Free Online Counseling Service

posted Oct 23, 2018, 5:27 AM by Pastoral Counseling


A free online counseling service has been launched by the Family and Pastoral Counselling Association of the Philippines last September. Its aim is to reach out to those who have counseling needs and be able to assist them online. Communication methods between the online counselor and the counselee include the use of Viber, Skype, FaceTime, etc.

For those interested you may contact the online counselor via email: online_counselor@fpcap.org

Second Batch of Mental Health Initial Responders

posted Oct 23, 2018, 5:18 AM by Pastoral Counseling

The second batch of mental health initial responders training was successfully held last September 27 to 28 at the F. Benitez Alumni Center at the U.P. Diliman campus in Quezon City. The Family and Pastoral Counselling Association of the Philippines team was spearheaded by Dr. Pearl S. Polestico, workshop director with Rene Arcilla, Maureen Sandejas, Tetchie Viduya, Alfie De Vega and Margot Ripoll. The two-day seminar-workshop had participants coming from the academe, parish, hospital and various churches in Luzon.

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Training on Mental Health Response

posted Oct 23, 2018, 5:00 AM by Pastoral Counseling   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 5:07 AM ]

Last June 21 to 22 the Family and Pastoral Counselling Association of the Philippines conducted the Training on Mental Health Response to raise advocacy on mental health issues in the community and school settings. This was held at the F. Benitez Alumni Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The two-day event covered topics on dealing with depression, suicide ideation behaviors, panic attacks, PTSD, adults' traumatic events, children's traumatic events and dealing with senior citizens: 65 years old and above. Fifty-six participants attended the training and got their pins and certificates as mental health initial responders.

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List of certified Mental Health Initial Responders as of June 22, 2018:




Basic Counseling Skills Program for Lay Workers

posted Feb 24, 2018, 6:15 AM by Pastoral Counseling   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 5:33 AM ]

The Diocese of Imus through the Family Life Ministry invited the FPCAP to train lay workers of different parishes for a Basic Counseling Skills Program. This was held for 3 consecutive Saturdays - December 2, 9 and 16, 2017 at the Bishop Felix Perez Pastoral Center, Imus Cathedral, Imus City. Thirty five participants successfully finished the Basic Counseling Skills Program and received their certificates. The Family Life Ministry Core Group is headed by Mr. Ned Atanacio who made thins possible for this program.

Basic Counseling Skills Program - Imus


Team Building and Planning Workshop at Tali Beach

posted Feb 24, 2018, 5:59 AM by Pastoral Counseling

The FPCAP Board bonded for a team building and planning workshop last November 13 to 14, 2017 at the Tali Beach, Nasugbu, Batangas. Mrs. Margot Ripoll and her husband Jun welcomed the Board to their resort home. The Board composed of Maureen Sandejas, Pearl Polestico, Tetchie Viduya, Aileen Bartolome and Alfie Dela Vega including Margot Ripoll enjoyed the said workshop. Joining the Board in the event was Ani Mata-Valtersson and her husband Eric.

Applause for the 1st Learning Hub International Seminar Workshop

posted Jun 13, 2017, 6:22 PM by Pastoral Counseling   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 7:19 PM ]

Dr. Ric P. Ascano, a visiting professor from the University of North Dakota was the resource speaker for the very first Learning Hub International Seminar Workshop on "Gaining an Edge in Disaster Mental Health Response" last June 3, 2017. This was held at The Feast - Ortigas, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.

The renowned speaker is also the author of "Spiritual Adoption: The Path to Spiritual Maturity" (2011), a book co-authored by his wife S.L. Ascano. He also has an e-book as a follow-up on this entitled "Spiritual Adoption: The Path to Spiritual Maturity Revised and Expanded" (2016). He gifted some of the lucky participants with his first book and autographed these.

Psychologists, counselors, pastoral workers and those in the healing ministries attended to hear Dr. Ascano's lecture on secondary post-traumatic stress disorders, techniques of psychosocial interventions for neuroprotection against traumatic flashback experiences and the integration of spirituality and healing in mental health. The activity featured demonstrations by Dr. Ascano on how to apply the techniques in the counseling and pastoral ministry setting.

1st International Learning Hub Seminar Workshop


First Learning Hub International Seminar Workshop

posted Feb 14, 2017, 3:52 AM by Pastoral Counseling   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 1:55 AM ]

FPCAP has invited a Minnesota practicing clinical psychologist, Dr. Ric P. Ascano, to give a seminar workshop entitled "Gaining an Edge in Disaster Mental Health Response". This will be held on June 3, 2017 (Saturday), 9 AM to 6 PM at The Feast - Ortigas, Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City. Dr. Ascano has a diplomate from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and another diplomate from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists. He will address the psychological issues affecting disaster responders and the survivors and how to respond effectively to these issues. The said seminar workshop will be limited to 50 participants. Please make your early reservation now.

To view/download the invitation letter for the event kindly click here or visit the Documents page.

Click on the image above to download or print the poster.

Pre-Valentine Learning Hub

posted Feb 14, 2017, 3:34 AM by Pastoral Counseling

The Family and Pastoral Counselling Association of the Philippines recently held "The Family: Communicating in Love" in a pre-Valentine Learning Hub last February 9, 2017. This was held at the F. Benitez Alumni Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Plenary speakers included Mr. Herald C. Cruz, head of the Parents Cluster at the Center for Family Ministries (CeFam) who talked about "Language of Love" and the husband and wife tandem of Mr. Rene P. Arcilla and Dr. Finina A. Arcilla with the interesting topic "Am I in Love?". In the afternoon, Dr. Alda Perlita S. Polestico facilitated a workshop entitled "Gender Differences in Relationships" while Mrs. Maureen N. Sandejas' workshop discussed about "Boundaries in Love Relationships". Participants came from the sectors of education, social media, practitioners in the helping profession and parish workers.

The Family: Communicating in Love


Learning Hub in February 2017

posted Dec 20, 2016, 12:44 AM by Pastoral Counseling   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 3:53 PM ]

Love springs from the family. What a best way to celebrate the Month of Love with our forthcoming Learning Hub seminar-workshop entitled The Family: Communicating in Love. This event will be on February 9, 2017, 8 AM to 5 PM, at the Benitez Alumni Center, Magsaysay Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The seminar-workshop is open to all parents, children, counselors, psychologists, social workers, pastoral workers, educators and for those who are interested to attend. For reservation, you may contact Ms. Tetchie Viduya: 0917-7910023, Ms. Margot U. Ripoll: 0917-8425377 or you may send an email to inquiries@fpcap.org.

Click here for vicinity map.


Opening Door for Overseas Counseling Services

posted Dec 20, 2016, 12:15 AM by Pastoral Counseling

The Family and Pastoral Counselling Association of the Philippines has opened its doors for Overseas Counseling Services for expat communities. The services include individual therapy, couple/marital counseling and family counseling. This is in response to inquiries we received from the international community where there are many expatriate issues and how these issues affect individuals, couples or families in their relationship. FPCAP has a list of expat counselors who have lived and worked outside the country at some point in their lives. If the expat counselee is in the country for a visit, then s/he would be asked to show up personally and meet the designated counselor. The Overseas Counseling Service offers a confidential way of conducting counseling using email, video chat and voice call services.

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