UST Counseling and Career Center Director Prof. Lucila O. Bance, PhD conducted a workshop entitled “Gearing Up for Success: Reengineering Counseling and Career Services using the STRIDE Platform for Employability Outcomes” at the 52nd Midyear Conference of the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Inc., held from October 20 to 21, 2016 at the City Sports Club, Cebu City. In line with the conference theme “#PGCA: Counseling Practices for Global Competitiveness,” Bance’s workshop aimed to present the best practices in the delivery of counseling and career services that are geared towards increasing the employability of graduates. The PGCA conference was participated in by more than 500 counselors from all over the country. In a related development, UST guidance counselors Ma. Regina Atinaja, PhD, Analene Bala, Kristine Cadano, Nerizza Cristobal, Maria Theresa Gallardo, Christine Garinganao, Stephanie Anne Lu, Diovie Navarra, and Claudine Say participated in the Second International Scientific Forum and Workshops organized by the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic Professional Honor Society International Iota Phi Foundation Inc. – Philippine Chapter. The conference was held from October 19 to 21, 2016 at the HRD Auditorium of the Philippine Normal University, Taft Avenue, Manila. With the theme “The Guidance Counselors and Life Coaches and the New Leadership Directions,” the conference aimed to provide the participants with an opportunity to revisit or redefine the basic activities they could be engaged in considering the new leadership directions; to deepen the counselor’s understanding of techniques and approaches in the field of counseling relevant to present realities; and to present various research findings which could serve as bases to improve and enhance the counseling practice. Among the various plenary sessions and workshops conducted was a session by Stephen P. Cutler, PhD, Consultant on Public Policies from the United States of America, on the topic “Drugs and Criminality: lmplications for Counseling.” The three-day conference was attended by guidance counselors, psychologists, guidance coordinators, faculty and students of guidance and counseling, and school administrators from different parts of the Philippines.
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