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Junix Jerald I. Delos Santos, MS Psych, RPm, LPT
Assistant Professor, University of Baguio
PhD Psychology Student, Ateneo de Manila University

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) people and other gender and sexual minorities continue to report widespread experiences of hate and discrimination (e.g., criminalization, systemic violence, discrimination in employment and health care, etc.) all over the world (UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2012). Moreover, a sharp divide is seen in people's opinion on the acceptance of “homosexuality” in terms of country, region, and economic development (Poushter & Kent, 2020). In 2011, the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) released a position paper that aligns itself with “global initiatives to remove the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with diverse sexualities and to promote the wellbeing of LGBT people.” As such, this workshop aims to equip future psychology professionals with knowledge and skills to adhere to this initiative and to practice the profession’s code of ethics to“respect the diversity among persons and peoples” (PAP, 2010; PRC, 2017). This workshop follows the gender mainstreaming and development framework and lies at the intersection of psychological science and social justice. Topics and activities will revolve around SOGIESC 101, using psychological science to create mechanisms that allow LGBTQ+ inclusion, and gender mainstreaming.

About the Facilitator:
Junix Jerald Delos Santos is a Ph.D. in Psychology student at the Ateneo de Manila University. He has a master’s degree in psychology from Saint Louis University, and is a faculty member and school research anchorperson at the University of Baguio. He is a registered psychometrician and a licensed professional teacher. Junix is a member of various professional organizations for psychology and mental health. Particularly, he is a member of the rainbow collective called the PAP LGBT Psychology Special Interest Group. Recently, he represented the Philippines in the American Psychological Association’s Global Psychology Learning Leadership Institute as an emerging leader.

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