Training Programs

Discipline Specific Curricula

The PGH CPU successfully integrated Child Abuse in the undergraduate medical curriculum, residency and post-residency training programs of Pediatrics and Psychiatry of the Philippine General Hospital.

Medical Curriculum
  1. Child Abuse is included in Art of Medicine Curriculum for 1st year medical students at the UP College of Medicine and integrated in other organ systems at higher year levels
  2. Child Abuse elective for 4th year medical students at the UP College of Medicine
  3. Child Abuse was incorporated in the curriculum in all medical school-members of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) in 1999
Pediatric Residency Curriculum
  1. Trainor’s Training on the “3R’s of Child Abuse” for pediatricians across all regions with the Philippine Pediatric Society in 1997
  2. Required rotation for PGH Pediatric Residents in their second year since 2000
Fellowship Training Curriculum
  1.  Ambulatory Pediatrics Fellowship graduates also fulfill requirements to become Child Protection Specialists
  2. Child Psychiatry Fellowship: first year of training is devoted mainly to seeing patients at the Child Protection Unit.

Curricula for Medicine

Year Level Objective Content Responsible Department
Year Level III To be aware of family and domestic violence and to appreciate gender issues within and outside the medical profession Defining child abuse
Human behavior
Gender issues
Defining child abuse
Human behavior
Gender issues
Year Leve IV To discuss the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the hospital setting Articles of CRC
Child Development
Interview of a child
Pertinent laws
Forensic issues
Art of medicine
Medical jurisprudence
Legal medicine
Year Level V To idenfity the signs and symptoms of child abuse Common presentation of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect Pediatrics
Year Level VI 2-week elective rotation at the CPU
Year Level VII 4-week research elective at the CPU
Pediatric , Psychiatric and Family Medicine Residency One month mandatory rotation at the CPU
Fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry Child Protection Specialist curriculum is integrated into post-residency fellowship

Continuing Education Opportunities

  1. Certificate in Child Protection Specialty through Blended Learning

The CCPS through Blended learning is specifically designed for physicians and social workers who are committed to become experts in the field of child abuse but whose duties in their institutions prevent them from taking up courses that would require them to leave work for several weeks.

To address this concern, a 15-module program was created which is conducted through a combination of on-line learning, computer-aided, interactive instruction. The trainee completes the training through a two-week practicum with actual encounter with clients at the UP Manila Child Protection Unit, Department of Pediatrics, Philippine General Hospital.

First graduates of the program: 2 teams of made up of physicians , psychologists and social workers from Lahore and Peshawar, Pakistan.

  1. Women and Children Protection Specialty Course (CWCPST)

Training of physicians, social workers and police officer who will work together as a team in a Child Protection Unit. The multidisciplinary training takes place at the UP Manila Child Protection Unit: Physicians complete a 6-week Child Protection Specialist course while social workers and police complete a 4-week course. The partnership with the sending agency be it a government hospital or a municipality includes seed money to renovate and equip the unit. Support services are provided by CPN as the new unit starts operation.

  1. 4-day Multidisciplinary Team Training on Handling Violence Against Women and Children

Basic training on the recognition, reporting and referral of child abuse cases by physicians, social workers and police in the community. This is the first-step in the building of a child protection multidisciplinary team.

  1. Competency Enhancement Training (CET) for Family Court and Single Sala Judges and Court Personnel Handling Child Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Cases

A training program run by the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Child Protection Unit Network. Participants in this 3-day workshop are judges, prosecutors, public attorneys, clerks of court, court social workers, and court interpreters. The training makes use of multiple learning strategies e.g., trigger videos, small group discussions, lectures, role-playing.

The training aims to increase the sensitivity and awareness on child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation cases and improve the handling of child victims developed as an evaluation tool of the training.

  1. Child Forensic Interview Training of Investigators of the National Bureau of Investigation

The UP Manila Child Protection Unit with the National Bureau of Investigation Violence Against Women and Children Division train NBI investigators how to interview children in suspected abuse cases. The trainees learn about child development, the language of the child and the child forensic interview model that has been adapted for use in the Philippines. A major part of the training is the practicum where the trainees conduct the interview and constructive feedback is utilized to build their skills.

  1. Preliminary Training for Law Enforcers on Anti-Trafficking in Persons

A project of the Philippine National Police in partnership with UNICEF and the Child Protection Network. Police investigators learn how to effectively respond to cases of trafficking in persons ensuring a gender-sensitive and child-friendly procedure. The training includes lectures, a practicum on rescue operations, arrest of suspected traffickers, and interview of the child. Eight cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao were the training venues.