Category: Mental Health

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soothing Sibling Rivalry: Parenting Tips

Author: Deborah Goldstein, LCSW-C, Clinical Director Growing up in a family with more than one child has its pros and cons. Living with brothers and sisters offers many opportunities to learn important social lessons –such as how to compromise, how to share parents’ attention, and how to tolerate not getting your way every time. However, […]

Summer Camp Time Already? Tips for Selecting A Camp For Your Special Needs Child

Author: Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Director, Special Needs and Deaf Services Before you know it it’s it’s time to start thinking about summer camp! Selecting the right summer programs that are convenient, affordable and amenable to working with your child’s needs may take some research. Programs can be found within the Jewish community through JSSA, […]

Solving the “Rubik’s Cube” of Social Skills

Author: Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C, Clinical Director, Special Needs and Deaf Services Making friends, joining in group games or projects, attending parties and relaxing with extended family are often among life’s pleasures. However, some children, teens and young adults find working, playing and celebrating with others as puzzling as trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube. […]

Gift Ideas for the Holidays, Birthdays or Other Special Events for Friends with Hoarding Behaviors

Author: Senior Services Department Whatever activities you choose from this list or creatively come up with on your own, remember that what will be appreciated most is quality time spent together. Memories get better over time whereas purchased items only take up space! Gifts of Time: Consider giving thoughtful acts and memorable experiences, rather than […]

Loosening Worry’s Hold on an Anxious Child

Author: JSSA’s Child and Family Department Anxiety is a natural response to ambiguity in life, even in childhood and adolescence. And while a bit of anxiety has been shown to be helpful in encouraging motivation, many children and teens experience an unhealthy level of anxiety. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports that anxiety disorders […]

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