Category: Who We Help

Talking to Children About Tragic Events

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff Tragic Events in the News “When I was a boy and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers In times of community or world-wide crisis, it’s easy to […]

How to Talk to Your Spouse About Divorce

Author: JSSA Child and Family Staff How you tell your spouse and what you tell your spouse about wanting a divorce is of critical importance because it can set the tone for how the divorce unfolds. Enrolling in counseling can help you prepare for how to break the news and also how to manage the […]

How to Address “Mean Girls” Behavior

Author: Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LGSW, Social Worker While bullying has been the subject of many media reports and community wide programs in recent years, little attention has been directed toward a type of covert bullying that is predominantly found among girls and has been termed “relational aggression.” Unlike overt bullying, in which clear physically aggressive acts […]

Worrying About Mom and Dad – Caregiving Tips

Authors: JSSA Senior Services and JSSA Hospice Staff “My parents are getting by on their own, but just barely. My father has emphysema, and my mother bears a lot of the responsibility for him. It’s very hard for her to maintain their apartment, cook, help my dad with bathing and dressing, do laundry, and care […]

Tips for Those Caring for Someone with Hoarding Behaviors

Author: Child and Family Department Do you know or care about someone who collects items excessively to the point that a space is no longer able to be used for its intended purpose? Are you concerned about the person’s safety and about your relationship? You are not alone. What is Hoarding? Hoarding is a mental […]

Pre-Holiday Advice on Discussing Tough Financial Times with Young Children

Authors: Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C. LICSW, Clinical Social Worker and Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director The effects of our nation’s weak economy are especially being felt in many of our community’s homes in the weeks before the December gift-giving holidays. Children are exposed to heavier-than-usual advertising and friends talking about what they are going to get […]

Stealing Their Thunder: Understanding and Recognizing Bullying

Author: Andrew McGahan, LCSW, LICSW, Clinical Director On the 1950s “Leave It to Beaver” TV show, a bully was a boy who beat up another boy as a show of power. Today boys and girls are drawn into bullying, often using much more subtle emotional manipulations. In addition, cyber bullying is an increasingly popular way […]

Spotting Troubling “Back to School” Behaviors Understanding and Managing Your Child’s Warning Signs of Stress

Author: Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker and Synagogue Liaison and Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director As the new academic school year approaches so do many changes for children – perhaps cursive instead of printing, seven teachers instead of one, new classmates, maybe a new school. Adults’ expectations of students also rise each year […]

Spending Time with Family…Balancing “How Much” and “How To”

Author: Senior Services Department How much time do you want to spend with your children and grandchildren? And what would you prefer to do when you get together? Are their expectations different from yours? Balancing your expectations of family time with your children’s can be challenging. Even when all of you have the best of […]

JSSA’s Transitions Program Volunteers: Caring Support for the Seriously Ill

Caring for the seriously ill is often a Herculean task. The emotional and physical resources of the patient’s family can be quickly exhausted, and they can find themselves in critical need of additional support. The Transitions program at JSSA provides that support from the community through a dedicated corps of  more than 100 trained and […]

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