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Annual Conference on Mental Health Sets New Attendance Record

Posted on by Molly Kitching

The 18th Annual Conference on Mental Health, held in October at Temple Israel exceeded all previous attendance records. Conference pre-registration this year was the highest ever: 586 people had registered by the Wednesday before the Sunday conference and another 102 people registered at the door. The attendees were divided evenly between repeat and first-time attendees. On the post-event evaluation, 91 percent rated the conference excellent or very good overall.

“This increase in attendance is indicative of the need not just in the Jewish community, but in the larger community as well,” said JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman. “After my session, a few participants remarked how grateful they were to learn of yet another resource in the form of a chaplain for spiritual care.”

JFS therapist Beth Johnson was also a presenter at the conference. Her session “Eradicating Shame and our Inner Critic” was well attended. The audience members engaged in a variety of activities that helped them understand the root of their critical voice. The audience members also learned various tools to manage and calm the inner critic and the shame that often follows.

JFS staff members Bonnie Jaffe, RN, and Nancy Cohen were also presenters at the conference.

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