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A space to share stories of our work using narrative practices with children, adults and families in the Indian context

Prashant Shivam Dodke: A Storyteller at A Room Full Of Stories

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Prashant Shivam Dodke graduated junior college and has been working for the Akanksha Foundation for the past 10 years.

The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Akanksha works in the field of education, initiating school reform through The School Project, and providing a supplemental education through the Akanksha centres. Currently, Akanksha reaches out to over 6500 childrenPrashant’s work is diverse, he has worked in 4 major communities in Mumbai city for 6 years. Following that he has spent 3 years working on a project involving education and schools. Prashant is multi-lingual and speaks Hindi, English and Marathi. His hobbies include dance and drama. Prashant  graduated from Ummeed’s Community Mental Health Training program and will be sharing his work and ideas at A Room Full Of Stories!

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

Ami Damani: +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

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Dr. Anuradha Sovani: A Storyteller at A Room Full Of Stories

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Dr Anuradha Sovani is a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Professor and a Head, Department of Psychology, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. She has formerly headed Department of Applied Psychology, University of Mumbai and is a Trustee and  a Consultant for the Institute for Psychological Health, Thane, Maharashtra.

She has a M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. from University of Mumbai and is a Chancellor’s Gold Medallist at a Masters’ level. She has been a recipient of various scholarships and awards, including the UGC Research Fellowship, the National Talent Search Scholarship, the Mankar Prize of the University of Mumbai, a recipient of the best research paper award of the Indian Psychological Association, the award for the best paper published in Disabilities and Impairments and best book award for Children’s literature awarded by Maharashtra State. She has successfully guided ten Doctoral students. She has authored ten Marathi books, including a popular new series called “Maanas-rang” as well as over 65 research papers in national and international journals, and book chapters in National and International publications.

Dr.Sovani is currently working on a Sage book proposal in the field of psychology and cognitive neuroscience, a Springer book proposal on Personality Disorders and several book chapters. She is working on a Shastri Indo Canadian Research Grant project with University of British Columbia and has completed a collaborative study with University of East Anglia.

She has served as Consultant to National and State level bodies like National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped Secunderabad, Rehabilitation Council of India, IGNOU, HSC board , the Maharashtra State Mental Health Authority, Yashada, Pune, Institute for Vocational Guidance and Selection, Maharashtra, and the Thane Police cell for Women’s welfare, the Saamajik Suraksha Kaksh.

Her interest areas include community awareness about mental illness, mental health of women and children, mental health interventions particularly REBT and CBT. She currently serves on Core Committee for Rehabilitation, Department of Health Services, Maharashtra State, and Rugna Kalyan Samiti (patient welfare), Regional Mental Hospital, Thane, Maharashtra. Dr. Sovani will be sharing her ideas and experiences at A Room Full Of Stories.

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

Ami Damani: +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

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Jill Sanghvi: A Storyteller at A Room Full Of Stories

 

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Jill Sanghvi has been with Ummeed Child Development Center since 2009. She a currently a counselor and training manager at Ummeed. Jill has a Masters in Psychology from Mumbai University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University, New York. Jill has been drawn towards narrative ideas and practices since she started working at Ummeed. Jill engages in therapeutic conversations with young people and families experiencing disability. She also enjoys teaching in the various mental health training programs offered at Ummeed with a particular interest in working with communities in the local context. Jill leads the Community Mental Health training program which involves training community workers in narrative ideas and practices to provide mental health care in the communities they work with. Jill also engages in group conversations with people and practitioners from the community experiencing burnout, violence and trauma.

In 2014, Jill with her best friend and colleague Raviraj Shetty founded Happie World, an organization which creates a platform for young people who are experiencing difficulties to come together and get involved in fun activities such as cooking, photography and dancing. Jill is also on the resource committee of Forum for Autism, a parent body for people and families experiencing Autism. Jill is currently a PhD student at Vrije Universiteit Brussel exploring discourses and the social construction of Autism as a part of her research.

Jill is an integral part of the Ummeed family and continues to work and expand her professional portfolio!

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

Ami Damani: +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

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Daisy Daruwalla Bhathena: A Storyteller at A Room Full Of Stories

 

 

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Daisy Daruwalla Bhathena is a Senior Therapist and Training Manager at Ummeed Child Development Center. Daisy has been a part of the Ummeed family since 8 years. She has a Bachelors in Psychology from Jai Hind college and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from SNDT university. Daisy conducts Intelligence Quotient (IQ) testing for children and adolescents and supervises the testing team. Daisy is a trained counsellor and uses the Narrative ideas and practices while working with children and families through individual and group counseling sessions. She has presented her work at the South Asia International Autism Conference in 2015 on the Use of Externalizing Conversations with Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Daisy has run groups for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She has also been actively involved in planning and conducting workshops and short term trainings for several organizations / schools like Action for Autism, Anchorage, Aangan, Teach for India, Rotary Club, Euro Kids, J.B Petit High School, Bombay Scottish etc.

Daisy has been part of the core team that conceptualized, designed, implemented and supervised long term training programs like the Mental Health Training Program (MHTP) and Community Mental Health Training program (CMHTP). These programs train professionals and community workers in the application of narrative ideas and practices in their context. Daisy heads the year-long Mental Health Training Program.

Daisy’s work is not limited to the Mental Health team, she has also been part of the Ummeed Outreach Project, which was in operation for over three years. The project involved working in close collaboration with several schools and NGOs in Mumbai and training counselors, teachers and offering one-one-one and group counseling services to children and adolescents.

Daisy has been the force behind A Room Full of Stories – The International Narrative Therapy Conference 2016 and has been the lead in organizing and executing the entire production!

