Our Daughters, Our Future: An Educational Series

Exploring Girls’ Mental Health and Wellness

In response to skyrocketing rates of mental health challenges facing girls and young women in the Jewish community. Gateways is convening a series of experts to speak directly to parents and educators on how to identify early warning signs of girls’ mental health issues and share strategies to support girls who are struggling. All webinar presentations are free and require pre-registration. In the week following each webinar, Gateways will convene a discussion (via Zoom) facilitated by a clinical psychologist to share additional resources and to address specific concerns and questions.

This series is supported with generous funding from The Miriam Fund of CJP Boston.

Webinars: (click for series flyer)

October 29, 2020: Anxiety and Depression

December 8, 2020: Bullying

February 9, 2021: Eating Disorders

April 2021: Self-Harm

June 2021: Trauma


Promoting Partners:

Camp Yavneh
Camp Young Judea
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey

MetroWest Jewish Day School
The Rashi School
RespectAbility
Ruderman Family Foundation
Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project
Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston
Striar Hebrew Academy of Sharon
Temple Aliyah
Temple Beth Zion
Temple Israel of Natick


Resources:

Let's Talk About Your Technology and Your Kids by Nancy J. Kislin, LCSW, MFT

Handhold: a website dedicated to guide parents in caring for children’s mental health and emotional well-being.

Resources on Relational Aggression/Bullying/Creating Cultures of Dignity

Resources on Anxiety & Depression


February: Eating Disorders

Identifying Eating Disorders & Promoting Resiliency

Registration Link

Dr. Allyson Cherkasky is a licensed psychologist and associate professor at William James College in Newton, MA. She is the director of the Health & Behavioral Medicine area of emphasis in the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department. Dr. Cherkasky completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavioral Medicine Program at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medicine School and has held staff psychologist positions in Women's Heath at CHA, Newton-Wellesley Eating Disorders & Behavioral Medicine, and Medical Weight Loss at Beth Israel Lahey Health. She was the former clinical director at Walden Behavioral Care, has worked in private practice, consulted, and provided supervision over the past two decades. Her clinical and teaching interests are in women's health, eating disorders, weight management, behavioral medicine, integrated behavioral health, and social determinants of health. In addition to teaching, Dr. Cherkasky thoroughly enjoys mentoring early career professionals.

Tuesday, February 9
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

December: Bullying

Creating a Culture of Dignity:
Moving Beyond Bullying
(click for event flyer)

Based on over twenty years of teaching and constant feedback from today’s generation of young people, Rosalind Wiseman’s presentation is a call for action to transform the way we understand young people and create communities where children can thrive. From young people’s friendships, bullying, anxiety, social media use, conflicts with friends and family, and the constant pressure to “keep up,” she’ll share how we can best connect with young people; especially now when they need us most. She’ll give concrete advice for us so we, in turn, can guide the young people in our care while avoiding the common communication breakdowns and power struggles that often occur between young people and adults.

We’ll also hear from a young woman who has had firsthand experience with interpersonal conflict and learn of her efforts to navigate through both the conflict itself and the stigma attached to it.

Held on:
Tuesday, December 8
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Video:


October: Anxiety and Depression

Striving to Raise Resilient Teens in these Uncertain Times:
Strategies to Manage Anxiety, Stress and Depression

Learn from Nancy Kislin, LICSW, a nationally recognized expert working with teens and parents to navigate through the stress and angst of the modern world. Author of the book, LOCKDOWN: Talking to Your Kids about School Violence, Ms. Kislin appeared recently on CNN with a simple, but profound message: Only when we bring our whole, complete, flawed and authentic selves to our roles as parents, educators and members of a community can we raise kids resilient enough to handle the many challenges of life today We’ll also hear an inspiring first-person account of recovery from a young woman speaking with This Is My Brave, a national organization that uses the power of storytelling to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Held on:
Thursday, October 29
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Slides: Striving to Raise Resilient Teens

Video:


The Miriam Fund: Creating opportunities for women and girls