In line with the celebration of Guidance Week 2019, the Office of Guidance and Counseling (OGC) conducted a seminar on mental health for students on February 27 at the Amphitheater, CITE Building, BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City. This seminar entitled, “Building the Potentials of Students: Establishing a strong University Community” intends to provide awareness on psychological health issues among students.
Dr. Roldan C. Ragot, a registered Psychometrician and instructor from the College of Accountancy, Business, Economics and International Hospitality Management, served as the event’s resource speaker.
In his presentation on “Depressive Disorders and Suicide in Children and Adolescents”, Dr. Ragot talked about worldwide facts and statistics on depression allowing the students better understand the need to fight such disorder. He introduced the indicators of depression such as signs and symptoms, and gave a detailed explanation about the difference between mood, emotion and affect. As mentioned, recognizing these indicators will help students determine if a person is depressed and at the same time know the appropriate actions they need to take if they encounter such case.
On the other hand, Dr. Ragot explained that there are psychological and pharmacological treatments for depression. Later on, he discussed the importance of conducting effective counseling, as one of the most common therapies for depression.
OGC Asst. Director Renan T. Mallari also took part in the seminar by sharing the role of the office in building a healthy university environment.
As part of the celebration of Guidance Week 2019, OGC held a training workshop for Peer Facilitators Circle members entitled, “Gender Responsive Counseling: Action and Advocacy” on February 26 led by Asst. Dir. Mallari, Asst. Director for Gender and Development Ma. Theresa A. Hernandez, and Head for Guidance Counseling Mrs. Dianne S. Cullar, as resource persons. A seminar for OGC personnel entitled, “Gender Sensitive School Counselors in Action: Tapping the Potentials of School Counselors in Dealing with Students” will also be held on March 1 at BatStateU Pablo Borbon Main I.