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“A Day of Mindfulness, Compassion and Gratitude”

July 19, 2017 2 comments

Greetings!

We would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate “A Day of Mindfulness, Compassion and Gratitude” on August 26, 2017 from 8:00AM to 4:00 PM at the ESI Conference Room, Miriam College, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Cognizant of your presence and active participation in our previous events, we would be delighted to once again share this day with you. I will be giving a plenary talk on mindfulness in the morning while the afternoon workshop sessions will provide ample opportunity for the participants to reflect and share their personal insights as we go along various activities such as meditation and gratitude practice and on mindful movement. Dr. Herrera will also be giving a talk on compassion.

However, although the small size of the venue allows us to have a more intimate gathering, it also means that we can only accommodate a limited number of participants. Hence, to accommodate walk-in participants, the online registration will only be open until August 21, 2017.

Should you want to register online, you may fill up this form: https://goo.gl/forms/oRIEqLMMKaRgi3R32. After which, we will be sending you an email to acknowledge your confirmation as well as to notify you on the payment details.  Fees are transferable but non-refundable.  For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at (02) 573 2975 or mlac.institute@gmail.com.

Thank you very much and hope to see you there!

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Learning Session on Mindfulness and Work – Life Balance at the Senate Electoral Tribunal

Last March 14, Dr. Honey Carandang was invited by the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to give a learning session on Mindfulness and Work-Life Balance.

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Dr. Honey explains the flow of activities for the day

The talk was divided into two parts: BALANCE: The Key to Emotional and Spiritual Wellness and Mindfulness. The talk emphasized the need for balance between work and play, being with others and solitude, doing and being, and caring and being cared for.

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Participants trying out a mindfulness activity

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Employees of the Senate Electoral Tribunal check out the books of Dr. Honey and MLAC Institute

Dr. Honey also emphasized the need for mindfulness practice in helping the employees of SET to cope with the daily challenges of their lives both at home and work. She ended her talk with mindfulness exercises such as the use of imagery. Participants were also able to ask questions and share their thoughts on the topic.

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A participant asking Dr. Honey a question on mindfulness

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Dr. Honey hands out a certificate of participation to an employee of SET

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Participants hold up their certificates as they pose with Dr. Honey for a group photo

Examine yourself; see what you may be missing: A reflection on Parenting Academy 3

by Joanne Mabanta

As the day began, guests of different ages trickled in little by little. Everyone arrived to listen to Dr. Honey Carandang’s talk on ‘The Power of Compassionate Discipline’. As a well-known clinical psychologist and national social scientist, she has done many contributions to the field of psychology as well as given many talks.

The Parenting Academy, now on its third year, is focusing on compassionate discipline because of the current prevailing culture of violence that is evident in society. According to Dr Carandang, parenting is the means to nation building. It is important, now more than ever, to carry the core value of respect and dignity that each human deserves. An individual, as a parent, may install these values by disciplining his children, not out of fear, but out of love and respect. This proper discipline allows children to incorporate a mode of thinking in their lifestyle that can prevail across different situations. It tells the child what he can or cannot do, and in doing so, the child has a sense of stability and security. If an individual begins early in disciplining his child, the child can then develop a sense of self-discipline that he can use to regulate his own behaviour, and would thus allow him to act according to the values that have been early on instilled in his life. This discipline is done not only so that the life of the parent may become easier, but also it allows them to have something to hang on to. In this manner, a two-way relationship is established between the parent and the child.

Admittedly, disciplining children can be very testing and challenging for the parent. It requires complete attention, consistency, and patience. Being the parent means that you have to be sure of what you’re doing; otherwise, authority will not be effective in the eyes of the child. Thus, to maintain this discipline, one must always remember his purpose in doing it: it is all for the child. After all, the child does not necessarily do these bad things simply just to do them; it is just that they do not know that what they are doing are good or bad. This explains the importance in delineating to them exactly what they can and cannot do.

Dr Carandang stressed that the necessity for discipline does not automatically mean that one must do it with such violence. Oftentimes, there are parents who shout or shame their children when they do the wrong thing. However, this manner of discipline only encourages the child to avoid the adult, instead of correcting the wrong behaviour. It fails to establish a connection with the children that is necessary and will become helpful in the years to come.

My biggest takeaway from Dr Carandang’s talk was the importance of this connection; with it, the parent does not have to worry about the child as he grows up, because you as the parent have already helped him build up his own identity upon growing up. He already knows what to do, and he knows that he can count on you to be there for him whatever happens. Your compassionate discipline when he was younger will act as his moral compass for him to be his own person, the best and good version of himself. This then stresses the importance of good parenting: as a parent, one must know how much role he plays in the life of his child.

You might want to think about if you’re parenting your child well. Examine yourself; see what you may be missing. Maybe all it takes is a little awareness for your child to be able to go the extra mile.

Registration is ongoing for Parenting Academy 3

January 25, 2017 Leave a comment

Registration is ongoing! Reserve a slot now and get an early bird discounted price! 🙂

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Parenting Academy is an annual event brought to you by MLAC Institute for Psychosocial Services, Inc. It is a venue where everyone, NOT ONLY parents, can discuss important issues in parenting.

On its 3rd year, the conference focuses on the theme: THE POWER OF COMPASSIONATE DISCIPLINE. Dr. Carandang and her team of highly trained psychologists will impart their knowledge on how to effectively discipline with DIGNITY and to apply GENDER RESPONSIVE PARENTING (GAD).

Dr. Carandang will give a talk in the morning and in the afternoon, a workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to:

share personal insights

apply principles of compassionate discipline, and

learn practices for self-care, self-compassion, and stress management

FEES FOR THE TALK: Regular = 1,500 Early bird & PAP members = 1,000 Students = 700

Add 1,000 pesos to attend the afternoon workshop. Fees are inclusive of snacks.

*early bird registration is up to Feb.6 only Online registration is up to Feb.25

To register, TEXT 0915-009-7652 or EMAIL mlac.institute@gmail.com to check slot availability. You may also fill up the registration form at http://tinyurl.com/ParentingAcademy3. Once confirmed, you may deposit your payment to METROBANK

You are all invited to join Parenting Academy 3!

January 15, 2017 Leave a comment

And here are the much awaited details for Parenting Academy 3 🙂 Online registration starts tomorrow. Register on or before Feb.6 to get an early bird discount!
  

Save the Date (MARCH 4, 2017) for Parenting Academy 3 – The Power of Compassionate Discipline

January 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Curious about MLAC Institute’s PARENTING ACADEMY? 

Check out the video highlights from Parenting Academy 2.
If you like what you see SAVE THE DATE for PARENTING ACADEMY 3 this MARCH 4, 2017.

 This year’s theme is THE POWER OF COMPASSIONATE DISCIPLINE. More details to come soon!

SAVE the DATE for PARENTING ACADEMY 3

December 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Hello everyone! Please SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming event…more details will be posted soon 🙂