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.