Counseling course – Learn more



Serving on the front line in a Jewish communal role often means being the person turned to when community members are struggling. Learn counseling skills, how to provide personal and communal support and calm crises, and gain the information necessary to make a referral to the professionals trained to work with the specific issues being presented. 

This virtual training seminar will include small group mentoring providing the opportunity to apply acquired skills while receiving insight and guidance from mental health professionals serving in communal roles.


Monday evenings May 2, 9, 16, 23 & June 13, 20, 27 

8:00 – 9:00 PM EDT: Instruction 

9:00 – 10:00 PM EDT: Small group mentoring

Topics include: counseling skills, listening skills, building a trusting relationship, confidentiality, evaluating the need and referring to appropriate specialists.
Topics include: An introduction to common diagnoses affecting the women of our communities and the impact of these conditions: anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, over focus on technology, borderline personality, bipolar disorder, eating disorders.
Topics include: understanding family systems, the impact of family of origin and early attachment, the importance of trust, communication and bonding, the impact of healthy and troubled relationships, marital conflict, challenged children, divorce/separation.
Topics include: unique challenges, influences and experiences of adolescence, psychological, emotional and physical developments, common concerns and possible pathology that may emerge during this time, the power of the parent-child attachment, importance of community leaders and how they can support families & teens, concept, theories and research on attachment and the power of attachment during this vulnerable age.

The purpose of this course is to provide general information to assist you in your communal work with respect to when and how to refer to appropriate mental health professionals.  This course is not intended, and should not be construed, as formal training, permission to practice as a mental health counselor or for certification or license in the mental health field. 




Monday July 18th : Fellowship training, networking and cohort building 

Intensive training programs: Shalom Task Force and Sharsheret

Tuesday July 19th – 20th: National conference open to all Rebbetzins, Kallah teachers, Kiruv and Chinuch professionals.

Fellowship cohort expected to attend full conference.


The in-person conference will provide a deeper understanding of many issues facing our community today. The program will include the opportunity to connect with other women in communal roles, build a network of resources, and gain spiritual chizuk to support your avodas hakodesh. 

Topics will include: setting boundaries, grief management, addiction, infertility, post-partum depression, maintaining a relationship with the Kallah or student, domestic abuse, financial planning, women’s health, social media’s impact on adolescents, social media online presence for communal leaders, and divulging sensitive information for shidduchim and other purposes.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Adeena Mayerfeld, Program and Operations Manager, at

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Application deadline: April 7, 2022