Counseling Services

29September

Sukkat Shalom

Sukkat Shalom


Like me, you might have had the experience in which you, by accident, discovered that someone you know is a survivor of domestic violence. In my case, the woman was someone whom I had known fairly well for many years, who always appeared to have everything together: she was a respected professional, a devoted mother and always perfectly turned out. I learned from this ‘you never know’ experience how important it is to have a heightened awareness (that it can happen to anyone), an open, nonjudgmental heart and a resolve always to be of help.

 

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in Counseling Services

29September

Welcome, Rebecca Hoelting

Welcome, Rebecca Hoelting

We welcome our new Shalom Bayit committee chair, Rebecca Hoelting. A member of the JF&CS Board of Directors since 2012, she co-chaired the November 2013 women’s community event, Domestic Violence: Stop the Silence sponsored by Shalom Bayit and the Women & Philanthropy division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, attended by more than 300 individuals. Rebecca also chairs the JF&CS legal panel.

Posted in Counseling Services

29September

Can Technology Keep You Safe?

Can Technology Keep You Safe?

Technology is constantly changing, and it can be used both as a means to keep us safe and also to jeopardize our safety. Computers and cell phones are useful tools to gather information and stay in touch with family and friends, but they also can be used to harass you, follow you and abuse you.

Written by Terry Spector, Posted in Counseling Services

29September

Abuse: You Witness It, You Suspect It, Or You’re Told About It. Now What?

Abuse: You Witness It, You Suspect It, Or You’re Told About It. Now What?

Be the voice for those who are suffering in silence. Please take action:

  • Help a child who may be a victim of abuse
  • Support adult friends and family who may be victims of abuse
  • Aid elderly or disabled people who may be victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, neglect or exploitation

Written by JacLynn H. Morris, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in Counseling Services

29September

Confronting Sexual Abuse on College Campuses: Survivors Using Their Voices and Finding Their Strength

Confronting Sexual Abuse on College Campuses: Survivors Using Their Voices and Finding Their Strength

When I was in college, I was told never to take a certain path outside my dormitory at night because it could be dangerous. Now, from what my daughter tells me, women must worry about their safety inside their dormitory.

Written by Patty Maziar, Posted in Counseling Services

03September

What will they do if they know? Will they hate me?

What will they do if they know? Will they hate me?

Imagine for a moment that you are 14 years old. You've survived the first three weeks of your freshman year of high school. At this point you've successfully determined the shortest route across the enormous, new-to-you school building. After a few mishaps, you've learned what you can get away with, and with which teachers. The most pressing questions persist, however. Your heart pounds each day as you walk into the loud, crowded cafeteria. Your mind races: “Where should I sit? Who can I talk to?” Your hands sweat and your voice shakes as you attempt to join a conversation in the hallway. You anxiously wonder, “Do these people like me? Is there anything about me to even like?”

Written by Alicia Simoni, Posted in Counseling Services

28February

How to Find Happiness and Flourish

How to Find Happiness and Flourish

A new theory, introduced by Dr. Martin Seligman in the book “Flourish – a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being,” is reframing the concept of counseling.

Dr. Seligman, a thought leader and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, believes there should be a greater focus on positive psychology experiences in order to best give individuals the opportunity for growth. Often, people will seek counseling only when they are experiencing something negative or think they need help. Positive psychology aims to change the perspective and focus on helping someone live a better version of his/her life.

Written by Giselle Regalado, Peggy Kelly, Posted in Counseling Services

17February

The Power of Touch

Touching is a form of communication which allows us to show: I am here with you, and I care.

The Power of Touch

“Keep your hands to yourself” are words that we’ve all heard as children, and they are ingrained in us as adults. Touching, (whether intentionally inappropriate or not) can lead to a host of negative results, accusations of harassment, transmission of diseases and the like. So we make conscious efforts to be hands off.

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in Counseling Services

11February

Not So Happily Ever After…the very real stories of some American Jewish families

Not So Happily Ever After…the very real stories of some American Jewish families

On November 12, 2013, close to 300 people attended a powerful women’s community event, “Domestic Violence: Stop the Silence” sponsored by Shalom Bayit, a program of the Counseling Services – Tools for Life division of JF&CS, and the Women & Philanthropy division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The evening featured a riveting performance of Shalom Bayit’s play, "Not So Happily Ever After: the very real stories of some American Jewish families."

Written by Alicia Simoni, Posted in Counseling Services

11February

An Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit Can Become a Victim’s Best Friend

An Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit Can Become a Victim’s Best Friend

It’s always good to have a friend who you know is knowledgeable about something.  Want to learn to sew? Call Heidi. Need help with your computer? Text Pete. I recently discovered that I am that friend for people who need help about a much more frightening subject, intimate partner abuse. My sister was a victim of intimate partner abuse, and she was murdered in July of 2011. At the time of this writing, no arrests have been made. Her husband remains the only suspect in her killing.

