A series of three virtual workshops about teens’ mental health for Jewish youth professionals featuring Dr. Betsy Stone

Adolescence can be a bumpy road any year, but combined with a pandemic, everything is exacerbated. Our teens’ natural growth and development brings along challenges and celebrations that call for us to be prepared and present.

In this three-part series with Dr. Betsy Stone, we will explore different aspects of adolescent development, and how we can best support our teens navigate their way through them considering the constraints and compounding effects of the pandemic on them and ourselves.

Join us for these three conversations and come away with tools and advice to support the teens with whom you work

  • Aimed at: Youth professionals and anyone who interacts with Jewish teens.
  • Structure: Online three-part workshop. You are welcome to attend one, two or all three sessions. Each one is a stand-alone program.
  • Facilitated by: Dr. Betsy Stone

Pacing Ourselves will examine

  • Teens and Their Brains on January 18, 2022: What happens in adolescence that makes teens so challenging? Why the mood swings, impulsivity, poor judgment? Why do they seem so reasonable some of the time — and then so unreasonable?
  • Choosing Transactional or Relational Interactions on March 16, 2022: Adolescents thrive when they have relational interactions with adults, and yet transactional interactions are necessary in day to day life. How do we make the decision between relational and transactional, and which do we choose to use when and where?
  • Launching and Seeking on May 11, 2022: How has the pandemic impacted our teens’ ability to manage transitions and how do we support our teens as they navigate through new stages? How can we create openness in our programming so that our teens feel encouraged to grapple with big questions in life? What is spirituality anyway?

Program Details

  • Dates: January 18, 2022, March 16, 2022 and May 11, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Location: Virtual program. Zoom link provided upon registration.


This program is open to anyone who works with Jewish teens.

Cost: $18 per workshop, or all three for $36.

All trainings at Jewish LearningWorks are subsidized by our generous donors. To arrange a cost adjustment, please email deb@jewishlearning.works


For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Debra Sagan Massey, Senior Educator at deb@jewishlearning.works.

About Our Facilitator

Dr. Betsy Stone is a Yale-educated Psychologist and an engaging speaker whose topics of interest include Teens and their Brains; Gen-Xers as Parents; Trauma in Your Body and Your Brain; Post-Traumatic Growth; Psychological Adaptation to Retirement; Spirituality and many others. Dr. Stone is a retired Clinical Psychologist, with experience teaching in synagogue schools, at Hebrew Union College since 2002, and to groups of educators, Rabbis and parents. She delivers interactive seminars, webinars and talks, with an emphasis on relatable and usable information. Dr. Stone leads discussions and talks that are tailored to her audience, and makes meaningful connections with listeners.