The crash course in crisis and psychotrauma management overflowed with five walk-in participants additional to the 20 pre-registered students. The introductory session was held on August 6, 2016, Saturday. Professionals coming from various academic institutions and NGO’s and from across different fields were the first batch of students. They are guidance counselors, psychologists, teachers, nurses, human resource managers and social workers, a press release from the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education said.
Dr. Ma. Mercedes Joson, Dean of La Consolacion College Bacolod Graduate Studies and Continuing Education said that another wave of the course will be opened in October for those who were not able to join the first batch.
Dr. Johnny Decatoria, a psychologist that specializes in trauma and stress cases, was the featured lecturer of the first session. His topics on crisis, trauma, and psychotrauma interventions was well received by the participants who engaged with him all throughout the day. He said that he enjoyed engaging the students who are coming from vicarious experiences.
The training course will go for two months with Saturday classes that will run for eight meetings from 8am to 12pm.
Read: LCC opens Program in Crisis and Psychotrauma Management
A professional course in trauma prevention, intervention and treatment
Crisis and Trauma Management is one area which is now gaining focus and attention not only exclusively among professionals in the field of psychology and health care but even among human resource managers and those in the social work. Throughout the world, there has been a powerful development of comprehensive mental services. The increasing mobility, family and social structures, economic activities and even climate change could result to a great amount of stress, thus the need for organizations to establish mechanisms and be trained in crisis management, provision of resources and immediate response in cases of accidents and disasters.
Along this need, La Consolacion College Bacolod developed a training program to provide for the honing of necessary skills in crisis and psychotrauma management. Apart from the basic principles and fundamentals in crisis management, traumatology and psychotrauma, the program will equip its students with psychotrauma assessment skills. More than half of the training will be dedicated on treatment and interventions to aid individuals known to be experiencing a psychological trauma including mastery on child abuse management and treatment; pyschological first aid and stress debriefing; crisis and suicide interventions and on other models of trauma processing and treatment.
A session dubbed as “Vicarious Traumatization: Caring for the Carers Practice Trauma Interventions” may be given but will be left to the option of the participants.
The certificate gained from the program may be credited in the Master in Business Administration major in Human Resource Management in LCC Bacolod according to Dr. Ma. Mercedes A. Joson, Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.
The training program will run for two months with Saturday classes that will run for eight meetings from 8am to 12pm. Lecturers are experienced psychologists and specialists in crisis and trauma management.
Target participants for the program are psychologists, counselors, social workers and other mental health practitioners, nurses and other allied health care professionals; the clergy, religious and lay; educators who are committed to help heal the traumatized; and other experienced professionals and paraprofessionals who are dedicated to humanitarian services.
Program fee is at PhP 3,500 for the whole certificate program. Interested participants may call 4349661 to 64 local 301 or 322.
The recent spate of disasters left deep-seated trauma among the victims. In places like Tacloban, international aid have come to assist not only in rehabilitation but care and attention to the victims. There are not enough trained experts in the Philippines to give an immediate local response in the field of psychotrauma.