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Thursday, January 31, 2013

CALLING ON COUNSELORS in the PROVINCE

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I have not been writing anything here for a long time, and for those who've been following this bog, my apologies. My present mission work has been quite heavy, but thanks be to God for this opportunity which should facilitate the process. A letter has been emailed requesting for clinical counselors in the provinces (meaning outside Metro Manila) if only to assist its client company. The provinces need psychological expertise apparently abundant here in Metro Manila. I believe we have people out there who can also do what we do here in Manila. In fact, in my vacation last Christmas, I had to attend to a client whom I could only see during vacation. Otherwise, it appears there wasn't a person they knew there who could do what I could do. I hope you may refer to this person directly, and if it's alright, do let me know so we can construct that list here as well. That's possible to do with the COMMENTS facility of this blog. Or better yet, if you don't want immediate publication, just PM me in my FB Bernie Gu. God bless and take care Here is the email: Hello, I saw your blogsites and was wondering if you could help me. I am looking for clinical counselors in various provinces, to form a network of on-call counselors for a client company. I hope you can help me get in touch with any people you know in the ff places: -Bacoor Cavite - San Fernando Pampanga - Lipa Batangas - Sta Rosa Laguna - Dumaguete - Cebu - Bacolod - Iloilo I prefer counselors who practice CBT or brief therapy, and who have their own clinics or offices. But I am willing to consider others if there are not too many candidates :) Thank you and God bless! Jean Lim POWERVISION COUNSELING SERVICES Tel. 584-1856; (0915) 3252575 email: jean@pv-counseling.com Here is my response to the writer: Jean, Peace! I hope this will help you in your goal for the good of those served by the Counselors. God bless and take care

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Abstracts of the Plenary Presentations @ IPCAP 5th National Convention

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Plenary # 1, Topic 1: “The Status and Prospects of Mediation Work in the Philippines
Speaker: Susanna Velasco, PhD, RGC and Fr. Bernard Collera, SVD, RGC

Abstract: It is a common knowledge that the civil courts in the Philippines are clogged with cases which need judgments and resolutions. With the enactment of a law requiring “mediation before litigation,” many of these cases have been submitted to mediation that has resolved thousands of cases thereby reducing the difficulties of those involved in the cases. This study dares to explore on the current status of the practice, as well as show that Guidance Counselors are in a very good position to act as Mediators since they have a training and practice that may best facilitate mediation among those involved in certain cases.



Plenary # 1, Topic 2: “The Practice of Family Mediation
Speaker: Cris Sapnit and Dr. Ernesto Chio

Abstract: The presentors are practitioners in the field of family mediation. A brief description of the history of Family Mediation in the US, Europe and Asia and the Philippines shall show the development of the practice. They shall likewise show the difference(s) of Counseling from Mediation The sociological and psychological factors involved in separation/divorce processes, parenting and the consequences for and adjustment of children of separation/divorce shall then be presented. The processes, principles, techniques, and significance of family mediation and how they apply to its proper praxis and effectivity shall be discussed.



Plenary # 1, Topic 3: “Towards the Development of the Spiritual Intelligence Inventory – 45 (SIII-45)
Speaker: Sally I. Maximo, RGC

Abstract: The Spiritual Intelligence Indicators Inventory –45 (SIII-45) was developed as an incidental output of the author’s interest and studies on Spiritual Intelligence. The paper describes the nine factors measured by the tool as a result of Factor Analysis confirming the construct validity of the tool. Its reliability measure is very high at 0.95 (Alpha Coefficient). Reliability for each of the nine factors is also acceptable ranging from Alpha Coefficients 0.61 to 0.88. Concurrent studies reveal significant positive relationship with Stress Management and Religious Commitment. Despite limitations in sampling, the assessment capacity of the tool is hopeful and it may be useful in other research undertakings. Further studies on the said inventory are likewise highly recommended.



Plenary # 2, Topic 1: “Effects of Encouraging Songs on Selected Grade Three Students with Average to Elevated Levels of Anxiety
Speaker: Marie Gethsemanie P. Hilario, MA Ed

Abstract: This study was conducted to examine the effectiveness of encouraging songs on grade three students with average to elevated anxiety levels. Alfred Adler attributed the cause of anxiety to feelings of insecurity (Macauley, 2003). A pattern of chronic worry is set up when they feel unsafe and are awash in self-doubts. Feelings of rejection may come in greater force because they are sensitized for signs of rejection. Insecurity breeds anxiety (Parrott, 2003). Music has been shown as producing a positive effect on healing and promoting change in physiological as well as emotional well-being, a possible method of intervention in addressing the anxiety levels of the children, particularly the use of songs with encouraging lyrics. As observed in the classroom, children tend to be naturally drawn to music especially upbeat ones that readily catch their attention. The use of encouraging songs may be among the repertoire of interventions that could be used to address the multitude of challenges present in the schools. The brevity, creativity and structure of using encouraging songs in several sessions for intervention may enable the counselors to help and reach out to a number of students enabling them to express their emotions in more acceptable manner, respond positively to life’s challenges, function at their best and enjoy life to the fullest. Given the findings and conclusions of the study, it is recommended that the guidance office integrate the use of encouraging songs in its programs to help reduce anxiety levels of students. Similarly, results suggest that possibly longer exposure (8 to 10) sessions more to encouraging songs would be more substantial in effect. Finally, the researcher recommends further research in the effectiveness of the use of encouraging songs among different Filipino students from different socio-economic (SES) backgrounds.


