MA. SUZETTE B. MUÑOZ-AGCAOILI is an Asst. Professor and Program Coordinator at the Faculty of Business, Government and Social Work, University of Saint Joseph (USJ), Macau. She obtained her Master of Art in Psychology (Clinical) in 2005 and her masteral thesis entitled: %u201COutcome of the Treatment Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for Incest Victims at Marillac Hills: A Qualitative - Quantitative Analysis of Cases%u201D and obtained her Doctoral Degree in Psychology (Clinical) in 2010 and her doctoral dissertation entitled %u201CPsychological and Criminological Characteristics of Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) committed to Rehabilitation Center; Development of a Comprehensive Diversion Program%u201D from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the College of Science, Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas in April 1972.
She received the scholarship grant from Colombo Plan Bureau, Sri Lanka in collaboration with Ministry of Welfare Services, Malaysia, Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Thailand and Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Philippines for the ASEAN Cross-Posting Programme on Treatment and Rehabilitation of Drug Dependents from June 21, 1980 to July 31, 1980 covering three countries- Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Within that period, she completed the Counseling Course for Rehabilitation of Drug Dependents in Johore Bahru, Malaysia funded by Ministry of Welfare Services, Malaysia in June 23-July 08, 1980.
She completed the Alcohol / Drug Abuse Counseling Course at University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA), Extension, Westwood, Los Angeles California in September 24, 1984 to December 5, 1984
She has completed 30 academic credit units in Master of Science in Social Work and Diploma in Social Work at the University of the Philippines (UP), College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD),Diliman, Quezon City in 1987-1988. She took a leave of absence from UP-CSWCD in March 1988 since she received a scholarship grant from Fulbright Scholarship and U.S.A.I.D to participate in the International Exchange Program (IPX), Council for International Program(CIP), Cleveland Ohio, USA for 12 months program (April 25, 1988-April 30, 1989) as an exchange professional counselor-therapist at ALCOVE, West Jersey Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, USA. She completed and obtained 25.5 continuing education units from Indiana University School of Social Work and the Division of Continuing Education in cooperation with Council for International Program (CIP) for International Human Professional Service. She has completed Counseling Psychology 531 (Group Psychotherapy) at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in 1988 Fall Semester-September 01, 1988 to December 15, 1988.
She completed the Disaster Management Course No. 17 from Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand from June 8, 1994 to July 15, 1994.
She successfully passed the Management Aptitude Test Battery (MATB) and Assessment Process for the Third Level Professional Career Executive Service Eligibility and conferred as Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) from the Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Career Executive Service Board (CESB) approved and appointed as CESO-Rank III by His Excellency President Joseph Ejercito Estrada in December 09, 1999.
In August 7, 2009, she was conferred and awarded with promotional appointment as Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) Rank II from the Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Career Executive Service Board (CESB) duly approved and appointed by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Republic of the Philippines.
In February 2008 to present date, she has been accredited and certified as Diplomate, Board Certified of Experts on Traumatic Stress (B.C.E.T.S.) by The American Academy of Traumatic Stress, New York, USA and National Center for Crisis Management, New York, USA.
Before she moved to Macau SAR China and joined USJ in October 2010, she worked in the Philippine government for 38 years (August 1972 to August 31,2010). Her initial position as Guidance Teacher at the Quirino High School, Division of City Schools, Quezon City, Department of Education, Culture and Sports(DECS) (August 1972- March 31,1974); then transferred to Department of Social Welfare(DSW)- Bureau of Rehabilitation (BR) as Guidance Psychologist (April 1, 1974-March 8, 1976), rose from the ranks and promoted to Senior Social Welfare Analyst (March 9, 1976 - January 1990); and Social Welfare Officer IV (January 1990 %u2013 January 1991).
In February 1991, she was appointed by Her Excellency President Corazon C. Aquino, President of the Republic of the Philippines as Director III / Asst. Regional Director, assigned in Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office I, San Fernando La Union. In November 1991, she was assigned as Officer-In-Charge/Regional Director in DSWD-Field Office V, Buraguis, Legaspi City, Albay Province.
In November 1994, she was appointed by His Excellency President Fidel V. Ramos, President of the Republic of the Philippines as Director IV / Regional Director, assigned in DSWD-Field Office V Buraguis, Legaspi City, Albay, Province. Then assigned in DSWD-Region I, San Fernando La Union (July 1997 %u2013 September 30, 1998); Executive Director at National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) (October 1, 1998 %u2013 September 30, 2000); Director IV at DSWD- Social Welfare and Development Institute (SWADI) (October 2, 2000 %u2013 February 10, 2002); Director IV at DSWD- Asset Management General Administration and Support Services and Concurrent Head of Secretariat of Welfareville Development Project (February 10, 2002- May 23, 2005); Director IV / Regional Director at DSWD- Regional Office No. IV-B (MIMAROPA) and Concurrent Regional Project Director of KALAHI-CIDSS: Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay, a World- Bank Foreign Assisted Project (August 2, 2004 to December 31, 2006); and Director IV / Bureau Director at DSWD-Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau (SWIDB) (January 2007 to August 31, 2010).
She has actively demonstrated, shared and performed her professional skills and expertise since 1972, in the field of applied, rehabilitation, social and forensic clinical psychology as mental health practitioner, counselor-therapist, expert witness in court handling cases for adoption, minor children / youth in conflict with the law, victim-survivors of abuse, violence and exploitation; administration, analysis and interpretation of psychological assessment (projective techniques and non-projective tests), provision of counseling, psychotrauma management and planned short-term psychotherapy to the disadvantaged clientele group of the DSWD and in the community (i.e. children, youth, women, older persons, persons with disabilities and disaster victim-survivors of trauma, PTSD and other clinical / psychopathological disorders).
