The expectations placed on teens today by society, parents, peers, and themselves leave today’s adolescents extremely stress-prone. Physical, social, emotional, and intellectual changes and challenges contribute to the stress. How can we, as Jewish professionals, best support our teens during this developmental stage? Where in Jewish tradition can we find resources that enable us to be present for our teens when they face strife? How can Jewish virtues help us in the character development of the teens we work with? Together, we will grapple with these questions and also have the opportunity to support each other in our sacred work.
At the conclusion of each course, participants will be able to:
- Describe fundamental developmental factors that impact a teenager’s ability to be resilient
- Reference and interpret Jewish texts and traditions to guide their own practices in working with teenagers
- Describe the science of character development and its relationship to Jewish virtues
- Construct a strategic model to fostering resiliency in their congregation or organization