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UPVTC OCEP & ADMU holds 2nd Katatagan program

After successfully running Katatagan para sa Kabataan in July, the UPV Tacloban College Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod (UPVTC OCEP) teamed up once again with the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Department of Psychology and offered the same program to a second batch of participants on August 29-30, 2015 in UPVTC, Tacloban City. 

 Katatagan para sa Kabataan is a resilience program that teaches adolescent disaster survivors coping and life skills aimed at helping them in their recovery process and nurturing their resilience. Around 30 residents of a temporary resettlement area in Abucay, Tacloban City participated in the program, which was facilitated by 20 volunteer students of the UPVTC Psych Circle. 

For one-and-a-half day, participants performed various activities like expressing their thoughts and experiences by drawing and answering worksheets, managing their stress levels through mindfulness and bio-energetic exercises, envisioning their future, practicing problem-solving and reframing techniques, performing songs and a stress management dance, and preparing for future disasters among other activities. 

The activity was supervised by UPVTC OCEP Coordinator Pierce Docena, who is also adviser to the UPVTC Psych Circle. Project members from ADMU went to UPVTC in August 15 and 16 to train the volunteer students in facilitating the six modules of the program. 

The second run of Katatagan para sa Kabataan was funded by a public service grant from UPV and co-funded by ADMU.

By: Pierce S. Docena

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