Twin Cities Jewish Community Mental Health Education Conference

Join JFS in-person from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, for the Twin Cities Jewish Community 23rd Annual Mental Health Education Conference. Doors open at 9 a.m. and conference begins promptly at 10 a.m. at Temple Israel, 2323 Fremont Ave S in Minneapolis.

The event, sponsored by JFS and JFCS, is free and open to all and will feature a keynote address from Sophie Riegel, a recent Duke University graduate, author, speaker, coach, and mental health advocate. Sophie is the author of three books including, “Don’t Tell Me to Relax: One Teen’s Journey to Survive Anxiety (and How You Can, Too),” and “Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life. Sophie will share her personal journey and provide thoughtful advice on how to live and thrive with anxiety.

In addition to the keynote address, the conference will offer 15 breakout sessions on youth, harm reduction, mental health 101, mental health and aging, finding balance, grief and loss and crisis intervention and more. A community resource fair and mental health-related books, available for checkout from Hennepin County Library, will be on site.

Three JFS staff members will present breakout sessions at the conference.

Counseling Director Dr. Mitchell Wittenberg, Ph.D., LP presents “Ask The Psychologist”
Session 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

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.