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Journeys of Hope Staff Ticket Website

This is the staff and alumni page to purchase tickets at the Staff Rate for the Hume Center's Journeys of Hope on 11/3/18. The staff ticket rate is only for employees and trainees and up to two guests for $75 each ticket. The alumni ticket rate is only for alumni and their significant others/partners/spouses.

More information can be found at gala.humecenter.org

 

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Christopher J. Celio, PsyD

Dr. Celio is a Director of Clinical Programs at The Hume Center, with oversight over Hume's three Contra Costa clinics in Pittsburg, Concord, and Richmond. Dr. Celio, who started working in the mental health field in 2001 and originally trained to be a Child Psychologist, found his calling when he joined The Hume Center as a Pre-Doctoral Intern in 2007. While this shifted his focus to serving adults diagnosed with serious mental illness, he brought with him an emphasis on the family and other systems that the consumer is a part of and a creative spirit that believes that healing and recovery can come through many surprising and outside-of-the-box pathways, beliefs, and persons.

Upon licensure in 2010, Dr. Celio was hired as a staff psychologist in Hume's Contra Costa Outpatient Services and Partial Hospitalization Program programs and also provided supervision in the School Based Program. He has served as the Development Coordinator for Hume Center since 2011. In 2014, he partnered with Dr. Gilbert Weisman to create and implement the Community Support Program in East Contra Costa, Hume Center's first Full Service Partnership Program.

Dr. Celio also helped expand Contra Costa Outpatient Services to Prevention and Early Intervention by partnering with People Who Care to offer the clinical prevention, early intervention, and psychotherapy services within their groundbreaking afterschool program for high-risk youth in Pittsburg.

After experiencing the positive impact of bringing in speakers from NAMI  In Our Own Words, WREACH Speakers Bureau, Putnam Clubhouse, Rainbow Community Center, and RI International, he helped create Mental Wellness Night with the Sharks, where consumer and family member art was displayed at a San Jose Sharks game to help the fans experience what Mental Health Stigma and Mental Wellness look like artistically. From there, he joined the Community Living Room Conversation (CLRC) task force of the Behavioral Healthcare Partnership and helped produce four CLRC events, all of which included consumers, family members, and providers as equal voices around the table. Dr. Celio is proud to be part of the coalition of agencies that helped start the annual Hope Cup Softball Tournament and Annual Bowling Tournament, where consumers, family members, and providers involved at over eight agencies compete together to restore hope, reduce stigma, and show that we're all in this together.

He has been teaching at Contra Costa Behavioral Health's Office for Consumer Empowerment's SPIRIT Program since 2011 and has been recently teaching at SPIRIT and various other agencies and community forums on the topics of Communication Skills, Clinical Boundaries, and Self-Care/Burnout Prevention. Dr. Celio was proud to be awarded the Hope Award by the SPIRIT Classes of 2017 and 2018 and the Community Partnership Award by the Putnam Clubhouse. He would like to remind everyone that "Hope has been proven to be contagious, so pass it on!"

TEDx Speaker Trains Hume Program

Recently, Hume's Contra Costa Outpatient Services Program was lucky enough to have a TEDx speaker participate in their didactic series. Rev. Dr. Paula Stone Williams covered women's equality and empowerment and male privilege and she spoke to her experience with her clients that she counsels and how some relationships with her clients changed after she transitioned. She also spoke to how to work with transitioning populations and gave some advice on what to watch out for.
 
We sincerely thank Paula for taking time out of her day to provide such a wonderful training to our clinicians. Her TEDx talk can be found by clicking here.
 
Paula's Bio:

Paula is the Pastor of Preaching and Worship at Left Hand Church http://lefthandchurch.org in Longmont Colorado.  She is also the president of RLT Pathways http://rltpathways.com where she provides individual pastoral counseling, ministerial coaching and church consultation.  Paula holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastor Care.

Paula is on the board of directors of Launch, WITH and the Q Christian Fellowship.  She also serves as a coach for the Center for Progressive Renewal and is a popular public speaker on issues of gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and current trends in American religion.  Paula has been featured in the New York Times, Denver Post, NPR’s Radiolab, Radio New Zealand, Colorado Public Radio, the Huffington Post, and TEDxMileHigh.

