Nefesh International, an association of
Orthodox mental health professionals that
holds annual conferences
on the East Coast, is pleased to present its first Midwest
conference. The conference will take place in Skokie, Ill. on Oct. 20.
Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox from Los Angeles
and Dr. Nachum Klafter from Cincinnati will
address topics that are relevant to practitioners who work with the Orthodox
Fox, a forensic and clinical
psychologist who is also a rav and dayan, will present actual forensic
cases where people’s religious freedoms have been challenged because of
concerns that their religious practice was “pathological.” He will discuss
ways of identifying whether behaviors fall within the range of normal religious
behavior or whether they may be pathological.
Klafter, a distinguished
psychiatrist, will explore common resistances that Orthodox Jewish clients
may have to psychotherapy, such as concerns about speaking lashon hara and a belief that the philosophy of
psychotherapy is contrary to Torah. He will discuss practical
psychotherapy techniques to deal with these resistances.
There will also be an “Ask the Rav”
session with two eminent rabbonim
from the Chicago community:
Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst, Dayan, Agudath
Israel of Illinois and Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Rosh Beis Din, Chicago Rabbinical Council. The conference is
geared to mental health professionals, rabbis, rebbetzins, and educators, but is open to the
community. Continuing education credits will be available for social
workers and psychologists.
For more information, or to register
for the conference, go to www.nefesh.org or