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Workshops for 2015 

Developing Social Skills in Children and Adolescents

April to May 2015 schedule; Parent orientation date: April 8, Wednesday (to be confirmed)

12-session Social Skills Workshop for children (ages 8-12; Mondays and Friday 9-11am) and teens (ages 13-16; Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-11am)

Children’s group starts April 10, Friday (Main facilitator: Zsa Zsa M. Briones, PhD)

Teen’s group starts April 9, Thursday (Main facilitators: Tina H. Enriquez, MA, and Berny S. Go, MA)

Venue: Regalia Park Towers, 150 P. Tuazon Blvd. near corner EDSA, Cubao, QC
For inquiries, call: +639178080193, telephones 02-421-2469, 02-357-6427; Email: psychconsult@gmail.com

Since 2010, we have been running regular social skills workshops for children and teens. They learn this most important life skill through games, role play, and videos. Better social skills help children cultivate positive interactions, communicate appropriately, recognize and express their feelings.

What is your social skills workshop? Some children and adolescents have difficulty getting along with peers because some of their social skills have not been developed. These include identifying feelings in themselves and in others, learning social cues, handling frustration, taking turns, and learning proper behaviors in a group. In 2010, we developed a program with 10 structured group sessions aimed to help children and adolescents:

– Increase self-awareness by understanding their thoughts and feelings
– Demonstrate how to act appropriately given specific situations
– Read social cues by putting oneself in another person’s position
– Make smart guesses about other people’s thoughts and feelings
– Communicate by initiating and responding to verbal communication

I think my child needs to develop his/her social skills. How can he/she join your workshop? We conduct the workshop year-round, after we have gathered the minimum number of children or adolescents to attend this workshop. If you think your child will benefit from this, you may seek consultation with one of our psychologists. He/she will describe the workshop to you and how it can help your child.

Discipline: Too Much, Too Little, Too Late?

2015 Feb_Discipline_Dr Cornelio Banaag Jr

Photo credit: freedigitalphotos/ Stuart Miles


Speaker: Cornelio Banaag, Jr., MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

February 28, 2015, Saturday, 4:00-6:00 pm

Venue: 2nd Floor Lecture Hall, Xavier School, Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines

Early bird fee (paid by February 13, Friday): Php 800
Regular fee (paid Febrauary 14 onwards):
Students – Php 800; PAP members – Php 900 (with 3 CPE points for PAP members); Non-PAP members – Php 1,000; Groups of 3 or more (one-time payment & 1 receipt): Php 800/ head

Fees are transferable but non-refundable. Seminar only; no snacks

To confirm your participation, please deposit the fees to:
PsychConsult, Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands savings account
# 3883-0613-72. Payment of fees will confirm your slot.
Email receipt to: psychconsult@gmail.com.

For inquiries, call (02) 421-2469, (02) 357-6427 or +63917-8080193.

Description: Discipline is an issue that parents and teachers often have to deal with. What behaviors of children and adolescents should be disciplined? When should it be enforced? What kind of discipline style should be used? Are there best ways to discipline children and adolescents? Dr. Banaag addresses these questions.

PsychConsult is an accredited continuing professional education (CPE) provider by the Psychological Association of the Philippines. For certified psychologists, this seminar is equivalent to 3 CPE points. Please request for a certificate at psychconsult@gmail.com.

Workshops for 2014

Care for Carers: How to be Effective and Happy Carers

Care for Carers_2014 July Resource person: Honey Carandang, PhD

July 19, 2014, Saturday, 8:30am to 12pm

Venue: The Chungte Auditorium, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Pasig City, Philippines

Early bird fee: Php 800 – PAP members; Php 1,000 – Non-PAP members (paid by July 4, Friday)

Regular fee: Php 1,000 – PAP members; Php 1,200 – Non-PAP members (3 CPE points for PAP members)

Fees are transferable but non-refundable

To confirm your participation, please deposit the fee into either of these bank accounts: MLAC Psychological Services, Bank of the Philippine Islands checking account # 3933-0636-06 or PsychConsult, Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands savings account # 3883-0613-72. Payment of fees will confirm your slot.

