Support Groups

All JFS support groups and therapeutic groups are facilitated by a licensed professional. Many groups are offered at no charge. Any group for which there is a charge is offered on a sliding-fee scale, and no one is ever denied service due to an inability to pay.

Unless otherwise noted, all groups meet at JFS Dallas (5402 Arapaho Rd, Dallas, 75248). Please click on the links below to read more information about each group:

Abuse Support Group (Women)

For women who have been impacted by trauma and abuse on Mondays at 5:30 pm. This psychotherapy group incorporating expressive arts is facilitated by female therapists.  For more information and to enroll, please contact Janelle Gibson, LCSW,  Director of Family Violence Intervention Services, at 469-206-1649.

Breast Cancer Support Group (Women)

No charge for any group. For women who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer at any time in their lives. For more information, please contact Beth Broodo at 972.437.9950 or BBroodo@JFSdallas.org.

Learn more about: Individual Counseling for Breast Cancer Survivors

Caregivers Support Group

For spouses, adult children, and other family members coping with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or other conditions requiring long-term care. This group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:45 pm. For more information, please contact Don Dillard at 972.437.9950 or ddillard@JFSdallas.org.

Caregivers Support Group at Legacy Willow Bend

For all family caregivers, this group, facilitated by an elder-care professional, will help you learn how to best care for your loved one—and yourself. Please join us for discussion and support. Third Tuesday of every month, 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Legacy at Willow Bend, 6101 Ohio Drive, Plano. No RSVP required. No Charge. For more information—including the locations and times of other support groups for family caregivers—please contact Debi Weiner, LCSW at dweiner@JFSdallas.org or 972.437.9950.

Caregivers Support Group at Temple Emanu-El

For all family caregivers, this group, facilitated by an elder-care professional, will help you learn how to best care for your loved one—and yourself. Please join us for discussion and support. First Tuesday of every month, at 10:30 am. Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest, Dallas, TX 75225. No RSVP required. No Charge. For more information, please contact Abby Goodman, LCSW at agoodman@JFSdallas.org or 972.437.9950.

Chronic Pain Support Group

For those who are dealing with physical conditions involving chronic pain, and their loved ones, this group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:15 pm. For more information and to join the mailing list, please contact Abby Goodman at 972.437.9950 or agoodman@JFSdallas.orgPlease call to confirm attendance. 

Conflict Support Group (Men)

JFS hosts a conflicts counseling support group for men on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. This group is for men who have suffered from traumatic conflict at any time in their lives. This group is facilitated by a male counselor. For more information regarding this support group, please contact Ariela Goldstein, LCSW, coordinator of family violence intervention services at 972.437.9950. 

Conflict Support Group (Men)

JFS hosts a conflicts counseling support group for men on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. This group is for men who have suffered from traumatic conflict at any time in their lives. This group is facilitated by a male counselor. For more information regarding this support group, please contact Ariela Goldstein, LCSW, coordinator of family violence intervention services at 972.437.9950. 

Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Group Therapy Class

DBT is an Evidence-Based Treatment shown to be effective with:

  • Controlling life-threatening and quality of life interfering behaviors
  • Regulating intense, painful emotions
  • Managing difficult interpersonal relationships
  • Fostering more life balance

The goal of DBT is to create a life worth living.

The Skill Areas are:

  • Mindfulness
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Distress Tolerance
  • Middle Path

Group Design: Adult Men and Women Candidates (must be pre-screened prior to start date of classes) and Candidate must be in Concurrent Individual Therapy.  Skills are taught in modules lasting six months and are open to new candidates at the start of a new module.

Monday Evenings, 6:30-8 PM

Contact: Nancy Hall, MA, LPC at nhall@jfsdallas.org or 214.887.1364 x 272

Grandparents: Support for Jewish Grandparents with Grandchildren Living in Interfaith Homes

For Jewish grandparents wondering how to best interact with a grandchild living in an interfaith home. This group addresses the many complexities, sensitivities, conflicts, and potential struggles grandparents might face. The group meets the second Monday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Jewish Family Service, 5402 Arapaho Road, one block east of the Dallas North Tollway. For more information, including cost, please contact us at 972.437.9950. 

Grief Support Group

For adults of any age who have suffered a loss through death. The six-week session is offered twice a year at various synagogues. For more information, please contact Deborah Leibensberger at 972.437.9950 or DLeibensberger@JFSdallas.org. 

Grief Support, Too

For adults of any age who have suffered a loss through death. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month, noon to 1:00 pm at our Older Adult Services office, 16910 Dallas Parkway, Suite 116, Dallas, Texas 75248.  For more information, please contact Deborah Leibensberger at 972.437.9950 or DLeibensberger@JFSdallas.org.

Husbands of Survivors Support Group

Join us as we journey through the unique perspective of husbands, who share experiences of emotional and physical intimacy throughout the highs and lows of diagnosis, treatment, remission, and beyond. Facilitated by Michael Friedman, JFS Clinician, LPC-Intern supervised by Yolanda Swope, LPC-S. Registration is required. To register and for more information, contact Michael Friedman at 972.437.9950.

Men's Group

This process-oriented therapy group covers a wide assortment of issues affecting men including interpersonal relationships, family conflict & violence, parenting, dealing with unpleasant feelings, coping with anger, abusive experiences, and living an honorable life. This group provides an opportunity for people to gain insight, self-awareness, and behavioral skill and practice. The group meets weekly – Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Mike Ligocki, PhD at Jewish Family Service 972.437.9950 (ext. 307).

Substance Abuse Support Group

Trying to manage substance use is sometimes like holding balloons underwater. It is a constant struggle and you feel as if you are never quite in control. If your use of alcohol, drugs or prescription medications is starting to feel out of control this group might be your first step towards getting your life back. For 8 weeks we will look at what substance abuse and addiction is and how it controls our lives. We will also look at options for recovery and help you design a plan that will start you on a path to health and wellness. Led by Janet Henson (LPC, LCDC) and Karen Farr (PsyD). The group meets on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from May 28, 2018 through July 16, 2018. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call Janet Henson at 972.437.9950.