PTC-CSJ Conducts Training on Mental Health Facilitation
5 August 2021
Twenty-six Guidance teachers from Muntinlupa City’s 20 public elementary schools completed two half-days of online training on Mental Health Facilitation organized by PTC-CSJ Foundation on July 29-30.
Dubbed “Helping Skills Training”, the workshop provided an overview and introduction to mental health facilitation skills and processes, specifically listening and support skills which are meant to provide initial support to community members in need.
The training is the Foundation’s response to the clamor of its partner-schools’ Principals given that the current pandemic has exposed the need for mental health support for students who are learning at home and with very limited social interaction. Unfortunately, it also revealed the lack of trained professionals to cater to the needs of the academic community.
According to Dr. Paul Hilario, a registered Counselor and Psychologist who served as the Resource Person and trainer, “Though serious mental health problems require professional counselors, the vast majority of academic community members can benefit from trained mental health facilitators in providing emergency emotional psychosocial support.”
After the training, Dr. Hilario and Prof. Thelma Geraldine Baricaua, PTC-CSJ’s Consultant for Character Education (which the training is part of), congratulated the trainees and called them the new Mental Health Facilitors.