Written by Amy Robinson, Posted in Counseling Services

11February

Listening to the Silence in the Story of Dinah

Listening to the Silence in the Story of Dinah

Violence against women goes back to biblical times. In Genesis 33:14, we read about the rape of Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter. We imagine Dinah to be a beautiful young woman who steps outside the parameters of her clan to explore the area where her family has chosen to settle for a while. Perhaps on this foray, she will meet some other young women. A young prince of the area is attracted to her. He rapes her and takes her to his clan. He wants to marry her, so he sends his father to discuss a marriage proposal with Jacob and his sons. Dina’s brothers feel threatened by these outsiders and are enraged by the violation of their sister. They seek revenge, and violence, murder and mayhem follow.

Written by Patty Maziar, Terry Spector, Posted in Counseling Services

21January

The Gift of Being There

How to Be Present

The Gift of Being There

You’ve probably noticed how many people experience where they are through the screen of their cell phone or tablet as they videotape their child’s recital, a concert or a tourist destination. It does make sense to snap a photo or take a brief video for perpetuity. Yet those who relinquish the full-body experience are missing out, because they are not fully present.

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in Counseling Services

06November

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse

Soon we will be reading the Torah portion of Vayishlach. It is a portion filled with events of triumph as well as failure. We learn the stories of Jacob wrestling with G-d and his reuniting with his brother. We also learn about the rape of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah. Though Jacob can prevail or at least hold his own in wrestling with G-d and engaging with his brother Esau, he appears unable to control the physically violent behaviors of his sons. He cannot empathize or express compassion toward his daughter after she was raped. This is a story about a family in crisis due to a sexual assault. Revenge, violence and mayhem follow. Two of the sons go on a murderous rampage while the other brothers take women and children as slaves. Violence begets more violence.

Written by Patty Maziar, Posted in Counseling Services

15October

Expanded Resources for LGBT Community

Expanded Resources for LGBT Community

 

Since 2001, The Rainbow Center, in partnership with Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta, has served the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons living in metro Atlanta. Now in its second decade, The Rainbow Center will expand and split its mission into two separate programs beginning November 1, 2013.

 

Posted in Counseling Services

03October

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

 

By the time you finish reading this blog, around 13 women in the United States will be assaulted or beaten. In the next 24 hours more than three women will be murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Within the next year up to 10 million children will witness domestic violence of some kind. So once you finish reading this blog and go about your day, you should take time to think about the 9,500 women in our country that will have been assaulted or beaten by the time you wake up the next morning.

 

Written by Jessica Hallberlin, Posted in Counseling Services

21March

The Importance of Sober Support

The Importance of Sober Support

“Well we all need someone we can lean on.” That sentiment as sung by the Rolling Stones is universal no matter the life circumstance. In recovery, it is doubly true as those who have worked so hard to become sober now have to relearn (or sometimes learn for the first time) how to survive everyday life without the artificial coping mechanism of their drug or behavior of choice.

Written by Jo Abney, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

14January

Underground Voices: Unearthing the Creative and Powerful Voice of the Female Teen

Underground Voices: Unearthing the Creative and Powerful Voice of the Female Teen

“I used to think I had the answers to everything, but now I know life doesn’t always go my way. Feels like I’m caught in the middle, that’s when I realize I’m not a girl, not yet a woman…” ~Britney Spears

Who among us cannot relate to the feelings expressed in the coming-of-age song by Britney Spears ­— the feeling of being right on the cusp of adulthood, the feeling of being so ready to break free from our childhood and the feeling of being secretly terrified of letting our childhood go?

Written by Lexi Klupchak, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

24October

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

“He always apologized, and sometimes he would even cry because of the bruises he'd made on her arms or legs or her back. He would say that he hated what he'd done, but in the next breath tell her she'd deserved it. That if she'd been more careful, it wouldn't have happened. That if she'd been paying attention or hadn't been so stupid, he wouldn't have lost his temper.” ~Nicholas Sparks

October is a month filled with crisp fall air, crunchy new apples and leaves the colors of fire. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which sadly, few people are actually aware of.

Written by Lexi Klupchak, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

03October

HAMSA – Helping Atlantas Manage Substance Abuse

HAMSA – Helping Atlantas Manage Substance Abuse

You might be surprised at this, but more than 15 percent of teens today meet the criteria for alcohol and drug abuse. And statistics show when kids start early, chances are they will continue as they get older.

There are many in our community who believe Jews are not as susceptible to alcohol abuse and other addictions as the general population. But we are seeing they are! Fortunately, Jewish communities across the country are addressing the problem. Here in Atlanta, the problem of addiction has been made clear by the number of calls we have been fielding from local rabbis and directly from congregants who are struggling with this disease and don’t know where to turn.

Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

29August

For the Sweetest New Year: Put Things in Order!

For the Sweetest New Year:  Put Things in Order!

