AdNU-GS Conducts Enrichment Session on “Managing Academic Stress and Anxiety in the Graduate School: Be Healthy, Be Wise”

With the theme, Managing Academic Stress and Anxiety in the Graduate School: Be Healthy, Be Wise” the Ateneo de Naga University-Graduate School Guidance Office successfully conducted its second Skills Enhancement Webinar via Google Meet last April 30, 2022, from 1:00 – 3:00 in the afternoon.

Specifically, the webinar session intends for Graduate school students to determine the causes of stress and anxiety; recognize the signs and symptoms of stress experienced by Graduate school students; identify effective strategies, tools, and techniques for managing stress; and, articulate the importance of stress management in keeping a healthy and well-balanced academic life.

The event was moderated by Ms. Alyza Joyce P. Alarkon, Master of Public Administration student of the Ateneo de Naga University Graduate School while Dr. Malu C. Barcillano, Dean of the AdNU Graduate School, embarked on the program with her Opening Remarks.  This was followed by Dr. Elizaldy Z. Raro, AdNU Graduate School Guidance Counselor, the introduction of the Guest Speaker.

Ms. Sena S. Salcedo was the resource speaker of the said Enrichment Session.  She graduated from the ADNU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2003.  She received her Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 2018.  She is a Registered Psychologist.  She joined Arcadis Consulting Middle East Limited, a leading global Design, and Consultancy firm where she is connected since 2017 up to the present as a Project Team Lead.  She is practicing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in psychotherapy and coaching sessions with clients referred by individuals or institutions.  She is also a Chief Psychologist of Betterteem an Artificial Intelligence-powered workplace app that predicts employee attrition.  She is also a Volunteer Psychologist for St Arnold Center for Integral Development and Mental Health First Responder.  She is a Certified Life Coach from Transcend Life Solutions, a Mental Health Advocate, and a member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP). She became one of the panelists, co-author of various research and fora on mental health and climate change in local and international events.

Ms. Salcedo first discussed about the concept of stress and anxiety and their various causes of it.  She then explained about the signs and symptoms of stress experienced by graduate school students and finally identify effective strategies, tools, and techniques in managing stress.  Afterwards, the floor was formally opened for queries regarding the discussion.  This was then followed by the awarding of a virtual Certificate of Appreciation to Ms. Salcedo for sharing her knowledge and expertise as a resource speaker of the webinar.

Forty-three (43) Graduate School students have participated in this event.

By: Dr. Elizaldy Z. Raro
Guidance Counselor-Graduate School