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.*

 

2017 SUMMER PROGRAMS

Social Clubs for Teens and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Challenges

Maryland

The Paul & Annetta Himmelfarb Foundation’s Out and About! Social Club

JSSA presents a social club for young adults (age 18 to 30) with autism spectrum disorders and related challenges. The club provides social opportunities in a supportive environment with guidance from professionally trained staff, allowing the participants to gain confidence while interacting with others in a variety of social situations. There will be a variety of monthly outings including field trips, games, art projects, dining out, and more!

Sundays: May 21, June 11, July 23, August 20

Times and event locations vary.                Cost: $30 per event

Pre-registration required by contacting the group leader, Jenna Bartels, LCSW-C at (301) 610-8390.

 

Northern Virginia

Going Places! Social Club 

In partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and JSSA present a social club for three different age groups of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related challenges. The club provides social opportunities in a supportive environment with guidance from professionally trained staff, allowing the participants to gain confidence while interacting with others in a variety of social situations.

teens: 14-17,  or  young adults: 18-26, or adults 27+

Sundays: June 4, July 9, August 13, September 17

Cost: $30 per event

Times and event locations vary.

To register, contact Melissa Hochberg at 703-537-3040, or melissa.hochberg@jccnv.org

 

Social InNOVAtions – Social Club for College Students

In partnership with The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and Northern Virginia Community College.

Social InNOVAtions is a social club for local college students with disabilities that provides social opportunities in a supportive environment.  A professionally trained staff work with participants on improving social skills and their overall comfort in social situations.

The group meets once a month on alternating Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  Exact dates are TBD.

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.    Cost: $20 per event

Event locations vary.

To register, contact Melissa Hochberg at 703-537-3040, or melissa.hochberg@jccnv.org

 

 

Social Clubs for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

Maryland

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:  May 21, June 11, July 16, August 13

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 lkatz@jssa.org

 

Social Skills Groups for Children & Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Maryland

Autism Waiver Summer Therapeutic Integration Social Skills Group: Children/Teens with ASD

For children/teens who currently receive Autism Waiver services. Within the context of a small, therapeutic group setting, participants enhance their social communication skills.

Mondays: August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Cost: No charge – covered by Autism Waiver

Location: Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Natalie Pearce, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Natalie Pearce, LCSW-C at (301) 610-8349 or npearce@jssa.org.

 

Anxiety and Anger Management Workshops for Adolescents

Maryland

Handling Angry Feelings Workshop

A Special Workshop Series for Boys and Girls, Ages 8-9 years. Anger is a normal emotion, but it can be overwhelming for many children. In this workshop, children will examine their “boiling points”, practice ways to keep self-control, use “power talk” and “positive self-talk” instead of acting out or breaking down. They will complete an “anger contract, with input from parents, for real-life application.

Tuesdays: July 25, August 1, August 8

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Cost: $180 for the series

Location: Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Dr. Stanley Fagen

Pre-registration required by calling Inquiry and Screening at (301) 816-2633.

 

Handling Angry Feelings Workshop

A Special Workshop Series for Boys and Girls, Ages 10-11 years. Anger is a normal emotion, but it can be overwhelming for many children. In this workshop, children will examine their “boiling points”, practice ways to keep self-control, use “power talk” and “positive self-talk” instead of acting out or breaking down. They will complete an “anger contract, with input from parents, for real-life application.

Wednesdays: July 26, August 2, August 9

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Cost: $180 for the series

Location: Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Dr. Stanley Fagen

Pre-registration required by calling Inquiry and Screening at (301) 816-2633.

 

 

Northern Virginia

Anxiety Management Workshop for Rising 5th and 6th Grade Girls

This 7-week group is designed to help rising 5th and 6th grade girls manage symptoms of anxiety. Many children struggle with anxiety and everyday stressors but they do not have to face it alone. This group will focus on learning coping strategies to decrease anxiety and improve quality of life. The group will meet once a week with a parent-only session the last meeting.

Wednesdays: July 12 – August 22

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Cost: Insurance co-pay or $75/session without insurance

Group leaders: Mary Iadarola, LCSW and Sarah Adair, MSW

Location: JSSA Northern Virginia

Pre-registration required by calling the Inquiry & Screening Department at (703) 896-7918.

Anxiety Management Workshop for Rising 7th and 8th Grade Girls

This 7-week group is designed to help rising 7th and 8th grade girls manage symptoms of anxiety. Many children struggle with anxiety and everyday stressors but they do not have to face it alone. This group will focus on learning coping strategies to decrease anxiety and improve quality of life. The group will meet once a week with a parent-only session the last meeting.

Thursdays: July 13 – August 23

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.       Cost: Insurance co-pay or $75/session without insurance

Group leaders: Jacintha Henry Carson, LPC and Corrin Halter, MSW

Location: JSSA Northern Virginia

Pre-registration required by calling the Inquiry & Screening Department at (703) 896-7918.

 

 

Workshop for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Northern Virginia 

A monthly support group for parents of adults (18+) who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  This is a change to meet with other parents and hear from local experts.Wednesdays: June 14 – August 13

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.       Cost: $35 per person

Location: JSSA Northern Virginia

Group leader: Adena Levy, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Adena Levy (703) 896-7903 or alevy@jssa.org.

 

Support Groups

Maryland

Support Group for Bereaved Spouses

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

Fridays: Second and fourth 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 Irene Mednick, LCSW-C at (301) 610-2683.

 

Support Group for Bereaved Parents

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

Mondays: May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14

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.

 

Support Group for Parents of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

An ongoing monthly support group for parents of adults with ASD that focuses on sharing coping strategies and community resources, developing networks, and gaining support.

Mondays: June 5, July 10, Aug 7, Sept 11

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.        Cost: No charge

Location:  Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Jamell White, PhD, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Jamel White, PhD, LCSW-C at (301) 610- 8361.

 

Family Support Group

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

Tuesdays: June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.        Cost: No charge

Location:  Rockville – The Ina Kay Building at Fallsgrove

Group leader: Kate Giganti, LCSW-C

Pre-registration required by calling Kate Giganti, LCSW-C at (301) 610- 8382 or kgiganti@jssa.org.

Life and Social Skills Workshop for Successful Employment Readiness

Northern Virginia

Participants needed for the *New and Improved* Life Skills Workshop. It is now a 12-session program with more focus on employment readiness.  This highly interactive workshop is for young adults ages 17-30 who have high functioning autism spectrum disorder and are interested in developing life skills to promote independence and work readiness.  We are integrating a more focused approach to learning soft skills for job readiness so that participants will have the necessary skills to be able to interview for potential positions.

Northern Virginia 

Mondays and Thursdays: May 8 – June 22

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        Cost: $360 for 12-session program (funding is available for those that qualify)

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.

 

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