Email receipt to mlac.institute@gmail.com or psychconsult@gmail.com. For inquiries, call MLAC Institute at  0916-6821437 or PsychConsult at 421-2469 or 0917-8080193. Registration is closed.

Description: The truly effective and happy carers are those who know how to take care of themselves. They are aware of their own needs and how to address these needs in order to prevent burnout. Knowing how to do this leads to one being more compassionate and attuned to the needs of others. Taking care of others is not easy. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, coaches, community organizers, teachers and parents know how difficult and stressful this can be. How do we go on being mindful carers in spite of the many responsibilities we need to do in our hurried lives? In this talk, foremost Filipino Psychologist and best selling author Dr. Honey Carandang shares how one can balance taking care of yourself and taking care of others. In her book, Back to Basics: The Seven Basic Psychological Needs, she emphasizes that balance is the key to emotional and spiritual well-being. Join us as we listen and learn! Let us all build a caring community together! This seminar is presented by PsychConsult and the MLAC Institute. Care for Carers_2014 July_Dr Honey Carandang PsychConsult_Secondary Trauma_2014 June Processing Secondary Trauma through Movement and Art: A Workshop on Healing the Caregiver

Facilitator: Tammy Bar-on, PhD, Haifa University, Israel

June 15, Sunday OR June 17, Tuesday (9am-4pm) Maximum 15 people per workshop

Venue: Room 1, Walter Hogan Hall, ISO Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines

Early bird fee and PAP members: Php 2,700 (paid on or before June 5, 2014)

Regular fee: Php 3,000 (6 CPE points for PAP members)

Description: As caregivers or responders to traumatic situations we are exposed to the suffering of others. This creates feelings of stress and vulnerability which may cause symptoms that are similar to traumatic reaction symptoms. This exposure can evoke mental, somatic, and/or functional symptoms and be evidenced as Secondary Trauma. It is important for caregivers learn to recognize and address their secondary trauma to be able to continue working and living. Using movement and art in this workshop, we will experience and represent the mind-body aspects of secondary trauma. This will be a journey into ourselves to learn about our vulnerabilities and our resilience, our weaknesses and strengths, and the inner and outer networks that enable us to cope with the extreme stress of secondary trauma.

About the facilitator: Tammy Bar-On, PhD, is a registered art therapist and teaches at the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at Haifa University, Israel. She helped create the Art Therapy Division program and was its Head from 2008-2013. In the summer of 2013, Tammy was the head trainer in an expressive arts psycho-social support project in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya where, together with a group of graduates from the Graduate School of Creative Arts, she taught expressive arts psycho-social support to a group of refugees. The project was a joint effort of IsraAID and Haifa University. At present, she is the Professional Advisor of the IsraAID expressive arts psycho-social support training in Ormoc, Philippines, in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). She participated in the training of a Philippine core group which is now conducting further trainings on psycho-social support, together with therapists from Israel. She is a proud mother and grandmother.

Workshop on the Use of Drawings

PsychConsult 2014 Feb Workshop

This seminar is open to the public.

February 15, 2014, Saturday, 8am to 5pm

Venue: 15th floor, Manila Room, Regalia Park Towers, P. Tuazon Blvd., Cubao, QC

Fee: Php 1,500 (for students, PAP and Non-PAP members); limited slots only

Please pay on or before February 12, 2014 Wednesday, to confirm your slots.

Fees are transferable but non-refundable; workshop fee covers snacks only, no lunch

Facilitator: Rachel Lev-Wiesel, PhD The use of arts in psychotherapy bridges verbal barriers and promotes experiential insights because art involves the non-linguistic right hemisphere of the brain. Art media like drawings enable clients to better express their emotions, inner difficulties, bypass dissociative mechanisms, strengthen dialogue with the external and internal world, and facilitate verbalization.  Research has documented the use of drawing tools as added measures to diagnose various clients including those with eating disorders, dissociative disorders, PTSD, etc. The workshop focuses on using different drawing techniques implemented in diagnosis and therapy for survivors of child sexual abuse. About the facilitator: Dr. Rachel Lev-Wiesel is a full professor, the head of the Graduate School of Creative Art Therapies and the Head of the Emili Sagol Research Center for Creative Arts Therapies at the University of Haifa, Israel. She has published more than 120 scientific papers and chapters, in addition to 8 books on topics such as childhood sexual abuse, trauma, analysis of drawings, and group therapy. She is a licensed clinical social worker, family and child therapist. Seminar on Children’s Feelings Group rate for this seminar! 3 people or more, registering as a group: Php 750/person

