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Negiah.org has been shown to a number of mental health professionals for their input and feedback. Among those who have agreed to serve in an advisory capacity are Dr. David Pelcovitz, Dr. David Hurwitz and Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb.
David Pelcovitz, Ph.D. is an author and a nationally-recognized authority on parenting, adolescent development, and other child-related issues. He has served in many relevant capacities, including as the Chief Child and Adolescent Psychologist at North Shore University Hospital / NYU School of Medicine and clinical professor of psychology at NYU School of Medicine; he has taught pastoral psychology courses for the Rabbinical ordination program at Yeshiva University and serves as professor of education and psychology at Yeshiva University's Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education.
Dr. Pelcovitz is a leading expert in family trauma, child abuse, and at-risk youth, particularly as these issues affect the Jewish community. For more than 20 years, he has advised community agencies, schools, and families nationwide. Dr. Pelcovitz has conducted education and parenting conferences worldwide and has led continuing education workshops on issues faced by the Jewish community for professional staff at such organizations as Ohel Family and Children's Services, Chai Lifeline, and Hebrew Academy for Special Children.
Dr. Pelcovitz has published many scholarly works and articles. He is author of The Parenting Path and co-author of Balanced Parenting.
Dr. David Hurwitz, MD, FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics) is a graduate of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. An officer of the Orthodox Union and a former National President of NCSY, Dr. Hurwitz has 25 years' experience in private pediatric practice.
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Ph.D. became Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union in January, 2002. Prior to that, he was spiritual leader of Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD, a congregation that grew from 160 to more than 400 families under his leadership.
Rabbi Dr. Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva in New York. He received his Masters degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He served as Assistant Supervisor of Psychological Services for the Prince George's County Public Schools, as Chief Psychologist of the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health, and also maintained a private practice of psychotherapy.
A talented teacher, writer and orator, Rabbi Weinreb is a vice-president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the Rabbinic Liaison for NEFESH: the North American Network of Orthodox Mental Heath Professionals, and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Veterans Administration Hospitals. Rabbi Weinreb serves on the Rabbinic Cabinet of United Jewish Communities and on the boards of various other organizational and educational institutions.
Click Here to read Rabbi Weinreb's letter of approbation for Negiah.org.
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