Jewish Family Service Partners with Two Somers Point Schools to Offer Counseling and Therapy Sessions with Students | down the beach

MARGATE – Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties and Somers Point School District have developed a partnership program to address the increase in cases of mental health problems, particularly among children and adolescents. With a heightened awareness of anxiety, depression, peer pressure, grief and more among elementary and middle school children, the district is now offering on-site individual and family therapy sessions at the Dawes Avenue and Jordan Road schools.

“Even more since the pandemic began, mental health issues have come to the fore, particularly among children who have lacked social interaction due to the upheavals in their daily lives. At JFS, we have provided in-person and telemedicine therapy and counseling sessions to 224 children so far in 2022, and our agency has more than 300 additional requests for counseling sessions for all ages,” said Naomi Jones, Ph.D., JFS executive director of outpatient services . “JFS’ partnership with Dawes Avenue and Jordan Road schools enables them to offer local counseling to those in need.”

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JFS Therapists Jessica Imperatore and Victoria Sinagria are available Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm in the elementary and middle schools. All meetings are confidential, including with school staff, unless the family consents to communication between JFS and the school about their services.

JFS tracks the number of people cared for and the number of individual, family and group sessions and the type of discharge. In addition, the JFS Resource Center at Jordan Road School is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm for group sessions.

In addition to individual and family therapy sessions, the program offers educational and support groups, as well as resources on stress reduction and coping skills. Financial support for the program was kindly provided by the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

“As a district, we are excited to be working with the Jewish Family Service to provide additional mental health support to our students and their families as we begin to end the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Michelle CarneyRay-Yoder. “Various self-help groups and individual counseling options are available to our students during the day. Advisory groups are also available to students and their families. We look forward to working with JFS to strengthen our school community.”

For more information on JFS programs and services, including outpatient counseling services, call 609-822-1108 or visit jfsatlantic.org.

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