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Achiezer Elevates the Mental Health Department through Collaboration and Networking
April 18, 2024
In the vast landscape of mental health, where challenges often loom large and resources seem scarce, a glimmer of hope emerged recently in the form of a truly impactful event. Hosted by Achiezer, a beacon of community support, this gathering represented not just a milestone but a testament to the unwavering commitment to bridge the gap between resources and the pressing needs of our community.

Achiezer's goal to expand resources, foster collaboration, and cultivate a culture of compassion within the mental health realm is a tireless pursuit. "Our foremost priority has always been accessibility," emphasizes Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender, president and founder of Achiezer, echoing the sentiment shared by many in our community. The addition of Shragi Chafetz to the Achiezer team marked a significant leap forward in this ongoing journey. "With the addition of Shragi, we've been empowered to take these crucial steps," His arrival infused renewed energy and enthusiasm, laying the groundwork for the remarkable event that would soon unfold.

Meticulously organized with precision and passion, the event drew an impressive turnout of over 110 mental health professionals and esteemed school administrators. "It was truly awe-inspiring," reflects one attendee. "The palpable sense of camaraderie and shared purpose was simply invigorating." Participants eagerly immersed themselves in a plethora of networking opportunities, engaging discussions, and collaborative brainstorming sessions - an evening of shared experiences and collective wisdom.

At the heart of the event were two distinguished speakers whose expertise and insights captivated the audience. Dr. Helena Rothbart, a revered psychiatrist renowned for her tireless advocacy and unwavering dedication to the community, took center stage alongside Dr. Malky Zacharowicz, a highly respected psychologist revered for her profound understanding of child assessment and diagnosis.

Dr. Rothbart's presentation proved to be illuminating for therapists, providing a comprehensive overview of medication classifications commonly used in treating anxiety and depression. She emphasized the importance of therapists aiding clients in making informed decisions regarding psychiatry consultations, delving into topics such as common side effects, risk of addiction, and the role of "crisis meds". Moreover, she underscored the effectiveness of a combined therapy and medication approach in treatment.

Meanwhile, Dr. Zacharowicz's insights into neuropsychological evaluations offered therapists invaluable guidance in understanding the process and its implications for client care. With clarity and expertise, she elucidated what clients can expect during scheduling, highlighted key information from reports beneficial for therapists, and addressed queries regarding the timing and perceived cost of evaluations. Her guidance shed light on the significance of neuropsychological assessments in enhancing therapeutic interventions and informed decision-making.

While the discussion inevitably touched upon medication management and neuropsychological evaluations, the overarching focus remained firmly rooted in broader strategies for community care and support. Indeed, the event served as a veritable springboard for collaboration and action, and most importantly the efforts continue in seeking and finding the best and most appropriate resources available for our community members who need them.

The event's impact extends far beyond its immediate confines. It serves as a call for change, inspiring conversations and igniting initiatives aimed at breaking down barriers, fostering understanding, and creating a brighter, more compassionate future for all.

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