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Learning Session 1: You have been (dis)Connected: Staying Socially Engaged in Lockdown

1.Youth Engaged: Social Media Engagement During PandemicElaine Marie Aranda
2.Building Relationships in Engagement : Developing Social Connection SkillsCharity Orense
3.Being a Mental Health Advocate: Helping Others Cope through Social MediaAlvin Joseph Mapoy

LS1.1: Youth engaged: Social Media Engagement during Pandemic

The learning session will set the tone for understanding what social media engagement is from the perspective of the youth. Why it matters especially during the time of pandemic, and how to develop skills on social connectedness by managing the engagement well.

Young people use social media for social connections where they can engage in meaningful conversations and be entertained as well. Their engagement has a major impact on their awareness of societal issues affecting how they see the world and interact with people.

In this topic, participants will be guided to learn how to improve social media engagement so they can make sure that the social media impact on them is positive. As Facebook explains: “Interacting with people is associated with a greater sense of well-being… On the other hand, just scrolling through your Facebook feed, passively reading or watching without interacting with others, tends to make people feel worse.”

Facilitator: Elaine Marie Aranda (De La Salle University)

Ms. Aranda is a licensed Psychometrician, Psychologist and a Registered Guidance Counselor. She is a Certified Specialist in Counseling Psychology by the Psychological Association of the Philippines and an active member of the local and international professional organizations such as the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PGCA), Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), Asia-Pacific Student Services Association (APSSA) and the Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors Asia-Pacific (APECA), ASEAN Regional Union of Psychological Societies (ARUPS), and International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsys).

Ms. Aranda has almost 20 years of counseling experience, has served as Coordinator for linkages and programs for both adults and students at the Student Discipline Formation Office (SDFO) and as the Associate Dean of the Office of Student Affairs DLSU. She has previous affiliations with various educational institutions and industries providing her expertise in counseling, psychotherapy and psychological testing. Ms. Aranda is currently the Director of the Office of Counseling and Career Services at De La Salle University Manila (DLSU), Incorporator and Director for Quality Assurance and Corporate Sustainability of Gray Matters Psychological and Consultancy, Inc., Chair of the Counseling Psychology Division, PAP, and Board Member of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors Asia-Pacific (APECA).

She had organized various workshops and developed modules and training programs on self-management, life skills, wellness and counselor self-care, etc. She advocates for Positive Mental Health and the promotion of well-being and the prevention and management of Psychosocial, Psycho emotional distress and other mental health conditions.

LS1.2: Building Relationships in Engagement: Developing Social connection skills.

Social Media is everywhere, and its becoming everybody's concern especially when educational institutions transitioned to online platforms for learning. Hence, access to social media is inevitable. The workshop will set the participants to learn and appreciate the importance of a balanced social media engagement. The session will bank on building relationships through engagements and improve positive experience of the youth in the use of social media.

With social connectedness, it will enable the youth to build relationships, develop empathy, and build a better perspective of themselves without comparing self with others that can lead to developing social media anxiety. The workshop will target skills in:

1. boosting self-esteem through healthy social media engagements,

2. Increasing social effectiveness

3. developing consistent and responsible behavior through set right timing for interactions

Facilitator: Charity P. Orense, RGC, RPsy (Office of Counseling & Guidance University of the Philippines, Diliman)

Ms. Charity P. Orense is currently a Guidance Counselor at the University of the Philippines Diliman, catering to undergraduate and graduate students. Her career in Counseling began when she pioneered the guidance center of a school in Quezon City. With eight years as school counselor for basic education, she recognized the challenges of school children as well as the strategies that can best promote children’s development. Her added experience as psychology professor enabled her to have the theoretical credentials on human development. She combined teaching and counseling which blends the theory and practice in the helping profession.

She is pursuing a doctorate degree in Developmental Psychology. The seminars she has facilitated include Career Counseling, Psychological Assessment, and Psychosocial Support Services. She also accommodates occasional private practice in counseling psychology as well as corporate training and team building activities. As a Mental Health advocate, she also facilitates Psychological first aid, mental health awareness workshops to students, parents and educators.

LS1.3: Being a Mental Health Advocate: Helping Others Cope through Social Media

#UsapTayo is a regular tweetchat happening every zeroes of the month (every 10th, 20th, 30th). The ongoing twitter campaign aims to zero suicide cases, and the stigma against mental health. True to the relatable hashtag - #UsapTayo is composed of a team that encourages awareness by starting conversations on topics that touch lived experiences of people, current psychosocial issues, and relevant everyday matters that affects our mental health. This learning session will give insights to psychology undergrads on how to effectively use social media to promote, educate about, and contribute to the betterment of the mental health systems in the country, despite the limitations of the new normal.

Facilitator: Alvin Joseph Mapoy (#UsapTayo, MentalHealthPH)

Alvin Joseph Mapoy is a registered psychometrician and one of the lead researchers for #UsapTayo of MentalHealthPH. He earned his Master of Science in Psychology at Centro Escolar University and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Bulacan State University. He advocates for mental health since 2018.