Paula is a runner, hiker, road and mountain biker.  Paula has been blessed with three children and five granddaughters.  Cathy and Paula were married for 40 years, and though no longer married, still enjoy a close relationship.

Mental Wellness Night with the Sharks!

January is Mental Wellness Month so come out and celebrate mental health awareness and support the reduction of stigma related to mental illness.

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See Hume Staff and Alumni Presenting at AAPA Conference

Please see these two articles on staff and alumni regarding Hume staff presenting to AAPA in August, 2018.

Poster Session: Reduce Behavioral Health Stigma in the South Asian Community

Starting Emotional Wellness Dialogues with South Asian Youth

25th Anniversary Gala

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The Hume Center's 25th Anniversary Gala: Journey's of Hope

Celebrate 25 years of serving our community with mental health services at this fun 20’s-themed evening. Sip cocktails among gorgeous classic cars at the Blackhawk Museum, and enjoy a fashion show, a silent raffle and networking with special guests. Let’s toast decades of work improving lives and wellness in the Bay Area and help guarantee decades more. The Hume Center runs a dozen mental health and wellness programs at six clinics in the East Bay, with a focus on underserved communities.

For more information visit: http://gala.humecenter.org

Intake Coordinator Streamlining Services in Concord and other Contra Costa clinics at Hume Center

We are excited to announce that Pooja Rupani, PsyD has accepted the role of Intake Coordinator in our Concord clinic. Her role is to especially streamline helping new clients connect with the correct service faster.

Please see our PDF brochure for more descriptions of our Contra Costa programs by clicking here

In addition, Dr. Rupani has created this service matrix to help give clarity about the important differences between each program, including insurance requirements and services offered. Click here to download the matrix in PDF format.

Thank you Dr. Rupani for coordinating these efforts.

Leadership in Local Community Development

Hume's Amelia Wood is Giving the Community a Voice in the Northern Waterfront Project

For the past two months, Hume’s Peer Specialist Amelia Wood has been part of a East Contra Costa County Leadership Training Project with the Center for Human Development and Urban Habitat. Project participants have discussed and learned about Land Use, Housing, Transportation, and Local Jobs and Economic Development. In these sessions, they discussed takeaways, barriers, and priorities that they as community advocates believe the community would need and want and how to help the community’s voices be heard. They learned how to facilitate groups and teach others about what they are learning. They all participated in active group discussions and learned about the history of the area. This took everyone out of their comfort zone and into their leadership role with the community. Amelia has been so excited to be a part of this movement and, as she has been an active leader in the community for years, she would really want to see the people in the community thrive and not become displaced and looks forward to continuing with the Northern Waterfront Project.

Consumer Council Update

Hume Center’s Community Support Program East launched an exciting stakeholder process this year that doubles as a Pre-Vocational Training Program. The council is facilitated by the program’s Peer Specialist, Amelia Wood. Consumers interview for six-month terms on the council and during their term they provide feedback on Hume’s programs while also exploring their own personal development opportunities. The current council is now on month five and so far has planned and an outing for Hume consumers and created a budget for it, discussed services that the consumers would like to see provided by The Hume Center, and explored questions related to how to lessen the barriers to employment. During the last meeting, one simple question was asked, “What does good hygiene look like and what were some barriers one might face to achieving that?” The council was very insightful on what barriers people might face and what one might do to conquer these barriers. During the next meeting, they will be putting together and working on resumes and discussing job and interview tips. The current six-month term will conclude with an exciting outing that was planned and budgeted by a consumer.  Both staff and consumers alike felt that this was a very fun and enlightening meeting and cannot wait for another council to form.

Starting Emotional Wellness Dialogues with South Asian Youth

Please join Hume Center's Preet K. Sabharwal & Nina Kaur at the Asian American Psychological Association's Convention on August 8, 2018 in San Francisco.

Click here to review information about this Presentation on the convention website.

