As a continuation of the project that aims to rehabilitate the families of victims and victims of human rights violations in the Philippines, the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), in partnership with Pro-Labor Legal Assistance Center and support from the European Union, has successfully concluded the Psychosocial Workshops for Cebuano-speaking target group, Peer Facilitation Training and Children’s Art Workshop (Art Therapy) this month of December.
Last December 2-3, victims and families of victims from Cebu and Mindanao attended the Psychosocial Workshop at the Sta. Rafaela Maria House of Spirituality in Quezon City. Facilitated by a psychologist from the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP-Diliman) and ably assisted by a Psychology masteral student, four Cebuano-speaking beneficiaries underwent group psychological intervention. The activities include basic physical check-up, relaxation exercises, needs assessment activities and basic caring tips that they can use in times of psychological disturbances.
The Peer Facilitation Training was also held in Sta. Rafaela Maria House of Spirituality on December 4-5, following the Psychosocial Workshop for the Cebuano-speaking participants. Attended by 15 participants among the human rights defenders and recovered families and facilitated by two psychologists and one professional counsellor from UP-Diliman, the two-day training focused on imparting to the trainees the basic knowledge of peer facilitation and developing among them the skills needed for an effective facilitator.
As the year-ender for the project, the Children’s Art Workshop was held at the Tamaraw Hall, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, Quezon City on December 12. Fourteen (14) children of victims of different human rights violations in Luzon participated in the activity, facilitated by the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC). The participants were divided into two groups based on their age bracket, one for children below 12 years old, and another for older age bracket.
The same as the Psychosocial Workshops for the adult family members, the project will have follow-up sessions for the Children’s Art Workshop and Peer Facilitation Training on February next year.