MESH-EE: Helping Jewish Educators Understand Mental Health

January 30, 2024 $180.00
(Photo: AntonioGuillem/iStock)
(Photo: AntonioGuillem/iStock)

Jewish communal professionals are uniquely situated to create positive environments where not only Jewish learning but also mental health and well-being can flourish. This cohort-based program is designed to support professionals who work with Jewish teens and young adults in expanding their understanding of mental health and wellness through an experiential approach and a Jewish lens in order to actively promote resilience and help their students thrive.

By participating in MESH-EE (Mental, Emotional, and Social Health Through Experiential Education), teen and young adult-facing engagement professionals build the knowledge, skills and confidence to:

  1. Promote healthy social and emotional development for the populations they serve
  2. Recognize when youth and young adults are at risk of experiencing mental health challenges and intervene early and appropriately when mental health challenges arise
  3. Explore connections between Jewish tradition and mental health and wellness
  4. Create Jewish educational experiences through a whole-health wellness lens

This course is designed for youth and young adult-serving Jewish community professionals interested in expanding their understanding of mental health, wellness and experiential learning in order to better support their students and actively promote social and emotional growth. This course is open to a national audience.

This course is designed as a cumulative, four-part, cohort-based experience and includes synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for engagement. Weekly programming labs are offered as guided opportunities for independent study, encouraging participating professionals to think about how they might apply the content covered in the course to their particular context. Participants are also invited to meet regularly with a chevrutah (learning partner) outside of class to work together on finding ways to implement learning.

Session 1: What’s Jewish About Wellness?

  • Mental Health vs. Mental Wellness
  • Judaism & Whole-Health Wellness
  • Protective Factors & Risk Factors in Jewish Tradition

Session 2: Meeting Students Where They Are on the Mental Health Continuum

  • Mental Health Through a DEI Lens
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma
  • Suicide Prevention

Session 3: Moving Students from Languishing to Flourishing

  • Facilitating for Resilience
  • Positive Psychology and Strengths-Based Facilitation
  • Building Motivation

Session 4: Keeping Things Moving for Our Students and Ourselves

  • What Does This Content Mean for You as an Educator?
  • Programming Lab Space
  • Applying Content on the Ground

Reach out to Emily Heeren at with any questions.

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Every week on Tuesday, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmLast event on January 30, 2024
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$180.00 Per adult (sliding scale payment options available)

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