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Friday, April 30, 2010


This is from an email I was requested to post just a few minutes ago:

There are three openings for a Counselor position at DLSU Manila. Interested RGC's or Registered Guidance Counselors may contact Julius Pre, RGC at his mobile number +630228100906 (SUN).


Sunday, April 18, 2010

IPCAP 2nd National Convention gets 21 CPE credit units

Among the surprises we had during the IPCAP 2nd National Convention was the confirmation about the number of credit units for the participants. Dr. Leticia Rebilion, who was the Continuing Professional Education Council (CPEC) representative to monitor the PRC-accredited CPE program of IPCAP personally attended our last day (April 16) from morning 'til the afternoon. She came over to me at one point in the morning to tell me that this 2nd National Convention of IPCAP has been now awarded 21 credit units. The same was announced when we had our closure program in the afternoon, an added feature of the CPE Program. There we were able to put our learnings together. The emcee Dr. Elvira Ramos, after confirming from Dr. Rebilion herself announced that indeed, the 2nd IPCAP National Convention was worth 21 credit units to all who religiously attended all the events of the Program.

Thank you very much, Dr. Rebilion. Your presence together with Dr. Rosales during the Opening Program was very reassuring. We knew from the start that the CPE Council for Guidance and Counseling was serious about this 1st PRC-accredited CPE event of the profession. Thanks also to the PRC guidelines which we followed to the letter, hence we were able to hold this event without much fuss.

The speakers had very good evaluations, plus the workshop presentors were tops in their line. We are indeed greatful for everyone's support. Here are some pictures I have received. More shall be published here as they come, including a video clip of the event (hope the one who promised me won't renege on that).

Our Keynote Speaker Mr. Antonio P. Meloto made his thoughts clear, that before poverty is ever an economic problem, it is first a psychological, behavioral problem. This in itself is worth confirmation through a study. Thanks Tito Tony and your secretary who helped make this tie-up with Gawad Kalinga something to pursue for the good of our people. We are with you in pursuing your dream for our nation and people.

During the picture taking, I happened to sit beside Dr. Rebilion, who was herself seated beside Dr. Rosales (we should have a picture of her during the Convention). This was on Day 1: Opening Day.

Dr. Rose Llanes, 1st President of IPCAP and Convenor of this organization since 2006 when she was then PGCA President gave an animated introduction of the our Keynote Speaker.

Dr. Julian Montano (1st IPCAP Vice-President) and Mr. Cesar Cong (1st IPCAP Treasurer) were all ears during Dr. Llanes' Presidential Address in the afternoon.

Dr. Lily Rosales graces IPCAP's 2nd National Convention:

Dr. Rosales' presence at the Opening Program was indeed very gracious. Thanks for the support Ma'am. Now with you, all three members of the 1st Board of Guidance and Counseling have given IPCAP the approval to continue what it was established for: the 1st 2 were with us during the crafting of the IPCAP Constitution - Dr. Rhodelia Gabriel (1st Board Chair), and the current and 3rd Chair of the Professional Regulatory Board of Guidance and Counseling (albeit being the 1st to be appointed by the current Philippine President) Dr. Luz Guzman. With your signing the accreditation certificates (PRC Accreditation of IPCAP as CPE Service Provider, and the 2nd National Convention as a CPE Program), we have felt the enduring commitment you have made for this profession. Rest assured we will do our best for the good of the practitioners and the profession at large.

More shall be written in the coming days. God bless and take care

Saturday, April 10, 2010

More Workshops Prepared for the Convention

As the days come closer to the actual 2nd National Convention of IPCAP, it may be good to announce here that other than the six workshops mentioned in the program, The IPCAP Board has approved four more workshops which have been prepared and sent to the PRC CPE Council for approval. This is to ensure that the workshops we have are not those organized the night before the event. I remember very well one of the few times I attended a National Convention in an organization when the Vice-President then asked me, there and then if I could deliver a workshop for the following day. I may have had one that time, however, and not because of selfishness or other negative intention, but I found that practice rather onerous. In another organization, the workshop facilitator spent the whole period SINGING her way out, making the President of the organization feel so jittery that the said workshop facilitator was told to wrap her talk within one hour after the first break (morning snacks) because the President herself will be the one to give the workshop.

It is now the time for professional work, and Conventions have to be well prepared. It is thus good that we have Conventions for CPE credits in order for the participants to end up feeling really enriched rather than cheated. I remember a year after I was asked to give the workshop the night before, I received email and even text comments saying that their workshop facilitator apologized at the beginning with these words: "First of all, let me say my apologies: if ever you realize that I am not well prepared, it is because I was told to run this workshop ONLY LAST NIGHT." (I could have been the one had I not been cautious a year before that.) Galit na galit yung participants kasi ang mahal mahal naman kasi ng participation fees tapos ganon ang makukuha nila? Well, it's high time I suppose that this manner is erased from our midst because it can be quite demeaning to the participants who eck out their living in honest means only to be "thrown away."

For the sake of understanding, workshops are never meant to be money-making gimmicks by the workshop facilitator. Truly, part of our participation fees are meant to pay the workshop facilitators.

For me, I take it like homilies I deliver as a priest: I never go when I'm not prepared. And, part of the preparation is the envisioning of the listeners in order to fit the language to their level. It is always good to situate the workshop or seminar within the context of the participants. A night before delivery is not sufficient to meet those preliminary targets.

I am not anymore going to put here the titles of the new workshops we will run and which we have sent to PRC CPE Council for accreditation because there is a perception that our workshops are being copied by other orgs (yabang ba?). It's high time this matter is addressed because we cannot allow plagiarism or any form of duplicating to take place in our midst. Sure there are many others who can deliver the same workshop just as there are other schools that offer the same course contents and just label them differently. However, it is important that those who give workshops do not just SING their way out, or TALK themselves off to the participants because either they do not know their topics or they have been told to do so only a night or two before. With the CPE Council helping determine whether a workshop is worth a credit unit or not, such types of "midnight workshops" (sounds like "midnight appointments" lately hugging the newspaper headlines?) will be hopefully eradicated.

Hence, we at IPCAP have ensured that the workshops our participants will be able to attend will be those that have been approved. First, the workshop presentors have their credentials that warrant technical competence on their topics. Second, they have workshop descriptions that can guide the participants in ascertaining their expectations of the workshops. Without this component, it will be very difficult to determine the scope and content of the workshops. Remember, we only have eight hours for the workshop. Some even compress it to four hours, which will in the end become a lecture or seminar. Thirdly, we ensure that our workshops afford participants the chance to really practice impromptu, there and then, what they have learned. Learning thus becomes hands on, hopefully to make the learning last longer than simply a seminar can make. Welcome everyone!

God bless