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R.K. Janmeja "Meji" Singh, PhD

R.K. Janmeja (Meji) Singh, PhD

Meji received a Lifetime Achievement award from California State Psychological Association. The Surgeon General of the United States Army recognized him for his Consultation Services to the Letterman Army Medical Center Department of Psychiatry (1973-91), Presidio San Francisco. Oxford Symposium awarded him an award for Outstanding Contribution to School Based Family Counseling. The United States Congress recognized him for his fifty years Community Service as a Clinical Psychologist. He received his Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Boston University in 1965. He took a year of seminars with Gerald Caplan, M.D., Professor at Harvard School of Public Health in Community Mental Health Consultation and Prevention of Mental Disorders. He was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Training in Community Psychiatry and Mental Health Administration (1964-66) where he subsequently served as the Assistant Director of the Center (19966-1980). He was an Adjunct Professor of Psychology for the Doctoral Program in School Psychology at U.C. Berkeley (1991-2007). He was the Founding President of the Hume Center (1993-2001). He was the Dean of Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology (1986-1996). He was the Deputy Commissioner for Preventive Services at Genesee county Community Mental Health Services, Flint, Michigan (1966-68). He has developed award winning community mental health programs. He has worked for State Hospitals for the Mentally Ill for three years and over fifty years in community Mental Health Programs. He has provided consultation to Mental Health, Academic, Human Service Organizations and Business corporations across the United States. Currently he is the Chief Training Consultant at the Community Behavioral Health Training Center, Concord, California.

Quotes from Our Founder, Meji Singh, PhD

#MugQuotes

As a symbol of graduation, each trainee who graduates receives a limited edition Hume Center Mug with a quote from our founder Meji Singh, PhD on it. The quote changes each year.

2010-2011: Healing is not what we do to them. It is how we change our own reaction and feelings in relationship to them.

2011-2012: The clients create their own reality in relationship to the psychotherapists. It is the psychotherapist’s response that is different from the client’s expectations that brings about change.

2012-2013: Notice and explore.

2013-2014: Through psychotherapy, if we understand the suffering our clients have experienced and the way they have coped which may have resulted in symptoms and labels, then through that process they can learn her ways to be more satisfied and productive.

2014-2015: No implementation without participation.

2015-2016: You must anchor yourself. You cannot unload a ship in a storm.

2016-2017: How can you get someone to a place when you aren’t listening to where they want to go?

2017-2018: If we recognize our interconnectedness, we will find peace.

2018-2019: Gala Water Glass -
"The healing process takes place in the context of a relationship." ~Meji Singh, PhD, Founding President
“It takes a community to heal a community.” ~Joty Sikand, PsyD, President

2019-2020: If you only treat symptoms, you're just chasing shadows.

2020-2021: Instead of listening to judge, listen to understand where the person is coming from.

Hume marks Chinese New Year with a Guqin Performance

Hume Center once again presents a musical Lunchtime Cultural Celebration, this time to celebrate Chinese New Years. Please join us over Zoom on Friday from 12:30pm to 1pm for a very exciting and unique treat! Yi-Wei Chiu, who is in his fourth year of training at The Hume Center, will be playing the Guqin.
 
Yi-Wei is close to completing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and is currently providing psychotherapy in Hume's Concord Outpatient program. The Guqin, 古琴, is a 7-strings traditional Chinese instrument. Its history can be traced back to the 1st century. This instrument is one of the earliest known musical instruments in China. It plays a very important role in Chinese academic culture and was favored by scholars. In the past, only well-educated students would have had a chance to learn this instrument, and as such it was known as the instrument of the sages.
 
In the 1950s, there were only 100 people who knew how to play this instrument. Yi-Wei started learning Guqin in 2002 when there were only around 500 people who could play it. When he was attending a large university in Taiwan, he was the only student there able to play. The Guqin is therefore a very uncommon but very important instrument in Chinese culture and Yi-Wei is excited to share this talent as a celebration of Chinese New Year.
 
