Training Institute

Since 1992, JSSA’s Training Institute has been providing quality training to the Greater Washington metropolitan area professionals through 3-hour continuing education trainings, day-long symposia, post-graduate courses, core of knowledge workshops and clergy trainings.

Each year, JSSA brings a wide variety of child, adolescent, adult and family-focused mental health trainings and courses to more than 1,000 mental health providers, educators and clergy.

CE Information

The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category 1 continuing education programs. The D.C. and Virginia Boards of Social Work usually recognize the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners’ approval. Please contact your state board for verification. JSSA maintains responsibility for its program content.

JSSA is an approved sponsor of CE credits for psychologists in Maryland under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. JSSA maintains responsibility for its program content.

Logo_NBCCJSSA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6457. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. JSSA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

In order to receive a certificate, registrants must attend the entire session.

Training Institute Grievance Policy


Core of Knowledge Training – Early Childhood

JSSA offers Core of Knowledge (COK) workshops led by JSSA’s early childhood specialists and can be scheduled on-site at your school/center/organization.*

*Please note that COK workshops are continuing education workshops for child care providers and preschool teachers. They are not eligible for CE credits for social workers, counselors and psychologists.

Support Children and Staff in the Classroom

JSSA offers preschool consultation services in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Developmental Support Coordination

  • Supporting staff in conducting and maintaining routine developmental screenings for all children in the program
  • Conducting classroom observations and providing feedback to the director and teachers
  • Answering questions about child development and screenings for social and emotional strengths and needs
  • Conducting assessments for individual children’s areas of needs and concerns as required
  • Providing referrals to relevant community providers/services
  • Coordinating communication between different service providers as applicable
  • Supporting teachers and parents on improving readiness for kindergarten or other school transitions

Reflective Coaching Program

JSSA’s Reflective Coaching Program is designed to provide teachers with opportunities to receive feedback on their teaching practices that will help them recognize strengths in their methods, as well as areas that may need additional support. Reflective Coaching will help teachers apply the information and experiences from the coaching process to their classroom practices, in vivo, with the support of an experienced consultant.

Provide Guidance for Parents

JSSA also offers on-site parenting toolbox workshops (for Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia) which can help parents better understand and manage their young children’s behavior. Workshop topics include:  understanding your child’s unique character, learning conflict management and building relationships, fostering self control and preventing major meltdowns.

For more information about JSSA’s Core of Knowledge training, please contact Orly Zimmerman-Leizerov, LCSW-C at 301-610-8339 or via e-mail at

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