JFS Perspectives

Client Spotlight: Jewish Family Service in a Class by Itself

Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Client Spotlight: Jewish Family Service in a Class by Itself

We pride ourselves on providing professionally delivered integrated services that empower individuals to overcome difficult challenges. We love to hear from clients who have been impacted by the care they have received. One of those clients is John, who shares his experience and gratitude.  

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JFS KidSuccess: Addressing Trauma in Children and Adolescents

Tuesday, March 03, 2020
JFS KidSuccess: Addressing Trauma in Children and Adolescents

Childhood trauma is a social problem that is present in every community. It is a problem surrounded by so much stigma that it is often left undiscussed. Many therapists on the KidSuccess team have worked with children who have experienced trauma. Two-thirds of American children and adolescents report at least one trauma. With the devastating outcomes that stem from childhood trauma, a successful treatment model needed to be developed, studied, and implemented.
 

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Therapy Dog Offers Joy, Comfort, and Reflection for High School Students

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rachel Uslan and ColfaxSarah* walked into the Success Center at George Washington (GW) High School crying, looking for a mental health professional to talk to. To her surprise, she was guided into a therapist’s office by a dog! 

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Summer 2019 Family Matters

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Summer 2019 Family Matters

The Summer 2019 issue of Family Matters focuses on mental health. Learn more about play therapy, counseling for older adults, school violence, work stress, and how JFS therapists are helping children in schools. Also check out information about past and upcoming events and meet our volunteer of the year. Read some of the articles through the links below or view the whole newsletter.  

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Work Stress—The Silent Epidemic

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Work Stress—The Silent Epidemic

In recognition of Mental Health Month, this article addresses a common form of stress for Americans which can lead to significant mental health problems—work stress. 

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The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
The Changing Dynamic of Counseling for Older Adults

Throughout my almost 20 years as a licensed clinical social worker, I have had the honor of providing counseling services to older adults and, at times, their families. Traditionally, our counseling services for older adults have offered support and expertise around life transitions that come with aging, which may include grief, loss, social isolation, sadness, depression, and/or anxiety. We are eager to support our clients through these valid challenges. 

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School Violence: There is Hope

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
School Violence: There is Hope

The headlines appear almost daily—another school shooting. It’s enough to strike fear in the heart of every parent, grandparent, and school-age child. We have new data that shows school violence is linked not only to mental health problems, but to physical health problems and risk-taking behavior, including drug and alcohol use. We see connections between bullying, victimization, fighting, and school violence. 

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Play Therapy for Young Children

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Play Therapy for Young Children

Imagine being a young child and wanting to communicate but not having the vocabulary. Maybe you’ve been through trauma, maybe you struggle with emotional regulation, or maybe you worry frequently. 

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Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Saving Grace: School-Based Mental Health Spells Success for Kids

At 10 years old, Grace Allen is smart, inquisitive, and loves to learn. Her big, warm smile complements her obvious desire to engage. Her favorite subject is math, with science a close second. Her dream is to become a baker (she loves cookies) or maybe a doctor. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to figure all that out.  

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From the CEO: Mental Health Update

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
From the CEO: Mental Health Update

Another school shooting. Multiple teen suicides. A woman obsessed with the Columbine tragedy threatens Colorado schools. The number of instances is growing. Sadly, this is our new reality and so many of us are at loss as to what to do. 

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