Hume Center is proud of our staff and alumni as they use their experiences to educate the professional community. The South Asian community is a thriving population here in the United States. Despite their growing numbers, this community is unlikely to seek and utilize behavioral health services. The underutilization is due to a variety of reasons, many of them associated with stigmas about behavioral health. Stigmas of behavioral health are enforced further by the lack of knowledge about what behavioral health is, what therapy is, what confidentiality entails, and what the role of the therapist is. Most importantly, the lack of words in the South Asian languages to describe emotional wellness concepts and the lack of language based services and resources is ultimately the biggest barriers to utilization of services. Mental health outreach programs have started to make some progress in educating this community through the utilization of translators, language brokers and clinicians that speak the South Asian languages. As clinicians working with this population our experiences have shaped how we approach this community and how we bring about awareness of emotional wellness. We have realized that the population is more willing to reach out for support when it comes to their children instead of their own struggles. With this buy-in, we have decided to create a mental health outreach model on how to engage South Asian youth. This engagement allows South Asian youth to expand their emotional vocabulary, explore their identities, identify positive and healthy coping strategies, improve communication, expand support systems, and establish healthier relationships with family and peers. We hope that through this process, we are able to help families also engage in conversations around emotional wellness and in return, decreasing stigmas of reaching out for support for South Asian adults as well. In this presentation, the clinicians will utilize their experiences to provide examples and vignettes to explore different challenges in working with South Asian youth. One of the clinicians will highlight some of work she is conducting in which she is facilitating emotional wellness camps this summer for South Asian youth. Interactive Process The presenters will ask the audience to participate by having them discuss their experiences of working with South Asian youth and how they have engaged them in talking about topics of emotional wellness. The presenters will also utilize the vignettes to increase the participant's understanding of emotional wellness, role of culture, and how to implement interventions. The presenters will be creating an email, that will be shared with the audience in order to facilitate and provide the opportunity for the members in the audience to email the presenters with questions following the presentation or sometime in future.

 

 

Click on this link to learn more about our South Asian Community Health Promotion Services

Chris Celio wins 2017 Hope Award

In Augustl, 2017, Chris Celio, PsyD, one of Hume Center's Directors of Clinical Programs, won the Hope Award, as voted on by Contra Costa County's SPIRIT graduates. The SPIRIT program is a widely recognized six-month, college-level training program for individuals with lived experience in the adult mental health system, either as consumers or family members. Chris Celio has taught a few classes in SPIRIT yearly since 2011 and in 2017 he taught classes on Communication Skills, Undersetanding Clinical Boundaries, and Self-Care for the Behavioral Health Professional.

During the 2017 SPIRIT Graduation, Chris was presented with the Hope Award and shared the following speech with those in attendance:

"There’s a running joke in my family. Everyone always laughs at me because whenever I see someone yawning, even a dog yawning on TV, I’ll yawn. For some people, yawns are contagious. Even writing this speech made me lightheaded as I kept yawning.

So anyways, yawning is contagious. We yawn when someone else yawns because we are mirroring their internal state and trying it on for ourselves, so our brain tells us we need oxygen. Researchers looked into what else is contagious in the same way and found some surprising social results.

Simple social exposure between people is enough for ideas and feelings to transfer. Ideas can transfer rapidly through a group of people, and I’m not even talking about Twitter here. The most depressing of this research focused on the contagious nature of thoughts of suicide, yet the most exciting of this research found out that HOPE IS CONTAGIOUS. As you learned to tell your story in SPIRIT, I hope you felt some hope and pride. As you heard 50 other stories of hope, I imagine you were overflowing with it and are ready to spread that around the county as you started to do so in your internships!

Because as you reawaken hope in those we serve and their family, you help them get up from despair, leave behind the shackles of identifying as symptoms, step out from the shadow of isolation, and into the world where they too will one day be a beacon of hope. You also refresh the hope in the other providers you serve with.

I was glad to see that research has confirmed that recovery is better predicted by the growth of strengths than by the elimination of pathologies and deficits. If we focus only on reducing symptoms and keeping folks out of the hospital, then we might end up with some lonely folks who never leave their house. Research found that we need to be aiming for five things in our interventions, and you’ll notice reduction of symptoms is not among them: connection, hope, positive sense of identity, meaning, and empowerment. Many of you have shared how you found all five of these, through your own journey first and then enhanced by SPIRIT. As you meet folks in this field, I want you to remember three things:

