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H.O.P.E. Community Counseling Center Provides Trauma Recovery Program to Residents of Barangay Milagro in Ormoc City, Leyte

July 3,2018

The series of earthquakes in Ormoc City, Leyte and its environs during which families whose homes were destroyed and whose coping mechanisms to deal with such natural catastrophes have appeared to be inadequate, has prompted Sr. Mary Vincent Feliciano, OSB, President of St. Peter’s College of Ormoc, to extend different forms of helping. Among these is the debriefing and psychological intervention of those with clinically significant results on depression, anxiety and/or depression among their students and employees in SPC last August 2017, which she has extended to other earthquake survivors in areas close to the city proper of Ormoc.

The H.O.P.E. Community Counseling Center Team of SSC Manila, headed by Dr. Maria Victoria Trinidad and Dr. Ma. Lourdes Medina, was once again invited to fly to Ormoc to implement a Trauma Recovery Program for the earthquake survivors at Barangay Milagro, Ormoc last May 12-14 and May 19-21, 2018. Most of the residents whose homes were totally destroyed, are still living in tents.

The program was well received by the residents. Many of them felt thankful after having been given the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings brought about by the earthquake experience – something which they reported to have consciously ignored and has made their daily functioning difficult. Those needing further counselling and psychotherapy reported feeling relieved and grateful for being “free” from the trauma of the negative event. The Trauma Recovery Program included 5 phases: Assessment, Trauma Processing, Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy, Trauma Recovery, and Re-Integration. On the last day of the team’s stay in Ormoc, a seminar on the different counselling and psychotherapy approaches was also given by the volunteers to the guidance facilitators and the Benedictine sisters of SPC.

The H.O.P.E. CCC Team would like to thank Sr. Mary Vincent, Sr. Angela, Sr. Felicity, and Sr. Jessica for the warm welcome and hospitality shown to them during their stay in Ormoc. H.O.P.E. CCC, a non-profit, extension program of the Psychology and Counseling Graduate program, will continue to collaborate, support and implement activities to promote mental health and respond to people’s mental health needs where they can be of help.

The following are the volunteers for the Trauma Recovery Program:

Dr. Ma. Lourdes Medina (Team Leader)
Dr. Maria Victoria Trinidad (Team Leader)  
Dr. Judy Aguinaldo 
Rosario Amelita Amarilla
Lolito Cruz
Julie  Flores
Peggie Gan
Rasel Leycano
Margarette Pangilinan
Dr. Ma. Lourdes Salanguit
Shenna Mae Zerna
Marvin Leslie Yian