The University’s Gender and Development Resource Center (GADRC) successfully conducted a comprehensive two-day Training Workshop on Case Management Victims of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) on February 28-29, 2024, at the Veranda, Hostel Tropicana, Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite.

This was a pivotal initiative aimed at equipping participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively manage and support victims of gender-based violence (GBV).

Ms. Joanne Diloy, GAD Alternate for the Office of Student Affairs and Services (OSAS), delivered the opening message on behalf of Ms. Sharon P. Mojica-Isip, Dean of OSAS. She welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of acquiring counseling skills for GAD coordinators and advocates. Ms. Diloy encouraged active participation to ensure a thorough understanding of the counseling process.

Mr. Gino A. Cabrera, MPsy, CSIOP, CHRA, RPm, and a member of the CALABARZON GAD Resource Pool Batch 2, led the sessions on the first day. He began with “Gender-Responsive Mental Health Awareness and Stress Management,” highlighting the significance of mindfulness and the importance of being open to learning and helping others. Mr. Cabrera discussed the different contexts of gender responsiveness and addressed the realities of mental illness, covering topics such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

In the afternoon, Mr. Cabrera shifted focus to “Gender-Based Violence.” He provided insights into the gender dynamics in the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the shift of GBV to online platforms and increased burdens on women. He detailed various forms of violence and the psychosocial needs of GBV survivors, emphasizing the root causes of GBV and offering recommendations for creating safer environments.

The second day concentrated on handling GBV victims, with Mr. Cabrera presenting various approaches to support victims, including first-line care, medical treatment, and referrals. He introduced the OARS model (Open questions, Affirmations, Reflective listening, and summarizing) and discussed Psychological First Aid (PFA), its principles, and core actions.

Participants engaged in a psychodrama exercise, depicting five GBV scenarios to apply their newly acquired skills. Scenarios included addressing molestation by a stepfather, physical and psychological violence by a partner, aiding a neighbor fleeing violence, debriefing for PFA providers, and responding to a fatal GBV incident.

The successful workshop marked a significant step in the University’s efforts to combat gender-based violence and support survivors, reinforcing the critical role of trained professionals in creating safer and more supportive communities.

Ms. Joanne Diloy, GAD Coordinator, OSAS delivering the opening message on behalf of Ms. Sharon M. Isip, Dean, OSAS
Mr. Gino A. Cabrera discussing Gender-Responsive Mental Health Awareness and Stress Management
Mr. Ruel P. Mendoza, GAD Coordinator, College of Education; Ms. Ely Rose Briones-Panganiban, GAD Coordinator, CvSU Bacoor Campus; and Ms. Antoneitte Viray, GAD Coordinator, College of Nursing (left to right), serve as the evaluators of the psychodrama
Some photo clips during the psychodrama
Awarding of Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Gino A. Cabrera

The participants of the two-day Training-Workshop on Case Management