectiveness, 3) Distress Tolerance; and, 4) Emotional Regulation. This workshop will walk you briefly through the first three and it will focus on Emotional Regulation. DBT has been a therapy that has been used for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, those who may be suicidal, including those with NSSI behaviors. It is typical for this special group to be emotionally intense and their emotions liable to change and therefore it may help or benefit them if they learn to regulate their emotions. The workshop will tackle learning to properly identify and label emotions; identify obstacles to changing emotions; reducing vulnerability to "emotion mind"; increase positive emotional events while increasing mindfulness to current emotions



Workshop on Micro Skills Training in Coaching and Counseling for Managing People in the Workplace

LEVEL: Intermediate
VENUE: AV-4

Elena V. Morada, EdD, RGC, RPsy
Member, Professional Regulatory Board, Guidance and Counseling

This 4-hours workshop is designed for guidance counselors who are handling people in the work place in their capacity as managers, supervisors or team leaders. This workshop will enable participants to: a) understand the nature and value of coaching and counseling as a managerial/supervisory/team leadership skills; b) understand the coaching and counseling process as applied in the work place; and c) conduct a coaching/counseling session with a subordinate.

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