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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Teen Therapy Group for Girls Ages 14-16 – VIRTUAL GROUP

‘This group will help participants learn new coping skills, increase self-confidence, and enhance skills for making and keeping friends in a positive and supportive environment.

Does your daughter 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.

·       I’m not sure I know how 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.

·       My peers seem happy about returning to school in person but it’s really hard for me.

DATE: Tuesdays starting October 19, 2021 – February 1, 2022 (no session on Dec 21 and Dec 28).

TIME: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

FACILITATORS: Zach Lehman, LCSW-C and Kathryn Zimmerman, LMSW

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 Zimmerman, 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 for adolescents where she provided individual and family therapy and led DBT skills, training groups.

Please CLICK HERE if you are interested in joining the group and someone will contact you for more information.

 

Social Skills Group for Middle School Males – VIRTUAL GROUP

A self-awareness and social skills group for middle-school-aged male-identifying youth to develop emotional intelligence, including identification of emotions, communication of emotions, developing strategies to self-regulate, and how to implement such skills within social interactions.

AGES:   Middle School Age Males (6th through 8th)

DATE:   Wednesday starting Oct 13th

TIME:   4:00 pm

LOCATION: Virtual group, clients can be located in either VA or MD at the time of the group

*This group will require a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10 participants

FACILITATOR: Rachel Sayer, LPC- VA, LCPC- MD

Bio:

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in practice as a therapist for the past 5 years and has worked with children and families throughout the last 9 years. Rachel has experience supporting youth of all ages in developing skills to support them in building confidence in themselves, learning communication strategies, and regulating emotions.

 

Insurances accepted for this group: Carefirst, Cigna, UBH, Magellan VA Medicaid, Anthem VA Medicaid, and UBH Virginia Medicaid. 

If you are interested in joining this group, please email Rachel Sayer at Rsayer@jssa.org.

 

Social Interactions and Anxiety Group For High School Girls – VIRTUAL GROUP

Description:

This group will focus on exploring and easing the anxiety that occurs in social interactions. We will work together to define what social anxiety looks like for each group member, identify when social anxiety is most likely to occur, and explore different strategies and techniques to help ease social anxiety and increase confidence in social interactions. Our group will be a space to interact with others who have similar experiences and will be an opportunity to practice and try out strategies and techniques without pressure or judgment.

AGES: High School Age Girls

DATE: Thursday starting October 14th

TIME: 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Virtual group, clients can be located in either VA or MD at the time of the group

*This group will require a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 6

FACILITATOR: Chessa Van Andel, LGPC- MD, Resident in Counseling- VA

Bio:

Chessa has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults and approaches counseling from a holistic and person-centered viewpoint. Chessa draws on several techniques to collaborate and work with clients to address all important parts of their lives including physical, mental, and social wellness.

Insurances accepted for this group: Carefirst, Cigna, UBH, Magellan VA Medicaid, Anthem VA Medicaid, and UBH Virginia Medicaid. 

 

If you are interested in joining this group, please email Chessa Van Andel at cvanandel@jssa.org

 

Social Interactions and Anxiety Group for High School Males – VIRTUAL GROUP

Description:

This group will focus on exploring and easing the anxiety that occurs in social interactions. We will work together to define what social anxiety looks like for each group member, identify when social anxiety is most likely to occur, and explore different strategies and techniques to help ease social anxiety and increase confidence in social interactions. Our group will be a space to interact with others who have similar experiences and will be an opportunity to practice and try out strategies and techniques without pressure or judgment.

AGES: High School Age Boys

DATE: Tuesday starting Oct 12th

TIME: 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Virtual group, clients can be located in either VA or MD at the time of the group

*This group will require a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 6

FACILITATOR: Chessa Van Andel, LGPC- MD, Resident in Counseling- VA

Bio:

Chessa has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults and approaches counseling from a holistic and person-centered viewpoint. Chessa draws on several techniques to collaborate and work with clients to address all important parts of their lives including physical, mental, and social wellness.

Insurances accepted for this group: Carefirst, Cigna, UBH, Magellan VA Medicaid, Anthem VA Medicaid, and UBH Virginia Medicaid. 

 

If you are interested in joining this group, please email Chessa Van Andel at cvanandel@jssa.org

 

Practicing Self-Care in Teens – VIRTUAL GROUP

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or experiencing a low mood? Self-care is important for overall wellness. Taking the time to care for yourself aids in producing positive feelings and also leads to physical, emotional, and mental health improvement. Learn to build a healthy relationship with yourself by practicing self-care. You are important too!

AGES:  14-16

DATE: Wednesday, October 20th (one time only, not ongoing group)

TIME: 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Virtual webinar

COST: Free

FACILITATOR: Melissa Crespo, Student Intern

Bio: Melissa is a student intern, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. Melissa is interested in helping identify thoughts and behaviors that prevent you from reaching your goals. Learn how to utilize coping strategies for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Her special interest is in providing care for the Hispanic/Latino population and can provide services in Spanish (bilingual). She also has experience working with youth.

If you are interested in joining this group, please email Melissa Crespo at mcrespo@jssa.org.

 

Art Therapy Group for Preteens – VIRTUAL GROUP

Description: This group offers opportunities for preteens to build self-esteem, develop positive coping strategies, and cultivate social skills by creating art with a supportive community. Artistic ability not required, just a willingness to have fun and connect with other preteens!

AGES: 10-13 yrs.

DATE: Mondays – October 18 – November 29

TIME: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Virtual group, clients must be located in VA at the time of the group

*This group will require a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 6 participants

FACILITATOR: Sonia Castro, MA, ATR, Resident in Counseling

Bio: Sonia earned a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from The George Washington University and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Fine Arts from George Mason University. Sonia integrates the use of drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage with psychotherapeutic concepts to promote healing and well-being. Sonia has served culturally and linguistically diverse populations in a variety of settings including a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, an inpatient oncology/hematology unit, a domestic violence community-based counseling clinic, intensive home-based, domestic violence/homelessness shelters, and private practice.

Insurances accepted for this group: Carefirst, Cigna, UBH, Magellan VA Medicaid, Anthem VA Medicaid, and UBH Virginia Medicaid. 

 

If you are interested in joining this group, please email Sonia Castro at  

scastro-castillo@jssa.org 

 

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 elebedow@jssa.org or call Arlen Gaines, LCSW-C at 301-816-2705.

Seminars

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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