Pandemic Parenting

#PandemicParenting

Tools, Advice & Community to See You Through

Parenting in these uncertain times is anything but easy. We get it and we are here to help!

If you are struggling to make it through the day just keeping it all together while work pressures, your kids, economic worries, health concerns, and more swirl all around, join our supportive community at Pandemic Parenting.

Our goal is to provide weekly, meaningful content and experiences to help you navigate – even feel better – during these trying times! We will provide tools, advice, and community for how to adjust to our new normal, whatever it looks like and however long it takes us to get there.

Powered by:

Got Advice?

Are you an expert on parenting, mental health, education, relationships, nutrition, etc. and are interested in sharing tips with our community? Are you someone who has lived through an experience you want to share with our community that can help others during this time? Let us know your ideas! We’d love for you to host a virtual class or supply an article.

Virtual Events

Family Fun

Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:00pm, grab the whole family and join us for Family Fun Night led by ITC and PJ Library!

 

 

 

Talk, Tips & Tools

Friday mornings at 10:00am, join JF&CS clinicians to connect, share, and gather helpful tips and tools you can put in place today to support you and your family during this complicated time.

 

Back to School

Back to School sessions are a time to express how you’re feeling, hear from others, and get some advice in a safe space as you manage virtual school, work, schedules, and more. Each session will be led by two Jewish Family & Career Services’ clinicians.

Click past sessions to watch the recording.

In these challenging, uncertain times it can feel daunting to have hard conversations about race and privilege. This group session will give tips and suggestions on how to engage your children in these issues, as well as offer resources.

WATCH THE RECORDING

About the speaker: Ula views counseling as supporting children, teens, and adults in developing wellness throughout their lives. Her focus is on helping them to rediscover their unique skills, abilities, and knowledge, and harness these to not only overcome their difficult life experiences, but thrive. Ula believes that a sense of safety and trust is essential to building the foundational therapeutic relationship.

She utilizes a combination of play therapy, creative arts therapies, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, and NET Therapy to help clients process and heal from trauma in all its many shapes and forms.

Ula qualified as a counseling psychologist in South Africa and has previously worked in South Africa, Australia, and the US in the areas of HIV/AIDS support, substance use, children’s burns injuries, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Education: 2019 MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Georgia State University; 2000 Diploma and Certificate in Narrative Therapy, Dulwich Centre; 1999 MA in Counseling Psychology, Rhodes University

Grab the whole family and join us for a virtual art class led by an In the City Camps specialist.

Get creative with a family art session making pop-ups. You’ll learn the basics of creating a pop-up card and then create a scene of your choosing. Make a family portrait, create a sunny beach scene, craft a garden full of pop-up bugs — the only limit is your imagination!
 
Materials needed:
– Colored, Patterned, and/or White Paper (preferably card stock, but anything will work)
– Scissors
– Glue

We will be discussing strategies to use when your child is frustrated or how to help your child regulate their emotions.

WATCH THE RECORDING

About the speaker: Ina completed her M.Ed. in Emotional and Behavior Disorders and Ed.S and Ph.D in School and Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. She has worked at JF&CS since January 2009. Prior to working at JF&CS, Ina worked in an inpatient unit as a special education teacher in Gainesville, Florida and as an educational diagnostician in the Special School District in St. Louis. Upon moving to Atlanta, she worked for the Cobb County School System as a school psychologist. Ina was in private practice in Marietta for 13 years providing assessment and individual and family therapy.

Grab the whole family and join us for a virtual cooking class led by an In the City Camps specialist.

This week, we’ll be making Fruit Galette with Deborah Lewis from Red Spoon Bakery.

For the pastry:

  • 1 ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 3-4 Tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 4 Cups Fruit-Peaches, Strawberries, Raspberries
  • Juice of half lemon or lime (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon Tapioca or Corn Starch

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Dough: To make the dough by hand, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the water starting with 2 tablespoons and add more as needed until the dough pulls together into a shaggy ball. It should be crumbly and flaky! Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 8-9 inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a parchment lined (or greased) baking sheet. Refrigerate.

Filling: Cut fruit into desired bite size pieces. Toss the fruit pieces with the lemon or lime juice if using, starch and sugar. Cover the tart dough with the fruit filling leaving a 1-1/2 inch border. Going around the circle, make 5-6 slits in the dough stopping at the fruit. Fold up the flaps.

Bake the galette for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the fruit is tender.

Grab the whole family and join us for a virtual art class led by an In the City Camps specialist.

Collaborative Creations:
We’ll all work as a team to draw some exquisite creatures. We’ll explore various drawing styles while having lots of fun.

Join us as we discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing Routines and Structures and learn some tips and tools for creating ones that match the unique style and needs of your family.

WATCH THE RECORDING

About the speaker: Jaime Stepansky is a Licensed Master Social Worker who completed her MSW at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jaime was an intern at JF&CS in 2016, and returned in 2019 to join the clinical team. Before rejoining JF&CS, Jaime provided individual, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults with emotional and behavioral struggles at Chris180. In addition to one-on-one therapy, Jaime led several psychoeducational workshops and trained teachers on learning and implementing trauma-informed practices in the classroom.

