Taking a New Look: Best Treatment Practices for Traumatized Clients within the Orthodox Community featuring Dr. David Pelcovitz

June 13, 2018

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saint Thomas Aquinas College 
125 Route 340
Sparkill, NY 10976

OVERVIEW

Whether you’re an Orthodox practitioner or working with Orthodox clients, this half-day training will freshen your knowledge of how to best treat persons affected by trauma within the community. Additionally, there will be a candid discussion about transference and countertransference issues that arise when working with persons with different or the same cultural or religious backgrounds. This session will update clinicians’ therapeutic toolboxes with culturally competent treatments when working with survivors of trauma. Additionally, it will also open a candid discussion about working within the Orthodox clients as either a community member or someone outside of the community.
 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to: 
  • Identify the challenges faced by survivors of abuse who are members of religious communities
  • Apply specific strategies for developing effective collaborations with religious leaders to help insular communities become more trauma-informed
  • Describe culturally sensitive methods for engaging professionals and caregivers around the topic of abuse
  • Explore global theories on effecting change in communities
  • Recognize transference and counter-transference issues within a therapeutic alliance with someone of the same or different cultural background
  • Engage in active dialogue with peers and experts on how to work through therapeutic pitfalls or challenges presented in an insular community
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    
This conference will attract social workers and human services professionals who provide services to Veterans, Military Service Personnel and their larger support networks (e.g. spouses, children, and extended family).  It will increase the knowledge base on the intersection of specific Veteran and Military Service issues (e.g. substance abuse, PTSD, homelessness, families, housing, employment, education, advocacy, wellness, alternate paths to care, family violence).    

Presenters

Dr. David Pelcovitz

Dr. David Pelcovitz


Dr. David Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. He is also special assistant to President Richard M. Joel. In addition, Dr. Pelcovitz is an instructor in pastoral counseling at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

Serving for more than two decades as director of psychology at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine and clinical professor of psychology at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Pelcovitz has consulted extensively with the Jewish community in the United States, Europe and Israel on a wide range of issues facing children and adolescents.

Dr. Pelcovitz, who received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to education, parenting and child mental health. Areas of research and clinical specialty include family violence, the impact of domestic violence, stress management, transmitting values to children and adolescents and coping with trauma and loss.

His most recent publication was Balanced Parenting, a book he wrote in collaboration with his father, Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz, on parenting from a Jewish perspective.
Dr. Dina J. Rosenfeld

Dr. Dina J. Rosenfeld, MSW, DSW


Dr. Dina J. Rosenfeld is an Associate Clinical Professor. She has been working at New York University Silver School of Social Work since 1980. Presently, she teaches both in the undergraduate and MSW programs. She also coordinates the minors and the Undergraduate Service Learning programs. Dr. Rosenfeld was the director of the undergraduate social work program from 1995 to 2014, and the assistant dean of undergraduate programs from 2007 to 2014. She has helped establish the Spirituality and Social Work Post-Master's Certificate Program. She has spearheaded initiatives creating the dual major in social work and global public health and minors in interdisciplinary poverty studies and multi-faith and spiritual leadership. For the last 26 years she has served as an adoption consultant and community educator on adoption. In addition to the above, she has run process group for workers at Visiting Nurse Service Hospice and has worked with individuals, groups, and couples for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Before starting her academic career, Dr. Rosenfeld worked at Downstate Medical Center in the Child Psychiatry and Sex Therapy units. She also served as group work director for the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged.
 
Dr. Rosenfeld has lectured on a variety of topics, including parenting an adopted child, multiracial families, staff and student supervision, Jewish feminism, social work and spirituality, and working with aging Holocaust survivors.
 
She earned her MSW and DSW from Yeshiva University School of Social Work.
Dr. Faye Zakheim

Dr. Faye Zakheim, PhD, LCSW


Dr. Zakheim is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise and interest include domestic violence, Healing Circles using restorative practices, cultural sensitivity training and working with criminal justice system to assist those dealing with domestic violence. In addition, Dr. Zakheim co-chairs the United Task Force Inc, a not-for-profit organization comprising over 50 agencies serving the NY/NJ area utilizing combined resources to address issues of child abuse and neglect (physical, emotional and sexual), issues of substance abuse and addictions and their impact on individuals and families.

Dr. Zakheim holds a PhD in Social Work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, Post Master’s Degree from Hunter College, MSW from Yeshiva University and a BA in Psychology and Accounting from Brooklyn College.