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.


Reconstructing the Ordeal of Divorce

A Training for Professionals

November 2, 2016
Wednesday, 12:30 - 4:30
CEUs: 3.0
The training will focus on how the collaborative divorce and mediation processes work. Topics covered will include the trauma of divorce and how the negative effects on the family can be minimized by using these alternatives to litigation. Judge Shields will talk about her experience as a divorce judge and how her mediation work has helped to improve her clients’ lives. The panel will discuss how a high conflict family can be assisted in improving their emotional status and familial positions by the completion of the divorce process. A case study will be presented to illustrate how the processes work. 


Awareness and Education Dimensions of Divorce and the Orthodox Jewish Communities

A Training for Professionals

November 14, 2016

Monday, 8:45 am - 11:00 am

CEUs:  1.5 CEUs

A forum of learning and discussion for communal professionals and leaders featuring:

  • Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Beth Din, Chicago Rabbinical Council
  • Barbara Siegel, MS, LCPC, Clinical Director, SHALVA

Tami Sollo, LCSW, Clinician, Mediator, and Collaborative Divorce Coach, Divorce Specialty Center, JCFS


Issues of Attachment Trauma and Loss in Adoption

A Training For Professionals

November 15, 2016

Tuesday, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

CEUs:  3.0 CEUs

Attachment is an essential part of any healthy family. Adoption, however, presents unique challenges in the attachment process and can impact behavior throughout life. In addition, adoptive parents may struggle to understand how their child's experiences as an adoptee impacts their responses to the world.This session is intended to broaden participant's knowledge about trauma and loss and how these primary themes impact an adoptee's sense of self and relationships. The presenter will provide case examples to explore issues of attachment, loss and trauma for adoptees and adoptive parents and offer tools for processing and exploring adoption with adoptees and their families.