Capacity Building Seminar for UPV peer facilitators assigned in Miagao Dormitories held
In support of the University’s goal of Transforming UP into a Healthy and Nurturing Academic Environment, the Office of Student Affairs continuously advocates the promotion of the mental well-being of students. Mental health concerns of students are being dealt with through the different programs and activities of the Guidance and Counseling Services Unit of the Office of Student Affairs. These programs are already established even before the approval of the mental health law.
The UPV Peer Facilitators Program is one of the guidance services and human development programs of the OSA which is geared towards the mental health promotion of students. It is a volunteer service of trained students under the supervision of the Guidance Services Specialists. Our Peer Facilitators program has been already in place since 1992.
Student dormitories are critical places where students with adjustment concerns require the assistance of peer facilitators. To address this concern, the Guidance and Counseling Services Unit of the Office of Student Affairs conducted capacity building sessions to fourteen (14) newly assigned peer facilitators in the dormitories of the Miagao campus in order to equip them with the needed skills to help other students. The sessions were conducted during evenings of September 26 and 27, 2018 and October 2-3, 2018 at the Function Room of the UPV Executive House in UPV Miagao Campus.
The capacity building seminar included topics which helped the newly trained peer facilitators: (1) to gain more self-awareness, confidence and personal effectiveness; (2) develop teamwork and cooperation in working as a group; (3) clarify their personal values; (4) acquire techniques of effective communication as well as listening skills; (5) learn problem-solving techniques and strategies in managing conflicts; (6) obtain skills for coping with stress; (7) attain know-how on facilitating and processing group dynamics activities; and (8) able to know basic counseling techniques as well as ethical guidelines for counseling. Resource speakers of the different topics are the University’s Guidance Services Specialists.
OSA Director, Prof. Agustin “Sonny” Huyong, made his support for the peer facilitators more tangible through his presence during the seminar. Previously trained peer facilitators led by their president Michael Vincent Marte and past president Patricia Marie Salve also showed their support by helping out in facilitating the activities.