Thursday, April 3, 2014

Inaugural Filipino Mental Health Symposium

The Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco and San Mateo County, and student organizations and staff at San Francisco University, together, are pleased to present the Inaugural Filipino Mental Health Symposium, “Kwentuhan: Sharing Our Stories”, on Friday April 11, in Jack Adams Hall at San Francisco State University.

Students, educators, community members, and health providers interested in promoting mental wellness within the Filipino and Filipino American community will find the symposium useful. Stories, discussions, and performances have been carefully selected to provide opportunities for the larger community to learn more about issues related to Filipino American children, families, and adults.

Our theme “Kwentuhan: Sharing Our Stories” emphasizes the historical importance of story telling within Filipino culture and its potential for expanding our awareness around mental wellness. Through sharing our stories and the resources provided at the symposium, we hope to empower, dispel stigmas around mental health, and provide a place for others to meet people who are serving the Filipino and Filipino American communities.

We hope you and your community members will join us, as we come together for this powerful event.
To attend, register by clicking HERE or visiting the registration site
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. This is a FREE event!

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If you have any questions please contact Judith at

This activity is sponsored by RAMS Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative in partnership with the Filipino Mental Health Initiative - SF. Funded by Mental Health Services Act, San Francisco Department of Public Health - Community Behavioral Health Services.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

API Mental Health Collaborative is abuzz with events

Today's post is written by RAMS Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative Coordinator Natalie Ah Soon, MPH, providing information and updates about the APIMHC program's mental health promotion events and activities. 

APIMHC’s Community Collaborators springs into the season with a beehive of community mental health promotion events and activities:

On April 4, 2014, Samoan Wellness Initiative will start a Fale Lalaga (Weaving House) of wellness through the O Lo’u Leo (My Voice) Series. In conjunction with Journey to Empowerment, four digital stories produced by Pacific Islanders about issues that impact their mental health will be featured individually, followed by a guided discussion and dialogue co-facilitated by experienced facilitators and community members/providers. Mental health providers will be on-site to provide support.  Activities will be geared towards Pacific Islanders, and particularly the Samoan community.
Contact: Nani Wilson –

On April 6, 2014, Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative will host a cultural event to celebrate the Cambodian and Laotian New Year. Outreach, engagement, and education activities include monk blessings, BACI, cultural performances, sharing of traditional food and practices of wellness, sharing of resources (among others).  Cambodians, Laotians, providers, and community members are invited to attend.
Contact: Chanthol Oung -

On April 11, 2014,  the Filipino Mental Health Initiative-SF, a community collaborator of RAMS’ Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Collaborative Project, will offer the Inaugural Filipino Mental Health Symposium titled Engaging and Educating through KWENTUHAN: Sharing Our Stories. Students, educators, community members, and health providers interested in promoting mental wellness within the Filipino and Filipino American community will find the symposium useful. A line-up of carefully selected mental health-related stories, discussions, and performances about Filipino Americans will provide opportunities for the larger community to learn more about issues that impact Filipino-American children, families, and adults. Through KWENTUHAN: Sharing Our Stories and the resources provided at the symposium, it is hoped that awareness of mental wellness will expand through empowerment with information sharing and exchange, dispelling the stigma of mental health, and providing a place for community members and providers to meet individuals that serve the Filipino-American community in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The event will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, 9am-3pm in the Jack Adams Hall at San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, CA 94132.
Registration is REQUIRED for this FREE event! Register at: by Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Contacts: Judith or Joyce at OR 415-348-8042

Monday, March 3, 2014

RAMS Co-Presenting at CAAMFest 2014

RAMS will be co-presenting a feature film at the CAAMFest 2014, held by the Center for Asian American Media.
Kyle and Jen, estranged siblings, travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they make a discovery that turns their world upside-down.
From writer-director J.P. Chan, his full-length feature film debut A PICTURE OF YOU is a poignant narrative of moving out and moving on.  Two estranged siblings — Kyle (Andrew Pang) and Jen (Jo Mei) — attempt to reconcile their differences over a weekend packing up their late mom’s lakehouse. Eschewing familiar sibling tropes, Chan’s film balances personal filial piety with modern guilt.  The result is a thoughtful meditation of life, death and the infallible bonds that keep us together.  (Christian Ting, CAAMFest)

RAMS will be co-presenting the showing on Wednesday, March 19th , at 6:40pm at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post Street.

