To ensure that the faculty and staff of Southern Christian College are at their best in providing the quality education and service that the institution has always been committed to offer, the SCC Human Resource Development Office (HRDO), along with partner agencies, intensified the opportunities for personal development of SCC employees through series of webinars on relevant and essential topics.

     One of the most recent webinars for the faculty and staff is the Webinar on Mental Health and Stress Management which is very timely and helpful when everyone’s well-being is affected in one way or another by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. On August 30 and September 2, two sessions of Mental Health Webinar were organized by the Rex Bookstore, Inc. and the HRDO through the facilitation of the School for Basic Education Director, Mrs. Dana Sue U. Rojo. The webinar was conducted via the Zoom meeting platform.

     The SCC employees had the opportunity to participate in Mental Health webinar sessions with notable resource speakers. During the first session, Mr. Emanuelle Manalang, MAE, from Everest Academy Manila, served as the resource person for the teaching personnel participants. He discussed the basics of psychosocial first aid and its importance among teachers and students. Mr. Manalang emphasized that teachers must learn psychosocial first aid to help address and lessen the mental health struggles of the students who are currently studying through distance learning modality and help them cope with the challenges brought by the new normal education. The second session, which was participated by the SCC staff, focused on positive psychology and the concept of focusing on one’s strengths in times of problems. The speaker was Dr. Sheila Mae “Shake” Hocson, a registered psychologist, guidance counselor, psychometrician, and professional teacher from Far Eastern University-Manila served as the speaker. Dr. Shake highlighted the importance of creating and maintaining a mental health plan to take good care of one’s well-being.

     Prior to these sessions, other webinars and orientations were conducted for the faculty and staff of SCC last July and August to prepare them further for the start of the new academic year. On August 12, SCC employees got the opportunity to participate in the Webinar on Anti-Sexual Harassment Law and the Safe Spaces Act and Conflict Management. Regional Director Gerrie D. Lampitco and Senior Labor and Employment Officer Ms. Jem De Eyoy from the National Conciliation and Mediation Board-XII served as the speakers for the said topics.

     All of these are only some of SCC’s efforts to uphold excellence despite our plight in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. SCC remains dedicated to providing interventions and support to its employees to ascertain that the institution remains capable of delivering quality education and service.