Professional Development

Public Speaking

CJMH seeks opportunities to speak before Japanese community groups on topics related to mental health and psychotherapy that are of interest to the general public including PTSD, depression, suicide, caring for the elderly, caring for those with severe and persistent mental illness, parenting, and communication in multicultural families. CJMH engages local, Japanese-speaking mental health practitioners to volunteer as guest speakers. CJMH is also hiring interns/trainees, psychotherapists, psychologists, and social workers to develop and implement CJMH programs and events, including the speaker series. While awaiting funding, we seek speaking opportunities in the Greater Los Angeles area. As funding allows, we will seek speaking opportunities in Japan and other locales with a significant Japanese-speaking population. CJMH interns have given talks about parenting at Kodomo No Ie, a Japanese language preschool serving the San Gabriel Valley. CJMH arranged a guest speaker to present before the District Attorney’s Office in Downtown Los Angeles regarding the challenges and opportunities to better engage the Japanese-speaking population to utilize Victim of Crime and Victim Assistance Program services.

Workshops and Seminars

CJMH develops and conducts workshops and seminars in the same topic areas in which we conduct public speeches to provide more comprehensive and interactive learning opportunities. Different versions are being developed for the general public and for Japanese mental health practitioners and social workers. Workshop media is prepared in English and Japanese.

CJMH is prioritizing the development of PTSD workshops to train mental health practitioners and social workers in Japan to properly identify symptoms of PTSD so patients can be referred to psychiatrists for diagnosis and treatment. Alternatively, patients can be referred for telephone counseling by licensed psychotherapists in California for both diagnosis and treatment. CJMH is developing the workshop syllabus and materials in Los Angeles and piloting the workshop locally. Once sufficient funding is obtained, a subsequent pilot will be run in Japan to elicit additional feedback. When the course material is deemed ready and additional funding is secured, the workshop will be offered to regional mental health centers across Japan.