So please join us on Zoom on Friday, February 12, from 12:30 to 1pm! Feel free to join with your camera on or off or join by phone.
 
Please join our Zoom Meeting by clicking here https://zoom.us/j/92492346268 or by calling 669 900 9128 and entering Meeting ID: 924 9234 6268. 

The Power of Support and Advocacy in Peer Mental Health

The Power of Support and Advocacy of Peer Mental Health
 
The Power of Support and Advocacy in Peer Mental Health
 
July 15, from 5pm to 7pm
 
TogetherWell continues their Third Thursdays for Therapists series with a powerful panel discussion on Peer Mental Health. Join moderator Dr. Ankhesenamun Ball, Hume's Amelia Wood and Chris Celio, Contra Costa Office for Consumer Empowerment's Jennifer Tuipulotu, and Putnam Clubhouse's Marissa O'Neill for a conversation about the role of Peer Mental Health in Behavioral Health. The panelists will discuss their meaningful work with offering emotional support, practical assistance, and the power of shared experience.  
 
Click here to register and join the event!

Pooja Rupani, PsyD

Dr. Pooja Rupani graduated as a Counseling Psychologist from the Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. Post licensure in the UK, Dr Rupani worked as Psychologist in a Primary Care mental health team, Improving Access to Psychological Services (IAPT) in London, UK for three years. Her role at IAPT involved conducting diagnostic and psychological assessments, and planning and delivering treatments to people with Depressive, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders, and she also completed the certification training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr. Rupani was promoted to the Senior Management Team as the Step 3 Lead, managing and supervising a team of licensed psychologists, CBT therapists, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapists, Couples Therapists, and trainee CBT therapists. She also supervised a team of Assistant Psychologists responsible for community outreach and engagement, with the aim of increasing awareness of mental health services available to the community. 

After relocating to the United States, Dr Rupani joined the Hume Center in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School Based Program in Pleasanton. She subsequently transferred to the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) in Concord, where she has been providing group, individual and family psychotherapy to adults with severe mental health difficulties. She has been licensed as a Psychologist in California since 2018 and upon licensure was promoted as the Program Manager for PHP. Her role as Program Manager has included providing group and individual supervision, training and orientation, and practising Mental Health Consultation. Alongside her clinical work, Dr Rupani has also functioned as the Clinic Manager of the Concord clinic, where she has been working to streamline the intake process across the different programs in Contra Costa County to ensure quick access to appropriate services for clients, and more recently the merger of outpatient Medicare and MediCal services at the Concord Clinic.

Hume Helped Reimagine Mental Health Care

On August 27, 2020, Hume's Foundint President Meji Singh, PhD, Director of Training Natasha Molony, PhD, and Director of Clinical Programs Chris Celio, PsyD participated in Putnam Clubhouse's free virtual conference called Reimagine Mental Health Care. The list of speakers and topics was very innovative, as mental health directors, consumers, providers, family members, advocates, and innovators joined together to provide a day's worth of engaging discussions on to reimagine mental health care. Hume Center was expecially proud of Natasha's thorough and insightful interview of our foudner Meji as they went in depth into his half century of experience in the mental health field and how he is trying to help community behavioral health become more effective through the launch of the Behavioral Health Consultation Training Center. Chris Celio moderated the conference and helped weave the whole experience together from session to session, with the day culminating in a realization that recovery is real and ther are many traditional and non-traditional paths to reach it.

Recordings of the days sessions are available at https://www.putnamclubhouse.org/reimaginementalhealth

Join Hume's Relationship Series on Zoom, finishing on 10/21/2020 with "Getting Ready for Romance!"

Hume Center, in partnership with Putnam Clubhouse, is hosting another inter-agency workshop open to the public on Zoom. This event is back by popular demand and expands what was one discussion into three separate one-hour sessions. Hume's Director of Clinical Programs Chris Celio, PsyD will host discussions on Making Friends on 9.30.2020, Developing Best Friends on 10.14.2020, and Getting Ready for Romance on 10.21.2020!
 
