Re-membering Narrative Gathering - 05252018

Speaker Bio’s: 

Raviraj Shetty is a mental health worker and an occupational therapist. Raviraj completed his Bachelors and Masters in Occupational Therapy from Seth.G.S.Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai.  He is a Senior Therapist, Supervisor and training lead at Ummeed Child Development Center and consultant at POSAT foundation both NGO’s which work with children, young people, and families. At Ummeed, Raviraj has initiated and facilitates diverse programs like The I’mPerfect Fathers group, The Pen-Pal project, and The Identity Project. Raviraj along with his best friend and colleague Jill, co-founded Happie World, a space for young people with diverse needs to express through arts. He along with his colleague Jehanzeb is writing a book called ‘The Special Something’ which is a collection of stories of ‘little special things’ parents do with their children. Recently his work using narrative ideas within the context of handwriting training was published in the Indian journal of occupational therapy. Raviraj along with his thought partner Jehanzeb have been interested in exploring narrative ideas within the diverse context of supervision, organization, teaching, and parenting. Raviraj enjoys his identity as a teacher of narrative ideas and practices for professional and community health workers across India. He is also part of Ummeed’s early childhood development and disabilities training program for community health workers.

Samriti Makkar Midha is a trained and practicing psychotherapist. She works in the area of self-development, emotional regulation, workplace issues, career growth, relationships, marriage, parenting, work-life balance and coping with critical situations. She has a strong theoretical foundation having done her B.A Psychology (Hons) from the University of Delhi and M.Sc. in Psychology (Clinical) from Christ College, Bangalore. She extends her experience to organizations by conducting sessions and workshops and has conducted over 500 work-life seminars focused on topical areas of personal and professional development. She is affiliated with leading Employee Assistance Providers (EAP), is on the panel of online mental health portals and has her own organization called POSH at Work which assists organizations in complying with Law against Sexual Harassment.
Samriti completed her Mental Health Training Program in the year 2017 from UMMEED and has been using narrative practices in her therapeutic work with clients.