CHAA offers a rigorous clinical internship for graduate students interested in community mental health. Practicum students and MFT interns from various Bay Area doctorate & masters graduate programs provide collaborative psychological assessments along with individual & group therapy at Oakland Public Schools. This year’s interns include Justine Fan and Joanne Wong whom we are grateful to acknowledge in these Intern Profiles.
ACHA's first Benefit Concert on November 4, 2013 - Joyful Heart Through Precious Tibetan Mantras brings you Bay Area's Joanna Macy and Jennifer Berezan, and features Dechen Shak-Dagsay from Europe. All of the profits from the concert will go towards supporting women and girl's education in higher studies and towards health programs in Eastern Tibet. ACHA-Himalayan Sisterhood is a grassroots Tibetan women's group supported through CHAA's Sisterhood for Wellness and API Connections programs.
CHAA's Tibetan Community Wellness Advocate, Tsering Yangkey, appeared in an article in Contra Costa Times about a pop-up garden she has helped establish in El Cerrito's Fairmont Park. As the article notes, some of the most active Fairmont Park gardeners include 10 to 15 Tibetan immigrant families who work with Tsering through CHAA's API Connections program. El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley and Oakland have a small but thriving Tibetan community.
As many of you may remember, 10 years ago on October 13th, Chan Bounkeut and her father Gwai were shot through the door of their home and Chan lost her life. Out of this tragedy, the West County Southeast Asian community, public system and community organizations came together to address the issues of violence impacting their and other communities. Southeast Asian young people also played a big role in creating an active youth group that came to be known as Southeast Asian Young Leaders, or SEAYL.