Medmom Training Programs


August 2017-February 2018 Training Cycle

MedMom is an interdisciplinary child development clinic that serves children and youth by addressing their developmental, socio-emotional, behavioral, and learning needs. We provide integrated services covering various professional disciplines including Developmental Pediatrics, Special Education, Speech and Language Pathology, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.

We are now accepting applications for the next training cycle in the following tracks:

Therapy Track: We require at least 16 hours per week of combined direct service, administrative work, supervision, and training. Counseling or psychotherapy coursework is mandatory. Trainees will be matched to programs and services based on student interest and current needs at the clinic. This may include group intervention programs, school-based services, executive skills coaching, community mental health services for pediatric oncology patients (PGH-Circle of Hope), and low fee clinic-based services. Didactic training will cover clinical assessment, ethics of clinical practice, risk and crisis management, family-systems approach, clinical interventions with young children, clinical interventions with teens, and interdisciplinary practice.

Assessment Track: We require at least 16 hours per week, which includes direct service, scoring, report-writing, administrative work, didactic training, and clinical supervision. Trainees will assist in conducting comprehensive evaluations and executive functioning assessments. They will be trained in a neuro-developmentally informed approach, which emphasizes an understanding of the underlying constructs and processes that affect learning, behavior, interpersonal functioning, and adaptation. Trainees have to be prepared to carry out intensive report-writing duties and to deliver work output within specified deadlines. Didactic training will cover principles and constructs in neuro-developmentally informed assessment, procedures for clinical interview and test administration, observation, diagnosing developmental disorders, and the collaborative helping approach.

Training and Supervision: Clinical Supervision at MedMom integrates 3 essential skillsets: capacity for reflection, clinical/technical competency, and awareness of the implications of power and culture in human interaction. Our supervision structure provides for weekly group supervision with a Primary Supervisor, specific program supervision or “cliniquing” on a weekly basis, monthly didactic training, interdisciplinary trainings, and case conferences. There is a minimum requirement of 6 months, even if the hours are in excess of required school practicum hours.

Tuition Fees: Fees are collected to help the clinic cover the costs of providing a comprehensive clinical training program that is up-to-date with international standards of clinical practice. Interns are charged a training and supervision fee of Php 5,000 per 6-month cycle.

Contact Information- For inquiries about MedMom’s Child and Family Psychology Clinical Training Program, please send your CV and letter of intent to: Joanna Herrera, Psy, RPsy, Head of Psychological Services, MedMom Institute for Human Development. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Telephone No: (02) 727 0565.

A workshop for caregivers of children between ages 2-8 years old.

Topics include: Positive Discipline, Behavior Management & Self-Care

To reserve a slot, kindly contact us at (02) 727-0565 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: September 2 & 9, 2017
Time: 8:00AM to 11:00AM
Rate: Php 2,500
Location: MedMom Institute for Human Development

Positive Discipline, Behavior Management & Self-Care

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Floortime® is an approach to help children communicate better with their environment. It was developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan to help families support their child’s development. It aims to meet children at their level of development and build on their strengths and abilities through creating opportunities for interactions and building relationships with people who are important in the child’s life.

This is an introductory course that reviews the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the model promoting functional emotional developmental capacities, reflective thinking, and overall mental health for all children and adults, including those with special needs.

DIRFloortime® 101 Introductory Course


Alternative and Augmentative Commnunication

In celebration of May as Speech, Language and Hearing month, Med Mom Child Development Clinic would like to offer a practical and skills-based short course on Alternative and Augmentative Communication, also know as AAC.

AAC is a timely topic for many practitioners and members of the family of persons with disabilities, especially those who directly related to the dispensation of services to those with limited communication abilities. This short course is set to focus on key areas of AAC Assessment, AAC Program Design (including selection of devices), and AAC Systems Implementation.

