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Psychological Wellness Program for Children and Teens with Cancer A Collaborative Project of UP-PGH and MedMom Child Development Clinic

Program and Services
Circle of Hope is focused on strengthening hope and resilience among young patients dealing with cancer and the community of carers that surround them. The program will be utilizing a Mindfulness-Based approach in coping with stress and negative emotions. Many compelling research studies have pointed to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in alleviating stress and negative emotions for patients with chronic pain and illness. Pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, who established the Stress Reduction Clinic under the auspices of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979, MBSR has become a standard clinical intervention and community offering. At the core of mindfulness practice is the radical acceptance of the present reality (“what is”). It allows individuals to become unstuck from the grip of suffering, pain, and despair; and consequently make life-nurturing choices. Research studies of patients with chronic pain and illness showed that engaging in mindfulness practices significantly decreased stress, anxiety, pain, depression, physical symptoms, anger, and use of medication. There has also been evidence that those who practice mindfulness felt their lives were more meaningful and fulfilling.

In addition to the cultivation of mindfulness practice, the program will be offering a variety of interventions and supports, such as: psycho-education, family therapy/parent counseling, grief counseling, psycho-spiritual counseling, and expressive arts therapy. Program activities and services will include the following:

  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Developing an Individualized Mental Health Plan of Care
  • Psycho-education Sessions (e.g. Coping Skills)
  • Individual and Family Counseling Services
  • Support Groups (Teens, Parents, Professionals)
  • Close Coordination with the Psycho-Social Support Team and Physicians
  • Mindfulness and Stress Management Training for Patients, Parents/Caregivers, Professionals

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Igniting Hope - Brunch Fundraiser for the Circle of Hope | June 14, 2015
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Pediatric Therapists: Speech and Language Pathology / Occupational Therapy

We are accepting qualified applicants for clinical practice in Speech and Language Pathology / Occupational Therapy.

Contact Information
For inquiries, you may contact or send your CV and letter of intent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Administrative Staff

We value our clients and their parents and we aim to provide quality services, especially through the remarkable individuals who come to work with our team. We are currently searching for an Administrative Staff for our clinic. Successful candidates have excellent customer service and able to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining good attention to detail. You will be fully engaged and busy from the first day and there’s rarely a dull moment.

    Qualifications for hire:
  • Bachelor of Science degree
  • Proficient computer skills with Microsoft Excel, Word
  • Proficient with Google applications (i.e. calendar, e-mail)
  • Bilingual Filipino/English is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have respect for typically developing children, children with special needs, and the children’s families
  • Able to work with a team
    Responsibilities and Requirements of an Administrative Staff:
  • Customer service skills over the telephone and in-person, with our clients, their parents and within our internal departments
  • Able to field telephone calls
  • Prepare written responses to general inquiries through e-mail
  • Coordinate the schedule and activities of the clinic’s pediatricians, psychologists and group programs
  • Coordinate referrals, clients and their appointments
  • Assist in quality assurance monitoring
  • Filing – electronic and hard copy of documents
  • Data entry through spreadsheet and word processing

Salary depends on skills and experience. Benefits include SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-ibig coverage. Successful candidates undergo on-the-job training to become proficient in the responsibilities and requirement of the position.

To apply, please forward your resume/CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .