Archive for the ‘Psychosocial Programs’ Category

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.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


Small group sharing and processing.


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


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.


The participants of the training during their graduation rites.


MLAC Partnership with Consuelo Foundation

by Hannah Morillo

One of the most fruitful projects that the MLAC Institute has started in 2016 and continued to this year is its partnership with Consuelo Foundation, Inc. True to living to its motto, “Giving hope”, Consuelo Foundation with MLAC, was able to provide psychological intervention to at-risk youth and survivors of trauma and abuse, to its partner organizations, Messy Bessy (House Foundation) and Purple Centers Foundation.

The MLAC Team (Uzi Araneta-de Leon, Rory Catipon, Bless de Asis, and Hannah Morillo) led by Dr Honey Carandang, set out to the production house and office of Messy Bessy in Pasong Tamo, Makati, and to the school of the children in Purple Centers Foundation, Tondo, Manila to provide individual therapy sessions, group and family therapy, and group mindfulness-based expressive arts and play therapy. Being able to reach out especially to people where psychological intervention is not readily available is one of the most gratifying ways MLAC offer psychosocial support. We look forward to continuing partnerships such as this, and to extend our services to those who need them most.


Tita Honey during one of our group mindfulness-based expressive arts therapy sessions. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


Traversing Tondo: on our way to Purple Centers Foundation. (Photo by Rory Catipon)


Looking out from Purple Centers Foundation in Tondo, Manila. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


The final session of the girls from Messy Bessy was a culmination through their music therapy, among others. It was a “treat” to witness a live and intimate performance from the artist (Dr. Chris Carandang) whose original compositions have touched their hearts throughout their therapy sessions. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


A visit to the MLAC Institute clinic: The children of Purple Centers engage in free play and a jovial exchange of stories and experiences. (Photo by Hannah Morillo)


One way of sifting through one’s experiences is through art. (Photo by Uzi Araneta-de Leon)

Dr.Honey and the MLAC team give a 2-day workshop for Health Service Providers of Pasig

August 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Last Aug.25-26, 2016, Dr. Honey Carandang and members of the MLAC team conducted a two-day workshop for the health service providers of Pasig. This event was organized by The City Government of Pasig through The Pasig Health Department and the Gender and Development Office.
Dr. Honey and the MLAC team emphasized the importance of being mindful and knowing how to take care of one’s self to prevent burnout especially since the participants regularly handle cases of abuse, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy. Frameworks on the 7 Basic Psychological Needs and Trauma and Recovery were given, as well as an introduction to Basic Listening and Counseling Skills and the Use of Expressive Arts.
The MLAC team would like to thank Ms.Gigie Barnedo of GAD for inviting us and coordinating with us. Most of all, thank you to the participants who were very open and eager to share themselves with us! 

*the participants are the first batch to go through the workshop, there will be a 2nd batch soon!

Here are some pictures from the event:


Dr. Honey Carandang talks about the 7 Basic Psychological Needs and Mindfulness


The MLAC team pose with Ms.Gigie Barnedo and the organizers


The MLAC team with the participants of the workshop


The participants PLAY with their CLAY


The participants PLAY with their CLAY



Here are just some of the results of the participants PLAY with their CLAY


Here are just some of the results of the participants PLAY with their CLAY


Here are just some of the results of the participants PLAY with their CLAY


Paper presentation on MLAC work with disaster survivors at ICP in Yokohama

Hello everyone!
We are very happy to share the news that MLAC team member Richie Rosales Parr presented a paper at the recent 31st International Congress of Psychology in Yokohama. Her paper was about the psychosocial rehabilitation work that the MLAC Institute has done with disaster survivors relocated from Samar and Leyte to Mabalacat, Pampanga. Richie was part of the research and intervention team led by Dr. Ma.Lourdes “Honey” A. Carandang. The project was funded by TIAXA International and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC).

Congrats Richie!



The Pakikipagkapwa-Damdamin book launch is this Saturday already :)

Hello friends! The Pakikipagkapwa-Damdamin book launch is this Saturday already! We hope to see you there 🙂

Invite to the book launching of the 20th anniversary edition of Pakikipagkapwa-Damdamin :)

Hello everyone! You are all invited to the launch of the 20th anniversary edition of Pakikipagkapwa-Damdamin on July 16, 2016. Entrance fee already includes a free copy of the book! More details below. See you there! 🙂

A Look Back at the Original Pakikipagkapwa-Damdamin book 20 years ago

The Ultimate Throwback: Here is an excerpt from the original Pakikipagkapwa-Damdamin book 20 years ago, including the original cover of the book 🙂
We hope to see you all during the book launch on July 16, 2016! 8-12nn (8-8:30am registration) @ Miriam College ESI bldg. 

For more information on how to reserve a seat contact or 0916-6821437.