Professional Development

Are you a part time, full time or aspiring youth professional?

You play a pivotal role in shaping teens’ Jewish identifies and providing meaningful milestones on their paths to becoming successful and engaged Jewish adults. Through Springboard we are committed to supporting and investing in you! We do this by offering professional development sessions on topics of import to our community, facilitating networking and mentorship opportunities and providing funding for self-development experiences.

Join us as we offer learning experiences in the areas of Jewish Experiential Education, Professional Skill Building and Teen Wellness and Health.

Programs are designed to help you:

  • Increase your skills and competencies so that you are even more valuable to current and future employers
  • Enhance your confidence and competency in creating meaningful and positive Jewish experiences

Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18. The course builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.



The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling - rather, they learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan.



*The highly subsidized cost to participants is $50. This includes the 8 hour certification class, course materials and lunch/snacks during the training.

* Each participant receives a comprehensive manual to take home.

*This course will be taught by trained Mental Health First Aid instructor, Margie Bogdanow, LICSW. and run in partnership with Response Center



Whole Teen Health
Led by
Margie Bogdonow (LICSW, Senior Consultant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston) in partnership with Lisa Ehrlich (Outreach Education Coordinator, Response Center)
January 24, 2019, 8:45-5:15
Am Shalom (840 Vernon Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022)
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