Opening Door for Overseas Counseling Services

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.

Basic Counseling Skills Training in Pastoral Setting

The Vicariate of Bontoc and Lagawe gathered several of its Family and Life Core Teams for its Basic Counseling Skills training held last May 24 to 28, 2016. The said training was facilitated by Dr. Alda Perlita S. Polestico. This was held in Banaue (May 24 to 26) and Bauko (May 26 to 28). A follow-up session was later held at the Teng-Ab Pastoral Center in Bontoc from September 2 to 4, 2016.

Family and Life Director Fr. Harry James Gawongna of the Vicariate was on hand to welcome Dr. Polestico, together with Family and Life Consultants Christian and Nicola Maier (and their children: Tabea, Salome and Debora), and Magdalena Bagyan, Family and Life Officer. The occasion was also a great reunion for Fr. Harry and Dr. Pearl, his former Human Formation professor at the Saint Vincent School of Theology where he graduated his theology studies.

Learning Hub in Pampanga

The first out of town Learning Hub entitled Illuminating Families in a Digital World will be held on May 17 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Don Bosco Academy, Mabiga, Mabalacat City, Pampanga. In the morning, seminar topics include Dealing with Multi-Faceted Family Structures and Navigating Parent-Child Conflicts in Millennial Era. These topics are appropriately relevant to the current time as family and life ministry workers and helping professionals will find these very helpful in addressing family issues. On the other hand two workshops in the afternoon entitled Plugged-in Parenting: Connecting with our Kids in a Digital World and Journeying thru Solo Parenting will try to equip us with additional skills and knowledge.

Slots for this Learning Hub is limited to 75 participants. Make your reservation now! Kindly contact Ms. Tetchie Viduya: 0917-7910023; tetchviduya@fpcap.org or Ms. Margot U. Ripoll: 0917-8425377.

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