Abuse Prevention

Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education and Solutions

JCFS Chicago offers education and resources to increase awareness, expand understanding and ensure a culturally sensitive, coordinated response to abuse in Jewish homes and families. 

Partnership for Safer Communities promotes interpersonal safety, health and well-being in Jewish day schools, synagogues, camps and other institutions through education, policy review and community building efforts. 

  • Safer Synagogues offers congregational teams – made up of clergy, professional and lay leadership – education and dialogue focused on issues that adversely impact women, men, children and families – intimate partner violence, child abuse, teen dating violence, substance misuse and elder abuse. 
  • Safer Schools is a comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention program comprised of four components:  
    • Administrators are supported as they review, develop and implement policies and protocols that promote and provide for the safety of their students.
    • Staff and teachers are engaged in educational training about understanding boundaries and abuse, handling accusations or disclosures of abuse, and corresponding legal responsibilities.
    • Parents are offered an opportunity to learn about child safety and how to be proactive in safeguarding their children.
    • Students are educated about personal safety and how to keep themselves safe.
  • Safer Camps supports Jewish day and overnight camp administration and counselors by heightening their understanding of boundaries, abuse, and mandated reporting. Training sessions include discussions about establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries, the signs and symptoms of child abuse and molestation, responding to disclosures or suspicions of unhealthy behaviors, and mandated reporting responsibilities.   
  • Youth Group leaders and others are engaged in discussions about health boundaries, mandated reporting, responding to abuse disclosures, and other topics.

 

Professional Network 
The JCFS Chicago Professional Network offers opportunities for abuse and addiction professionals, advocates and allies to engage in discussion, explore best practices, build collaboration and examine strategies that inspire optimal services and supports to the Jewish community and beyond.

Network participants include the following organizations:

A Safe Place

The ARK

Between Friends

Center for Contextual Change

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Chicago Police Department

Children's Advocacy Center of North & Northwest Cook County 

Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Violence Division

CJE SeniorLife

Cook County State's Attorney Office

EZRA Multi-Service Center

HIAS Immigration & Citizenship, a program of JCFS Chicago

Illinois Accountability Initiative

Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking

Jewish Community Centers of Chicago

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago

National Council of Jewish Women

Niles Family Services

Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault

Resilience (Rape Victim Advocates)

Response for Teens, a program of JCFS Chicago

SHALVA

UIC School of Public Health

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Professional Training Institute

The Professional Training Institute (PTI) offers a diversity of opportunities for learning, networking and dialoguing. Since its inception in 2006, the PTI has featured sessions focused on giving participants the knowledge, tools and strategies to become more effective and sensitive responders to domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Today,  the PTI also provides education to address issues such as substance abuse, infertility, and grief. JCFS Chicago offers Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals (through a partnership with Between Friends), and Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

View our Professional Training calendar listings below for upcoming training and presentations or on our calendar of events.

Project Shield

Project Shield works in partnership with the community to build safe, healthy Jewish relationships and families by heightening awareness and providing education about child sexual abuse. 

Support & Funding

The Leo S. Guthman Fund and other generous donors

For more information:  
Samantha Spolter, Safer Communities Coordinator, 847.745.5430 
Tracey Kite, Professional Training Coordinator, 847.745.5411

JCARES is supported by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Leo S. Guthman Fund and other generous donors.

Date Event Location Contact
Professional & Community Training

9am-12:15pm

Professional & Community Training

In 2020, Illinois joins a growing list of states that have made Recreational Cannabis legal.  Our legislators chose to use legislation which allowed them to direct the process of legalization.  Numerous limits are contained in the new law which will impact our community.  Join a former state legislator, a Skokie Police officer, and the JCFS Chicago Addiction Specialist as we clarify the new Recreational Cannabis Law, how it came to be, and what changes it will bring in law enforcement and in clinical work.

Professional & Community Training

Temple Beth Israel
3601 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Tracey Kite
847.745.5411
Professional & Community Training

10-11:30am

Professional & Community Training

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third-wave behavioral psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, psychosis and chronic pain.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West
Professional & Community Training

9-10:30am

Professional & Community Training

This seminar will provide participants with a basic, yet practical understanding of cognitive and behavioral principles and models that inform CBT treatment. CBT case conceptualizations will be highlighted, along with CBT key features including session structure and agenda setting, guided discovery, cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments, and exposure treatment. Work with clients who have anxiety and depressive disorders will be used to promote integration of CBT treatment tools and strategies.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West
Professional & Community Training

10-11:30am

Professional & Community Training

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third-wave behavioral psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, psychosis and chronic pain.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West
Professional & Community Training

9-10:30am

Professional & Community Training

This seminar will provide participants with a basic, yet practical understanding of cognitive and behavioral principles and models that inform CBT treatment. CBT case conceptualizations will be highlighted, along with CBT key features including session structure and agenda setting, guided discovery, cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments, and exposure treatment. Work with clients who have anxiety and depressive disorders will be used to promote integration of CBT treatment tools and strategies.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West
Professional & Community Training

9:30am–12:45pm

Professional & Community Training

January 1, 2020 brings changes to mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect in Illinois, including a requirement for triennial training for all mandated reporters. This session will provide an explanation of all new changes to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act including updated training requirements, clarification of language in the original bill and community education requirements. We will examine mandated reporting fundamentals from an individual and systems perspective as a tool of the child welfare system.

Professional & Community Training

North Shore Congregation Israel
1185 Sheridan Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Tracey Kite
847.745.5411
Professional & Community Training

10-11:30am

Professional & Community Training

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third-wave behavioral psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, psychosis and chronic pain.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West
Professional & Community Training

9-10:30am

Professional & Community Training

This seminar will provide participants with a basic, yet practical understanding of cognitive and behavioral principles and models that inform CBT treatment. CBT case conceptualizations will be highlighted, along with CBT key features including session structure and agenda setting, guided discovery, cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments, and exposure treatment. Work with clients who have anxiety and depressive disorders will be used to promote integration of CBT treatment tools and strategies.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West
Professional & Community Training

10-11:30am

Professional & Community Training

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a third-wave behavioral psychotherapy that has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, psychosis and chronic pain.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Road
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West
Professional & Community Training

9-10:30am

Professional & Community Training

This seminar will provide participants with a basic, yet practical understanding of cognitive and behavioral principles and models that inform CBT treatment. CBT case conceptualizations will be highlighted, along with CBT key features including session structure and agenda setting, guided discovery, cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments, and exposure treatment. Work with clients who have anxiety and depressive disorders will be used to promote integration of CBT treatment tools and strategies.

Professional & Community Training

Goldie Bachmann Luftig Building
5150 W. Golf Rd.
Skokie, IL 60077
United States

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Professional & Community Training
Amanda West