Along with all of this, Daisy is a chocoholic, she enjoys almost all types of chocolate! A lover of travel and a phenomenal mimic Daisy is one of Ummeed’s shining stars!

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

Ami Damani: +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

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Prachi Sunil Karekar: A Storyteller at A Room Full Of Stories

 

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Prachi Karekar is a  physiotherapist who has devoted her career to working with children with disabilities. Prachi has a Bachelors in Physiotherapy from D.Y. Patil college and has been working at the Jai Vakeel school for the last 4 years.She recently graduated from Ummeed’s Community Mental Health Training Program in Narrative Ideas and Practises.

The school was started by Mr. & Mrs. Hormusjee Vakeel for their daughter Dina who was born with Down’s syndrome. The ‘school’ started in 1944, with 2 kids from their house and by 1949 there were over 75 students. Today the Institute caters to over 700 people annually and serves as a ‘one stop shop’ for all the needs of a mentally challenged person with ‘associated disabilities’ e.g. Epilepsy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy etc.

Prachi is an avid reader and enjoys watching detective television shows likes The Mentalist and Sherlock. Prachi believes that children no matter what their disability do have responses to their surrounding and that working with them is a privilege.

Prachi will be sharing stories from her journey with Narrative ideas in her work as a physiotherapist at A Room Full Of Stories.

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

Ami Damani: +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

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Raviraj Shetty: A Story teller at A Room Full Of Stories

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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’m-perfect 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 are 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, organisation, teaching and parenting.

Raviraj enjoys his identity as a teacher of narrative ideas and practises 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.

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

Ami Damani: +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

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Sonali Jain: A Storyteller at A Room Full Of Stories

 

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Sonali Jain, a local resident of Mumbai city, has completed Masters in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai. She has been working in the field of social development for over 16 years.

At present, she works with the Ra Foundation. The Ra Foundation is a Mumbai-based registered non-profit organization where like-hearted individuals come together and become agents of change. Their key areas of focus are health and education.

In July 2004, the Foundation began its first community program by delivering health awareness sessions in Pratiksha Nagar at Sion, Mumbai. Then it started a women’s self-help group (Prerna Bachat Ghat) with the aim to encourage them to save up for medical purposes. In 2006, while supporting a little girl who had been living on the railway station with her blind parents, Ra felt the urge to get engaged in providing quality education to children experiencing vulnerability due to lower socio-economic backgrounds, thus developing the Happy Kids Program.

Currently Sonali helps in facilitating residential school education for children living in difficult and challenging environment.  Her work involves guiding and supervising children between age group of 8-18 years. Sonali is a part of the current batch of the Ummeed Community Mental Health Training program. She expresses that an exposure to Narrative Practices has helped her to make a breakthrough in her conversations and developing close connection with children.

Sonali will bring her experiences and her use of narrative practices to A Room Full of Stories. We look forward to hearing about her journey!

If you are interested in learning more about narrative ideas and about A Room Full of Stories you can visit our conference website  http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

Alternatively you can also contact Ami Damani our conference coordinator at +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

 

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Ami Damani: The Coordinator of Stories at The Room Full of Stories.

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Ami joined the Ummeed family in 2015 as the conference  co-ordinator for A Room Full of Stories. Ami has been working behind the scenes for months organizing venues, scheduling speakers, bringing the Room Full of Stories to life. Post the conference Ami will take on the role of manager of training operations at Ummeed’s new Training Centre.

Ami Damani has a Bachelors in Corporate Secretaryship from Madras University and a MBA Degree in Marketing from Institute of Technology and Management Chennai. She is the founder of two funded startups and has 7 years experience in Support and customer service in the banking sector. Ami’s passion for the environment led the creation of ‘No Paper Firms’ a company that works towards paperless college admissions all over India. Along with this Ami is a linguist; she is fluent in English, Hindi, Tamil and Gujarati.

A foodie, a reader, a traveller, a runner Ami is a force of nature. A perfectionist, Ami puts her heart and soul into everything she does and is definitely one of Ummeed’s shinning stars.

Please feel free to contact Ami for queries and registration for The Room Full of Stories: International Narrative Therapy Conference.

To know more about the conference you can check out the website

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

Check out the schedule for the conference:

http://www.narrativeconference2016.in/a_room_full_of_stories_schedule.php

 

 

Preeti Broker: A storyteller at The Room Full of Stories

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Preeti has engaged in therapeutic conversations with individuals and families for the past 15 years. Guided by the rich stories that lie within people, these conversations function as spaces that help clients reflect upon their narratives and create new ones. New ones that are shaped by the person they are and not by the givens of the plot.

An independent practitioner,she also consults at Sapling Nursery School,Pune.Sapling is an inclusive Pre Primary school, committed to make learning meaningful and relevant for every child. At school,she works closely with the teachers to understand the needs of different learners simultaneously, providing therapeutic support to these children and their families for behavioural, familial and parenting concerns.

A firm believer in inclusion, she has worked at creating policies, sensitising and mentoring stakeholders to create systems of intervention and support in schools. She also conducts community-based training and sensitisation programs in the field of mental health.

Preeti holds a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from Tata Institute of SocialSciences,Mumbai,works as a Psychotherapist, and uses her training in Psychotherapy and Narrative Therapy extensively in her practise.

Preeti will be sharing stories of her work with children and families through Narrative ideas at The Room Full of Stories, International Narrative Therapy Conference India on the 15th & 16th oct’16.

If you are interested in learning more about narrative ideas and about A Room Full of Stories you can visit our conference website  http://www.narrativeconference2016.in

Alternatively you can also contact

Ami Damani our conference coordinator at +91993055519 or at ami.damani@ummeed.org.

 

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