Beit Midrash for Mental Health Professionals and Clergy

“Who Heals the Brokenhearted and Binds up their Wounds” –

 הָרֹפֵא לִשְׁבוּרֵי לֵב וּמְחַבֵּשׁ לְעַצְּבוֹתָם

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.
In the face of the global pandemic, we will pay particular attention to issues such as loneliness, isolation and the importance of community.

Dates: December 6 -27, 2020

Sundays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm eastern


The beit midrash will conducted online (Zoom) and include small-group or paired (chavruta) text study as well as group discussion.


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. It is also open to students in the fields of social work, psychiatry and psychology.


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


Sessions will take place on Zoom. Links will be provided upon completed registration.

About the Instructor

Seth Aronson

Seth Aronson, Psy.D. is Training and Supervising Analyst, Director of Training, Fellow at the William Alanson White Institute (WAWI) where he has also served as Director of Curriculum. He is on the teaching faculty of the psychoanalytic and child psychotherapy training programs at WAWI. At Long island University’s doctoral program he teaches child and adolescent psychopathology and psychotherapy. He has facilitated process groups for rabbinical students at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah for 18 years.

Dr Aronson serves as co chair of the Special Interest Group for children and adolescents of the American Group Psychotherapy Association where he is also a Fellow. Together with Craig Haen, he is co editor of the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy (Routledge, 2017).

He has presented and taught in many venues, in Israel, London and notably at PAS Institute in Tokyo, Japan, where he has taught and supervised at their annual conferences for almost twenty years. He has also led the Drisha Beit Midrash program for mental health professionals for six years.”

Dr Aronson is the author of nearly 40 articles and chapters, on  topics such as play and supervision, wearing a yarmulke while working as a psychoanalyst, the analyst’s mourning, the mutuality of attachment, and group work with children and adolescents.

He is in private practice in New York City.


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