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Make a Difference for Mental Health this Holiday Season

  Imagine living without the hope of finding help, simply because you can’t afford it.   Sadly, this is the case for many in the Greater New Orleans community. Vulnerable families and individuals are struggling with the financial inability to receive affordable compassionate care.   For over 70 years, Jewish Family Service of Greater NewRead More

Counseling Technique Spotlight: EMDR

By Fran Dinehart, LCSW Social Worker & Case Manager One of my counseling clients came for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  A friend drowned during a recent beach trip and since then she had panic attacks around large bodies of water. I took her history, identified her stressors, and together we created a targetingRead More

JFS releases Statement on Shooting in Pittsburgh

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans is devastated by the horrific act of violence and the senseless loss of eleven lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA this past weekend. Establishments of worship are meant to be safe havens that shelter those from the storm of hatred. Our thoughts and prayersRead More

Suicide Prevention: Know the Warning Signs & Take Action

By Melissa Stewart, LMSW; JFS Teen Life Counts Program Coordinator   September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It is a month to remember those who have been affected by suicide and to share information about prevention. Suicide is an epidemic in the United States. The most recent data from the CDC shows that in 2016,Read More

Tackle School Year Stress with ‘Paradoxical Intention’

by Katie Godshall, LCSW-BACS, & Jennifer Keith, JFS Behavioral Health Intern   The new school year is upon us! Parents are joyfully stuffing backpacks while kids look on in utter disbelief that summer is over. Whether you are a student or a parent of a student, you may be feeling the onset of New-School-Year-Anxiety. Fortunately,Read More

5 Ways to be Mindful of PTSD on Independence Day

  by Katie Godshall, LCSW-BACS, JFS Intern Program Supervisor Many people associate the Fourth of July with hot dogs, hamburgers, family gatherings and fireworks. We talk about the sacrifices made to maintain a sense of freedom and then set out explosives well into the night and continue throughout the weekend.  While this may be funRead More

Inviting Grief into Your Holiday Season: 10 Steps towards a Meaningful Holiday for those Experiencing Grief

      Katie Godshall, LCSW-BACS, JFS Intern Program Supervisor This time of year is usually filled with flustered shopping, indulgent meals, traveling and time spent with our loved ones.  A season full of cheer can also be isolating and difficult if you have lost someone dear.  Whether this is the first holiday since theRead More

October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month

Candice Rosenblum, LCSW Clinical Social Worker, Northshore “Brian” was battling depression when he sought treatment from Jewish Family Service (JFS) last year. The death of his father triggered painful memories of a difficult childhood spent with a physically and verbally abusive alcoholic father. This behavior often creates a negative sense of self for children. ARead More

Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Donates to Jewish Family Service to support Counseling for Children and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (7/19/2017): Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS) is pleased to accept a generous donation from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to support counseling services for children and families. The donation primarily supports an established partnership between JFS and the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) in Metairie, to offer on-site counselingRead More

JFS offers Continuing Education Workshops

JFS is pleased to offer ongoing Continuing Education Workshops for health professionals in our community. The last workshop, “An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,” was presented by Stephen W. Phillippi, Jr., PhD, LCSW, Director of the Institute for Public Health & Justice on January 20th, at the JFS office in Metairie. Participants learned (in part,)Read More