The Counseling and Career Center (CCC) hosted a collaborative meeting with the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF), in partnership with the Department of Health, which was aimed at orienting helping professionals on a new technique that can help address the pressing concern of the country on substance abuse. The meeting was held on November 24, 2016 at the Counseling and Career Center Annex at the Quadricentennial Pavilion and was attended by counselors and mental health practitioners from the University led by CCC Director Prof. Lucila O. Bance, Ph.D., UST Department of Psychology Chair Assoc. Prof. Ma. Claudette A. Agnes, Ph.D. Also present were NGF Founder Ms. Jean Goulbourn, and practitioners from the University of the East, Miriam College, and the Philippine Normal University. The officers of the Integrated Professional Counselors Association of the Philippines (IPCAP) and the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PGCA)-Tarlac Chapter were also present.
The resource speaker from Belgium, Dr. Marina Reimslagh, introduced the Psychological Kinesiology or PSYCH-K therapy model as a new approach in handling drug counseling cases in the Philippines. The PSYCH-K approach taps the person’s subconscious in eradicating the negative stressors related to the sensory signals received and felt by the individual, totally eliminating one’s lingering distress. To further understand this approach, Reimslagh conducted a sample case demonstration with the participation of Ms. Mary Rachelle Batanes from UE. Reimslagh also presented her book on the said approach titled “No Stress Today with PSYCH-K.” With good results and feedback from individuals who had undergone PSYCH-K, Reimslagh hopes to bring the approach here in the Philippines to help with the current mental health issues in society. With this in mind, an eight-day orientation and training had been scheduled for February 27 to March 6, 2017. The meeting ended with a discussion and a fruitful exchange of insights regarding the PSYCH-K process.