A select group of yeshiva teachers received comprehensive training in matters pertaining to the psychological state of bochurim in yeshivas in Crown Heights on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 20-21.
The second annual Mental Health Seminar for Teachers is part of an ongoing effort by Neshamos.org to provide teachers with tools to better connect with, and understand, their students.
The Seminar consisted of six (6) courses:
Normative Physical and Physiological Development in Teen-aged Yeshiva Boys – David Kalmus, LMSW
External Factors and Determinants in Emotional Development – Dr. Dovid Schwartz, PsyD, LMSW
Common Mental Health Conditions at School – Alexander Rand, LCSW
Mandated Reporting – Mr. Adam Lancer, Esq.
Five Principles in Education – author Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Understanding Addictions: Profile of an Addict and Practical Solutions – Menachem Poznansky, LCSW
The course was attended by representatives from eight (8) yeshivas all of whom felt that the material broadened their ability to teach and be sensitive to their students.
During each of the sessions, the attendants had the opportunity to pose questions to the presenters and the conversation often touched on very difficult and normally unspoken matters which the teachers are dealing with on a regular basis at the yeshivas e.g. Appropriate responses to a bochur who is found to be breaking yeshiva rules and standards, Internet addiction, Inappropriate touching, etc.
The teachers enjoyed a catered lunch.
Each teacher who completed the seminar will receive a certificate of completion indicating that they attended this training.
Due to the sensitive nature of the material discussed, please contact neshamos for access to the other segments. www.neshamos.org