Twin Cities Jewish Community Mental Health Education Conference

Three JFS staff members will present breakout sessions at the 2023 Mental Health Education Conference on Sunday, October 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Temple Israel in Minneapolis.

Counseling Director Dr. Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP presents “Ask The Psychologist”
Session 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This Q&A session explores what is normal and when is there cause for concern. Through the years, Conference attendees have shared that having the opportunity to talk directly at the event with a licensed mental health professional about a diverse array of concerns is a program highlight. In this breakout session, Dr. Wittenberg will talk briefly about the process he engages in when assessing client concerns, and then open the floor for an extended question-and-answer period. Come prepared to take advantage of Dr. Wittenberg’s expertise with your questions, concerns or case examples.

JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman, BCC presents “The Spiritual Care Component of Mental Health”
Session 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mental health includes the fullness of our well-being. Of importance is how we understand ourselves as connected to issues of spirit and spiritual meaning in our daily lives. When life gets hard, where do we find strength, courage and hope? We will consider the role of spiritual belief, finding meaning, faith and the power of knowing our spiritual selves as we seek to make our way through everyday life.

JFS Therapist Stephanie Larson, MSW, LICSW, LCSW presents “Grief: A Spectrum of Loss and a Variety of Ways to Get Through”
Session 15, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
In this session, attendees will gain an increased understanding of grief and loss as a spectrum that includes a variety of types of grief and loss. The newly added DSM-TR criteria for Prolonged Grief Disorder will be reviewed and differentiated from other commonly assigned disorders when working with grief. Attendees will gain confidence in supporting others or themselves through grief, receive intervention suggestions, and learn about grief as a normalized part of the human life cycle.

View the full conference brochure and register here.