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Sad, Mad or Glad: How Children’s Feelings Affect their Behaviors

Speaker: Cornelio G. Banaag, Jr., M.D. Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

November 16, 2013, Saturday, 4pm to 7pm (registration starts 3pm)

Venue: Chungte Auditorium, Ateneo School of Medicine & Public  Health (in between The Medical City and Meralco Foundation Institute)

Fees: Early bird (by November 5, Monday): Php 750 Regular Rates: Students: Php 750; PAP Members: Php 850; Non-PAP Members: Php 950 Groups of 3 or more (one-time payment & 1 O.R.): Php750/head

Fees are transferable but non-refundable. Seminar only; no meals

This seminar is open to the public.

Description: This talk covers moods observed in children and adolescents, including negative moods like sadness, anxiety, and anger, and positive ones like happiness.  Special focus will be given on how these moods affect their capacity for learning, behaviors, motivations, and relationships / socialization. The talk will segue into how parents and school personnel can differentiate normal sadness, anger and anxiety from dysfunction that impairs a person’s ability to function in daily life.  Tips on how to deal with a child’s mood are also included. The speaker will be eminent Filipino Psychiatrist Dr. Cornelio G. Banaag, Jr.  He is the current President of the Philippine Mental Health Association, and a past President of the Philippine Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Banaag also holds the distinction of being Professor Emeritus of the College of Medicine of the University of the Philippines. Map to the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) map to ASMPH Seminar on Embracing Aging  Group rate for this seminar! 4 people or more, registering as a group (by July 12, Fri): Php 900/person Gift of Years_PsychConsult_2013July_b

July 27, 2013, Saturday, 9am to 12pm (registration starts 8:30am)

Venue: Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) Auditorium, Pasig City, beside The Medical City

Fees: Early bird (on or before July 12, Friday) and graduate students: P 1,200.00 Individuals 50 years old and wiser: P 1,200.00

Regular rate: P 1,500.00

Seminar only; no meals

Description: Does getting old bring on nostalgia?  Regrets?  Emptiness?  Trigger a purposeless life?  To understand yourself better as you enter older adulthood, listen to Dr. Dido Villasor in a two-hour seminar on The Gift of Years: Embracing Aging. Dr. Villasor will delve into the challenges and struggles that are brought to fore as one transitions to senior citizenship, as inspired by the book of Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB.  More importantly, she will talk about the purpose and blessings that aging gifts you as you adjust to this new phase in life. This is open to individuals 50 years old and better, their caregivers and loved ones, mental health professionals, physicians, and graduate students.

About the resource person: Dr. Maria Teresa (Dido) Gustilo-Villasor is a Certified Clinical and Assessment Psychologist of the Psychological Association of the Philippines and Chief Consultant at the Metropolitan Psychological Corporation. She obtained her doctorate and masters degrees in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University and trained in Clinical Child Psychology and Hospital Psychology at the St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. She continues to update her skills in psychological and neuropsychological assessment, psychotherapy and stress management by attending continuing education programs both locally and abroad. She is a faculty member of the Center for Family Ministries at the Ateneo de Manila University; the Asian Social Institute, Manila; and the Graduate School of Counselor Education at De La Salle University-Manila. PsychConsult is an accredited continuing professional education (CPE) provider by the Psychological Association of the Philippines. For certified psychologists, this seminar is equivalent to 3 CPE points. Please request for a certificate at psychconsult@gmail.com. Seminar on Using Positive Discipline with Children Positive Discipline_PsychConsult_2013May25

Venue is at the Diliman Room, 15th floor, Regalia Tower Suites, Regalia Park Towers, 150 P. Tuazon Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City.

Group rate: Php 2,500 for 5 people from the same organization; Php 1,000/person (regular fee)

Seminar only; no meals

PsychConsult is an accredited continuing professional education (CPE) provider by the Psychological Association of the Philippines. For certified psychologists, this seminar is equivalent to 3 CPE points. Please request for a certificate at psychconsult@gmail.com.

