UST career and counseling head gets lifetime achievement award

A Thomasian professor has received the lifetime achievement award by the Asia-Pacific Career Development Association (APCDA) for her achievements in the field of career development and counseling.

Lucila Bance, director of the UST Career and Counseling Center, received the award last May 23 at the Ateneo de Manila University.

She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Laguna College in 1971, and finished her master’s degree in counselor education from De La Salle University in 1982.

Bance earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the UST Graduate School in 1997.

She has been part of the Department of Psychology since 1976. She was also the director of the Office of Student Admissions from 2006 to 2008.

Bance also lead the approval of Republic Act 10029 or the Philippine Psychology Act of 2009, which created the Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology.

APCDA provides an international forum for career professionals to share new ideas and research projects. It brings together the thought-leaders and researchers from 17 country members in the Asia Pacific region. — W.N. Orlina