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Professor Cecilia A. Essau in the Philippines

Professor Cecilia A. Essau has spent the last few days of October in the Philippines presenting her work and research.

Posted: 30 October 2013

image for news story Professor Cecilia A. Essau in the Philippines
Professor Cecilia A. Essau

She gave a lecture at the Department of Psychology of De La Salle University [22 Oct 2013]. Under the College of Liberal Arts Research Program Workshop which focused on Filipino Youth at Risk: Issues and Problems, she gave a lecture on Youth Mental Health. The event was attended by faculty, students and invited guests from government and non-governmental institutions who work with the youth.

Professor Essau gave also keynote address at the joint conference of the ASEAN Regional Union of Psychologists 4th Congress and the Psychological Association of the Philippines 50th Annual Convention, held in the Quezon City [24 Oct 2013].

The conference looked at the role of ASEAN psychologists in building hope and resilience among individuals, families, organisations, and communities, amidst adversity. Professor Essau’s keynote address was on Anxiety Disorders in Young People: Implication for Resilience Building. In addition to her keynote, Professor Essau gave a workshop on her newly developed resiliency programme Super Skills for Life, which has been shown to be effective in reducing emotional and behavioural problems in primary school children, and in enhancing their self-esteem and social skills.

Speaking after her trip, Professor Essau said: “I was delighted to be invited to the Philippines to discuss my research. I was pleased to meet and network with so many of my international colleagues. As academics, it is important for us to listen, engage, and collaborate.”

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