In an effort to provide the best possible service to patients, I believe that it is the professional responsibility of guidance counselors and psychologists to always update themselves with the latest developments in our field.
This May, the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PGCA) provided practitioners with an opportunity to do just that when they held their 53rd Annual Conference (Theme: Advocating Change, Healing Lives) at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
On the third day of the convention, I was able to attend Dr. Jose Alberto Reyes’ very informative talk on Foundational Skills in Conceptualization and Treatment Planning. It is always a treat to sit in any class of Dr. Reyes–my mentor in graduate school–as he is always on top of his game.
While in the afternoon session, I got to sit in Dr. Carmelo Callueng’s workshop entitled, “Delivery of Mental Health Services in Schools: Empowering Counselors in Systems Level Initiative, Advocacy, and Social Justice. Dr. Callueng’s talk was equally enlightening as it gave me a number of ideas on how to build awareness of counseling services in a school setting.
The 3-day gathering also served as a reunion of sorts as it brought together mentors, former students, old friends, classmates, and acquaintances all under one roof. I also have nothing by high praises for the PGCA board and their equally hard working support staff.
But the highlight: This year’s convention kit which including a sleek black and very useful backpack which I can certainly see myself using in the days to come.
Thank you PGCA!
Till next year!