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ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOLOGISTS AND HELPING PRACTITIONERS, INC. 

HEAD OF THE ORGANIZATION

Nelly Z. Limbadan, PhD, RPsy, RPm

Executive Director 

BACKGROUND OF THE ORGANIZATION

The Association of Psychologists and Helping Practitioners, Inc. (APHP) is a non-government organization initiated by the faculty of the Ateneo de Davao University and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in May 2013. The APHP’s member base today includes psychologists, counselors, medical practitioners, pastoral workers, and community organizers who are based in various parts of Mindanao.   The APHPI works closely with the Center of Psychological Extension and Research Services (COPERS), the community engagement arm of the Psychology Department at the Ateneo de Davao University. In partnership with COPERS, the APHP generates an empirically-based analysis of community needs, networks with duty bearers and service providers, and implement novel psychological applications as appropriate to the particular concerns in the region.  Drawing from its considerable expert base, the APHP sustains its various concerns for psychoeducation, intercultural dialogue, peace psychology, security sector reform, organizational effectiveness, mental health management, crisis intervention, psychosocial support

OBJECTIVES & MISSION

The APHP serves as a venue for its members among academe, industry, and community to deliver customized professional services and psychoeducation at the request of institutions. Among the major thrusts of the APHP is to educate on community trauma and the need to address it using culturally appropriate methodologies. It seeks to understand how communities experience trauma, help stakeholders assess community resilience factors, train volunteers for a psychosocial response, as well as network for the provision of support skills training for post-disaster recovery and protection needs. By training psychosocial volunteers on the narrative technique for psychological first aid, the APHP hopes to create the multiplier effect that would capacitate vulnerable communities to deliver informed psychological first aid in the aftermath of disasters and connect to the public health system to address long-term adverse mental health impacts of disaster experience. 

and trauma rehabilitation,

and post-disaster recovery planning.

ADDRESS

Rm D204, Dotterweich Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, E. Jacinto St., Davao City 

CONTACT NO.

 (082) 221 2411 loc 8273 

EMAIL ADDRESS

CLIENTELES

Children age three-17 years of age, survivors of different forms of maltreatment and abuse, neglect and abandonment, as well as children left in the street.

FOCAL PERSON

Virgie Vicare-Demata RSW, Co-founder and Executive Director 

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Counseling and Psychotherapy

 

Psychological Testing and Assessment 

Post-disaster Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Program 

Organizational Effectiveness and Development Services

Professional Development Seminars

Research Consulting Services