Ravin’s Reads: What to Do When You Worry Too Much

Written by BY: Rachel Ravin, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist on . Posted in Book Reviews

As a clinical psychologist, I feel fortunate that several of the books I read and use professionally can also help me and people I know. Since we are all busy and do not have a lot of time to sit down and read self-help books, I thought that I would use this forum to profile books I have learned from that teach several valuable skills.

When I give presentations and conduct therapy, I like to provide people with takeaways.As I review books for this exciting new community publication, I hope you will gain takeaways - either for yourself or for others.

For my first profile, I selected What to Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner, Ph.D. While this book is targeted for kids ages 6-12, I’ve used it with older adolescents, college students, and even adults. Below are a few ideas from the book that I find particularly useful:

Faced With Strife and Simcha, Experts on Jewish Pastoral Counseling Share Insights That Transcend Judaism Itself

Written by BY: David Hornestay on . Posted in Book Reviews

The duties and responsibilities of rabbis have always been formidable. While teaching, preaching, and rendering halachic decisions have traditionally dominated their time, there was also an element of advising on personal issues. This aspect of the job has taken on increased importance with the intensified exposure of Jews to the complex and challenging culture of greater society.  

Perhaps belatedly, it was only in the last three decades that Orthodox institutions have looked systematically at the role of the rabbi and other religious leaders in dealing with intimate problems such as intra-family conflict, addiction, abuse, intermarriage, and alienation. Recognizing that the methodology and skill-building needed to address these issues were sorely lacking in the traditional education of religious leaders, efforts began to integrate such training into the curricula.