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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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