Psychology and Counseling majors attend the 33rd Psychological Association of the Philippines-Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) National Convention
New Year brings new beginnings. This is a chance to meet new acquaintances, gain new friends, and create new experiences with an open mind. Psychology and Counselling majors started the year by participating in the 33rd Psychological National Convention of the Association of the Philippines-Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) last January 24 and 25, 2020 with the theme “Inclusive Psychology: Valuing Diversity and Accommodation among Filipinos.” The two-day event included a variety of fun and beneficial activities, presentations, competitions, and workshops.
The first day of the convention was held at the SMX Convention Center. Early in the morning, a long line of students from different colleges and universities showed eagerness to learn new information and gather more inspiration from the event. The main segment of the program was the enlightening talk by this year’s two speakers, namely Ms. Candy Pangilinan and SM Cares Program of PWDs, Engr. Blen C. Mateo. Ms. Pangilinan shared her experiences as a mother of a 17-year-old son, Quentin, who was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism. Funny yet moving at the same time, her comedic side did not hinder the honesty of her account. She shared how some people misunderstood her son and also imparted the lessons that come with it. Everyone was even more inspired by the next speaker’s presentation – SM Cares shared its programs that were successfully carried out during the past few years. Examples of those events include Angels Walk for Autism, Happy Walk for Down Syndrome, Special Movie Screening for the Blind and Deaf and Emergency Preparedness Forum, which centered on thousands of people each year.
The top 10 and board passers of the October 2019 Licensure Examination for Psychometricians was announced after the presentation of the plenary speakers. Following this were the two traditional competitions of PAPJA that students look forward to – the Inter-school Psychology Quiz Competition and Transcendance where psychology majors take part in a fierce dance competition.
The second day of the convention at the National University offered workshops on a variety of topics, from understanding depression to tips in doing research effectively. The convention has succeeded not only in providing updated information to psychology students that will help them om their future career as psychologists, but also inspiring and molding them into better individuals. The Psychology and Counselling students of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila will continue to be part of the Psychological Association of the Philippines’ efforts to achieve this goal. After all, PsychKulasas adhere to its mission so vital and ever-prevalent – to prosper unity in diversity.
By Leyla Rhyme Ahira B. Giuzman, BSP-101A