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As a care professional, you know that no matter what life brings, people deserve to be seen: by experts and for who they are. 

For 30 years, JSSA has provided high-quality training and continuing education to our community’s mental health and social work professionals. We offer training focused on everything from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) practices to palliative care to ensure you continue to grow as a professional and receive the continuing education credits you need to maintain your licensure. 

Get in touch today to learn more about JSSA’s professional development offerings:


Beyond Acceptance: Providing Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Transitional Age Youth

A Virtual Training and Panel Presentation

DATE: Friday, March 3, 2023

TIME: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

COST: FREE | 2 CEUs will be provided upon completion.

Despite significantly higher rates of mental health diagnoses and suicidality in the LGBTQIA+ community, the mental health field’s ability to provide culturally competent services has lagged behind the need. When seeking mental health support, individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community often find themselves in the role of educating the clinician about their identity. Within the LGBTQIA+ community, Transitional Age Youth (commonly defined as individuals aged 14-24) face unique barriers to accessing care. After a brief presentation to orient participants to currently accepted best practices for LGBTQIA+ clients, a panel of Transitional Age Youth from the community will share their experiences accessing and navigating mental health services. The panel will share what has helped and what has harmed in their journey to mental wellness.


Rachel (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed clinical professional counselor at JSSA. Rachel earned undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University and completed her graduate studies at the Midwestern State University of Texas, earning a Master’s in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Rachel has spent most of her career working as a clinician in non-profit community mental health, specifically working with children, families, and young adults. Rachel has a specialized interest in supporting individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community and has previously been a webinar panelist for The REACH Institute’s webinar on Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth. Rachel is a wife and proud pet parent to a rambunctious golden retriever named Finnley. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and watching/participating in sports.

Maddie (they/he) is a Youth Development Coordinator at JSSA. Maddie moved to DC after earning their BA at Middlebury College. They are now pursuing a Peer Recovery Specialist certification in Virginia. As a person in recovery, Maddie brings their experience navigating behavioral health services to their work with Transitional Age Youth in Fairfax County. Currently, they are supporting a Youth Advisory Council for Healthy Minds Fairfax. During their time at JSSA, Maddie has also worked as a Care Coordinator with school-aged youth and adults with disabilities. In their free time, Maddie likes hiking, watching Bollywood Movies with their Aunt, and starting home improvement projects (and wants to improve on finishing them).


When You Divorce – A Jewish Perspective

This is not a CE Training.
TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
It is estimated that the divorce rate among American Jews is 30%. The effect on the family, community, and Jewish life is enormous.
How can we support those entering the divorce process as they create a new path for themselves and their family?
Join JSSA for a panel discussion from three perspectives about challenges, opportunities, and strategies to maintain a connection with the synagogue, the family, and the community.
Rabbi Mitch Berkowitz, Associate Rabbi at B’nai Israel Congregation, is completing a course through the Rabbinical Assembly in the Jewish divorce process.
Erik M. Feig, Family and Divorce Mediator, works with neurodiverse families and helps parents create co-parenting arrangements.
Moshe Ben-Lev, Jewish Educator and Certified Divorce, Transition, and Parenting Coach, works with individual clients as they navigate separation and divorce.


Lisa Lisser, Jewish educator, spiritual counselor, and CDC-certified divorce coach, works with women and men trying to rebuild their relationship with themselves and heal their souls to create the foundation for their newly designed future.



Training Institute Policies: 

Refunds for JSSA’s CE training program cancellations are provided up to 5 days before the training date. After that time, a credit can be issued if JSSA receives a registrant’s cancellation up to two business days before the training date. This credit can be applied towards a future 3-Hour CE training, symposium, or post-graduate course up to one year from the issue date. 


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. 

JSSA 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.