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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 it’s not always easy to find others who are going through similar experiences. 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. These sessions are led by our licensed staff and allow you to engage in an honest, supportive environment.


Practicing Self-Care in Teens – VIRTUAL GROUP

Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or experiencing a low mood? Self-care is important for overall wellness. Taking the time to care for yourself aids in producing positive feelings and also leads to physical, emotional, and mental health improvement. Learn to build a healthy relationship with yourself by practicing self-care. You are important too!


AGES:  High school age students


DATE: November 17 (one time only, not ongoing group)


TIME: 5:00 pm


LOCATION: Virtual webinar


COST: Free


FACILITATOR: Melissa Crespo, Student Intern

Melissa is a student intern, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. Melissa is interested in helping identify thoughts and behaviors that prevent you from reaching your goals. Learn how to utilize coping strategies for the treatment of anxiety and depression. Her special interest is in providing care for the Hispanic/Latino population and can provide services in Spanish (bilingual). She also has experience working with youth.


If you are interested in joining this group, please email Melissa Crespo at


Supporting Adolescent Mental Health for Parents & Caregivers – Virtual Webinar

The teenage years are known to be a turbulent time, but for youth who struggle with mental health needs, extra supports may be needed. For the parents and caregivers supporting these youth, this can be difficult and confusing to navigate. This psychoeducation webinar will provide an overview of tools and skills for parents and caregivers as they support adolescents who may be struggling with mental health needs, as well as provide a brief overview of the importance of adolescent mental health and warning signs of crisis.

AGES:  18+

DATE: November 17th (one time webinar, not an ongoing group)

TIME: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

LOCATION: Virtual webinar

COST: Free

FACILITATOR: Serenea Vinci, Intern

Bio: Serenea is JSSA intern pursuing her Master’s of Social Work. She is a research assistant with a focus on youth suicide prevention and intervention, and possesses a background of serving military affiliated youth and their families. She takes a person-centered, strengths-based approach to working with others, and anticipates working with teens and adults on developing healthy relationships and empowering their needs.

If interested in joining, please contact Serenea Vinci at


Bereavement Groups

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.

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.

Facilitator: 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.

Facilitator: 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

Facilitator: 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.

Facilitator: Ellen Lebedow, LCSW-C.

For more information, please contact Ellen Lebedow at 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