Migrant Workers Trained as Para-Counselors

The Extension Office of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), in partnership with the Office of the College Secretary recently held the Para-Counselor's Training on July 13-14, 2016 at CAS. . Participants included former overseas workers and non-government workers. The two day training session was comprised of various lectures and workshops aimed at providing basic counseling skills and proper counseling techniques among the participants working with individuals who demonstrate behavioral problems and mental health needs. The training was designed to upgrade communication skills and understand the role of a para-counselor.

In his opening message, CAS Dean Leonardo R. Estacio, Jr., stated that as a government institution, the College plays a vital role in service to the local community. Family welfare and mental health needs are two areas in which CAS can provide leadership and guidance within the general community.

Dr. Joff Quiring, psychiatrist from the Philippine General Hospital spoke on Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) while Assistant Professor Andrea Martinez, College Secretary , served as the lead trainer and talked about relevant topics and conducted simulated exercises.

The Extension Office, headed by Associate Professor Allan Mesina, supervises all extension programs and projects of the CAS. (Dina A. Estanislao)