A Picture Of You is described by J.P. Chan as "a serious movie about life that gets sideswiped in the supermarket parking lot by a funny movie about death. It’s a story about family, loss, secrets, letting go, and starting anew."  For more details, visit the film's website as well as their kickstarter page

We hope you join us at the CAAMFest 2014 for this highly anticipated film! Also, please check out the CAAMFest 2014 website to see the whole lineup of cinema, food, and music events!

More From Adam Phillips

RAMS is very excited to present renowned author & psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in San Francisco on March 15!

A Day with Adam Phillips
March 15, 2014
9:30 am to 4:30 pm 
(Registration at 9:00am)
UCSF Mission Bay, Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium
600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

To register, use this link

Click HERE to read more about the upcoming event.

Here are a few recent articles written about Adam Phillips, for your reading pleasure:

One Way and Another: New and Selected Essays by Adam Phillips – a review by Daniel Cohen in The Guardian.

Photo credit: Eamon McCabe
"How should we read psychoanalysis? Many of its great theorists – Sigmund Freud, Donald Winnicott, Jacques Lacan – trained as doctors, and their successors tend to follow the rigid formulae of academic papers. However, for Adam Phillips, a practising psychoanalyst who is also a perceptive literary critic, it is "more illuminating" to consider psychoanalysts as poets "rather than failed or aspiring scientists"."

This Is Your Life - A psychoanalytic writer urges us to just deal with it. By Joan Acocella in The New Yorker.
"Phillips, Britain’s foremost psychoanalytic writer, dislikes the modern notion that we should all be out there fulfilling our potential. In his new book, he argues that, instead of feeling that we should have a better life, we should just live, as gratifyingly as possible, the life we have. Otherwise, we are setting ourselves up for bitterness."

Tickling Our Minds: How Adam Phillips Changes Our Thinking.  By Robert McCrum in Newsweek.
"He was taken up by the pragmatic English as a servant of the dark arts who could somehow translate the mysteries of analysis into brilliant, readable, and seductive prose."

Second Selves - "Missing Out", Sunday Book Review.  By Sheila Heti in the New York Times.
"Phillips continued in that Bomb interview to express his hope for “a world in which there is less art and better relationships. . . . The only game in town is improving the quality of people’s relationships. Everything is about group life, and there’s no life without group life.” This seems indicative of how he wants his essays to function: less like art-objects (beautiful, stable things to be contemplated at a distance) than a training ground for how we might relate differently to the world and one another through how we relate to the text. Modeling relations in a safe environment is what many therapies do; it’s fascinating to see it work in a book."

The Q&A: Poetry as Therapy.  By E.H. in The Economist.
"Freud suggests not exactly that we speak in poetry, because poetry has line-endings, but that we potentially speak with the type of incisiveness and ambiguity that we're most used to finding in poetry. So, to put it slightly differently: the reading of poetry would be a very good training for a psychoanalyst."

Friday, February 28, 2014

Training Asian Female Students in Community Mental Health

A recent article written by Fu Yau program staff was published in the journal Women & Therapy on February 24.

Titled "Training Asian Female Students in Community Mental Health: Reflection on our Multiple Identities as Supervisors", the article is a collaboration between authors Yuki Okubo of CSPP-Alliant University, as well as Fu Yau Project Director Rose Sneed, PsyD, and program staff Chiaki Sasaki, PsyD, and Helen Duoong, LMFT.

As per the Abstract: This article is a compilation of personal narratives and self-reflections by supervisors affiliated with the Community Behavioral Health Clinical/Research Training Practicum (CRTP) at Fu Yau Project, collaboration between California School of Professional Psychology PsyD Program in San Francisco, and Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS). As female psychologists of color, authors reflected on what has shaped us as clinicians and supervisors, and in turn, has influenced the way they train and supervise Asian female trainees in the context of community mental health. Authors each took turns to share our personal and professional experience, followed by commentary and training implications.

