JFS MetroWest offers support groups

JFS MetroWest offers support groups

The Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is offering a variety of support groups this fall. The groups provide an opportunity for people with similar personal experiences to express their feelings and share coping strategies with professional guidance. JFS offers group counseling and support groups in the JFS offices and in community venues, including local synagogues and schools.

Groups are led by an experienced, empathetic, licensed professional therapist and can be effective both along with other counseling services or without such services.

This year, the offerings include a five- to six-week support group for teens, 15 to 18 years old, whose parents are separating or divorcing. Learn more at www.jfsmetrowest.org/teengroup23.

There also is a free group for parents and caregivers of adult children with disabilities, where they can connect with each other to discuss advocacy strategies and resources. Group sessions will be held on Mondays beginning September 18. For information email Kristin at kdunne@jfsmetrowest.org or call (973) 637-1749.

Siblings of Children with Disabilities is a free group where siblings can explore their emotions in a fun and supportive environment. Group sessions are on Wednesdays, beginning September 20. For information, email Kim at kclerie@jfsmetrowest.org.

A Journey Through Grief is a bereavement group for older adults who have lost a spouse or significant other. It will meet on Tuesdays, beginning October 10, at the JFS Florham Park office. For information, email Amanda at akielbania@jfsmetrowest.org or call (973) 637-1712. Most major insurances accepted.

Playgroup with a Purpose, in collaboration with Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, is a free ongoing weekly group for parents and their babies, newborn to one year.  It meets on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m., at the shul. For information, email Blair at bbiersbach@jfsmetrowest.org.

The Financial Empowerment Seminar is for victims of domestic abuse, helping them gain the skills necessary to understand financial abuse and assist them in building financially independent lives. The free seminar is on October 19 at 11 a.m., at the JFS Florham Park office. For information, go to www.jfsmetrowest.org/finance23.

Family Support for Alzheimer’s Disease is a free group to help with the emotional support and education family members need to better understand Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It meets online many times during the month on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, go to www.alznj.org.

Breaking Free of Childhood Anxiety for parents and caregivers offers strategies and tools to use when responding to a child’s anxious behavior. This program uses SPACE, “Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions,” a parent-based treatment program for children and teens with anxiety, OCD, and related problems, developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center. The six-week group begins November 1 and will be virtual. Most major insurances accepted. For information email Kristin at kdunne@jfsmetrowest.org.

Go to www.jfsmetrowest.org/fall-support-groups-2023 for more information.

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