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Workshops and Groups

Our workshops and groups allow everyone from teens to seniors to connect with others in a supportive environment.

It can be hard to face life’s challenges alone, and finding others who are going through similar experiences is not always easy. JSSA is here to help you connect to, grow with, and learn from your neighbors.

We offer workshops and group counseling for everyone, from teens struggling to cope at school to people experiencing grief and loss. Our licensed staff lead these sessions and allow you to engage in an honest, supportive environment.

Support Group for Parents of Adults with Disabilities

Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 AM

Led by Lori Kolle.  If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Lori at or call her at 301-610-8374.


Older Adults Estranged from Adult Children

Participants in this group will:
• Explore the emotional impact of estrangement on you and your family.
• Connect with others who understand your struggles and provide mutual support.
• Develop strategies and skills to help cope with what you’re experiencing.

Dates: Wednesdays starting November 8, 2023
7 sessions (11/8; 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 1/3, & 1/10)
Time: 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Location: Virtual meeting
Cost: Free
Facilitator: Niccole de Campos

If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Niccole de Campos at


Divorce Workshop – NEW GROUP

In this workshop will learn to:
• Explore the emotional impact of divorce on you and your family.
• Connect with others who understand your struggles and provide mutual support.
• Gain skills for improved communication and co-parenting during and after the divorce.
• Acquire coping strategies and skills, drawing from therapy techniques and divorce support

Dates:          Tuesdays from November 7, 2023 – January 16, 2024
Time:           4:00 – 5:00 PM
Location:      Virtual Group
Cost:           No Cost

If you are interested in joining this group, please reach out to:
Jen Marks | | 301-245-7390
Lauren Schulz | | 301-245-7319


Teen Therapy Group for 14-17-year-old adolescents – NEW GROUP

This group will help group members learn new coping skills, increase self-confidence, and enhance skills for making and keeping friends in a positive and supportive environment.

Does your teen have thoughts that sound like this? If so, this group could be for them.

  • I feel lonely and wish I had more people my age I could talk to about what I’m feeling.
  • I don’t want to complain to my friends. I know they are struggling too.
  • I’m not sure I know how to make and keep friends.
  • I want to cope better with all the stress I feel.
  • It’s sometimes hard to understand and manage my own emotions.
  • I wish I had more confidence in myself.
  • I wish I had a place where I could talk honestly about what I’m going through with a group of supportive peers.

12 weekly group sessions 
Dates: Thursdays from September 21, 2023 – December 14, 2023

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: JSSA Fallsgrove Office
Zach Lehman is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Zach has experience facilitating psychodynamic and social skill groups for children and adolescents in outpatient and residential settings.

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Bereavement Groups

Losing a loved one can be debilitating. Everyone processes the shock and grief of loss differently, and the individual journey of grieving can leave us feeling isolated and lost. When you don’t know where to turn or how to move forward, JSSA is here to help you.

Our bereavement support groups provide a respectful and supportive setting where you can share your feelings and gain insight into the process of grieving. Facilitated by clinicians with specialized training and experience in grief and offered at no charge, these groups include:

  • Adult Children Who Have Lost a Parent
  • Loss of Spouse/Partner
  • Loss of Spouse/Partner Over One Year
  • Suicide Grief for Adults
  • Loss of Child or Teen – Virtual & In-person

Pre-registration is required for all bereavement groups. Participants are requested to wait until at least three months after the loss before joining a group.

To register for a bereavement group, please call 301-816-2676.

Bereavement Groups

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: TBD

Loss of Spouse/Partner Support Group – ongoing

Meets virtually the second and fourth Friday of the month
TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Irene Mednick, LCSW-C.

Loss of Child or Teen Support Group – ongoing (Virtual & In-person)

Meets virtually on Monday evenings once a month.
Facilitator: Suzanne Adelman, LCSW-C.

Suicide Grief Support Group for Adults

Meets virtually the first and third Mondays of each month
TIME: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Ellen Lebedow, LCSW-C.

Loss of Spouse/Partner Greater than One Year

Eight-session evening group for adults who have lost a spouse/partner over a year ago. Held several times a year.

Facilitator: TBD