Mental Health Series

Mental Health Series

MHS #6 - Interrupting the Cycle of Perfectionism in Girls


Understand how social media, body image, and the pressure to achieve contribute to the cycle of perfectionism and anxiety. Learn how you as a parent can help your pre-teen/teen build resilience into adolescence and adulthood by noticing, naming, and modeling a different approach.

Speakers: Rebecca Brown, LCSW, specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents and is the Outreach and Prevention Social Worker for the JF&CS Shalom Bayit program. Jaime Stepansky, LCSW, is an integrative and collaborative therapist, incorporating different approaches based upon the needs of individual clients. Cari Newman is a Parent Coach at JF&CS and works with parents and caregivers to pinpoint challenges, articulate goals, and develop strategies for creating a more inclusive, joyful family life.

Slides are available to view/download here: Interrupting the Cycle of Perfectionism in Girls Slides

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Co-sponsored by MACoM, JumpSpark, and Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta as part of the JWFA signature grant.

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Mental Health Series #5 - Keeping the Closeness (January 20th, 2022)

Cynthia Klein, BA, Parent Educator at Parents Place, a program of JFCS' Center for Children and Youth, and Rebecca Brown, LCSW, at JF&CS, taught us why the treasured relationship between mothers and daughters is also the most challenging. They explored how to keep the doors of communication open so your daughter allows you to support and influence her as she makes important life choices.

This recording was available until Feb. 20th.

Mental Health Series Event #4: Nurturing and Repairing Parent-Teen Relationships

Topics included:
- Recognizing signs and symptoms of depression, suicide and trauma in adolescence
- Skills and philosophies to help guide parents through difficult moments when their children struggle emotionally
- How to provide a secure base for your child

Guy Diamond, Ph.D., the developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Suicide Prevention (ABFT-SP), is a leading expert in adolescent and family psychotherapy.

October 22, 2021

Mental Health Series Event #3: Don't Just Survive, Thrive!

Our licensed child therapists – Ula Zusman, APC, NCC, and Ina Enoch, Ph.D. – shared Tips & Strategies for parents to support their children’s resilience and successful re-entry back to school.

Topics included:
- What kids are anxious about
- Ways for parents to manage their own anxiety
- Signs of anxiety — what to watch for

If you are a parent, or know one, and you or your child are feeling uncertainty about returning to school this Fall, this webinar is for you!

August 20, 2021

Mental Health Series Event #1 featured a live interview with HBO's Gary Gulman of 'The Great Depresh.' He gave us a humorous yet candid view of his personal struggle with depression and anxiety.

Mental Health Series Event #2 featured David & Nic Sheff, NY Times best-selling authors, and their journey through teen mental health issues, substance abuse, and recovery.