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On the Verge: A Support Group for Parents and Guardians of Teens

On the Verge supports parents and guardians of high school age youth navigate life in unprecedented times. Connect with other caregivers, process the daily ups and downs, exchange ideas, and find the support that can help you (and your teen) thrive.

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FACILITATOR: Therapist, Mary Boardman, MSS
A graduate of Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Mary brings over a decade of experience working with parents and guardians to help successfully navigate the challenges of caring for children and teens in a changing world. 

WHEN: April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, & May 27, 2021, 11:30am—1 pm

WHERE: Zoom

COST: $36 per person for six session group

RSVP: Register below or contact Rivka Goldman by phone at 267-256-2250 or by email at rgoldman@jfcsphilly.org.

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Art Support Group for LGBTQ Youth

Explore your gender, your sexuality, and your questioning nature through art making. The facilitators will provide a safe space to express feelings about one’s identity, build self-esteem, and increase a sense of support.

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Join Art Therapist Debora King, ATR-BC, LPC and LGBTQ+ Initiative Program Manager Galia Godel.

  • Group is catered to youth ages 10 to 14
  • Monthly drop-in group
  • Explore your identity and feelings through a creative outlet
  • Socialize with peers in a supportive environment
  • Learn ways art can be a coping skill to deal with stress or hard feelings
  • No art experience necessary

When: Every Third Tuesday of the Month, 4 – 5pm, February 16, March 16, April 20 & May 18
Where: Zoom Video Call (link provided with registration)
Cost: Free (basic art materials provided upon request)
RSVP: To RSVP or for more information contact Galia at ggodel@jfcsphilly.org or 267.273.6006.

Relatives of LGBTQ Individuals Support Group

This support group is for anyone who is a relative of an LGBTQ individual — grandparent, child, cousin, parent — and is looking for a space to process. This group is a safe place to ask questions, express
emotions, and learn from other folks in similar places.

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Facilitator: Galia Godel has an M.Ed. In Human Sexuality Education from Widener University, and has been leading the LGBTQ Initiative at JFCS since 2018.

Explore questions about family, change, support, and responsibility, through a lens of compassion and community.

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Zoom Video Call (link provided with registration)
Cost: Free (basic art materials provided upon request)
RSVP: RSVP below or for more information contact Galia at ggodel@jfcsphilly.org or 267.273.6006.

Buried in Treasures

Help for compulsive acquiring, saving, and hoarding.

  • Learn tools to address the behaviors that impact your daily functions
  • Join like minded individuals and find a supportive community
  • Deepen your understanding of clutter and how you got here
  • Receive a copy of the book, Buried In Treasures
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WHEN: Wednesdays from 3—5 pm OR Wednesdays 5:30—7:30pm (choose one group)
Starting 2/24 and runs through 6/9
TIME: 11:00am – 12:00pm
WHERE: Zoom Video Call (link will be provided after registering)
COST: $125 for 16—week program; sliding scale available
RSVP: Please register by contacting Rivka Goldman by phone or email at: 267-256-2250 OR rgoldman@jfcsphilly.org  Use form below for payment ONLY.

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The Art of Letting Go: Art Therapy for Individuals Coping with Hoarding Disorder

JFCS is offering a virtual, weekly art therapy group for people coping with the clutter in their lives. The group members, with the guidance and support of the group facilitator, will be encouraged to utilize art journaling as a tool, learn new coping skills, respond, express, and process what it means to let go.

Art journaling can be helpful in terms of encouraging containment and safety as well as serve as a timeline of a transformative therapeutic process.

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WHEN: Mondays, March 8, March 15, March 22, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3 (8 Sessions)  Starting 2/24 and runs through 6/9
TIME: 4pm – 5:30 pm
WHERE: Zoom Video Call (link will be provided after registering)
COST: $10 donations are appreciated.
RSVP: Register below or contact Rivka Goldman by phone or email at: 267-256-2250 OR rgoldman@jfcsphilly.org

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Supporting Your Loved Ones with Hoarding Disorder

Find community and connection as part of a support group for individuals whose partner, parent, or loved one is struggling with hoarding disorder.

  • Learn about hoarding disorder, trauma/loss and hoarding, and reducing stigma
  • Find out about treatment options and resources
  • Get the tools to build communication skills and practice self-care even in challenging circumstances
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WHEN: Tuesdays, February 23 – April 13
TIME: 11:00am – 12:00pm
WHERE: Zoom Video Call (link will be provided after registering)
COST: $40 for 8 sessions; sliding scale available
RSVP: Contact Amanda Pisark at apisark@jfcsphilly.org. Please note that this is a closed group. Additional registrations will not be taken after the first session.

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