MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING PROGRAMME (MHTP) focuses on training candidates to provide family-centric therapeutic support for children with disabilities and their families using narrative ideas. The course is conducted by Ummeed Child Development Centre in collaboration with Narrative Practices Adelaide and Re-authoring Teaching Inc.

One of the unique parts of the programme is its Teaching Team….the people who make it possible. The teaching team is an interesting mix of counselors using narrative ideas in varied areas of work, cultures and contexts.  Each week on the blog we’ll introduce the teaching teams. This week we introduce the amazing team from Ummeed Child Development Centre

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Jehanzeb Baldiwala is a therapist, supervisor, trainer and part of the Ummeed management team since 2004. She has aligned herself with narrative ways of working since 2006. Her work at Ummeed includes designing and supervising implementation of mental health training programs; providing therapeutic support to families and children with disabilities as well as training and supervising the mental health team at Ummeed. She was instrumental in developing the Mental Health Training Program and is currently working with her team to develop a training program in narrative ideas and practices for community workers in Hindi. Formerly Director of Family Support and Social Rehabilitation Services at North East Community Center, Philadelphia, USA, she has a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Mumbai and course work at UMass, Boston.

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Jill Sanghvi is a counsellor and trainer at Ummeed and part of their mental health team. Jill has a Master’s degree in Social Psychology from the University of Mumbai and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University, New York. She conducts individual and group counselling sessions with children and families at the center. She is also involved in the development, implementation, supervision, evaluation and documentation of the Mental Health Training Program and the Community mental health training program. She manages social communication for team Ummeed.

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Shamin Mehrotra is a therapist and part of the Ummeed management team for over 10 years now. She has been instrumental in developing the Mental Health Training program as well as conceptualizing, building and supervising the Social Work team at Ummeed. She also provides counselling for children with disabilities and their families. Shamin graduated from the University of Mumbai, India with a Master’s degree (MA) in Applied Psychology. She went on to pursue another Master’s degree (MSED) in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Prior to working at Ummeed she has worked in the Northeast Community Center, USA providing individual and group therapy services for adults with mental health issues.

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Daisy Daruwalla is a clinical psychologist with a Master’s degree from SNDT University (Mumbai). As part of Ummeed’s Mental Health Team she provides individual and group counselling services to children and families at the center. Daisy’s work also includes conducting IQ testing and supervising the testing team at Ummeed. Her training experiences include being part of the group that developed and implemented the Mental Health Training Program as well at the Community Mental Health Training program.

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Bhavna Lalwani is a counselor with Master’s degree in Counselling from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She is part of Ummeed’s Mental Health Team and provides individual and group counselling services to children and families at the center. She has coordinated mental health team’s training workshops and has facilitated training lectures for Child Development Aides. Her work also includes supervising interns and observers visiting Ummeed.

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Raviraj Shetty is a mental health professional and an occupational therapist at Ummeed Child Development centre. He has completed his Bachelors and Master in Occupational Therapy from Seth.G.S.Medical College & K.E.M Hospital. At Ummeed he conducts individual as well as group sessions for children and their families using the narrative approaches along with occupational therapy. He is also part of Ummeed’s community training programs like the Child Development Aide Training program and the Early Child Development and Disability short term training.

Let us know something that has stood out to you about them…we would love to know a story ….. 🙂

We will soon post the inspiring team from Narrative Practices Adelaide 🙂

 

 

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