Last August 2-4, 2018, guidance and counseling practitioners across the country united to experience the new convention trend set by the Integrated Professional Counselors Association of the Philippines, (IPCAP) Inc. in partnership with University of Batangas (UB) during the 1st National Midyear Convention Workshop held at University of Batangas with the theme Advancing the Science of School and Community Based Prevention and Intervention.
Empowered with a pool of nationally known and globally affiliated resource speakers, the event successfully reached its vision to have the participants gain clearer understanding on how to move beyond short-term preventive outcomes and single intervention. It also advanced the science of school and community intervention, evidence-based programs and scientific agenda that further strengthened and sustained collaborations among professionals and communities.
The plenary workshop sessions provided participants with the use of solution-focused therapy for marital issues, it set the bar higher on data privacy act, progressed the school and community programs through in-depth knowledge in qualitative research, created sustainable scientific-based counseling intervention in the community setting and translated assessment results into responsive prevention and intervention strategies.
The event also displayed 4 qualitative research poster presentations with topics that highlighted the interdependent happiness and subjective well-being of middle-aged working Filipino women, the resiliency of deaf Filipino gay employees, job satisfaction and work performance of teachers and the perception of Filipinos living in poverty towards counseling.
Nevertheless, as IPCAP moved into more innovative learning perspective, the event offered an optional post-convention workshop and tour. This provided training on the magnificence of using creative arts as therapeutic strategies in dealing with the issues of clients in the school and community, as well as an excellent modal of self-care for professionals, whereas the Ala-eh tour provided participants with cultural enrichment as they taste and experience the beauty of Batangas.
The said national convention workshop was chaired by UB’s Head of Guidance and Counseling, Dr. Gladiola A. Eje-Dimaculangan, RGC and was graced with highly esteemed resource speakers, Dr. Armando Fabella, RPsyc, RGC, Atty. Jonathan Paolo Dimaano, Dr. Roldan Ragot, RPm, Mr. Clemente Abella, RGC, Dr. Carmelo Callueng, NSCP, Ms. Myreen Cleofe, RPsy, RGC, Dr. Marichu Carstensen, M.D..