Workshops and Groups

Throughout the year, JSSA offers workshops and groups that cover a wide range of learning, behavioral, emotional, social and physical challenges for all ages.

Participating in a workshop or group provides an opportunity to learn from our highly skilled professionals and to share with others who are facing similar challenges. JSSA’s expert team of psychologists, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, educational and employment specialists lead groups throughout the year with new groups forming in the winter, spring, summer and fall.*

**JSSA is in the process of developing a new structure for our workshops and groups to better serve our clients. Therefore, we will not be offering social skills groups for children and teens this winter or spring nor will we be developing a waiting list. 

If you do not already receive information about our programs, please feel free to subscribe here. We will continue to offer our ongoing social skills clubs and support groups listed below.

2018 Winter Programs

Social Clubs


The Paul & Annetta Himmelfarb Foundation Out and About Program: Deaf Social Club

For adults 18-35 who identify as deaf or hard of hearing. Participants will be encouraged to engage with their peers in a fun and stimulating environment. Activities include local field trips, dining out, art projects, and more.

  • Sundays: Exact Dates TBD
  • Time: 1:00- 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $30 per event
  • Event locations vary

Pre-registration required by contacting the group leader, Liz Katz, LCSW-C at


Social InNOVAtions

A social club for college students of all abilities that provides opportunities for participants to improve their social skills and overall comfort in social situations under the guidance of professionally trained staff. Events include games, bowling, arts and crafts, and movies. Presented in partnership with The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.

  • Monthly: Exactly Dates TBD
  • Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20 per event
  • Event locations vary

Pre-registration required by contacting Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed. at 703-537-3030 or



Northern Virginia

Social Skills for 18 – 25 yr olds with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This group is for individuals with high functioning autism spectrum disorders or those struggling with social skills. It is co-ed and will be led by licensed clinicians. Participants will be working on communication skills and building appropriate relationships.

  • Weekly: Mondays starting February 5
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Insurance Co-pay
  • Location: Northern Virginia
  • Group Leader: Adena Levy, LCSW

Pre-registration reguired by contacting Adena Levy at 703-896-7903 or

Maryland/Northern Virginia

Life and Social Skills Workshop for Successful Employment Readiness

This highly interactive workshop is for young adults ages 18-30 who have high functioning autism spectrum disorder and are interested in developing life skills to promote independence and work readiness. Integrating a more focused approach to learning soft skills for job readiness so participants have the necessary skills to be able to interview for potential positions.

Maryland Schedule 

  • Tuesdays and Fridays, TBD
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $360 for 12-session program
  • Location: JSSA Fallsgrove

Pre-registration required by calling Lisa Fox at 301-610-8380 to schedule a screening meeting.

Northern Virginia Schedule 

  • Date: Mondays and Thursdays, TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Cost: $360 for 12-session program
  • Location:  JSSA Northern Virginia
  • Group leaders: Jacintha Carson, LPC; Sarah Adair, MSW, JSSA Specialized Employment Staff

Pre-registration required by calling Jacintha Carson at 703-896-7913 or Sarah Adair at 703-896-7909 to schedule a screening meeting.

Support Groups


Support Group for Bereaved Spouses

Ongoing group for adults grieving the death of a spouse or partner occurring within the past year.

  • Date: 2nd and 4th Friday of the month
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost: No charge
  • Location: Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove
  • Group leader: Irene Mednick, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Suzanne Adelman at 301-816-2683.

Support Group for Bereaved Parents

Ongoing evening group for parents grieving the death of a child under 25 years of age.

  • Date: 2nd Monday of each month
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: No charge
  • Location: Bender JCC
  • Group leader: Suzanne Adelman

Pre-registration required by calling Suzanne Adelman, LCSW-C at 301-610-2683.

Family Support Group

A monthly group for parents and caregivers of children with special needs – no specific age range or diagnosis.

  • Tuesdays: Exact Dates TBD
  • Time: 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Cost: No charge
  • Location:  Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove
  • Group leader: Alison Dorsky, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by contacting Alison Dorsky, LCSW-C at 301-610- 8358 or

Suicide Grief Support Group

This is a group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide.

  • Mondays: Exact Dates TBD
  • Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: No charge
  • Location: Bender JCC
  • Group leader: Ellen Lebedow

Pre-registration required by emailing Ellen Lebedow at

Stay connected and up-to-date on what's new at JSSA.