Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals and Clergy

“Who Heals the Brokenhearted and Binds up their Wounds” – Harofei lishvurei lev umechabeish le’atzvotam

Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 9, 16, 23, 30

The upcoming sixth series of the workshop will be held in partnership with the Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

This workshop was created as an outgrowth of our Dirshu series, “Confronting Mental Illness.”

Description: This beit midrash is designed to help mental health professionals and clergy explore Jewish perspectives on issues they likely encounter in their day-to-day work. Focusing during each meeting on a different topic of importance to mental health and well-being, participants will bring their own clinical and personal perspectives into conversation with a range of classical and modern Jewish texts. Topics will include grief, the wounded healer, aspects of listening, and more.

Format: The beit midrash will include small-group or paired (chavruta) text study as well as group discussion.

Eligibility: This season of Drisha’s beit midrash for mental health professionals and clergy is open to practitioners at all levels of clinical and professional experience and clergy.

Cost: Professionals- $100 for the series; Students- $25 for the series

Location: Sessions will take place at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Workshop leaders: 

Dr. Seth Aronson, PsyD, is Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst, and Director of Training at the William Alanson White Institute in New York. He has been facilitating Drisha’s Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals since 2014. He is adjunct professor at Long Island University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology, and he serves on the faculty of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, where he facilitates process groups for rabbinical students.

Rabbi Mollie Cantor is the Director of Programs and is an ACPE Certified Educator at The Center for Pastoral Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary.  Mollie supervises the Summer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Eldercare program and the part-time Clergy and Religious Leadership CPE program.  Before coming to JTS Mollie was the pediatric staff chaplain and ACPE Associate Educator NYP/Weill Cornell. In 2001 she received ordination from The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in NYC.  

Rabbi Mychal Springer founded the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS in 2009. She began her career as a chaplain in New York City’s top hospitals, and in the 1990s became the director of the Department of Pastoral Care and Education at Beth Israel Medical Center. Mychal returned to JTS in 2002 as The Rabbinical School’s associate dean and director of Field Education.