We are proud of our staff's accomplishments in publishing this article!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Renowned author & psychoanalyst Adam Phillips in San Francisco

RAMS is pleased to present:

A Day with Adam Phillips
March 15, 2014
9:30 am to 4:30 pm 
(Registration at 9:00am)
UCSF Mission Bay, Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium
600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158


Photo credit: Jerry Bauer
Adam Phillips is internationally acclaimed as an essayist, literary critic, cultural scholar, and practicing psychoanalyst. He is a renowned author who has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, The New Yorker, The Guardian, and Newsweek to just list a few. Currently in private practice in London, he is the general editor of the new Penguin Modern Classics translations of Sigmund Freud as well as a regular contributor to the London Review of Books. He is also a Visiting Professor in the English Department at York University. Previously, he was Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital.

Adam Phillips is called “one of the finest prose stylists at work in the language, an Emerson of our time” by John Banville. He has published over 17 scholarly books and numerous essays on psychoanalysis, literature, philosophy, the history of science, sociology, politics, child psychology, and biography. The Guardian says “’Phillipsian’ would evoke a vivid, paradoxical style that led you to think that you had picked up an idea by the head, only to find you were holding it by the tail.”

This seminar includes a presentation titled “On Unforbidden Pleasures” analyzing, from historical to current day viewpoint, how particular behaviors are perceived in our society as acceptable and how that influences the individual’s wellbeing. This will be followed by a discussion on his latest book One Way and Another: New and Selected Essays, which focuses on psychoanalysis: its history, methods, and its preoccupations including desire, memory and narcissism. The seminar concludes with an in-depth interview examining the latest ideas about psychoanalysis and its application in working with culturally diverse populations in the community.

As a result of attending this seminar, the participant will be able to:
  1. Understand how “unforbidden pleasures” impact the individual’s wellbeing
  2. Learn how the psychotherapist shapes the therapeutic relationship
  3. Learn about the application of psychoanalytic concepts and principles into practice in the community
Seminar Rates (Includes morning refreshments and lunch):
  • $130/General
  • $90/Former RAMS Staff/Intern/Trainee
  • $65/Student
  • Continuing Education: Additional $20
  • On-site Registration: Additional $10
Space is limited so REGISTER NOW!

Continuing Education Credit:
Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) is approved by the California Psychological Association (RIC121) and California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE4601) to provide continuing education for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. RAMS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credits. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit. CANCELLATIONS are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 10 days prior to be eligible for a refund.

For any questions, you may contact Angela Tang at and/or (415) 800-0699 ext. 200

Monday, February 17, 2014

CARF Re-Accreditation for Hire-Ability Vocational Services

The Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) surveyors visited RAMS Hire-Ability Vocational Services on December 11 & 12, 2013 for our re-accreditation. The accreditation is a process that demonstrates a provider has met standards for the quality of its services. In the recent survey outcome report, CARF noted that RAMS/Hire-Ability achieved the maximum 3-year accreditation (through January 2017) following services:
  • Community Employment Services: Employment Support
  • Community Employment Services: Job Development
  • Employee Development Services
  • Employment Planning Services
  • Employment Skills Training Services

Also, CARF surveyors made no recommendations with the report stating "this is an extraordinary accomplishment, as only 3 percent of CARF surveys result in no recommendations." Other survey report highlights include:
  • Organization has a strong recovery focus, resulting in high satisfaction and outcome scores
  • Clear culture of creativity, intellectual curiosity, innovation, and ongoing positive improvements
  • RAMS is recognized national leader in providing culturally sensitive services

We are so very proud for having achieved consecutive three-year reaccreditations and, with the most recent survey, having no recommendations.

The CARF family of organizations currently accredits close to 50,000 programs and services at more than 22,000 locations. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by more than 6,500 CARF-accredited service providers. CARF accreditation extends to countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This prestigious accreditation signals a service provider's commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community. Click HERE to read more about the accreditation process.