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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Free Support Groups – NEW

Support Groups to Help Parents and Teachers Get Through the School Year

This is a very stressful time of year for both teachers and parents of school age children as they try to navigate the challenges of online learning during this pandemic. Members of the JSSA leadership team will be offering support groups to parents and teachers throughout the month of September.  The topics of the groups are listed below and will be provided as a 4-week group at various times throughout the week.

School Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs

This group will focus on the difficulties of providing special education online and the unique

challenges for parents with a special needs child. Both parents of special needs children and special education teachers welcome.

DATE: Tuesdays – September 1, 8, 15, and 22

TIME: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

PRESENTER: Lori Kolle; LCSW-C

REGISTER HERE

 

School Support Group for Parents with College Bound Children

Is the Coronavirus pandemic causing you to wonder if you should send your child to college this semester? Are you questioning your decision? Is your decision different from what your child would like to do? Regardless of whether your child is an incoming college Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior, these are very real struggles and you are not alone. This support group was developed to help parents of college bound children discuss the many concerns and struggles they are experiencing due to the pandemic.

DATE: Thursdays, Sept 3, 10, 17, and 24

TIME: 5:00-6:00 p.m.

PRESNTER: Heidi Cohen; LCSW-C

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School Support Group for Parents of Children with Learning Needs

In this support group, parents of children with various learning needs (including LD, GT, ADHD and anxiety) will share challenges and successes and identify effective coping strategies.

Topics will include developing a structured learning environment, setting up “home-based” accommodations and helping children (and parents) regulate their emotions.

DATE: Wednesdays September 2, 9, 16, and 23

TIME: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

PRESENTER:  Yasmin Meyers; LCSW-C

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School Support Group for Parents of Elementary Age Children

Wondering how to help your child manage online learning in the upcoming school year? This group will provide parents with support in identifying resources and strategies to make the most out of online learning.  We will work together and learn from each other what tips and tricks may help you and your child.

DATE: Thursdays – Sept 3, 10, 17, and 24

TIME: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

PRESENTER: Andrea Carpenter; LPC

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Support Group to Discuss the Challenges of Managing Social Media Use in Tweens (9-12 yrs)

Social media has become a dominant part of our everyday lives and is particularly concerning for parents of tweens (ages 9-12) during the pandemic. This group will focus on the unique challenges for parents with a tween who uses or is planning to use social media. Guest contributors will include teens who are aware of the special circumstances of participating vs. not participating in social media.

DATE: Tuesdays – September 1, 8, 15, and 22

TIME:  4:00-5:00 p.m.

PRESENTER: Rene Laje, PhD, LCSW-C, LICSW

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Managing School Challenges for Parents of High School Students

Are you the parent of a high schooler who’s struggling during this pandemic?  This group will provide a space where you can share some of the challenges your high schooler may be experiencing as well as the difficulties you may be facing in parenting your high schooler.  We’ll share strategies on what’s working for you and find some new ideas to help your high schooler as well as ways to take care of yourself.

DATE: Wednesday – Sept 2, 9, 16, and 23

TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

PRESENTER: Scott Kreeger, LCSW-C

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LGBTQIA+ Teen Support Group for Ages 13- 17 –  VIRTUAL GROUP

Join us for an open support group that will meet weekly to discuss LGBTQIA+ issues and offer a safe space for support. Group will offer individuals information on resources in the community, as well as discuss the importance of building a support system. The group will also work in providing education to individuals on the milestones of therapy for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Date: Tuesdays

Time:  8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Presenters: Scott Lillich, LCPC and Maddie Stewart-Bodin

Scott Lillich is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been in social services for over a decade, being a licensed counselor for the last seven years. He has worked with various populations, including children and families at risk for foster care and adult and adolescents at risk for incarceration.  He has a history of providing services in a variety of settings, including in-home, hospitals, and office settings. He has provided groups for people in isolation, prison institutions, as well as crisis home and group home placements. He utilizes a multi-modal approach to utilize a more beneficial therapeutic experience for the client, including experience with CBT, DBT, Feminist, Narrative, and Play Therapy. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and their following divisions: The Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), and the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC).

Maddie Stewart-Boldin has worked at JSSA for one year in the Behavioral Health Support Services team. Her role at JSSA has led her to work with school aged youth navigating mental health systems and adults with a variety of disabilities. Maddie graduated with a BA from Middlebury College and is a professional who has demonstrated interest in advocating for school aged youth and young adults living in recovery from addiction and mental health disorders.

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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.

Support Group for Unemployed Adults During COVID-19 – VIRTUAL GROUP

Have you found yourself unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join our adult support group for those unemployed during the crisis.  We will share resources, emotional support and learn problem solving techniques for issues related to unemployment.  We will also talk about how to create structure in your day and adopt positive self-care habits.  Resources for additional counseling will be discussed as well.

Date:  Monday, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Cost: Free

Facilitator: Steve Wechsler, LCSW-C

Bio: Steve Wechsler, LCSW-C has been a social worker and therapist with seniors for over 20 years and has worked for JSSA for 1.5 years..  He has worked in community mental health organizations as well as hospital systems like Sheppard Pratt and the VA. He specializes in therapy for seniors. He particularly likes to work with families around the challenges of caregiving and mental health needs. He has led patient and family groups on a variety of mental health topics. He was also a volunteer job coach for AARP address the unique needs and challenges that face older workers.

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Support Group for Seniors Estranged from Adult 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.

Begins Tuesdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Facilitator: Irene Mednick, LCSW-C

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Learning to be Social During Social Distancing for Teens and Young Adults – VIRTUAL GROUP

A social support group to help teens and young adults learn new ways to increase socialization during social distancing. The group will go over (and in some cases participate in) different games, activities, and applications available to help in maintaining social interaction with family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: Meets every Tuesday

For ages 13-17:  Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.

Ages 18+:  Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Facilitator: Scott Lillich, LCPC

Scott Lillich is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been in social services for over a decade, being a licensed counselor for the last seven years. He has worked with various populations, including children and families at risk for foster care and adult and adolescents at risk for incarceration.  He has a history of providing services in a variety of settings, including in-home, hospitals, and office settings. He has provided groups for people in isolation, prison institutions, as well as crisis home and group home placements. He utilizes a multi-modal approach to utilize a more beneficial therapeutic experience for the client, including experience with CBT, DBT, Feminist, Narrative, and Play Therapy. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and their following divisions: The Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC), the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), and the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC).

REGISTER HERE

 

Seminars

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

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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