Plenary # 2, Topic 2: “Composites of Emotional Intelligence Among Gifted and Talented Filipino Children
Speaker: Jemerson N. Dominguez, MA

Abstract: The study identified the composites of emotional intelligence (EI) among forty-five gifted and talented Filipino freshman students. The researcher utilized the triangulation of data among the three disparate groups using the Emotional Intelligence Scale for the students, and parallel instruments for the teachers and parents/guardians. Overall, the students manifest a moderate level emotional intelligence. The findings have important implications to instruction, guidance and counseling, ecological concerns and values formation.
Learning is an emotional as well as a cognitive process. Knowing the students’ emotional intelligence will be useful in the selection of the curricular content, the instructional strategies and materials. In guidance and counseling, the use of data on students’ emotional intelligence cannot be overemphasized. Meanwhile, the school’s program on ecological concerns to help the students acquire needed competencies for growth and change, social competence, and leadership abilities can definitely make use of information on the students’ emotional intelligence. Obviously, the development of emotional literacy among the students as part of values formation leans heavily on emotional intelligence.



Plenary # 3, Topic 1: “Emotional-Social intelligence, Self-Efficacy and Life Satisfaction of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students
Speaker: Remedios Moog

Abstract: Academic Institutions have become more aware of the challenges faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. They experience varied needs and challenges that may have an impact on their emotional stability, social functioning, as well in the performance of tasks and life satisfaction. The researchers of this study acknowledge the significance of providing holistic assistance to all students regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT students deserve to be given equal opportunities and rights in the academic institutions. This paper thus intends to determine the level of emotional-social intelligence, self-efficacy (general self-efficacy and social self-efficacy) and life satisfaction of LGBT students, to find out the relationships among the said variables and to investigate the effects of support intervention program.



Plenary # 3, Topic 2: “Difficulties Experienced by Counselors in a State of Mid-Life Crisis: A Basis for a Proposed Intervention Program
Speaker: Joy Alvi Aranas, PhD, RGC

Abstract: This research study used the descriptive case analysis to provide an overview on the difficulties experienced by counselors in a state of midlife crisis. Further, a proposed intervention program was developed based on the findings of this study with the hope that it would optimize individual potentials. The conceptual framework covered the individual profile of the respondents in terms of age, gender, civil status, and years of service as counselors as part of the input. The process involves the difficulties experienced on the following aspects: emotional aspect, interest aspect, mental aspect, physical aspect and social aspect. The output will provide insight to formulate an enhancement program for counselors experiencing middle life crisis. The respondents of this study were guidance counselors in middle adulthood whose age ranges from 35 years to 60 years and working in Cavite and Manila areas in the Philippines.




Plenary # 3, Topic 3: “Emotional Labor and Workplace Well-being Among Service
Industry Employees ”
Speaker: Paul Hilario, PhD

Abstract: The tertiary sector of the economy or the service industry is the largest sector in the world. The service sector contributes more than half of overall Philippine economic output. The industry has been both praised and criticized for its emergence as a job option for Filipinos. One issue that arises is the potential effects of emotional labor on workplace well-being and ultimately their tenure. The study targeted 1000 employed respondents from different service industries. Two instruments, the 18-item Emotional Labor Scale (Chu, 2002) and the 31– item Workplace Well-being Questionnaire (Parker and Hyett, 2011) were used for the study. Tenure was measured in terms of the total number of years reported by the respondents. The results indicate a strong negative correlation between emotional labor rendered by call center agents and their subsequent workplace well-being r(641) =-.778, p<.01 and tenure r(641) =-.436, p<.01. The implications of the findings in relation to organization-based intervention were discussed.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

DepEd Advisory for IPCAP 5th National Convention

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Thanks to the quick yet regular action of the Department of Education, we have now the Advisory released in their website which is likewise posted here:




A copy of this document has also been posted in the Facebook account of IPCAP Guidance The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Council for Guidance and Counseling has likewise accredited our 5th National Convention as a CPE event, and approved 21.5 credit units for CPE. The certificates we release to the participants are already included in the registration fees paid. See you there.

By the way, if there are any certificates yet unreleased, please email berngu721@gmail.com so we can ready them for you. We'd be glad to serve you. God bless and take care

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CHED Memo for IPCAP 5th National Convention

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Herein is the Memorandum from the Commission on Higher Education. Those who would like to get their copies, please email me (berngu721@gmail.com) or "Ma. Leonila Urrea" . I was called by the TESDA to say that the regional office has already been informed about the Convention and was forwarded the request for endorsement. Please check your regional offices for that memorandum. As regards the DepEd, I hope they shall have uploaded that in the website, or else I shall be following up on that as well as then announce it here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

IPCAP 5th National Convention in Baguio

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Herein is the official invitation to our upcoming 5th National Convention. Thanks and See you in Baguio. Have your pre-registration to spare yourselves the cue time and we start the program on time. The registration committee will also be very grateful for such an approach. We are here for the growth and development of the Guidance and Counseling profession in the Philippines. God bless





Thursday, April 28, 2011

Picture Tribute to Dr. Rose Llanes

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I am only allowed five pics each blog entry, hence, these pics muna. Since it's summer and there is time to spare, I made time to collate pictures specially in memory of Dr. Rosa Maria Ibarra Llanes, RGC, the fourth in the list of RGCs in the Philippines.

