Trauma Sensitivity - JFCS of Greater Philadelphia

JFCS is committed to person-centered trauma-informed care (PCTIC). Through a trauma-sensitive lens, JFCS infuses PCTIC core values of cultural competence, inclusivity, and voice and choice across all programs and services.

Understanding Trauma and Triggers

Holocaust Survivor Support Program Director Carly Bruski, LMSW, introduces the basics of trauma and how it connects to triggers in our lives. She also offers some ways to manage triggers in the time of COVID-19 and the pressure of “toxic positivity.”

Resilience In The LGBTQ Movement

LGBTQ Initiative Program Manager Galia Godel offers insight into how resilience is fostered in LGBTQ individuals and how friends, family, and allies can support the building of resilience across all areas of a person’s life.

Check the Facts

Mobile Therapist Michael Byrne follows our Facebook Live conversation on resilience with a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) technique to help us build mastery over anxious thoughts.

Responding to Warning Signs of Suicide

Rachel Levy, Suicide Prevention Specialist, shares guidelines to help you respond to signs of suicide in a friend, family member, or yourself. If you or someone you know are contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or text ACT to 741.741.

The Physical Effects Of Trauma

Leah Sorokorensky, Nurse Practitioner for JFCS’ Holocaust Survivor Support Program, explains the lasting health impacts of trauma on the human body and ways they can be treated.

Understanding Intergenerational Trauma

Jessica Rubinstein, Social Worker for JFCS’ Holocaust Survivor Support Program, offers insight into how trauma effects individuals and can be passed on to children, grandchildren, and further generations.

Suicide Prevention and Warning Signs

Suicide Prevention Specialist Rachel Levy shares warning signs to recognize in family, friends, and even yourself, when someone is contemplating suicide. Know the warning signs and never ignore them. If you or someone you know are contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or text ACT to 741-741.

Turning a Worry Spiral into Constructive Thoughts

When life feels overwhelming, it can be hard to manage anxious thoughts. Mobile Therapist Michael Byrne offers tips for turning a worry spiral into constructive thought.

Techniques For Calming a Panic Attack

Mobile Therapist Michael Byrne walks us through four Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) TIPPs you can use to calm yourself when feeling extra anxious or if you might have a panic attack. Temperature Intense Exercise Paced breathing Paired Muscle Relaxation


Conversations on Important Topics

Understanding Trauma

A conversation to create deeper understanding around trauma, its effects on individuals and communities, and being trauma-informed. Topics include definding trauma, meaning of being it mean to be trauma-informed, talking to young people about trauma, and understanding compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and secondary traumatic stress.

Building Resilience

An interactive conversation exploring the concept of resilience and how we build resilience during challenging times. This conversation covers: What is resilience? What does resilience look like in different communities? How do we build resilience?

Suicide Prevention and Awareness During COVID-19

A conversation about suicide prevention and awareness in adults and young people and how the stressors of the COVID-19 crisis can cause emotional distress or anxiety which lead to suicidal thoughts. Covers how COVID-19 can exacerbate existing mental health diagnoses, risk factors and warning signs for suicide, how to talk about suicide with a friend or loved one, and helpful resources.

Caring for Your Mental Health

A conversation exploring the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as mental health tips and tools for ourselves and those we love. Topics include how COVID-19 poses a particular mental health challenge, ways people are experiencing grief, and practicing thoughtful self-care, trauma and resiliency.



Comprehensive List of Mindfulness and Compassion Resources

The Survivor Bill of Rights

New York Time Series on Resilience

Six Key Principles of Trauma-Informed Care

The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice Resources and Information

The Impact of Grief and Loss Presentation

For support during this time, please call our Care Navigation line at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 800.273.8255.

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