A story is told of a man who spent his hours studying with a great tzaddik – a righteous man. The man came to the tzaddik before Rosh Hashana and asked permission to be dismissed. The tzaddik asked: “Why are you in such a hurry?” The man replied: “I am a reader for the festival service, and I must look into the prayer book and put my prayers in order.” The tzaddik replied: “The prayer book is the same as it was last year. But it would be better for you to look into your deeds, and put yourself in order!”

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

01August

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

She began as an intern at JF&CS in August 2011, and for two more months Emily Wipper stayed at JF&CS as a volunteer. Why did she stay? Because she felt there was more to be done.

“JF&CS is a top organization and I knew that this place would be a great opportunity,” she said.

Written by Jennifer Fine, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services, Volunteer Services

12April

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

10 Ways Adults Can Help Prevent Bullying

On Sunday, April 15, Atlanta Council BBYO is partnering with The Bully Project for a screening of the film BULLY, which depicts a “year in the life” of North America’s Bullying crisis. The film is showing at 2pm at the Landmark Midtown Art Theater. It is recommended to get tickets in advance.

Written by Rebecca Stapel-Wax, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services

15December

Keeping Communication Lines Open over the Holidays

Keeping Communication Lines Open over the Holidays

The holiday season is approaching, and while each family celebrates differently, most of us have one thing in common: added stress. While we all love this time of year – feasts, celebrations, gifts, vacations and time with family – the reality is, all the preparations for big meals, shopping for gifts, time spent in airport lines or traffic, and lots of time with lots of family – not to mention the change in routines and schedules – can bring some challenges. Communicating effectively with your family is a great way to ensure for a smoother and happier holiday season. Here are some tips on communication:

Written by Elisheva Funk, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services

08December

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession

For the past two years I have facilitated a Job Seekers Support Group and heard amazing stories of what people have encountered and endured in these trying economic times. I am truly touched by what these different people have taught me and I have compiled their lessons in the list below.

Written by Betsy Frasier, Posted in Career Services, Counseling Services

30November

Volunteer Spotlight: Annette Marcus

Volunteer Spotlight: Annette Marcus

JF&CS volunteers affect the lives of others in countless ways, through a number of different channels. Annette Marcus is precisely this type of volunteer - dedicated, dynamic and a natural leader. She has been very involved with JF&CS over the years, and her most recent role as a member of our synagogue affinity group for Caring Committee chairs has enabled her to help synagogues, JF&CS and community members in meaningful ways.

Written by Matt Waldman, Posted in Counseling Services, Volunteer Services

07November

Get screened for Jewish genes!

Why it’s so important to get tested for genetic diseases

Get screened for Jewish genes!

On Nov. 13th, the Atlanta Jewish Gene Screen (AJGS), a community partner of JF&CS and sponsor of VIA (Volunteers in Action) , is holding a community-wide genetic screening. JF&CS strongly supports the mission of AJGS and we invited Nancy Citrin, AJGS Project Manager, to contribute to our blog this week. We hope you find AJGS to be a valuable resource and share this information with friends, colleagues, neighbors and loved ones.

Written by Nancy Citrin, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

03November

A Child’s Perspective on Divorce

A Child’s Perspective on Divorce

Every week I see children in my office who are affected by divorce. They sit on my couch or bean bag and try to make sense of their new reality. Conflicting emotions of sadness, anger, anxiety and even relief swim in their head as they seek answers to their questions. During the initial stages of the divorce, it is common for children to be anxious about the unknown, such as when they will be with mom or with dad and how they will celebrate the holidays. But over time their concerns usually abate. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, between 75 percent and 80 percent of children learn how to manage their feelings about the divorce and adjust well to their new circumstances.

Written by Elisheva Funk, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services, Counseling Services

12October

Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Do We?

Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Do We?

Throughout October, we are acknowledging Mental Illnesses Awareness, which is dedicated to  helping remove the extreme stigma that surrounds it. The days of ushering the mentally ill off to institutions more closely resembling prisons than hospitals are over. Today, we all know a neighbor, a friend, a veteran or a grandmother who struggles with his or her mental health.

 

Written by Nikki Bagli, Posted in Counseling Services

06October

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, symbolized by the purple ribbon. The prevalence and ramifications of domestic violence are staggering.

Here are some facts you should know about domestic violence:

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • A woman is physically abused every nine seconds in the United States. Three women on average die every day as a result of domestic violence in America
  • Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence.

Written by Alicia Simoni, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in Counseling Services

09September

Making Meaning and Finding Solace: Remembering 9-11

Making Meaning and Finding Solace: Remembering 9-11

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the most destructive act of terrorism to take place on American soil, it will be natural for most Americans to recall where they were on September 11, 2001.  Undeniably, 9-11 is a new generation’s somber equivalent to the John F. Kennedy assassination, the events of which are indelibly etched in the memories of those who experienced it.

Written by Betsy Frasier, Posted in Counseling Services

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