Free Online Counseling Service
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
List of certified Mental Health Initial Responders as of September 28, 2018Click on a list to see an enlarged version
2nd Batch of Mental Health Initial Responders
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.
Training on Mental Health Response
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.