Join on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87940699346 or join by phone by dialiing 1-669-900-9128 and entering Meeting ID: 879 4069 9346
 
Please RSVP to lily@putnamclubhouse.orgor by calling Lily Moreno at the Putnam Clubhouse at (925) 691-4276

Diverse Stakeholders Come Together to Envision a More Complete Crisis Response System

Diverse Stakeholders Come Together to Envision a More Complete Crisis Response System

Chris Celio was honored to participate in a two-week long Value Stream Mapping event conducted by Contra Costa County regarding our system's current and desired response to mental health crises. This effort brought together city and county leadership, police agencies, consumers, clinicians, physicians, fire department and ambulance personnel, 911 dispatch, family members, crisis response staff, hospital staff, nurse practitioners, homeless outreach workers, housing personnel, advocacy leaders, and a faith leader. The team evaluated the current system through observations, data collection and review, and interviews, and mapped out the current system thoroughly. Then that map -- and the knowledge of lived experiences in the room and learned through interviews -- was used as a springboard to start imagining a better system of response to behavioral health crisis.
 
For more information, please watch the Report Out from this event on Contra Costa TV
  • When: November 20th at 10 am
  • Where to find CCTV: Comcast Channel 27, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, Wave Channel 32
Updates about this project will be posted here as this change process continues. Today's video will be posted to this website after the live broadcast.

Are You Interested in Training at The Hume Center?

It's application and interview season at The Hume Center. If you're interseted in training at The Hume Center, please check out our Training Department pages on our website and or download our brochure here by clicking here.

Ek Saath: A Weekly Healing Virtual Space for those Worried about COVID-19 in India and the US

Ek Saath

The impact of the COVID-19 wave in India is also being felt by Indians living in the US. Please join us for a healing space to support each other during these challenging times. This virtual space is being held every Monday from 5 to 6pm PST on Zoom. Please join us at https://zoom.us/j/91593235457 

 

Facilitated by Dr. Sheetal Siledar-Lee and Dr. Adi Sacheti

(supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Pearce)

Building a Warrior: Mind, Body, and Spirit Series

You are invited and encouraged to join the Golden State Warriors in observing Mental Health Awareness Month with the Building A Warrior: Mind, Body & Spirit Series virtual event that begins this Wednesday, May 19, 2021!

Virtual events include Mindful Yoga, Art Therapy Sessions and more. Participate in one, or all four events, as we look to raise awareness and educate the public about the positive effects of maintaining strong mental health. 

RSVP & More information: https://rsvp.warriors.com/buildingawarriormindbodyspirit

Webinar Series Agenda:

Enter the Flow – Embracing Your Inner Artist to Heal Your Mind with Holly Mackenna

May 19 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | RingCentral Webinar

Gratitude Journaling & Yoga with Yoga from the Heart

May 23 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM | RingCentral Webinar

Get Your Body Moving! with Areli from Warriors Gold Squad

May 24 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | RingCentral Webinar

 Speaker Panel:

Date & Time – Stay Tuned! | RingCentral Webinar

Panel Includes:

Mike Brown, Assistant Coach, Golden State Warriors

Special Guest, Kaiser Permanente

Moderated By: Eric Kussin, Co-Founder of #SameHere

Click the link below for more information and to register for the following virtual events.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact:

Adam Postiglione | (415) 349-3100 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

South Asian Community Forum, July 22, in Six Languages

Celebrate Minority Mental Health Month!
Hume's South Asian Community Mental Health Promotion Services program invites you to a join us at our South Asian Community Forum!
This will be a space for healing, connection, and sharing of resources for emotional wellness. Discussions will be held in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Nepali, Urdu, and Farsi.
 
