Workshops and Groups

JSSA offers a variety of workshops and groups for individuals struggling with social, emotional, and physical challenges. These programs include life skills workshops, social skills groups, social clubs, and bereavement support groups. The workshops and support groups are available in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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Making Connections During Times of Isolation – VIRTUAL GROUP

Social distancing in times of COVID is taking its toll on our mental health and well-being. It is hard not to lose perspective when we have to isolate from those whose company make our lives rich and

meaningful. This year, many of us fear the change in season when dropping temperatures and shorter days limit opportunities for safe social distancing outside. And thinking of the upcoming holiday season doesn’t spark joy, but fear of loneliness.

There is no better time for strengthening our resilience and exploring ways to connect in a meaningful way with ourselves, with those we love and the community around us.

Join us for a workshop that will lighten your heart and lift your spirits learning both spiritual and practical tools to create abundance in our lives.

DATE: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Anne-Lee Gilder, MA

THERE IS A WAITING LIST FOR THIS GROUP.  To join the waiting list register below. Maximum of 10 participants.



Support Group for Seniors (60+) Estranged from their Children – VIRTUAL GROUP

Join our support group for seniors 60+ struggling to maintain relationships with their adult children for

a wide variety of reasons.  Topics will include how to set boundaries to protect yourself from abuse and working with children with mental illness. Participants will receive support and guidance as well as resources for additional help.

DATE: Begins Wednesday, January 13, 2021

TIME: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

FACILITATORS: Anne-Lee Gilder, MA & Suzzette Crawford

Maximum of 10 participants.



Therapy Group for Adolescents

The focus of this group will be on the “here and now” experience of group members. It is designed to allow members to learn skills and gain insight into how they relate to others in an honest and supportive environment.

Do you have thoughts that sound like this? If so, this group could be for you.

  • I feel lonely and I wish I had people my age I could really talk to about what I’m feeling.
  • I don’t want to complain to my friends. I know they are struggling too.
  • It’s hard for me to make and keep friends.
  • I want to be able to cope better with the stress I feel.
  • It is sometimes hard for me to understand and manage my own emotions.
  • Sometimes I act impulsively and I’m not sure why or how to stop it.
  • It seems like others are doing okay during the pandemic but I really hate this.

DATE: Begins March 2 – May 25 – 12 weekly sessions on Tuesdays

TIME: 5:15-6:15 p.m

Suggested for 9th & 10th graders

$65/session insurance reimbursable.

This group will be co-led by Zach Lehman, L.C.S.W.-C. and Kathryn Zimmerman, L.M.S.W.

Zach Lehman is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Zach has experience facilitating  both psychodynamic and social skill groups for children and teens in outpatient and residential settings.

Kathryn, also a social worker, got her start in community mental health working with adolescents and young adults. Prior to joining JSSA as an outpatient therapist, she worked in an intensive outpatient Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program where she provided individual and family therapy and led DBT skills training groups. Kathryn is particularly passionate about group therapy.

For further information, please contact Zach Lehman, LCSW-C at (301) 610–8378 or Kathryn Zimmerman, LMSW at (301) 610-8333.



Teen Grief Support Group – VIRTUAL GROUP

Have you recently experienced a death of a loved one? Are you struggling with a wave of feelings that are confusing? Do you feel alone? Do you feel different and that no one understands you? These are just some of the feelings one feels when they are grieving. Please know that these feelings are normal and that you are not alone.

This group will provide you with a safe place to talk about your feelings surrounding your loss. Topics will include the meaning of grief and the different ways people grieve. Resources will be provided.

Ages: 14-18

Date: Wednesdays

Time: 3-4 p.m.

*This group will require a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 8 participants.

Facilitator: Heidi Cohen LCSW-C

Heidi Cohen is a licensed clinical social worker who has been with JSSA for 15 years. Heidi specializes in the treatment of child sexual abuse and family violence as well as grief and bereavement, particularly due to suicide.

If you are interested in joining this group, please call Heidi Cohen at 301-610-8379.


Bereavement Groups

Adult Children who have Lost a Parent Support Group

Seven session evening group for adults who have lost a parent within the past year. Held several times a year.

Facilitator to be announced.

For more information, please contact Arlen Gaines, LCSW-C at 301-816-2705


COVID loss support group

Six Session Evening Group for adults who have experienced loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. Dates to be determined.

Facilitated by Sinem Meneses, LCSW-C

For more information, please contact Sinem Meneses, LCSW-C at 301-816-2634


Loss of Spouse Support Group- ongoing

Meets virtually the second and fourth Friday of the month

TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Irene Mednick, LCSW-C.

For more information, please contact Arlen Gaines, LCSW-C at 301-816-2705.


Loss of Young Child Support Group—ongoing

Meets virtually on Monday evenings, once a month

Facilitated by Suzanne Adelman, LCSW-C.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Adelman, LCSW-C at 301-816-2683


Suicide Loss Support Group

Meets virtually the first and third Mondays of each month

TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Ellen Lebedow, LCSW-C.

For more information, please contact Ellen Lebedow at or call Arlen Gaines, LCSW-C at 301-816-2705.


Tapping into Creative Expression to Overcome the Adverse Effects of COVID-19 and Racial Injustice

This presentation demonstrates how music, drama, writing, and other expressive arts can assist with overcoming adversity, such as the current pandemic, and the struggle to end racial injustice and achieve social equality.

Here is a link to the presentation: Tapping Into Creative Expression Presentation

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