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Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Inc.

PGCA @ 50: Keynote Speakers / Resource Persons

Day 1: May 12, 2014

Bradley T. Erford, PhD is the 2012-2013 President of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and a professor in the school counseling program of the Education Specialties Department in the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland. He has authored or edited more than 15 books. His research specialization falls primarily in development and technical analysis of psycho-educational tests and outcomes research and has resulted in the publication of several dozen refereed journal articles, more than 100 book chapters, and ten published tests. He has received numerous awards for his scholarship and service to the counseling profession from ACA and the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE), organizations within which he has held numerous leadership positions.

Pre-Conference Workshop: 35 Techniques A Counselor Should Know

This workshop will inform counselors of the theoretical basis underlying each technique and the common variations of implementation. Each technique is accompanied by research that informs the counselor of which techniques are best with which populations and each theoretical approach includes the multicultural implications for applying the approach to counseling clients from diverse cultures. It also illustrates how to use the techniques in sessions as well as outcome research that informs counselors of the most effective ways to use these counseling techniques in practice with diverse clients.

Day 2: May 13, 2014

Keynote: Coming Alive as a Counselor: Managing Stress from the Inside and Out
Workshop: Free Access Assessment Instruments for Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Disruptive Behavior, and Substance Use

This workshop focuses on the knowledge and skills counselors need for assessment and evaluation in mental health, substance abuse, school, and multicultural counseling. Free use instruments used for assessment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, disruptive behavior, and substance abuse will be reviewed. Participants will learn basic administration and scoring procedures that will allow immediate use with clients in diverse practice settings.

Day 3: May 13, 2014

Samuel T. Gladding, PhD

Chairman and Professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, joins Keeping Up with Gen Y to talk about how Gen Y in college and the workplace can relieve stress and prevent burnout. He also points out ways for students to determine if they need professional help in dealing with pressure and how they can relieve stress and prevent burnout. He also points out ways for students to determine if they need professional help in dealing with pressure and how they can find support. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association and its former president, has also served as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Chairman of the American Counseling Association Foundation, Professor Gladding is also a member of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. He has authored numerous professional publications, including 36 books. And as Fulbright Specialist, he has taught counseling at universities in Turkey, Estonia, Malaysia, and Canada.

Keynote: Becoming a Globally Competent Counselor in a World Full of Change
Workshop: Becoming More Creative as a Globally Competent Counselor

This 3 hour workshop will examine the nature of creativity as it has been displayed on a global level in counseling. The session will focus on what creativity is and how it can be cultivated in counseling relationships. Examples of counselors who have been creative and how they have become creative will be given but more importantly the workshop will concentrate on helping participants become more creative and capable as counselors regardless of the settings in which they practice. A particular focus of the workshop will be on employing the SCAMPER model in counseling settings and using the creative arts in clinical settings. A premise of the session is that the more comfortable counselors are with creativity, the more flexible and competent they will be in counseling sessions regardless of their theoretical orientation or the nature of the populations with whom they work.


Psycho-social Support for Survivors of Calamities Training Update

Amidst trials and difficulties faced by many of our fellow Filipinos, blessings of different forms continue to flow to everyone. To God be the glory!

The PGCA team of RGC volunteers led by Dr. Benny O. Lascano, has been to 16 Chapters to conduct training on Psychosocial Support for Survivors of Calamities and Disasters.

Chapter trainees commit to conduct trainings to other members of respective communities as well as to do psychosocial support activities.

Zamboanga chapter members did trainings to DepEd teachers and to employees with various government agencies and did psycho-social support activities for Zamboanga armed conflict.

Cebu chapter trainees did psychosocial support activities to different groups of Yolanda survivors located in various evacuation centers (Cogon, Ramos; Mactan & Daang Bantayan).

Trainees from Dumaguete conducted training for DepEd teachers and volunteers. Last January 6-9, 2014, trainees went to Kananga, Leyte to train teachers and to also provide psychosocial support activities to Yolanda survivors.

An inspiring and heart-warming incident occurred. A boy who was so traumatized by Yolanda’s impact has not been talking for 2 months. After an activity was given by the volunteers to the children’s group, which included the boy, he returned to his normal ways including being able to talk.

The Davao chapter had trained 3 batches of 137 volunteers from religious congregations all over composed of superiors, priests, nuns, lay leaders, and ecumenical groups. Mindanao last November 20-December 10, 2013 inclusive, prior to their “Grand Zero Pilgrimage” to Samar-Leyte. Eight (8) DAGCO-PGCA Davao members were with the 4 team fielded in Abuyog, Jaro, Ormoc,and Tacloban. “The impact of the psychosocial support intervention provided by the teams was affirmed by survivors themselves as reported by one Assumption Sister quoting while it is true that we have been receiving assistance from a number of groups, this is the first time that we have been listened to have been asked how we felt and what are future plans are.”


Call for Papers


Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Inc.


Submissions before February 28, 2014 may be considered for the May 2014 issue

Please read the guidelines for submission below.

The Guidance Journal, released annually, is the official journal of the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Inc., the Accredited Professional Organization by the Professional Regulation Commission and published under ISSN: 2094-0599. Its main purpose is to promote and represent scholarly work conducted by licensed Filipino counselors in the country and abroad.

  • Articles accepted for review are those original papers reporting results of studies indicating empirical research that contributes significantly to knowledge in any section of counselling.
  • The manuscript must not exceed fourteen pages and should include an abstract of not more than 200 words and five keywords.
  • The reference list are to include only those actively mentioned on the submitted article.
  • Manuscript must not have been published in any form before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
  • All manuscripts are to follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6thEdition) most importantly in handling of references, tables, figures, headings and subheadings, abbreviations, symbols.
  • Only electronic versions of the manuscript, preferably on MS Word, will be accepted.
  • Authors are to submit the following documents in separate files: 
    1. ( ) title of manuscript
      ( ) running head
      ( ) author(s)
      ( ) author affiliation
      ( ) contact information of the corresponding author including postal address, phone, and email address  
    2. The complete fourteen-page manuscript with no leading information about the author/s.
    3. A letter of intent to have the manuscript published with assurance that
      • the author/s complied with ethical guidelines related to research
      • the author is indeed the owner of the submitted research work
      • the manuscript has not been published before or is being considered for publication somewhere else  
  • Author/s should email their submission to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Manuscripts will undergo peer-review and authors will be sent any of the following feedback:

___ accepted with revisions; detailed comments attached

___ revise and resubmit; detailed comments attached

___ try again for the next issue

The Guidance Journal implements a constructive peer review policy, wherein referees are encouraged to provide authors with detailed comments that would help authors improve their manuscripts for publication.

Manuscripts that are accepted will be subject to further editing to improve effectiveness.

The copyright of all published manuscripts will be shared by the authors and the PGCA.


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