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“Enhancing Practice for Healthy Communities in Response to Societal Violence,” is the theme of this year’s Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture, a half-day workshop for mental health and human services practitioners hosted by Jewish Collaborative Services. This year, the
Memorial Lecture will be held via Zoom on Friday, April 9, 2021.
An educator and activist, Loren G. Intolubbe-Chmil, Ph.D. (pictured right), will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Intolubbe-Chmil is also co-founder of and partner in Core Collaborative International, a consulting firm that focuses on catalyzing transformative practice, cultivating intercultural consciousness, and enhancing the capacity for meaningful evidence-based decision-making.
At this year’s lecture, Dr. Intolubbe-Chmil will lead attendees through exercises and discussions that are designed to develop a different set of tools with the goal of contributing to environments that are free from violence, rather than teaching people how to communicate about preparing for violence. We do not want violence to be an everyday occurrence, so we should be identifying the kind of community we want, then live those values and create a generational structure for what those values are.
Violence happens in our supermarkets, synagogues, schools, and movie theaters; we expect violence to happen as if it is in the air we breathe.
You will hear Dr. Intolubbe-Chmil tell us that it does not have to be that way; we have choices. We want to take apart that social construct so that, as individuals and as neighbors, we can depend on one another and feel safe, nurtured, and supported.
“Violence could be an acute issue for someone who’s been impacted by domestic violence or violence in the community,” says Jeremy Thayer, LICSW. Thayer is the Clinical Supervisor for JCS. “Considering our current pandemic, Dr. Intolubbe-Chmil will make the case that how local, state, and federal government has treated communities impacted by oppression can be considered violent. Those experiences certainly impact communities;
that’s why I wanted Dr. Intolubbe-Chmil to explain how we can identify the ideology of violence and how to enhance our practice related to societal violence at this year’s Gutterman Memorial Lecture.”


The Gutterman Memorial Lecture honors the memory of the late Julie Claire Gutterman, an exceptionally gifted social worker and educator who served for six years as Jewish Family Service’s Director of Professional Services. The Gutterman Memorial Lecture, for 22 years, has fulfilled Julie’s commitment to social workers’ continued professionalism and ongoing learning. The annual Julie Claire Gutterman Memorial Lecture is made possible thanks to the generous philanthropy of her husband, Rabbi Leslie Y. Gutterman.

The lecture is open to mental health clinicians, human service professionals, and all interested parties. The lecture will offer 3 CEUs. The cost for the Zoom lecture is $60.JCS is also offering a student rate of $40. To register for the Gutterman Memorial Lecture visit our website, JCSRI.org or click the button below. Registration closes Thursday 4/8 at 5pm.

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