Caring for the Human Dignity

Why is Palliative Care Necessary?

Part of our advocacy as an organization and training institution in Southeast Asia is to provide holistic and contextualized clinical and spiritual care to patients in hospitals, as well as in public and private institutions. That being said, we recognize the importance of palliative care as it has been proven to benefit patients in terms of their quality of life and even their physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual well being as several studies worldwide have shown. However, we also recognize that palliative care is hardly practiced in the Philippines so there is a great need for medical practitioners, healthcare professionals, counselors, clinical chaplains, caregivers, and families to be aware, equipped and trained to provide holistic end of life care.

What Makes This Seminar Different From the Rest?

We understand that it is not enough just to know what palliative care is and how to do it but we also need to consider the importance of collaboration between medical practitioners and chaplains or pastoral counselors and this is our primary end goal in this seminar. Having a balanced view is also one of our goals because understanding and knowing how to give support during palliative care situations uphold the dignity of life of our loved ones in their final days.

Who Are the Speakers?

Jose Cariaga, MD is an internist who has the expertise and extensive experience in Geriatric and Pediatric Palliative Care spanning more than 30 years of medical practice in the United States. He will focus on the ethical issues, cultural aspects, and spiritual aspects of end of life care from the perspective of a medical provider.

Maria Theresita Escandor, PsyD (a.k.a. Dr. Tootsie) is the resident psychotherapist of Vanderpol Center for Leadership and Pastoral Formation. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of counseling. She is also the founder and chairperson of the Board of Trustees. She will speak on the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of palliative care.

How Much is the Fee? 

The registration fee is Php 3,000 (inclusive of a sumptuous lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, overflowing coffee, seminar materials and certificate of participation). The early-bird registration is Php 2,800 to be paid on or before March 15, 2019. To reserve a slot, you can pay a non-refundable fee of Php 1,500 (deductible from the total fee) on or before March 15, 2019. Walk-in participants may be entertained but we cannot assure accommodation. Please find bank details below:

BPI Account Name: Vanderpol Center for Leadership and Pastoral Formation

BPI Account Number: 2431-0099-38

So if you are a doctor, nurse, nutritionist, dietician, pastoral counselor, chaplain, pastor/priest/nun, caregiver,  social worker, or simply a family member caring for a terminally ill patient, this seminar is for you!

Hurry and reserve your slot NOW by pre-registering online using the link below:

For reservations or for more details, please email us at You may also contact us at (02) 719-4876 (look for Roma) or 0928-5204-766 (look for Rishel).

Where is the Venue Located?  Dolcelatte, 1616 South Triangle, Quezon Ave., Q.C.