A training workshop on basic counselling for non-practitioners entitled Compassionate, Attentive & Responsive Educators (C.A.R.E.) was provided to 38 high school teachers in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro and Pandan, Catanduanes. Eighteen high school teachers of Leandro I. Verceles Sr. National High School and 20 teachers of San Roque NHS and extension school participated in the interactive workshops on February 17, and March 10, 2018.
Participants ‘role-play’ the common problems their students experience and the strategies they used to handle them.
Volunteer trainer points out the importance of being aware, “as teachers, of our own values and beliefs, about our roles as educators and our perceptions about the students.”
The training also discussed the overview of counselling, basic concepts, principles, goals, and common problems in counselling. The participants were also oriented on some counselling skills, and techniques. One of the highlights of the training was role-playing an “extra challenge” counselling experience, from the teachers’ daily interaction with students. The teachers were given the opportunity to apply the learning from the input and discussion.
In the closing ceremony of the two-day activity in Bulalacao, Francisco Faner, Jr., school head of San Roque NHS, said the school was very thankful of the new knowledge and skills gained from the workshop. Maria Lucia Agustin, teacher-in-charge of the Leandro I. Verceles Sr. NHS, said the training was very informative and relevant for teachers in dealing with the students.