The 2-day 10th Visayas-Mindanao Psychology Conference opened at the Finster Hall Auditorium at 8:00 am on 23 February 2018. The VISMIN Psychology Conference is a biennial gathering of undergraduate psychology majors from colleges and universities in Mindanao and the Visayas. The first VisMin Conference was initiated by the Ateneo de Davao University and had in the past years been managed by the Samahan ng Mga Mag-aaral ng Sikolohiyang Filipino, the official student organization of the ADDU Department of Psychology.


The conference this year is hosted by the Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services as a fundraiser to sustain its community accompaniment efforts among Marawi IDPs in the border town of Malabang, Lanao del Sur. This year’s theme is Pakikipagpalagayang Loob: Creative Means to Rapport Building.


COPERS Affiliate Dr. Marshaley Baquiano, Co-Chair of the Social Psychology Division of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) and Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines –  Visayas, delivered the keynote address. Silliman University Assistant Professor Michele Joan Valbuena gave the plenary address.  Dr. Valbuena is the Chair of the Sports Psychology Special Interest Group of the PAP.


Conference participants chose to attend two of nine exciting workshops simultaneously scheduled on the afternoon of the 23rd and morning of the 24th. Workshop offerings include


Pag-iisang Pintig: Pagbuo ng Diwa at Loob by Leo Emmauel Castro (Feb 23 1:45pm and Feb 24 8:30 am, F213)


Optimizing Adolescent Potential through Emotion-Freedom Technique by Dr. Gina R. Lamzon (Feb 23 1:45pm, Ricci Hall Conference Rm D)


Plastik-plastikan, Hugutan ng Ka-artisan: Pakikipagpalagayang-loob gamit ang plastic bag art

By Jojet Lamberto Mondares, RP (Feb 23 1:45pm and Feb 24 8:30am, 8/F Training Room, Community Center of the First Companions)


Frolics: Hugutan ng Ka-artisan (Rapport building in the Military) by Jonna Mondares, RGC (Feb 23 1:45pm and Feb 24 8:30am, Ricci Hall Conference Room E, Community Center of the First Companions)


The Moro Lens: A Practical Guide for Psychosocial Support Responders in Moro Communities by Mouhammad Camal Sharief (Feb 23 1:45pm and Feb 24 8:30am, Nursing Fundamental Lab)


Art of Magic: An Approach to Rapport Building by Kenneth Ragonton, RPM and Michael Jess Lapid

(Feb 24 8:30am, D401-403)

Inahan sa Sugilanon: An Introduction to Waldorf Kindergarten Storytelling by Juliefer Morano-Cecilio and Malaya Camporedondo-de Guia (Feb 23 1:45pm and Feb 24 8:30am, D202)


“EMO-TION: Emotion in Motion by Regina B. Luminario, RPm (Feb 23 1:45pm and Feb 24 8:30am, Aerobics Room)


Breaking Down Boundaries and Asymmetry:  A Workshop on Creative Ways of Warming Up and Establishing Trust by Dr. Marshaley Baquiano, RP (Feb 24 8:30 am, Miguel Pro Study Center, Community Center of the First Companions)


Inclusive Sports for Individuals and Communities in Crisis by Dr. Michele Joan Valbuena, RP (Feb 24 8:30 am, Sky Lounge)


COPERS is the community engagement arm of the Psychology Department at the Ateneo de Davao University. ADDU psychologists, mental health practitioners, research affiliates, trained volunteers generate empirically-based analysis of community needs, network with duty bearers and service providers, and implement novel psychological applications as appropriate to the unique concerns in the region.


Drawing from its considerable expert base, COPERS sustains in various concerns for psychoeducation, intercultural dialogue, peace psychology, security sector reform, organizational effectiveness, mental health management, crisis intervention, psychosocial support and trauma rehabilitation, and post-disaster recovery planning.


COPERS is led by Gail Tan Ilagan, PhD, CSSoP, RPsy.