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Video-recording of the webinar is now available : “How Descendants of Holocaust Survivors Experience the Current Pandemic”

“If you ask me how being the child of Holocaust survivors impacts my response to the current situation, I would say it helps. My standard response is, this is nothing compared to what my parents endured.” “Just before the pandemic was openly recognized, I had the feeling of a pending disaster, like I was living in Germany before Kristalnacht. Does… READ MORE>>

NYS Senate Declared May 20th As Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day!

One of the issues I am most passionate about is older  people. I have had the great fortune of having had very special relationships with older people as I was growing up, people who gave me a lot of their time, their love, and their wisdom, at a time when my mind and my heart were so open to take… READ MORE>>

Registration Update: A Webinar for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, Sponsored by the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto (Open to 2G)

I received a number of inquiries about how to register for this Webinar.  The Registration form is now available online, and can be reached by clicking on this link: http://form.jotform.com/201314202298041. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- On May 19, I will be giving an online Webinar for descendants of Holocaust survivors, organized by the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, Canada. This online webinar will… READ MORE>>

A Webinar for Descendants of Holocaust Survivors, Sponsored by the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto (Open to 2G)

Presentation Date: 05/19/20
Location: Toronto (online only)

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On May 19, I will be giving an online Webinar for descendants of Holocaust survivors, organized by the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, Canada. This online webinar will include… READ MORE>>

Update on: A Free Zoom Meeting for a Conversation Among 2G

Presentation Date: 05/06/20
Location: Zoom

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I am very gratified by the enthusiastic response to my proposal to hold a 2G conversation. Dur to the large number of those who expressed an interest in participating, I… READ MORE>>

I Am Chairing the “Elderly and Senior Population” Subgroup of the APA Covid-19 Task Force

I have joined the Covid-19 Task Force of the American Psychological Association. The initiative for the task force was Dr. Charles Figley’s, a well-known figure in the field of trauma research. The Task Force is comprised of psychologists across the USA, as well as from other countries. Dr. Figely called upon all those who attended the first meetings to come… READ MORE>>

A Video Recording of My Recent “Witness to the Witnesses” Lecture is Now Available Online

A video recording of my lecture at the Fourth Annual Holocaust Educators’ Conference, “Witness to the Witnesses”: Commemorating 75 years from Liberation (see my previous  blog post at http://www.iritfelsen.com/2g-witness-to-the-witness-commemorating-75-years-from-liberation-a-conference-for-children-and-grandchildren-of-holocaust-survivors-and-others-open-to-the-public/), is now available online, as are the other presentations that took place over the course of this two-day educational conference on Feb. 16-17, 2020 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage A… READ MORE>>

A Free Zoom Meeting for a Conversation Among 2G

Presentation Date: 05/06/20
Location: Zoom

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I am going to host a free Zoom meeting for 2G to talk about what’s on our mind. Like anything and everything in life, our experiences are always somewhat different… READ MORE>>

Update on (and Free Reprints of) My Published Paper on My Work as a 2G Therapist with a 2G Patient

In a previous blog post, I let you know about my recently published paper, one that means a lot to me personally. In this paper, I describe my psychotherapy relationship with a son of Holocaust survivors, and the remarkable ways in which our shared legacy and the personal differences in our family background interacted to propel changes in both of… READ MORE>>

Article About Yom HaShoa Published Online by Yeshiva University

My blog post about Yom HaShoa was published today online by Yeshiva University. You can find the article by clicking on the image below. Irit Felsen

YOM HA’SHOA Starts This Evening: Remembering the Victims and Remembering Those Who Survived

These are trying times for all of us, and for survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants, there are many current reminders and triggers of trauma that reverberate and might make this time even more difficult. It is particularly important in these challenging times to remember those who survived and are still with us, to show them our care in… READ MORE>>

Enhancing Resilience During Times of Extreme Challenge – A Webinar for Mental Health Professionals

Presentation Date: 04/26/20
Location: Virtual

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On Sunday April 26 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, I will be giving a webinar in the context of the OHEL Institute for Training. This educational webinar is meant… READ MORE>>

My Lecture Today: How You Can Listen To It Online Or On The Phone

Today I had the honor of giving a lecture in a series organized by Rabbi Babad and Relief Resources, immediately as the Corona Virus crisis began. The lectures, which can all be listened to online or by phone, are presented each week by a different mental health professional, and are offered to the general community, free of charge. My lecture… READ MORE>>

Celebrating Passover During the Pandemic: “From Generation to Generation: Understanding Our Legacy of Resilience”

Presentation Date: 04/06/20
Location: Teleconference

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On Monday, April 6th at 1:15 pm, I will be giving a teleconference presentation entitled “From Generation to Generation: Understanding Our Legacy of Resilience”, in which I will speak about… READ MORE>>

Coping with the Challenges of the COVID-19 Crisis: Focusing on the “Three C’s”

These are strange and challenging times, as the Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly transformed our lives in extreme ways. Everything that constituted the structure of our daily lives, the way things were done, is changed. Many of us don’t go outside our homes. We do our work from our personal space, using the technologies which until very recently we might have… READ MORE>>