Workshops We Offer

In addition to providing direct service to clients, The Shira Ruskay Center has the resources and professional expertise to facilitate educational sessions for community groups and professionals. In recent years we have also hosted full-day professional conferences focused on the integration of psycho-social and spiritual support during time of serious illness and loss.

Currently our staff are available to bring workshops, seminars, discussion groups, and/or support groups to agencies, organizations, or synagogues within the NYC community. Below is a listing of some of the topics we frequently present. To explore co-sponsoring an event or having us speak at your organization, please contact: info@shiraruskay.orgor (212) 632-4608.

Topics On Communication

  • Communicating with Seniors about End-of-Life Issues
  • Listen to Learn
  • Helping Your Doctor Help You
  • How to Say Goodbye: Communication at End-of-Life

Topics On Caregiving

  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • Caring for a Loved one with Advanced Dementia
  • When Roles Reverse: Caring for your Parent at End-of-Life
  • Spiritual Issues for Caregivers
  • Nourishing the Spiritual Caregiver
  • Being an Elderly Caregiver
  • Caring for the Caregiver, Caring for Ourselves
  • Caring for Your Community and Yourself when someone you love is dying or seriously ill

Topics On Grief and Loss

  • Understanding Complicated and Normal Grieving
  • Overview of Grief and Loss: Practice Implication for Mentally Ill Populations
  • Coping with Loss
  • Jewish Approaches to Grieving
  • Grief: The Pain that Heals
  • The Spiritual Poverty of Bereavement Jewish Issues and Themes
  • Holocaust Survivors at End-of-Life
  • Facing Illness during Hanukah
  • Waiting as an Experience in Illness and Healing
  • Counting on God: Waiting as an Experience in Illness and Recovery
  • Jewish Teachings on Hope
  • Preparing a Spiritual Legacy: Ethical Wills; Making a Shiva Visit; What to Say
  • Bikur Cholim Training on End-of-Life Medical and Community Resources
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Advanced Directives: Planning for the Future
  • Life Choices: Understanding the Options for Medical Treatment and Care

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