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Together for Marawi: An MLAC Institute Partnership with San Miguel Foundation, Inc.

by Hannah Morillo

            On 27-28 July 2017, the MLAC Team led by Dr. Honey Carandang, facilitated a two-day workshop for the Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Command, entitled Training on Trauma Counseling, Mindfulness, and Self-Care, at the V. Luna Medical Center and Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Through the generous support of San Miguel Foundation, Inc., MLAC Institute was able to reach out to the AFP to equip the army reserve, mostly from the academic field, medical field (nurses, doctors, medical technicians, and psychologists), lawyers, and army officers, among others, with the essential information and tools for when they will be deployed to Marawi.

            The two-day training aimed to bring more awareness to their own processes, prevent possible burnout or trauma, and get to know the definition and nature of trauma more deeply by not only orienting the participants with the technical knowledge of trauma, but also sharing with them its nuanced forms based on clinical practice. In the end, the participants were able to get in touch with their selves before they face the war-stricken zones and offer help to their combat troops. The fruitful event was closed by VAdm. Narciso Vingson, Jr., AFP Deputy Chief of Staff (to represent AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año), through a lively and resplendent display of nationalism for our country and compassion for the troops in Marawi.

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The opening ceremony of the two-day training at VLuna Medical Center, with the heads of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, San Miguel Foundation, Inc., and MLAC Institute

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Dr. Honey Carandang delivers a talk to 111 participants from the AFP on the nature of trauma.

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An activity with smaller groups after the talk of Dr. Honey Carandang.

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The MLAC team clinicing and posing for a photo with San Miguel Foundation Executive Director, Camille Buenaventura.

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            The participants learned about the significance of mindfulness and self-care especially when reaching out to others.

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Expressive arts activity with the smaller groups. The participants were each given the book, Presence (by MLAC and Team), sponsored by TELUS International, Philippines.

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The participants take a mindful pause and appreciate the importance of journaling.

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Small group sharing and processing.

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Dr. Honey Carandang was awarded a plaque for the training and workshop conducted with the MLAC Institute Team of psychologists.

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All the people behind the successful training – from the organizers to the facilitators and leaders of organizations. MLAC Institute with our own “general”, Dr. Honey Carandang.

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The participants of the training during their graduation rites.

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