  1. Instead of obsessing about reducing symptoms, focus first on the question of: How is my intervention leading to connection, hope, positive sense of identity, meaning, and/or empowerment?
  2. Hope is contagious, just like a yawn. You are the hope in the system, so be the hope, shine brightly! But for those days when you can’t shine bright, remember that that’s ok and you can absorb some hope from others. Take care of each other so that you can spread that contagious hope as far and wide as possible.
  3. All of the research on hope and recovery points to “The System” needs to be realigned toward hope, “The System” needs to accept the role of peer providers, “The System” may not be ready for the type of interventions and providers that can really implement these research findings. Well our system is not just ready, it’s optimized for hope, and this SPIRIT class is the proof! At every meeting I go to and every new opportunity I hear about, peer and family providers make up the key ingredient to new programs and services. We are working in a county at a time where we have CSWs in PES, Miller Wellness, the clinics, in FSPs and ACT Teams, in shelters, on streets and creeks, people’s homes, and everywhere else. The best example is that two of the newest and most exciting programs of 2017 all feature teams that are made up of a clinician and a CSW. This county will be bringing treatment into the Board and Cares, and help bring the light of hope to them by including a CSW as an equal member of each team. And the county is creating a 24/7 Mobile Crisis Response Team that will go out at all hours of the day and night to bring hope to those who are in the deepest of crises, and CSWs will make up half of those teams. Make sure your resumes are ready!

They say that hope for recovery can be the most contagious when the path to recovery is the most visible, when it challenges stigma, and when it does not exclude people. And so this ceremony today, in which you stand as so many examples of what is possible, will reinvigorate the hope in all those present that wellness is possible even for those suffering the most right now.

I am proud to work in this county where lived experience is valued and respected in so many concrete ways. You are all charged therefore to keep helping the system improve. Whenever people complain about the system, remember, you are now the system and you can help it improve even further, your voice will always be listened to. I look forward to being there with you, alongside of you, for the rest of my career, and I will always value greatly that you chose to give this award to me. Thank you!"

 

August 1, 2017

South Asian Prevention and Early Intervention Contract Extended!

We are pleased to announce that the Hume Center was awarded the South Asian Prevention and Early Intervention contract by Alameda County Behavioral Healthcare Services. This award will allow us to continue the prevention and early intervention work we have successfully done for the past 7 years with the underserved South Asian populations in Alameda County.
 
Please see this page about our South Asian Community Health Promotion Services.
 
 
-2018-

Poster Session: Reduce Behavioral Health Stigma in the South Asian Community

Join Hume Center's Priya Aslam & Preet K. Sabharwal in San Fransico at AAPA Convention in August, 2018

 
The South Asian community is a diverse, rich, and thriving population here in the United States. Individuals that identify themselves as South Asian come from regions of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Despite their growing numbers, the utilization of behavioral services for this population is one of the lowest. This community is unlikely to seek and utilize behavioral health services for a variety of reasons, many of them associated with stigmas about behavioral health. Stigmas of behavioral health are enforced further by the lack of knowledge about what behavioral health is, what therapy is, what confidentiality entails, and what the role of the therapist is. South Asian clients want a safe and private environment where they can receive language and culturally sensitive services. Starting in 2010, in an attempt to break through stigmas of mental health care in these communities the Portia Bell Hume Behavioral and Training Center developed a comprehensive program specifically to serve the South Asian Community. This program, with major funding provided by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and the Mental Health Services Act funding, offers community programs and services that are uniquely and best suited for their consumers whether that is an individual, family, community, or organization. The purpose of this poster will be to discuss some of the stigmas of behavioral health within the South Asian community and highlight how the South Asian Community Health Promotion Services Program at the Hume Center is addressing these issues. As clinicians working to serve this community, we believe there needs to be a continuous growth process towards awareness of the South Asian community, awareness of barriers associated with behavioral health, education within the community about the benefits of psychotherapy, culturally relevant theories, and more research revolved around this population. We look forward to the opportunity to come share our work with our fellow psychologists and educate them about the South Asian community and how they as clinicians can serve this community more effectively.
 
 
 
Click this link to read about our South Asian Community Health Promotion Services

Hume Director to Present on Trauma, Depression, Suicide, Substance Use, and Bullying at March Conference

Chris Celio, PsyD, a Director of Clinical Programs at The Hume Center, will be presenting at "Life Happens...Now What?" This is the 2018 Training Conference of Foster Kinship Care Education Program-Solano College. It will take place on March 8 through 11, 2018 at the Fairfield Mariott Courtyard. Dr. Celio will present on methods to help children heal from trauma and will co-present with renowned comedian and educator David Naster on Depression, Suicide, Substance Use, and Bullying Prevention.

