Conferences and Workshops/Continuing Education

Upcoming Workshops for Professionals

Jewish Child & Family Services, through its Center for Practice Excellence and Jewish Community Emergency Resiliency Team (J-CERT), offers conferences, workshops and training for professionals, staff, students and the community in mental health, developmental pediatrics, special education, social work, medicine and law. J-CERT specifically supports Jewish organizations and communities in their efforts to be proactive in their emergency planning or “readiness” when responding to, handling and recovering from crises.



Sexual Healing: Addressing the Sexual Issues of Abuse Survivors and Their Partners

A Training For Professionals

January 31, 2017
Tuesday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sexual abuse and sexual assault often have a profound impact on the sexuality of survivors and of their partners. Many survivors find healing through therapy and other means, yet challenging relationships with sex often go unaddressed. Bringing together elements from the fields of sex therapy and trauma treatment, we will look at how PTSD may show up in sexual relationships and support clinicians to directly address these sexual impacts. The training will also include: preparing the client to work on sexual issues, applicable principles from trauma treatment, a focused, three-tier assessment and intervention concepts and tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe multiple ways trauma and PTSD can specifically manifest in sex and sexual relationships.
  • Participants will be able to articulate and apply three tiers of assessment relevant to working with survivors around sexual issues.
  • Participants will be able to describe multiple strategies for intervention for sexual challenges of abuse survivors.

Spirituality in Clinical Work:  Keep It, Pass It On, Ask for Help 
A Training For Professionals
February 16, 2017

9:15 am; Program: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm 
An understanding of the role of spirituality across the life span can benefit a client and enhance clinical practice.  As recognition for the role of spirituality in treatment and healing has grown, so have the roles of spiritual care providers such as rabbis, cantors, and chaplains.  How can mental health providers work in concert with these spiritual leaders to provide appropriate culturally sensitive care?  This session will help professionals understand their own spiritual and/or religious views, work with clients to assess their spiritual experiences and resources, and determine when it is appropriate to consult or refer to a spiritual care provider to ensure culturally sensitive care.  Using Judaism and Jewish tradition as a foundation, this presentation will incorporate lecture, self-assessment, and case studies.