UG3 – Grief Experience of Adolescents in the Philippines – Sept. 8 & 9

Understanding Teen Grief Layout

September 8-9, 2015, Henry Sy Auditorium, St. Lukes’ Global

Background and Overview

The youth population in the Philippines has been increasing.  Latest available figures estimate Filipino youth at 19.2 million.  Of this number, 10.3 million are aged 15-19 years, and about 9 million are in the 20-24 year age group.

Grief is an internal experience of thoughts and feelings brought about by physical loss and or death. Other teenagers, on the other hand, have terminal illness and are confronted with eminent death as well as separation from the family. In the Philippines, families experience grief all the same time when a disaster such as typhoon, flood and earthquake happens.

It is also worth noting that the suicide rate among Filipinos has gone up in the last 21 years, with majority of the cases involving young people aged 24 years old and below, according to studies, and figures culled from the National Statistics Office.

General Conference Objective 

The Conference-Workshop seeks to capture and better understand real-life grief experiences of Filipino adolescents and youth to create deeper awareness of what they go through. It endeavors to come up with insights on contributory factors that lead to grief among the young, and more importantly, present some techniques and intervention strategies that participants can utilize to facilitate self-recovery, healing and empowering of adolescent/s undergoing grief.

As the Conference purposively adopts a holistic approach to understanding grief among adolescents, the Resource Speakers will focus on (i) understanding adolescent mind; (ii) Filipino adolescent grief experience; (iv) adolescent bereavement;   (v) coping with grief, (vi) intervention strategies for adolescent at risk of suicide, and (vii) crisis intervention for adolescent when grief is massive

The two day Conference is especially designed for school administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, medical professional parents, youth organizations, and related support groups, among others.


The Conference sessions are designed to be interactive, for plenary presentations and in break-out groups. The following presentation methodologies will be employed:

1.  presentation and discussion

2.  interactive activities and or structured learning experience


At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will:

1. Be more comfortable and confident in discussing the topic of grief

2. Have an increased understanding of issues that contribute to stress among adolescents

3. Identify a number of signs that suggest suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

4. Be more capable of tailoring methods of support to individual clients

5. Be able to return to one’s organization with additional tools to help others cope with grief

Conference Program

Day 1 (Sept 8)

Time                      Session                                                                              Speaker

8:00 – 8:30         Registration

8:30 – 9:00         Opening Program                                                                 EPCALM

9:00 – 9:20          Keynote/Sharing                                                                  Jean Goulbourn

9:20 – 9: 30         Break

9:30 – 10:45        The Many Sides of Grief                                                     Dr. Bob Baugher

  • Types/Kinds of grief as experienced by teens;
  • Anticipatory Grief;
  • Cultural Differences; and
  • Similarities in Bereavement.

10:45 – 12:00     The Experience of Grief in the Filipino Adolescent

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00         Understanding the Mind of the Adolescent                        Dr. Bob Baugher

2:00 – 2:15         Break

2:15 – 3:15         The Complex World of Adolescent Bereavement              Dr. Bob Baugher 

3:15 – 4:15         The Psychosocial Impact of a Child’s Death         Dr. Emma Llanto  & Cathy Babao

4:15 – 5:15          Boy Buzz at UG 3                                                            Boy Abunda

    (Panel interview of Boy Abunda with Jean Goulborn, Chuckie Dreyfuss)

Day 2 (Sept. 9)

8:45 – 9:00          Welcome back

9:00 -10:00          Intervention Strategies for Adolescents at Risk for Suicide    Dr. Bob Baugher

10:15-  11:15      “Teens’ Rights and Wrongs”

11:15- 12:00        Special Guest

12:00 -1:00          Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 Coping with Grief – Art and Play Therapy Healing Modality    Peachy Gonzalez Fernando

2:00 – 3:00       Coping with Grief – Music Therapy Healing Modality                 Marisa Marin

3:00 – 3:15       Break

3:15 – 4:15       The Art of Listening to an Adolescent                                       Dr. Bob Baugher

4:15- 5:15         Putting Our Skills into Practice                                          Small Group Activity

5:15- 5:30          Closing