SSC-GS H.O.P.E. Community Counseling Center Conducts Psychological Stress Debriefing to Women Survivors of Unresolved Caloocan Murders
On March 11, 2018, St. Scholastica’s College-Graduate School Haven for Optimum Psycho-Spiritual Empowerment (H.O.P.E.) Community Counseling Center conducted a psychological stress debriefing program to grieving women at St. Vincent Seminary in Quezon City. All ten participants had lost either a husband, sibling, or child to unsolved gun-related murders that had taken place in Caloocan City.
HCCC graduate student volunteers, from St. Scholastica’s College Manila and De La Salle – University Manila, conducted a series of exercises to help reduce the psychological effects of trauma and improve their daily functioning. The program included screening for the emotional and physical signs of trauma, psycho-education on the stages of grief, relaxation exercises, individual interviews, and Critical Incident Stress group debriefing.
The women participants came together and shared their experiences and coping strategies. Despite encountering tragic events, they had hopes for the future, affirmed their love for their families, and displayed inner strength. SSC-GS-HCCC supports these women in their journey and continuing commitment to life and love.
by Caroline Chingcuanco, M.A. Psychology student, SCC-GS HOPE CCC Volunteer