JFS Now Offering Youth Mental Health First Aid

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford is thrilled to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid at the Mandell JCC starting this February! Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) teaches adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge in the youth (ages 12-18) in their lives and to connect them to the appropriate resources. We recommend this course for parents, educators, and anyone else who regularly works with youth. Both groups and individuals are welcome to participate. You can make a difference!

YMHFA will be held on March 6 & 7 from 1-4pm; May 2 from 9am-4pm; May 19 from 9am-4pm.

Please reach out to our Community Mental Health Liaison at amacdonald@jfshartford.org to sign up or with questions. Don’t see a date that works for you? We are happy to accommodate groups of 5 or more on date that work for you.


Youth Mental Health Webinar Series

Jewish Family Services is excited to share a free mental health webinar series for parents and educators! These webinars are made possible through our partnership with The Wellness Institute, an organization that educates families on a variety of mental health-related topics. This series will bring mental health experts to you and offer tips and tricks to help support our youth.

These workshops are FREE for members of the community! Everyone who signs up will receive a recording of the event which they can access for 30 days, even if they are not available at the time of the live webinar.

Emotional Regulation Skills [Thursday, February 8 from 8-9:30pm; Register here using the code ‘JFSGH’]

During this live session, Dr. Dexter-Mazza, co-developer of the DBT for Schools (DBT STEPS-A) Curriculum, will teach us the reasons why children struggle with emotional and behavioral challenges, and provide practical strategies you can use to model and teach your children vital skills, fostering improved emotional regulation over time.

Left to Their Own Devices [Monday, March 4 from 8-9:30pm; Register here using the code JFSGH.]

Dr. Heitner, an internationally recognized speaker, will guide parents through the challenges of cultivating responsible social media habits in youth through her mentoring vs. monitoring model. In an era dominated by digital influence, this workshop is crucial for understanding and addressing the impact of social media on our children. In this workshop, parents will learn the insight they need to feel empowered to teach their children smart technology use.

Uniquely Human [Thursday, May 23 from 8-9:30pm; Registration details to come.]

Join Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Developer, SCERTS Model for children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families for this live session! Dr. Prizant is the author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism.