Articles tagged with: Tools for Life

17July

Why Group Therapy? From a Client’s Perspective

Why Group Therapy? From a Client’s Perspective


For someone who has been part of both group therapy and individual therapy, I am a big advocate for group therapy. I believe that there are many misconceptions about group therapy and I would like to debunk some of them using my own experiences. 

Posted in Counseling Services

11March

Avoiding a Relapse

Avoiding a Relapse

Addiction is a disease that does not go away but instead goes into remission. Relapse can happen to anyone; it does not discriminate on sex, height, hair color, length of sobriety or strength of one’s program.

During my own recovery, I went on a six-month relapse. I’m not sure if you can even call that a relapse; it was more like a binge. I was in my second semester of my senior year of high school and had accumulated about nine months of sobriety. I thought I had it, and I guess I got complacent. I quit meeting with my sponsor, started going to meetings late or leaving early, would lie to my parents about even going to a meeting and started hanging out with old “using” people, in old “using” places, doing old “using” things, but I had not used, yet. Eventually, as these things continued to occur, I relapsed. 

Written by Rachel Rabinowitz, Posted in Counseling Services

17February

The Power of Touch

Touching is a form of communication which allows us to show: I am here with you, and I care.

The Power of Touch

“Keep your hands to yourself” are words that we’ve all heard as children, and they are ingrained in us as adults. Touching, (whether intentionally inappropriate or not) can lead to a host of negative results, accusations of harassment, transmission of diseases and the like. So we make conscious efforts to be hands off.

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in Counseling Services

21January

The Gift of Being There

How to Be Present

The Gift of Being There

You’ve probably noticed how many people experience where they are through the screen of their cell phone or tablet as they videotape their child’s recital, a concert or a tourist destination. It does make sense to snap a photo or take a brief video for perpetuity. Yet those who relinquish the full-body experience are missing out, because they are not fully present.

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in Counseling Services

16December

Renew and Reflect This New Year

Happy New Year 2014: A Time for Renewal

Renew and Reflect This New Year

In contrast to the Jewish New Year we celebrate in the fall, the secular New Year can seem a bit anti-climactic. We might celebrate it by going out to a party or fancy dinner, and then spend the first day of the New Year sleeping and lazing around. And yet, as we ‘turn the page’ to a new calendar year, we are also habituated to the practice of New Year’s resolutions. Resolve to eat better, lose weight, and exercise more are among the common determinations people make at this time.

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

06November

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse

Soon we will be reading the Torah portion of Vayishlach. It is a portion filled with events of triumph as well as failure. We learn the stories of Jacob wrestling with G-d and his reuniting with his brother. We also learn about the rape of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah. Though Jacob can prevail or at least hold his own in wrestling with G-d and engaging with his brother Esau, he appears unable to control the physically violent behaviors of his sons. He cannot empathize or express compassion toward his daughter after she was raped. This is a story about a family in crisis due to a sexual assault. Revenge, violence and mayhem follow. Two of the sons go on a murderous rampage while the other brothers take women and children as slaves. Violence begets more violence.

Written by Patty Maziar, Posted in Counseling Services

15October

Expanded Resources for LGBT Community

Expanded Resources for LGBT Community

 

Since 2001, The Rainbow Center, in partnership with Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta, has served the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons living in metro Atlanta. Now in its second decade, The Rainbow Center will expand and split its mission into two separate programs beginning November 1, 2013.

 

Posted in Counseling Services

03October

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

 

By the time you finish reading this blog, around 13 women in the United States will be assaulted or beaten. In the next 24 hours more than three women will be murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Within the next year up to 10 million children will witness domestic violence of some kind. So once you finish reading this blog and go about your day, you should take time to think about the 9,500 women in our country that will have been assaulted or beaten by the time you wake up the next morning.

 

Written by Jessica Hallberlin, Posted in Counseling Services

04March

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

An Inside Look at Tools for Leaders: Part 2

I have lived in Dunwoody since 2005 and have driven by JF&CS around 3,500 times not knowing what it did until earlier this year, when I joined the Tools for Leaders Program. Boy am I glad I did. Not only have I met a tremendous group of individuals, but I have been able to learn about an organization that does so much for the local community. I can honestly say that the more I learn about JF&CS, the more excited I get to participate in this and other programs. JF&CS is the Gold Standard when it comes to nonprofit organizations that make an impact on thousands of individuals’ daily lives.

Written by Justin Milrad, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Volunteer Services

24October

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

“He always apologized, and sometimes he would even cry because of the bruises he'd made on her arms or legs or her back. He would say that he hated what he'd done, but in the next breath tell her she'd deserved it. That if she'd been more careful, it wouldn't have happened. That if she'd been paying attention or hadn't been so stupid, he wouldn't have lost his temper.” ~Nicholas Sparks

October is a month filled with crisp fall air, crunchy new apples and leaves the colors of fire. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which sadly, few people are actually aware of.

Written by Lexi Klupchak, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

01August

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Wipper

She began as an intern at JF&CS in August 2011, and for two more months Emily Wipper stayed at JF&CS as a volunteer. Why did she stay? Because she felt there was more to be done.

“JF&CS is a top organization and I knew that this place would be a great opportunity,” she said.

Written by Jennifer Fine, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services, Volunteer Services

08December

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession

For the past two years I have facilitated a Job Seekers Support Group and heard amazing stories of what people have encountered and endured in these trying economic times. I am truly touched by what these different people have taught me and I have compiled their lessons in the list below.

Written by Betsy Frasier, Posted in Career Services, Counseling Services

12October

Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Do We?

Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Do We?

Throughout October, we are acknowledging Mental Illnesses Awareness, which is dedicated to  helping remove the extreme stigma that surrounds it. The days of ushering the mentally ill off to institutions more closely resembling prisons than hospitals are over. Today, we all know a neighbor, a friend, a veteran or a grandmother who struggles with his or her mental health.

 

Written by Nikki Bagli, Posted in Counseling Services

06October

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, symbolized by the purple ribbon. The prevalence and ramifications of domestic violence are staggering.

Here are some facts you should know about domestic violence:

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • A woman is physically abused every nine seconds in the United States. Three women on average die every day as a result of domestic violence in America
  • Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence.

Written by Alicia Simoni, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in Counseling Services