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Jeremiah Paul C. Silvestre
Tarlac State University

Sikolohiyang Pilipino (SP) is defined as the sikolohiyang bunga ng karanasan, kaisipan at oryentasyong Pilipino (Enriquez, 1976.) As an indigenous psychology, it envisions to be in the fore front in understanding Filipinos in various settings. As a discipline, it explores its own theories and concepts in parallel with mainstream Psychology; and as a movement, it advocates to contribute in important social issues. So, how can Psychology professionals-in training use SP in studying the Filipino experience especially during relevant times? This session aims to give an introductory discussion regarding SP and how it can be applied in various contexts. Specifically, its objectives for the participants are:

  • (a) to gain an understanding of what the field of SP is about
  • (b) to appreciate SP’s basic concepts, theories and research findings
  • (c) to reflect on personal experiences and apply SP’s spirit in various contexts

A lecture-workshop focusing on the fundamentals of SP – its history, the approaches in studying culture and Psychology, the indigenization process, kapwa and other theories & concepts, and its advocacy - is the design of this learning session.

About the Facilitator:
Jeremiah Paul C. Silvestre is an Instructor at Tarlac State University Department of Psychology teaching courses in Theories of Personality, Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Sikolohiyang Pilipino. He also has significant experience in Human Resources functions such as talent acquisition, training/learning & development and process and systems research standardization. He is a Registered Psychometrician and an MA Personality Psychology student at the University of the Philippines Diliman. His research interests are well-being/ginhawa, optimism and personality traits & processes. He is also the current Chair of the Psychological Association of the Philippines – Central Luzon Chapter and is personally involved in doing advocacy work about mental health, human rights, and indigenous peoples.

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