Professional Development

Natasha Molony, PhD
Training Director
 
If you have any questions related to Professional Development, including CEUs,and the Mental Health Consultation Training Institute, please utilize the Contact Us page to email or call Dr. Natasha Molony.

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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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!

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.

Join Hume's Coping Strategies Series This Thursday at 5pm on Zoom: Making Your Own Mandala

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

 

Introspective Journaling
April 15, 2021, 5-6pm
You will need paper, a ruler, pencils, and art materials like crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
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

Join TogetherWell for a Discussion about Bias and Challenges During Graduate School

Third Thursdays for Therapists, Organized by TogetherWell

TogetherWell, an online platform launched by Hume alumni to connect emotional wellness professionals with communities in need, has organized a series of Third Thursday events from 5 to 7pm to support therapists.

 

August 20, 2020, 5-7pm
Beyond Graduate School: Clinicians Share Challenges with Bias

 
The topics that will be discussed include sharing experiences of being an early-career psychologist and how to navigate encounters of systematic gender and race inequities in the field. This professional panel will provide graduate students with candid information about experiences, resources, and challenges of being a psychologist during this time. 
 
As a graduate student, there can be a lot of hoops to jump through so it can be helpful to hear from early-career psychologists who have recently walked in your shoes. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges you’ve possibly encountered and to hear the challenges of being a psychologist during this time. Interested in submitting questions for the panel?  Please fill out this survey-https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W7FPTX3

If you would like to RSVP or to simply learn more about this event, please visit this link: https://hopin.to/events/thirdthursdayfortherapistsaugustevent
 
Please attend this complimentary online TogetherWell event, intended to support graduate students. Hume Center is very proud of our current trainees Julie Huynh and Roop Sabharwal who will be co-moderating this event and of all of our employees and alumni who will speaking be on the panel.
 
Future Third Thursday Seminars at TogetherWell:
9/17/2020: Supporting Men's Mental Health and Suicide Intervention
10/15/2020: Virtual Practice During the Opioid Epidemic

Hume Phoenix Center has Moved into Hume's Concord Clinic

Hume Concord Clinics Combined
 
In June, 2019, The Hume Center integrated the Phoenix Center into its set of programs. The Phoenix Center offered psychotherapy and psychiatry services for Medi-Cal consumers and was located just half a mile from our long-time Concord Clinic. On April 24, 2020, the Phoenix Center closed as planned and all services offered there will now be provided at our Concord Clinic. That office is located at 1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 102, Concord, CA 94520. More information about the Concord Clinc can be found here.
 
Click here to download an information flier that includes a map showing both clinics. To ensure continuity, the Phoenix Center's phone and fax numbers were migrated to our Concord Clinic as secondary numbers. The main number for the Concord Clinic is 925.825.1793 and the fax number is 925.825.7094.

Free Improv Show 9/26/2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom! (donations support Hume Center)

The Hume Center has beens supported annually by Trapped in a Rumor Improv for over a decade and we are excited to announce that they will be supporting Hume Center with a free show on Zoom this Saturday, 9/26/2020 at 7:30pm!

The show will be completely free to join and no registration is required. Trapped in a Rumor Improv will be collecting any donations for Hume Center that you anyone in attendance would like to offer.

So join us for some laughs this Saturday with Trapped in a Rumor Improv!

On Saturday at 7:30pm, please click this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81334028385
or enter Meeting ID: 813 3402 8385

Our Fremont Office Has Moved (March, 2021)!

Please note the new address of our Fremont Clinic. You can find the updated address, accessibility information, and driving directions and public transportation information here. The phone number and fax number have remained the same.

You're Invited to the Mind Matters event!

Healthy Mind, Healthy You Image

  

 

Healthy Mind, Healthy You!


Join the India Community Center (ICC) Wellness event taking place on
February 24, 2019 from 9am - 4pm.
Learn more about how emotions can impact your health while being amongst engaging keynotes and panels. Healthy breakfast & lunch included!

Click here for more information! 

 

Hume Alumni Have Launched a Platform to Connect Mental Health Experts to Communities

Former Hume Center pre-doctoral intern, Michele Haley, PhD, (’10) and practicum intern, post-doc and staff , Aric Jensen, PhD and MBA ('10) have launched a non-profit organization aimed at making sure mental health support is a right and not a privilege.  TogetherWell (www.togetherwell.org) is a 501c3 organization that helps link mental health experts with communities in need by providing timely, tailored and impactful mental health workshops and educational opportunities. Specifically, TogetherWell provides a web-based platform for mental health professionals to share their backgrounds, and workshop offerings while providing visibility to and connections with organizations and communities that are in need of that expertise.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, TogetherWell has been hosting FREE, monthly webinars for mental health professionals to provide connections and enrich clinical practice during this unprecedented time. We invite the Hume Center community to attend one of their upcoming “Third Thursdays for Therapists”. The next offering is one June 18th, 5-7 pm PST. To learn more about this complimentary event, please visit: https://www.togetherwell.org/events-calendar

TogetherWell is also excited to announce they will be offering six months free to therapists interested in offering workshops to the community on diversity issues.  Please use beta code: BLM2020 (while code lasts).

We also encourage you to learn more atTogetherWell at https://www.togetherwell.org/

Upcoming Events and Future Speakers:

TogetherWell has a survey link on our events page where they're inviting people to nominate themselves as speakers. Are you ready to support your community with your voice?

https://www.togetherwell.org/events-calendar