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Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals and Chaplains

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

Description: The workshop is designed to help mental health professionals and chaplains 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 wellbeing, 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 chaplains is open to practitioners at all levels of clinical and professional experience. Clergy with a background in pastoral work are invited to participate as well.

Class will take place at B’nai Jeshurun, 270 West 89th Street, between Broadway and West End Avenue.

Dates: Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7.

Professionals- $75 for the series
Students- $25 for the series

Click here to register. Email jgolden@drisha.org to register at the student rate.

Workshop leader: Dr. Seth Aronson

Seth Aronson headshotSeth Aronson, PsyD is Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst, and Director of Training at the William Alanson White Institute in New York. 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.


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