Description: Bribing, coaxing and threatening are some strategies of choice for many parents and caregivers attempting to correct children’s behaviors.  Much to their dismay, however, children sometimes respond to these tactics by misbehaving, ignoring or disobeying. If you’re a parent, caregiver, or professional who works with children and feel frustrated or at a loss in disciplining your children, this seminar will discuss positive ways of encouraging children to display appropriate behaviors and identify how you can become emotionally responsive to their needs. Examples of positive discipline strategies will be discussed, using common scenarios and children’s behavioral problems. The strategies can be applicable to children below 5 and children in the elementary to intermediate levels. Educators and guidance counselors can also benefit from this seminar by adapting certain positive discipline strategies in the school setting. The seminar concludes with an open forum. Rorschach Workshop

Rorschach workshop_Cavite Center for Mental Health and PsychConsult_2013AprThis four day workshop aims to develop competencies in administration, scoring and interpretation of the Rorschach Inkblot Test using the Exner’s Comprehensive System. Specifically, the workshop participants are expected to 1) learn basic principles of Rorschach Inkblot Test; 2) develop the essential competencies in scoring through hands-on exercises using sample protocols; and 3) understand the computer-generated report of Rorschach: The Comprehensive System.

For inquiries: Call (046) 419-0013 Ms. Norie (sun) 0932-594-7594 / (smart) 0919-409-8310 / (globe) 0915-838-2855 Email at: ironsoya@yahoo.com, am_medina15@yahoo.com

Seminar on Human Memory

This seminar is for psychologists, graduate students, and counselors. PsychConsult is an accredited continuing professional education (CPE) provider by the Psychological Association of the Philippines.

Description: Clinical psychologists often rely on clients’ memories of past events in their work as therapists.  Clients’ recollections provide rich information that serve as resources in the therapeutic processes; whereas memories that cannot be recalled are often seen as critical elements in the clients’ presenting problems.  However, the reliability of such memories during therapy has been called to question many times in the past, particularly in relation to clients’ recovered memories that were actually “planted” by therapists.  Indeed, what transpires during the therapeutic session may be viewed as a complex series of memory processes that involve the reconstruction of past events in the clients’ lives, and both client and therapist may be involved in this reconstructive memory processes.

In this seminar, participants will be introduced to several interrelated themes in current research in the psychology of human memory that relate to some aspects of the psychotherapeutic process.  The themes that will be discussed include: (a) memory as reconstruction, (b) the relationship between autobiographical memory and wellbeing, (c) memory for emotional events, (d) the psychological function of forgetting, (e) memory and depression, (f) repression and recovery of memories, and (g) therapeutic practices that may lead to false memories. The seminar will feature lectures that focus on theories, concepts, and research findings on the interrelated themes.  These themes will be discussed in the hope of inviting reflection and discussion among clinical psychologists in the Philippines about aspects of their clinical practice.

Videos on Bullying

In celebration of psychology mission month, watch our lectures on bullying. It describes an overview of bullying, its definition, its types, the individuals involved, and how to address bullying. Strategies in dealing with bullying in school by Dr. Boboy Alianan Part 1,  Part 2, Part 3. (scroll to view the videos on the right side of this page)

Psychology Mission Month 2012

Philippine Psychologists Give Back

To kick off its Mission Month, the Clinical and Assessment Psychology Divisions of the Psychological Association of the Philippines sponsored a learning session entitled “Pushing for Excellence in the Practice of Assessment Psychology” to psychologists at the National Center for Mental Health on October 15, 2012. Dr. Boboy Alianan and Dr. Beth Suba facilitated the session.

Mental Health Week 2012

In celebration of National Mental Health Week (Oct 4 – 8, 2012) and World Mental Health Day (Oct 10, 2012)

Article by Dr. J. Enrique G. Saplala, Former PAP President

From bullies to fratmen, gun-toting fathers, and maid-abusing parents: What makes people violent?

Read here from Interaksyon



– Ms. Lala Alcala is PsychConsult’s Clinical Director starting September 2012.

