The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
We worry about the influences on our kids and about their stress levels. We worry about college, alcohol, opioids, early sexuality. We worry about bullying, politics, and depression. Join Dr. Betsy Stone and Michelle Shapiro Abraham to think about how we might refocus our attention (and their attention) on the pleasures and joys of life. What might gratitude bring to our kids and our society? How can you teach and model happiness?
Michelle Shapiro Abraham is the director of Learning and Innovation for Youth Engagement, as well as a consultant for the Foundation for Jewish Camp and a clinical faculty member in Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Executive Master of Arts in Jewish Education Program. She is a 2015 recipient of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
Betsy received her Doctorate in Psychology from Yale University. She is a psychologist and for the last fifteen years has served as an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Her classes include Human Development for Educators, Adolescent Development and Teens In and Out of Crisis. She also teaches a family education class in her synagogue, Temple Sinai of Stamford, for 6th and 7th graders and their parents. She is a Grinspoon-Steinhart winner and has recently been speaking on teen suicide issues, including 3 national webinars on 13 reasons why, and a national webinar for ARJE on working with adolescents and emerging adults.