LPU Peer Facilitators Group (LPFG)
Rationale of the Program
One of the common problems adolescents are facing is difficulty in adjusting to unpleasant situations and problems. They are often hesitant to share their problems with their parents, family members, teachers, and school authorities. Adolescents nowadays usually prefer to talk and share problems with their classmates, friends, and those that are of their same age. It is important for them to have peers who accept and understand easily their situation because they also experience or have been in the same situation. Peers are often effective in providing timely support to individuals who need care and encouragement if they have the maturity and they are equipped with necessary skills in helping.
To address this need, the Guidance and Testing Center will strengthen the Peer Facilitators Program. The program aims to train students to become peer facilitators who will assist the GTC in reaching out to Lyceans. It also aims to equip students with a wide range of knowledge, techniques and skills, which they may employ in helping students and in creating a supportive and a more caring environment.
Mental Health Facilitation Training
The Guidance and Testing Center conducted an activity entitled: “Mental Health Facilitation Training”, a training for Peer Facilitators as part of the National Board for Certified Counselor’s (NBCC-USA) Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program in coordination with APECA Philippines and Lyceum of the Philippines University Manila, last February 19, 2020, Wednesday, 8:00 A.M.– 4:00 P.M at Room 408. The MHF Training series was facilitated by our counselors (1) Ms. Jerryl Apoloan, RGC, (2) Ms. Gladys Ramos, RGC, (3) Sir Niño Anthony Banlaygas, RGC, and our Guidance Director, Dir. Carolyn Quiba, RGC. At the end of the training the students were able to assess and identify people with mental health problems, provide initial support and problem-solving for people who need someone to listen and care about their life and refer people who need help to resources, and provide continued support, care and follow-up when needed.