Thursday, January 13, 2011

Seminar - Psychology of the Web & Internet Addiction

RAMS is proud to present an upcoming seminar!

Psychology of the Web and Internet Addiction:
Symptomatology & Intervention
Presented by Guest Speaker Ofer Zur, PhD.
February 4, 2011
From 9:00am to 1:30pm (Registration 8:30am)
Full Life Center, 3535 Balboa Street, San Francisco

Dr. Ofer Zur is a consultant, licensed psychologist, writer, forensic consultant and lecturer from Sonoma, CA.

This seminar will review the emerging fields of Psychology of the Internet, Internet Addiction, and Online Gaming. It will focus on the increased tension between parents and children regarding internet use, overuse, and abuse. The fact that parents, by definition, are digital immigrants and children are digital natives creates multi-levels of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and inevitable conflicts. The lecture will discuss the true nature of multitasking, Internet use, over-use, and abuse, and online gaming, and will explore the application of the addiction model to Internet Addiction and Online Gaming Addiction. Additionally, it will provide information about assessment and interventions with those who abuse or become addicted to the Internet or to online gaming.

Click HERE to register online, or click HERE to download the flyer.

MFTs/LCSWs: Meets qualifications for 4 CE Credits. Richmond Area Multi-Services is a provider approved by BBS (PCE4601).
Psychologists: Meets qualifications for 4 CE Credits. RAMS is a provider approved by MCEP (RIC121).

Registration $40 priority through January 31 only (will increase to $50 February 1 onward & on-site) includes CEU Certificate


Photo credit: by Visibly Damaged on Flickr

Monday, January 10, 2011

Guest Post - Mia Veroy, Program Coordinator

Today's guest post is from Mia Veroy, Program Coordinator at both the RAMS Hire-Ability Vocational Services Employee Development Program as well as the new Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate program being offered by RAMS and San Francisco State University. Started in Fall 2010, the Certificate Program's goal is "to prepare consumers and/or family members with the basic skills & knowledge for entry-level employment in the behavioral health system of care and with academic/career planning that supports success in institutions of higher learning".

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The Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program - a collaboration between Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. and San Francisco State University’s Department of Counseling - is proud to announce its first cohort of graduates from the Fall Cohort of 2010.

This unique class offering, funded by the Mental Health Services Act, allowed both agencies to create a pioneering curriculum designed to prepare individuals for employment into the behavioral health system. After 12 weeks of intensive and rigorous training, the students are ready to increase the workforce and let their voices be heard. Engagement and retention was high, with 18 students successfully completing the course out of the 20 that were selected for the initial class offering. The program included weekly classes, quizzes & exams, job shadowing and volunteer experiences that each individual had to complete in order to pass this course.

The success of this program would not have been possible without the amazing support that was received from the San Francisco community that came in various forms, such as the contributions of valuable hours from our panel of guest lecturers who agreed to share their knowledge and expertise free of charge, as well as donations of food and supplies.

The Certificate Program had the opportunity to acknowledge all these contributions and honor the students’ accomplishments during the graduation ceremony held in December 2010. The presence of family members from as far as Alaska and Utah as well as having representatives from three generations truly made this event memorable. It was a fitting way to honor the level of commitment, focus, and determination of all the students who plowed through all obstacles imaginable just to finish this course.

Many of the graduates are now in the process of getting registered with the Employment Services of RAMS Hire-Ability as well as the State Department of Rehabilitation to begin the job search. For some students, it is a matter of following up on the job leads or offers already received from their job shadow sites as well as contacts from the Job Fair hosted by the program. Organized activities such as alumni events as well as advisory committees are in the pipeline and ready for implementation in the coming months to ensure that the graduates receive continued support and guidance. In fact, several of the graduates came to the recent Open House for the Spring 2011 cohort to show support for the program, but more importantly, to provide assistance to the new applicants, a testament to how they have eased into their roles as peer counselors.

With the amount of work that has been accomplished in the past year, there is still a lot more to be done, yet RAMS is filled with an overwhelming sense of renewed hope and faith in the future. The best is yet to come!

Meet the folks behind the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program (L-R): Angela Tang, MSW, RAMS Operations Manager; Mya Vaughn, PhD, Assistant Professor, SFSU; Robert Williams, PhD, Department of Counseling Chair, SFSU; Mia Veroy, RAMS Program Coordinator; Kavoos G. Bassiri, LMFT, CGP, President & CEO, RAMS.

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RAMS is now accepting applications for the Spring 2011 session! Click HERE for more information and for application forms & instructions.

Photo (at top) credit from jpellgen on Flickr

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

RAMS at CAMFT 2011

We are pleased to announce that the RAMS Wellness Centers Program shall be represented at the upcoming 2011 California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists Annual Conference. The title of the presentation is “Lessons Learned: Providing Creative Tools for Working in School-Based Services to Meet the Needs of Diverse Youth”.

The annual conference, already in its 47th year, shall be held from May 12-15 in Burlingame, CA. RAMS Behavioral Health Counselors Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, MS, Shana Averbach, MS, Alissa Gunsberg, MA, Mia Gutfreund, MA, and Kin Leung, LMFT, as well as Program Director Kristin Chun, LMFT, shall be presenting Thursday May 12, on behalf of RAMS.

We are very proud and honored to have our work at the Wellness Centers recognized and showcased at such an esteemed event!