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A Lifesaving Plan: Suicide Prevention Safety Planning

When it comes to discussions about suicide, safety planning must be a part of that conversation. Why? Well, as Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing for failure.” If you experience suicidal thoughts and/or attempted suicide in the past, you are at risk of attempt again. Coming up with a preventative safetyRead More

Depression is Serious

Depression is a difficult and pervasive illness. Many in our community, educated about and knowledgeable of their own experiences with the illness, are struggling . JFS therapists also hear from others, without any history of, or familiarity with, depression, who wonder and fear they are depressed. The reflection below, written by JFS’ Board President, BetsyRead More

So, What is Telemental Health?

by Michelle Beard Telemental health is now synonymous with pandemic life. In New York Times articles and emails from your healthcare provider, health care professionals are encouraging the public to begin, or continue, counseling via telemental health care. But what should you expect when talking to a counselor remotely via telemental health? Generally, only theRead More

Pride Month & Mental Health

This month, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people will celebrate themselves and honor the people who catalyzed the Gay Liberation Movement with the Stonewall Uprising of 1969. Pride month is a time of both self-affirmation and reflection for the queer community. Despite the enormous obstacles the LGBTQ community has overcome to secure their rights,Read More

Virtual Seders: More Traditional Than You Might Think

              By Camila Sobral *The newest member of the JFS staff shares how her family celebrates during coronavirus social distancing My family, like many Jewish families around the world, is celebrating Passover through Zoom. Even before the pandemic, my family couldn’t celebrate together because we all live on differentRead More

Jewish Community Response Volunteer Initiative

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans, and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana have partnered with a number of area synagogues to create a Jewish community response helpline program for problems related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Our collective goal is to provide connection during a time ofRead More

COVID-19 Resource Page

JFS is prepared to meet the needs of our community and clients to the fullest and safest extent possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are in communication with civic leaders on how to best serve our clients. We strive to maintain operations while prioritizing the health and safety of our clients and staff. To thisRead More

Join us for “The Conversation”

Please join Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home and Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans for The Conversation, an educational seminar on senior care planning and the importance of ‘conversing’ with family and health care professionals on topics including senior housing, living wills, advance care directives, health care and more. Our special guest speaker isRead More

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: A Skills Based Approach

  By Fran Dinehart, LCSW   Recently I was privileged to attend a training on Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) hosted by Imagine Recovery, and am excited to integrate what I have learned into my therapy practice.  Although DBT was developed for people with borderline personality disorder, it also borrows widely from Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionRead More

Beyond Self-Care Day: Prioritizing ‘You’

  by Lauren Rudzis, Development & Communications Coordinator   If there was ever a time to focus on your well-being, well congratulations, today is your day! July 24th is recognized as International Self-Care Day. However, ‘self-care’ can be emphasized beyond it’s designated celebration.   In our busy lifestyles, we find ourselves in a whirlwind ofRead More

Storm Anxieties: Acknowledgment & How to Cope

by Dr. Katie Godshall, LCSW-BACS; Teen Life Counts Program Coordinator   Over the past week, Louisiana geared up for what was forecasted to be a record “rain-event”. Thankfully the impact was minimal in most parts, but the significant effect remains as an invisible weight on the shoulders of many who have experienced damaging hurricanes, storms,Read More

Volunteer with JFS and get the Most out of 2019

  By Lauren Rudzis, Development & Communications Coordinator Looking for a meaningful way to kick-start 2019? Perhaps an activity that makes an impact on the Greater New Orleans community? Consider volunteering with Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS)! By volunteering with JFS, you have the unique opportunity to help others and partner withRead 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

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