Solomon Abardo

Solomon Abardo

Speaker

Solomon M. Abardo is a licensed guidance counselor in the Philippines. He is the first passer in Ateneo de Naga University where he finished Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance and Counseling. His work experiences include Chief Speechwriter and Researcher of former Congressman and Governor Leandro B. Verceles, Jr. of the Province of Catanduanes, Science and Technology Editor of Horizon Magazine, and Academic Supervisor and College Social Sciences Instructor of Computer Communication Development Institute-Naga Campus. Presently, he is working full-time as Guidance Counselor I of Concepcion Pequeña National High School in the Department of Education-Naga City Division. He is committed to increasing recognition of spiritual elements in Filipino counseling. His masteral thesis, which he is presenting the two parts of it here, involves an investigation of spirituality among college counselors and clients, and its role in the counseling process. Composed of four studies harnessing multiple research methods, it was undertaken for two years and partly sponsored by the Philippine Government’s Commission on Higher Education. The thesis pioneered consensual qualitative research, mixed methods research, qualitative software, phenomenology, diary interview and photo elicitation approaches in social research in the academic settings in his part of the country. It is the only study known in the local context to have extensively analyzed the spirituality of Filipinos as seen from the prism of psychology and counseling. His research on the implicit theories of spirituality among Filipino counselors and clients was presented in the 47th Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association National Convention in Universidad de Sto. Tomas, Manila on May 19, 2011, and in the 48th Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines in Central Philippine University, Iloilo City on August 18, 2011. Recently, Mr. Abardo, as the youngest and the only delegate from the Philippines, went to Sydney, Australia last August 24-28, 2011 to present this paper to an international audience of scholars, scientists and practitioners at the 6th World Congress for Psychotherapy. The speaker has interests in psychology of religion, holistic approach to counseling and the impact of values in counseling. Presently, he is working with Western researchers for the universal validation of spiritual intelligence as a psychological construct. His topic “Defining the Concept of Spirituality among Filipino Counselors and Clients” is one of those genuine dialogues he hopes will lead to paying attention to the points of intersection between psychology and spirituality, asking how they inform and critique each other. Website: www.dbking.net/spiritualintelligence/abardo.htm Email: solomon_abardo@yahoo.com