Supporting Kids With Anxiety: A Jewish Approach

Anxiety and depression are prevalent right now for our kids. As adults, we can use and model language that helps reinforce healthier thinking patterns – language straight from our Jewish tradition. Drawing on the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and personal experience with children struggling with depression and anxiety, this workshop will focus on helpful – potentially life-saving – tools and language for our youth.

  • One-hour workshop
  • Recommended for educators/individuals working with children, parents or caregivers
  • Workshop can be be adapted for any size group
  • Interactive workshop
  • Workshops can be facilitated virtually or in person*
    • *If facilitated virtually, participants will need the ability to access Zoom.
  • $300 for virtual workshop, additional cost for in-person facilitation
  • Insight into how anxiety and other mental health challenges show up in various environments (educational settings, at home, etc.), and impacts both adults and children in those spaces.
  • An understanding of hallmark unhealthy thinking patterns that show up frequently with depression and anxiety.
  • Jewish texts and values that can be used as a lens for modeling and teaching healthier thinking habits.
  • Creative applications of these texts for our individual teaching contexts and in our individual homes.

The key middah (Jewish value) of this workshop is B’tzelem Elohim – Created “in God’s Image.” All of humanity should be afforded proper dignity and respect, and living by these values can counter the shame and stigma surrounding mental illness and addiction.

Vector of kid sitting with a dark, symbolic cloud over his head.

If you’re interested in bringing this workshop to your community, please reach out to us at info@thebluedovefoundation.org.