By the way, the funeral Mass will be on Saturday, April 30, at 8AM at Room Fir 306 at the Sanctuarium, Araneta Ave., Quezon City. Then her remains will be buried together with her beloved husband's at the Himlayang Filipino in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. There will be Masses for her tonight, April 28, and tomorrow April 29 at 8PM at the same place. In case you are not able to attend, do offer Mass for her in any Catholic Church nearby.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her O Lord, and Let Perpetual LIGHT Shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Thanks Dr. Llanes for your utmost generosity of giving your life for the Guidance and Counseling profession. Pray for us.









These pics were taken during our first supper after the IPCAP 1st National Convention. Happing-happy talaga si Dr. Llanes, and of course we were as happy too. TOAST PO! Maraming Salamat po!






These last two pics were taken during our Planning at the St. Bridget's Home in Tagaytay sometime December 2008 when Manny Pacquiao fought in the US. I was on sabbatical leave then before taking on a new assignment. I took these pics, so I wasn't in the pic but with them at the planning (no defense, just stating a fact).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DR. ROSA MARIA I. LLANES, RGC PASSES AWAY APRIL 24, 2011

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Yesterday, after arriving from Taiwan, I got a text message from an IPCAP member if there was truth to the news that Dr. Rose Llanes, RGC has passed away. Immediately, I contacted one of the lifetime PGCA Members who was with us in the organization and development of IPCAP.

Dr. Rosa Maria I. Llanes, RGC passed away last Easter Sunday April 24, 2011 in her home at UP Professors Village. Her remains are now at the Sanctuarium Room 306, the name of the Room is FIR.

Truly a gracious lady whose heart constantly beat for the Guidance and Counseling profession in the Philippines, Dr. Llanes was the President of the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association when together with her Board they moved for the implementation of Republic Act No. 9258 way back 2005. She was so tireless in moving from one part of the country to the other to help disseminate the new law that was signed way back in 2004. On Feb. 4, 2006, together with the whole PGCA Board, she convened all Guidance-related organizations which eventually led to the formation of the Integrated Professional Counselors Association. We were together in the different Focused Group Discussions (FGDs) on the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations of the law, the Code of Ethics, the Standards of Good Practice in the different schools here in Manila - FEU, Adamson U to name a few. It was also through her service that the first member of the Board of Guidance and Counseling, current Chair of the PRBGC Dr. Luz Guzman was appointed by the President of the Philippines way back 2007 (she took her oath on Nov. 14, 2006). The rest of the first members of the Board of Guidance and Counseling were likewise appointed with her continued and unabated submission of required documents for the appointments. The first Chair of the Board of Guidance and Counseling, Dr. Rhodelia Gabriel, and the second member of the PRBGC Dr. Lily Rosales eventually took their oaths on January 29, 2007.

All of her last years were spent for the profession. She continued with her professorship at the University of the Philippines where she was Chair of the Department when she was first diagnosed with some serious illness. She led the IPCAP in its first 2 National Conventions as well as in the Visayas. It was just unfortunate that the peace and order situation in Mindanao worsened (remember the kidnapping of the teachers in Zamboanga?) when we were about to hold our Convention there.

She even had a stint in TV5 Face to Face, in her effort to bring the services of the Guidance Counselors into the level of the community where many people with problems simply need their attentive and responsive services. A lively lady, she easily fit into the world of the tube. I remember very well when she brought IPCAP to join the community outreach caravan of FACE to FACE in Sta. Mesa where we did actual Guidance and Counseling services for the audience.

In behalf of this lady whose whole being was filled with justice - she only wanted to right the wrong and correct the mistakes of the past - may I ask for your prayers for her peaceful rest. Oh yes, didn't she leave on Easter Sunday, the day the Lord Resurrected from the dead.

Masses have been scheduled since last night, April 25, 2011. Tonight April 26, Fr. Bong Sarabia, CM, RGC will preside the Mass at 7 or 8 PM. I will celebrate the Mass for her on Wednesday, and maybe Thursday. It's a pity that my current post requires my trip to China on the dayn of her funeral, April 30, 2011, my second niece's birthday.

What a way to keep her memory that needs to be kept so as to avoid the mistakes of the past as well as CORRECT them! Ma'am Rose, as she was fondly called by friends and colleagues, I believe would continue to pray for the Guidance and Counseling profession and its practitioners, all in fidelity to what RA 9258 has envisioned.

Ma'am Rose, we will surely miss you. And that sense of grief will bear fruit in the achievement of justice in our midst. Pray indeed for us who still struggle in our profession.