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Learning Session 4: Helper's Corner: Fundamental Skills of a Mental Health Provider

1.Narito Lang Ako: Helping Skills Using the RAPID ModelSheila Marie Manjares
2.Creating Safe Spaces through LGBTQ Affirmative PracticeJunix Jerald Delos Santos
3.Pandemic Toolbox of Wellbeing: Learning the Art of Successful ThrivingNerizza Cristobal

LS4.1: Narito lang ako: Helping Skills using RAPID Model in the new normal

The effects of COVID-19 have caused a massive change in our daily lives, in physical, economic, and even in our mental health. Due to this, there are life adjustments that we have to deal with in this so called “new normal”. In this workshop, psychology students are expected to learn basic counseling skills and techniques that they can apply both in virtual and in face-to-face. Counseling is a helping approach that highlights the emotional and intellectual experience of the counselee: how an individual is feeling and what they think about the problem they have sought especially in this time of pandemic. Using the RAPID MODEL, it is a concept that developed from the John Hopkins (Bloomberg school of Public health) which is a unique model that consists of a platform solidly grounded in evidence-informed and empirically-based components designed to address the needs of individuals in acute distress and even in Psychological First Aid (PFA). This workshop will be an experiential learning wherein psychology students will learn rapport establishing and reflective listening, assess their counselee, give intervention, and teach them to decide if the counselee needs to be referred or for another session.

Facilitator: Shiela Marie D. Manjares, RPm, MACP ( Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc. and MHAPPS Psychological Services-Bulacan)

Ms. Shiela is currently working as a Registered Psychometrician and Guidance Counselor Advocate in the College Guidance and Counseling Center at Dr. Yanga’s Colleges Inc in Bocaue, Bulacan. She is also a College instructor and adviser of the Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Sikolohiya (Psych Org) in the said institution. She is working as a part-time psychometrician as well at MHAPPS Psychological Services in Bulacan. She finished her MA in Clinical Psychology at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) this year 2021. An active member and one of the pool of speakers at National Youth for Mental Health Coalition. She passed the licensure exam for Psychometrician last 2015. A research presenter as well both in local and abroad, an active resource speaker, an educator, practitioner and a lifetime mental health advocate.

LS4.2: Creating Safe Spaces through LGBTQ Affirmative Practice

Studies have looked into how factors such as social stigma, microaggression, and minority stress negatively impact the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals. As such, it is essential for psychology students to take on a critical lens in identifying and dealing with such factors to provide LGBTQ-affirmative services to future clients.

This learning session will give an overview of competencies needed by future practitioners to handle LGBTQ individuals. Having a baseline competency in understanding LGBTQ individuals paves the way for an increased awareness of affirmative interventions and ultimately holding space that is safe and supportive for clients.

Among the topics to be covered are: sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) 101, common barriers faced by LGBTQ individuals in various settings (e.g., school, employment, etc.), and development of competency-based skills needed when working with gender-expansive individuals.

Facilitator: Junix Jerald I. Delos Santos (University of Baguio)

Junix has a master’s degree in psychology from Saint Louis University. He is currently a faculty member of psychology at the University of Baguio. He is a registered psychometrician and a licensed professional teacher. He is currently a facilitator for Katatagan Online, an online resilience program offered by the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

He is a member of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino (PSSP), and the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), particularly its rainbow collective called the PAP LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group.

Deeply moved by the quote: “Create the things you wish existed,” he hopes to influence more people to create safe spaces for sexual and gender minorities. In 2018, he gave a TEDx talk on mental health at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija focusing on reducing minority stress by creating safe spaces. He has been conducting workshops on the topic of safe spaces at the Annual PAPJA Convention since 2018.

LS4.3: PANDEMIC Tool Box of Well-being: Learning the Art of Successful Thriving

This learning session aims to develop necessary skills in enhancing well-being and successful thriving of Psychology undergraduate students as they face the challenges of this pandemic. Primarily, this session aims to equip the students with effective tools and techniques that promote holistic well-being from Positive Psychology literature as well as other relevant fields that they can utilize as they prepare themselves to become helping professionals in the near future. It will also provide meaningful activities that can aid them deepen their learning as well as engage them in trying out healthy self-care strategies that can help maintain their mental health. Finally, the importance of positive social relationships will also be highlighted and techniques in strengthening connection and communication will be discussed.

Facilitator: NERIZZA V. CRISTOBAL, M.A., RGC ( University of Santo Tomas)

The resource speaker graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Cum Laude, last 2008. Consequently, she finished her degree in Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling, Cum Laude, from UST Graduate School in 2012. Furthermore, she passed the Guidance Counselors Licensure Examination, ranking as 3rd Placer, last August 2012. Presently, she is pursuing her degree in Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology major in Clinical Psychology and has finished 72 units in the UST Graduate School. From 2008 up to the present, she is a guidance counselor in the University of Santo Tomas. She has been assigned to the UST Junior High School for 10 years and currently, she is the counselor for UST College of Education students. She has also been involved in providing leadership workshops, basic counseling skills trainings and stress management and self-care sessions for students, peer facilitators and teachers. And last but not the least, she received the University of Santo Tomas’ Gawad San Martin De Porres or the Most Outstanding Guidance Counselor award last May 2016.