Thursday July 22, 2021, 6 -7pm

Criminal Justice Reform for Individuals Diagnosed with Behavioral Health Needs

Urban Institute has recently release this summary of the efforts other states are making to reform criminal justice practices, especially in regard to people with behavioral health needs. Click here to download the report in PDF.

Support Groups forming on Zoom in English, Farsi, Hindi, Nepali, and Punjabi

Are you feeling socially isolated? Are you worried about the current health crisis? Have you experienced a lot of sadness around the uncertainty of the current situation? 
 
*Click here to download our flier with information about groups forming online in English, Farsi, Hindi, Nepali, and Punjabi.

Join Hume's Coping Strategies Series This Friday at 5pm on Zoom: Resilience

Please join our South Asian Community Health Promotion Services program as they bring you Coping Strategies Workshops. These events are free and on Zoom, so join us as we offer coping skills strategies and techniques!

 

Resilience
July 16, 2021, 5-6pm
Please join using this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92360503994
Meeting ID: 92360503994

Previous Sessions:

July 10, 2020 Resilience
We practiced techniques to increase resilience

 

July 17, 2020 Art & Music
We enjoyed a compilation of Punjabi & Bollywood Music while engaging in art

 

July 31, 2020 “Flow into August”
We enjoyed a guided yoga practice 

 

August 7, 2020 Mindfulness
We practiced mindfulness for wellness

 

August 21, 2020 Two Hearts Art Activity
We used art to build stronger relationships

 

September 11, 2020
Supporting Each Other, Building Community

 

September 25, 2020
Exploring our Identities Through Writing

 

October 9, 2020
Self Talk & Self-Esteem

 

January 15, 2021
Intro to Dream Journaling

 

January 29, 2021
Integrating Faith Into Everyday Life

 

February 12, 2021
Mindful Acceptance

 

March 4, 2021
Mind Body Connection

 

March 18, 2021
Making your own Mandala

 

April 15, 2021
Introspective Journaling

SPIRIT is the Hope in the Behavioral Health System: Application Deadline Extended

Hume Center has benefited greatly from the SPIRIT Program and the SPIRIT Program has been a great boon to the people of Contra Costa and its behavioral health system of care.

In 1994, Contra Costa Behavioral Health, formerly Contra Costa Mental Health or CCMH, designed and implemented a recovery-oriented peer support provider training. In 2008, the training was renamed to the Service Provider Individualized Recovery Intensive Training, also known as the SPIRIT program. In 2010, SPIRIT became an accredited course at Contra Costa College. The Hume Center has been teaching in SPIRIT since 2011 and has been hosting SPIRIT Interns and hiring SPIRIT Graduates since 2014. A long list of current and former clients of our services have graduated from SPIRIT and achieved the benefits that this inspriing course brings.

SPIRIT includes classroom instruction, homework, site visits to local behavioral health programs, learning how to understand and tell your story, creating a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), training in skills and knowledge key to working in the behavioral health field, a six-week internship at a local behavioral health program, and entrance into a presitgiuos and supportive SPIRIT alumni fellowship. The SPIRIT Graduation is one of the highilights of the annual events in Contra Costa, as the graduates celebrate a momentous achievement in front of their friends, family, SPIRIT alumni, and representatives from the whole continuum of services and supports in the county. SPIRIT brings the hope to the system, proving that reocvery is real and showing that lived experience is a vital ingredient in being effective healers.

Contra Costa's Office for Consumer Empowerment has extended the deadline to apply for SPIRIT 2021 to October 23, 2020. Please download this application for more details. The course is following all safety guidelines and has many supports in place to help you register to be a student at Contra Costa College and successfully navigate going back to school and earning college credits!