This short course will be divided into three separate sessions to give ample time for presentation of key topics and information related to the three focus areas mentioned. Each session will serve to answer the following lead-in questions:

    Session One
  • What is AAC? (Definition of terms, associated concepts such as voice output devices ans AAC technology)
  • What is an AAC Assessment? (Key points that need to be investigated and assessed to determine if an AAC system is warranted and determine the course of AAC system and program design, professionals and experts who are trained to conduct a complete and thorough AAC assessment)
    Session Two
  • What are the necessary points that AAC service provider should consider when designing an AAC system?
  • From AAC Assessment to AAC system and program design, what do I do next?
  • To PECS or not to PECS, how does one decide?
  • Low Tech? High Tech? Which way do we go?
  • Total Communication system versus AAC
    Session Three
  • How do we go from AAC System Design to actual AAC System Implementation?
  • How do we evaluate the effectivity and viability of a selected AAC System

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Join us for a Three-Part Series on Contemporary Neuro-Developmental Perspectives

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NOTE: Registration is on a first come first served basis and that we have limited slots for the workshop.

Course 1:

Foundations in Contemporary Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment

This two-day workshop is designed to provide pediatric therapists with options to enhance functional outcomes in children with neurologic diagnoses. Evidence from movement sciences and greater understanding of current theories in motor behavior are drawn upon to enhance clinical reasoning skills in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). Emphasis is placed on enhancing posture and movement observation and analysis skills as a basis for optimizing motor performance in functional tasks. Course participants practice therapeutic handling skills in movement practicum with other course participants. Assessment and treatment demonstrations assist workshop participants with the practical application of material that is presented through lectures, movement practicum, group problem solving and discussions.

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Course 2:

Pediatric Clinical Reasoning: Contemporary Neurodevelopmental Perspectives

This 3-day course is designed to provide pediatric therapists with opportunities to expand clinical reasoning skills used in assessment and treatment planning to improve functional outcomes for children with neuromotor disorders. Attention is directed at the quality of motor performance to assist in developing strategies that can optimize function and participation and ameliorate or prevent secondary problems stemming from repetitive use of ineffective and inefficient posture and movement. Short video clips of assessment of children will be used to facilitate discussion of clinical reasoning for assessment and treatment planning prior to seeing the child for a treatment demonstration. The treatment demonstration observation will be followed by further group discussion and supplemented with movement labs with other course participants.

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IN FOCUS is a public education program that seeks to inform and engage parents, teachers, and child development professionals about issues that affect the socio-­‐emotional wellbeing of children and teens and how we can cultivate their inner resilience.

June 30 (Thursday), 2016/5:00-­‐7:00 pm
Children’s Peer Socialization in the Digital Age
Presented by: Jill Tan, MA and Paula Garcia, MA
In this lecture, light will be shed on how interactions through the use of technology/social media affects children and their relationships. In relation to this, protective techniques on how to develop a healthy sense of self in the age of selfies, likes, and retweets will be discussed. As a supplement, a quick look on how to spot and manage cyber-­‐bullying will be offered.

August 18 (Thursday), 2016/5:00-­‐7:00 pm
Anxiety and Mindfulness
Presented by: Malyn Domingo, MA
and Rod Penalosa, MA Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in young people. It involves worries, self-­‐doubt, stress, and even panic. Often it feels difficult to escape such thoughts and emotions, consequently affecting schoolwork and relationships. This presentation will discuss how anxiety disorder differs from everyday anxiety. It highlights mindfulness-­‐based practices can help children and teens handle distressing thoughts and emotions without being overwhelmed by them.

September 9 (Friday), 2016/5:00-­‐7:00 pm
Teen Depression and Suicide: Red Flags, Risk Factors, and How to Help
Presented by: Anna Tuazon, Psy.D. and Melinda Tan, MA
Learn how to identify when your teenager is struggling to cope with overwhelming emotions and how to help them. This community learning forum focuses on how to differentiate between the regular ups and downs of teenage life and when it’s time to ask for help. Suicide prevention and how to help a teenager develop healthy coping strategies will also be discussed.

October 20 (Thursday), 2016/5:00-­‐7:00 pm
Demystifying ADHD
Presented by: Joanna Herrera, Psy.D. and Krizia Javate, MA
This learning forum provides a closer look into the role of attention in learning and self-­‐regulation. Indicators of attention problems in the home and school setting will be discussed. The forum will also cover an overview of best practices in the assessment and treatment of ADHD so that families can become better-­‐informed in seeking professional care and addressing key issues.

Fee is Php 300.00 per person for each forum. Light snacks will be served.
Limited slots only!
Please register by calling MedMom at 234-­‐2554 or cell 0915-­‐8761234.