She is actively involved in teaching, training, capability building, providing technical assistance, doing research in the field of social work, social protection, social policy, planning and program development, project management, evaluation and monitoring of programs and projects implementation, partnership and networking with stakeholders / intermediaries in community-driven development (CDD) projects for poverty reduction.
She was the Regional Project Director of KALAHI-CIDSS (Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay), a community-driven development as poverty reduction strategy, a World-Bank Foreign Assisted Project in DSWD- Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) from August 02, 2004 to December 31, 2006. She was member of the National Project Management Team (NPMT) of the World-Bank Foreign Assisted Project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from January 2001- August 2010.
Awards and Recognition:
April 07, 2010 - Academic Award as %u201CCum Laude%u201D for Doctor of Philosophy major in Psychology, awarded by USTGraduate School during the 2009-2010 Solemn Investiture at UST Medicine Auditorium, Espana, Manila;
February 5, 2007- Albertus Magnus Science Award for Outstanding Alumni of College of Science for Clinical Psychology and Community Services Conducted by UST Psychological Society and UST College of Science- Department of Psychology
November 17, 2003 - Awarded as Outstanding Alumni for Clinical Psychology, conducted by UST Psychological Society and UST College of Science, Department of Psychology
Contributions and Publication:
Agcaoili, M.S., Psychological and Criminological Characteristics of Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL) Committed to Rehabilitation Centers: Development of A Comprehensive Diversion Program, Ad Veritatem Multi-Disciplinary Research Journal, UST Graduate School, Vol. 10. No. 1, October 2010, pp.281-282.
Galon, M., Villar, F., Agcaoili, M.S., Ronquillo, K., Philippine Country Report: Community Services for the Elderly in the Philippines: A Collaboration of the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) and the Department of Health(DOH), Philippine Country Report for the 5th ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societies, Tokyo, Japan, 27-30 August 2007. Published in the Website of ASEAN & Japan High Level Officials Meeting on Caring Societieshttp://www.jicwels.or.jp/about_jicwels/ASEAN&JapanHighLevelOfficialsMeeting/5th%20Mtg.%20Country%20Report%202007%20-Community%20Services%20for%20the%20Elderly-/Philippines.pdf
Agcaoili, M.S., Outcome of the Treatment Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for Incest Victims at Marillac Hills: A Qualitative-Quantitative Analysis of Cases, XXIX International Congress of Psychology (ICP) 2008 final program, under Paper Session FP-146 Thematic Session on Aggression and Sexual Abuse, p. 132
Agcaoili, M.S. Focus: Children with Disability, an article published in The Philippine Special Education Journal, Stepping Stone Learning and Resource Center, Development Center for the Handicapped Foundation, Inc., October 10, 2000, Vol. 1.
Agcaoili, M.S., Shaping the Legal Foundations toward the Socio-Economic Uplift of Persons with Disability in the Philippines, country paper presented on August 17, 2000 during the Session on Social Policy and Situation of Disabled People Worldwide, International Abilympics 2000 Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, published in Conference proceedings, August 2000.
Agcaoili, M.S., Education for Children and Youth with Disabilities into the Twenty-First Century, country paper presented on November 15-19, 1999 at the United Nations-Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) Meeting, United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok,Thailand, published in conference proceedings, November 1999.
Agcaoili, M.S., UN-ESCAP Meeting the Targets for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons and Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in the ESCAP Region, country paper presented on November 22-24, 1999 at United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand, published in conference proceedings, November 1999.
Agcaoili, M.S., After-Care and Follow-Up Program for Drug Dependents and Alcoholics, country paper presented in the ASEAN-European Communities (EC) Experts' Seminar on Treatment and Rehabilitation of Drug Dependents, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 17-21, 1991; published in the conference proceedings, June 1991.
Agcaoili, M.S., The Homeless in the Philippine Scenario, country paper presented in the Council for International Program (CIP) 1988 Participant Professional Seminar on August 8-11, 1988 with the Theme: "The Homeless: A Worldwide Problem", held in Gallaudet University, Northwest Campus, Washington, D.C., USA, published in the conference proceedings, August 1988.
Contributor in the following Training Modules:
1. Modules for Trainers on Basic Biopsychosocial Help for Children in Need of Special Protection, a joint project of DSWD and Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights Program Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines (UP), published with funding support from UNICEF-Manila, 2006.
2. Modules for Social Workers on Parents' Education on Basic Biopsychosocial Help for Children in Need of Special Protection, a joint project of DSWD and Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights Program Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines (UP), published with funding support from UNICEF-Manila, 2006.
3. Modules for Parents on Parents' Education on Basic Biopsychosocial Help for Children in Need of Special Protection, a joint project of DSWD and Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights Program Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines (UP), published with funding support from UNICEF-Manila, 2006.
4. Modules for Caregivers on Basic Biopsychosocial Help for Children in Need of Special Protection, a joint project of DSWD and Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights Program Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines (UP), published with funding support from UNICEF-Manila, 2006.
5. Program Manual for Community-Based Rehabilitation Program for Domestic Violence Perpetrators, a joint project of the DSWD-Social Technology Bureau, DSWD-Social Welfare Institutional Development Bureau and UST Graduate School, Psychotrauma Clinic, March 2006, with Dr. Johnny B. Decatoria, Consultant and Adviser of the said project.