To learn more about the conference and to register, click here to visit the Conference's webpage.

Hume Offering Emotional Wellness Summer Camp for Children

Hume's South Asian Community Health Promotion Services program is proud to announce our Emotional Wellness Summer Camp!
 
Preet Sabharwal, PsyD will be facilitating an emotional wellness camp for South Asian youth this summer in Fremont. Topics covered include identifying and managing emotions, conflict resolution, assertive communication and managing stress. Limited space available.
 
Please click here for more information, including information on how to register for the camp.

Hume Hosting NAMI's Peer to Peer Course in June

Hume Center is Thrilled to Host NAMI Contra Costa's next Peer to Peer Course in Concord:
 
The course will take place in our Concord office (1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 101) from June 4, 2018 through August 13, 2018 on Mondays from 9am to Noon. Topics covered include: Relapse Prevention, Stigma and Recovery, Mindfulness, Empowerment and Advocacy, Symptom Management, Advanced Directives, and Spirituality.

Please click here for the flier and for information on how to register.

Join us for another Stakeholder Meeting at our Pittsburg Office

On Friday, March 23, 2018 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, The Hume Center will host a stakeholder meeting for consumers, family members, other providers, community members, and others interested in offering feedback to Hume Center or learning about our services.

We will offer light refreshments and discuss the following:

  • Brief overview of Hume services in Pittsburg
  • Implementation of a new Homelessness Diversion Program
  • Stakeholder Feedback and Questions

If possible, please call us at 925.432.4118 to let us know you'll be attending so we can be prepared for the right number of stakeholders.

Consumers of our Community Support Program will receive a 20-ride Tri-Delta Transit bus pass for attending.

Mental Health First Aid Class on 5/4/18

We are excited to announce an upcoming Mental Health First Aid Course facilitated by Kimberly Krisch, CSW.

The course will be on May 4, 2018, 8:30am to 5:00pm at

Pittsburg Health Center, First Floor
2311 Loveridge Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565

It is co-hosted by The Hume Center and East County Adult Mental Health Services

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

This course is free to attend. Lunch and Snacks will be provided.

This Course is Perfect for:

Family Members               
Administrators                   
Nurses          
Case Managers                  
Room and Board Staff     
Board and Care Staff
Community Members      
SLE Operators                    
Peer Specialists
Family Partners                 
Office Assistants                
Shelter & Other Housing Staff
AODA Staff                         
Crisis Response Staff        
Staff Generalists
Etc 

Preregistration by 5/3/18 is Required. Please Register Online at:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=shxfqkgab&oeidk=a07ef6pk183c7fe70d0

Community Healing Through Storytelling

The Hume Center would like to congratulate one of it's Mental Health Clinicians, Dharna Patel, PsyD, for publishing a wonderful article entitled Community Healing Through Storytelling. Dr. Patel is a wonderful part of our Alameda County Outpatient Services and South Asian Community Health Promotion Services programs. We invite you to read her article on page 7 of the Fall, 2017 newsletter of the Asian American Psychological Association.

Click here to open the newsletter online.

First Course rated 10 out of 10

First Course from Hume's Community Behavioral Health Training Center Wraps Up
 
Our first course, Clinical Interview and Psychological Intake Evaluation, has finished with 15 professionals completing the first step toward their certificate in Community Behavioral Health Consultation. This training series represents Hume's effort to share with the professional community our unique way of providing Behavioral Health Services. Through these courses, we hope to help professionals create environments where both consumers and providers are able to achieve their best.

The fifteen participants included Behavioral Health Professionals, Clinical Psychologists, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, a Psychiatric Social Worker, and Mental Health Administrators.  The course participants gained knowledge necessary to conduct a clinical interview and developed skills to deepen their understanding of the psychological functioning of the individual. The methods discussed went beyond gathering information into observations that can be made of the interactions between the clinician and the person who seeks help. These skills were developed through discussion and consultation.

The outcome was 100% success - the average satisfaction score was 10 out of 10 and every participant wants to return for the 2nd Course, which is focused on Psychotherapy and starts on February 10th, 2018.

For more information, please contact:  Clara Matta, Registrar at (925) 825-1793