5th Annual South Asian Mental Health Conference

The South Asian Mental Health Consortium is a grassroots organization working to bring together those interested in mental health awareness in the South Asian community.  This organization was started by current Hume employee, Dr. Preet Kaur Sabharwal and Hume alumni, Dr. Nina Kaur in 2016 when they were clinical psychology graduate students. Dr. Sabharwal and Dr. Kaur had come into the field with a strong interest in working with the South Asian community but during the course of their education they struggled to find mentors within the profession. They also struggled to advocate for research on South Asian Mental Health. Being avid conference attendees, Dr. Sabharwal and Dr. Kaur realized there were not many spaces provided in other psychological associations to discuss South Asian Mental Health topics, specifically around breaking stigmas and increasing access to care for South Asian communities. An attempt to find allies, mentors and spaces to discuss South Asian mental health topics, the South Asian Mental Health Consortium was created.
This year, Dr. Sabharwal and Dr. Kaur have welcomed three new board members who are all Hume alumni: Dr. Akshay Naresh, Dr. Nithya Narayan and Priya Aslam, MA.  The South Asian Mental Health Consortium is hosting their 5th Annual South Asian Mental Health Conference on March 12th and March 13th.  This two-day virtual conference will consist of symposiums, poster presentations, difficult dialogues, panel discussion and art exhibits.  The conference will bring high school/undergraduate/graduate students, providers, professors, community leaders, and community organizations together to increase mental health awareness within the South Asian community.  
 
Please see the registration page at https://register5thannual.eventbrite.com for more details and to sign up!

Stop the Hate: A Conversation About Anti-Asian Hate & Behavioral Health Event

We welcome you all to join the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA) event, Stop the Hate: A Conversation About Anti-Asian Hate & Behavioral Health that is taking place virtually on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 11:00AM - 1:00PM. 
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has been targeted and experienced acts and crimes of hate and violence. While this event highlights the experience of AAPIs, we also acknowledge that acts of violence and racism impact many other marginalized communities. CBHA will be convening a group of legislators and community leaders to highlight current legislation, best practices, and have discussions around what our state is doing to address the experience of the AAPI community during this pandemic
 
We are very excited and proud that our very own President, Dr. Joty Sikand, has been selected and invited by CBHA to participate as a panelist at this event.  
We must deal with our own learned ways of disliking certain groups of people to be the change of stopping the hate of others. Once we resolve our own inner struggles we can then be and lead change towards healing.  It takes a community to heal a community.  I am honored to join the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies and community leaders to Stop the Hate - Dr. Joty Sikand
 
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT: https://bit.ly/2RUlanJ 
and share this event with your networks! 

COVID-19 Rent Relief!

Are you behind on rent or utilities because of COVID-19?

Are you a landlord who has experienced a loss in income because of unpaid rent?

You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Alameda County Housing Secure Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

ACHS ERAP will help renters pay past due rent or future rent + help renters get caught up on utility bills.

 

Who can apply?

  • Tenants in Alameda County, excluding Oakland and Fremont
  • Renters with household incomes not more than 80% AMI
  • Renter qualifies for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to COVID–19
  • Renter demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability

 

HOW TO APPLY:

If you live in Alameda County (besides Oakland and Fremont) and qualify, call 211 or visit https://www.ac-housingsecure.org/

Fremont: http://www.fremont.gov/KeepFremontHoused

Oakland: http://www.oaklandca.gov/resources/housing-resources-erap-emergency-rental-assistance

Summer Breeze Concert for Community Wellness attracted 200+ viewers!

May 29, 2020

On May 29, 2020, ten performers performed for over 200 people on the Zoom stage in the Summer Breeze Concert for Community Wellness! Please help us thank David SerotkinClarisse SaamPatrick Duffy, Roberto Roman, Bryan Munar, John Hazen and Daniel Harris of Across Party LinesLacey Rae, KC Dela Cruz, and Natalie Amaya for the tremendous concert they put on that got summer kicked off right and helped everyone feel a little lighter.

You can watch the concert as it was streamed to Facebook Live by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 Click here for the full list of Zoom events we put on in April, May, and June, 2020.

 

Did you miss our workshop on how to cope with strong feelings due to COVID-19? Click here to download the powerpoint slides for the presentation as a PDF. Feel free to distribute to whoever you'd like.