Jaime has years of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. From leading outdoor adventure/leadership journeys in Costa Rica, to teaching high school, to coaching youth soccer, to working with youth and families in clinical outpatient and school settings, Jaime has a strong commitment to, and passion for, working with young people and their families.

During these challenging times, family dynamics might be more pronounced now than they were before. Join us as we talk about some relationship dynamics and discuss a few ways to navigate them. 

WATCH THE RECORDING

About the speaker: After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology (minor in Child Development) in North Carolina, Dr. Lyudmila Trost, Psy.D. earned her master’s degree in school psychology and her doctorate in school and clinical child psychology at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

She completed several practica in schools, community mental health clinics, inpatient and outpatient hospitals, and a foster care agency in four of the five boroughs of New York City. She then completed her clinical internship at the APA-Accredited Jefferson County Internship Consortium in Louisville, Kentucky in a school for children struggling with significant emotional and behavioral disorders, community mental health clinic, adult psychiatric inpatient hospital, and a correctional psychiatric facility.

Currently, Lyudmila is completing her postdoctoral fellowship and is working towards licensure as a clinical child psychologist. She provides comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations through assessing strengths and weaknesses in cognitive, academic, and social-emotional domains in children and adolescents under the supervision of Dr. Lori Wilson.

She intentionally emphasizes the importance of learning the family’s concerns and hopes for testing. Additionally, she believes that visiting the child’s school and collaborating with teachers and other school personnel is vital to complete a school observation. Age-appropriate child feedback is included as a part of the evaluation process. She also does some therapy with children, adolescents, and families. In November 2016, Lyudmila joined the JF&CS team.

Designations for therapy: Individual therapy with children and adolescents 5-17 with parent or family sessions (frequency varies per case) focusing on improving coping skills utilizing cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and systems techniques; Therapy sessions with parents of toddlers focusing on parenting techniques and strategies with or without the child in the room. Focus areas include anxiety, depression, behavior difficulties and following rules, relationship difficulties, difficulties with problem-solving, impulse-control difficulties, multicultural issues, consultations about testing and therapy.

Couples communication in a relationship is to tell, inform, ask, express, or make your thoughts and feelings known. Everyone has a different style and the person spoken to is not a mind reader.  

WATCH THE RECORDING

About the speaker: Helen has worked in Atlanta with JF&CS for 15 years, and for 20 years she was a private practice counselor in Connecticut. Prior to joining JF&CS, she was a Clinical Director of Connecticut Counseling Center, a methadone maintenance program, and was a clinician at Waterbury Hospital in Merriman Hall, a locked psychiatric inpatient unit.

Helen was a frequent guest on WATR radio, a call-in show. Additionally, she was an award-winning hostess on a weekly television show called ‘Life Styles with Helen Kotler.’ She has an extensive educational background as has earned the following titles: Ph.D. Education at Boston University, BS Education and Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University, MS Counseling, and Sixth Year Supervision and Heed University, Ph.D. Psychology.

If you’re a parent struggling with what “re-entry” will look like, you’ll want to join this support group! Led by licensed JF&CS clinicians Ula Zusman and Tzipporah Gerson-Miller, parents will have a safe space to unpack all their emotions regarding going back to school, whatever that looks like.
 
 

About the speakers:

Ula Zusman
Ula views counseling as supporting children, teens, and adults in developing wellness throughout their lives. Her focus is on helping them to rediscover their unique skills, abilities, and knowledge, and harness these to not only overcome their difficult life experiences, but thrive. Ula believes that a sense of safety and trust is essential to building the foundational therapeutic relationship.

She utilizes a combination of play therapy, creative arts therapies, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, and NET Therapy to help clients process and heal from trauma in all its many shapes and forms.

Ula qualified as a counseling psychologist in South Africa and has previously worked in South Africa, Australia, and the US in the areas of HIV/AIDS support, substance use, children’s burns injuries, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Education: 2019 MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Georgia State University; 2000 Diploma and Certificate in Narrative Therapy, Dulwich Centre; 1999 MA in Counseling Psychology, Rhodes University

Tzipporah Gerson-Miller, LCSW C-IAYT RYT 500
Tzipporah is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified yoga therapist, and 500 hour therapeutic yoga teacher with over ten years of working in the field of mental health. Tzipporah specializes inworking with abuse and trauma survivors in the Shalom Bayit Program. As an advocate for maternal mental health, survivors of abuse, and teen girls, she is passionate about helping women in all stages of life maintain a sense of wholeness and peace through the teachings of yoga, meditation, and feminine spirituality.

Since completing her Master of Social Work from UGA in 2011, she has gained extensive experience working in community mental health clinic settings, as well as domestic violence shelters and hospitals. In addition to her work as a clinical psychotherapist, Tzipporah completed her clinical yoga therapy training and 500 level yoga teacher training with The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies at the end of 2016. Recently, she founded The Southern Yoga Therapy Association, a 501(c)3 for yoga therapists and other allied integrative wellness practitioners to provide community education and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Tzipporah believes that practices such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and somatic awareness can help individuals discover their inner wholeness while addressing the root cause of suffering. She finds fulfillment in helping kids, adolescents, teens, and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harming behavior, and past trauma cultivate new ways to manage difficult emotions and enabling them to have healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Her passion has led her to produce a podcast entitled, “Ancient Tools for Modern Living” which promotes and supports mental health in all stages from awareness to recovery through practical yoga, holistic lifestyle, and spiritual growth. Her tools and podcasts are available on iTunes for everyone to access.