– Dr. Boboy Alianan was elected as board member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines and is currently its internal relations officer.

The Role of the Bystander in Bullying

by Dr. Boboy Alianan

Whenever my colleagues and I get invited to schools or other venues to talk to parents, one of the most common questions we get would be something related to bullies. How can I stop a classmate from bullying my child?  How do I talk to parents so they can discipline their child to stop bulling my child?  We are thinking of pulling out our child from school because he/she is being bullied?  Where is the best place to put my child so that he/she is not victim to bullying?  Interestingly, we seldom get questions where parents admit that their child is a bully and what kind of help their child needs.

I must admit that bullying is one of the most difficult problems to deal with.  There are no easy answers.  If we are going to have any success in minimizing it, we have to get everyone involved.  Yes, I suggest a systemic approach, as bullying is not a problem of an individual; it is a problem of an entire environment where it is happening.  The problem is not the bully per se, the problem is the environment that allows bullying to happen.

Let me begin by saying that violence and hurtful behavior is not inherent in any child.  It is absolutely learned from one’s environment.  A child learns to hurt another child.  Sometimes, this happens in the home—when a child is discipline using corporal punishment, for instance.  Other times, they see it on television or from other children around them.  And so, interventions must not only focus on the victim of bullying, but the bully him/herself as well.

School bullying often happens in the presence of peers, and quite invisible to the adults.  As such, the bystander—often peers—must be taught to identify when bullying happens and what they can do.  In this systemic approach, the bystander plays the most crucial role.  They need to be empowered to give a voice to the victim and to step in so the bullying stops.  In all actions, the bystander must take a stand against bullying.  Here are some behaviors that the bystander can do:

  • Say something to stop the bully, such as, “Pick someone your own size!”
  • Tell the bullies that what they are doing is not nice, and identify what they are doing as “bullying.”
  • Take the victim away from the bullying situation.
  • Protect the victim from being bullied some more.
  • Ask someone to run and get adult assistance.
  • Run and get adult assistance.


Conference Presentations

SEAP 2012

Former PAP president Dr. Caring Tarroja was a plenary speaker at the South East Asia Psychology (SEAP) 2012 conference and shares her thoughts on Filipino families.

Issues in Play Therapy 

Dr. Tarroja presented a paper on “Issues and Challenges in the Practice of Play Therapy in the Philippines” at the 30th International Congress of Psychology at Cape Town, South Africa in July 2012.

Cancer Patients, My Teachers

by Sandra Ebrada, PhD. (cand)

My initial contact with cancer patients was when I joined a group of psychologists in putting up the Cancer Support Program in a government hospital way back 1996.  For two years, we met with adult cancer patients and their caregivers to help them in their psychosocial care.  There, we listened to their stories as they dealt with the shocking disclosure, the decisions they had to make regarding their treatment, the sacrifices they and their families will have to endure, dreams that will have to die, the plans for a better life, however tentative, when going home.  Despite all these, in the program, we helped them celebrate what healing resources they have untouched by cancer and tap into them – their own bodies’ healing resources, remembering loving and good memories to uplift them, and sharing the love they have with their loved ones. Continue reading

An Introduction to Play Therapy

One of the major services we offer at PsychConsult, Inc. is Play Therapy. We have received a number of queries about it and we thought it best to give you a run-down on what Play Therapy is all about. We hope this gives you a better understanding of such intervention and how this can be helpful to your child.

What is play therapy and why does my child need it? 

Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy for children conducted by trained psychologists/ therapists.  It is different from simply “playing” since the therapist utilizes different theory-based approaches to conduct the therapy.

How will play therapy benefit my child?

Your child can communicate and eventually “play out” his/her difficulties, overwhelming experiences or feelings through play in the safe and affirming environment established in the playroom.  Your child will have the opportunity to: Continue reading

Finding the Rainbow after the Storm

In the past week our country found itself marking the second anniversary of the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy with yet another storm wreaking havoc on most of the country. By the end of its fury, Typhoon Pedring left many of our countrymen reeling and in need of help.

In 2009, our consultant Ria wrote a post about how we can help one another find the rainbow after the storm. Here is a re-post of that article dated November 2009. Continue reading