With the start of each new school year, there is opportunity to introduce new strategies, goals, and work habits to your children. As we head into this new and possibly very unique school year, join us as we focus on tips and tools to support your children as they continue to develop and build their executive functioning skills.

WATCH THE RECORDING

About the speaker: Lori earned her master’s degree in education and her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. She completed her clinical child internship at the University of Maryland Medical System and a pediatric neuropsychology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

On June 1999, Lori joined the JF&CS family. She provides psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations to assess cognitive, academic, and socio-emotional strengths and weaknesses in children.

Lori has an extensive background and experience that encompasses topics such as attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, learning disabilities, social skill weaknesses, executive functioning, parenting strategies, as well as the neuropsychological and emotional effects of medical disorders such as traumatic brain injuries and epilepsy. As a part of her psychoeducational evaluations, she draws attention to the importance of classroom observations and child feedbacks, and underlines it as an integral part of the evaluation process at JF&CS.

If you’re a parent of a teen struggling with what “re-entry” will look like, you’ll want to join this support group! Led by licensed JF&CS clinicians Ina Enoch and Jaime Stepansky, parents will have a safe space to unpack all their emotions regarding going back to school, whatever that looks like.
 
 

About the speakers:

Jaime Stepansky, LMSW
Jaime Stepansky is a Licensed Master Social Worker who completed her MSW at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jaime was an intern at JF&CS in 2016 and returned in 2019 to join the clinical team. Before rejoining JF&CS, Jaime provided individual, family and group therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults with emotional and behavioral struggles at Chris180. In addition to one-on-one therapy, Jaime led several psychoeducational workshops and trained teachers on learning and implementing trauma-informed practices in the classroom.

Jaime has years of experience working with children, adolescents and young adults. From leading outdoor adventure/leadership journeys in Costa Rica, to teaching high school, to coaching youth soccer, to working with youth and families in clinical outpatient and school settings, Jaime has a strong commitment to, and passion for, working with young people and their families.

Ina Enoch, Ph.D
Ina completed her M.Ed. In Emotional and Behavior Disorders and Ed.S and Ph.D in School and Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. She has worked at JF&CS since January 2009. Prior to working at JF&CS, Ina worked in an inpatient unit as a special education teacher in Gainesville, Florida and as an educational diagnostician in the Special School District in St. Louis.
Upon moving to Atlanta, she worked for the Cobb County School System as a school psychologist. Ina was in private practice in Marietta for 13 years providing assessment and individual and family therapy.

If you’re a parent of an elementary school student struggling with what “re-entry” will look like, you’ll want to join this support group! Led by licensed JF&CS clinicians Ina Enoch and Rebecca Brown, parents will have a safe space to unpack all their emotions regarding going back to school, whatever that looks like.
 
 

About the speakers:

Ina Enoch, Ph.D
Ina completed her M.Ed. In Emotional and Behavior Disorders and Ed.S and Ph.D in School and Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. She has worked at JF&CS since January 2009. Prior to working at JF&CS, Ina worked in an inpatient unit as a special education teacher in Gainesville, Florida and as an educational diagnostician in the Special School District in St. Louis.
Upon moving to Atlanta, she worked for the Cobb County School System as a school psychologist. Ina was in private practice in Marietta for 13 years providing assessment and individual and family therapy.

Rebecca Brown, LCSW
Rebecca Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. She meets each child and family with compassion and patience and focuses on their strengths and resilience. Her approach led her to identify that children are little people with their own internal world and have needs and feelings which need to be explored and understood. Rebecca focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship and utilizes play therapy, art therapy, mindfulness, and interventions from evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

She is currently the Outreach and Prevention Social Worker for the JF&CS Shalom Bayit program, in addition to providing therapeutic services to children. In this role, she provides education and programming to the Jewish community surrounding topics such as domestic violence and healthy relationships for teens. Rebecca believes in the importance of community outreach as a means to foster social change and educate future generations.

Rebecca has a master’s in social work from New York University and has previously worked as a child and family therapist in the child welfare system of San Francisco, a facilitator of groups for program evaluation and adults in outpatient mental health.

Get the whole family together and join us for virtual BINGO. It’s a fun way to spend some quality time with your family and make some new friends. 

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfu-gpj4pHNIJ_UErZStZa9XL1aCQ55pc

Join In the City Camps and PJ Library for a virtual program focused on going back to school. We will talk about how school might be the same or different, make back-to-school time capsules, and finish with a brief story time. 

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfu-gpj4pHNIJ_UErZStZa9XL1aCQ55pc

Grab the whole family and join PJ Baby Smyrna for some family yoga. We will move our bodies and learn yoga poses.

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsfu-gpj4pHNIJ_UErZStZa9XL1aCQ55pc