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Parents Day-Long Conference: From Cocoon to Flight

April 18, 2021 at 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

From Cocoon to Flight:
Helping Our Children Safely Emerge

April 18, 2021
10:30 am ET | 9:30 am CT | 7:30 am PT

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LGBTQ+ Mental Health: LGBTQ+ Adults, Adolescents, and Children
Mindy Shankman, M.D.

Controversies in Treating Transgender Children and Adolescents
Jack Drescher, M.D.

What Every Parent Needs to Know: Dating, Intimacy, and the LGBTQ+ Social Scene
Dr. Ann Schechter Stark and Aaron Kogut

Brain Food, Good Food
Lunch with Jeff Ingber

Open Forum for Various Breakout Discussions

See Bios Below

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The Registration Fee is $36. No one will be turned away. If you would like to pay another amount, please contact  info@eshelonline.org for the Discount Code.

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Dr. Jack Drescher, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Faculty Member at Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health. He is also  Senior Psychoanalytic Consultant at Columbia’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute.

Aaron Kogut, a past Eshel Board member, lives in Manhattan. He has spoken publicly about being gay in several different Orthodox venues including community synagogues and clergy training programs. Aaron currently works as a middle school science teacher.

As a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, Mindy Shankman works with clients throughout their life cycle. “When treating a child or adolescent, you are really helping a whole family system regain balance and stability.” Mindy works with people with a wide range of disorders and life issues:Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. She also works with children and adolescents with academic and developmental difficulties which may include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Executive Functioning Difficulties and Asperger’s Syndrome.

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Ann Schechter-Stark lives with her husband in Atlanta where she is working at St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital with a focus on childhood cancer and immunotherapy. They have 4 children ages 16-26; her 20-year-old son is a student at Parsons/The New School and is gay. When putting together a radiology talk about immunotherapy or childhood cancer, Dr. Stark realized that much of today’s novel cancer treatment is a direct result of the efforts of the gay communities response to the HIV/AIDs epidemic in the 1980’s and 1990s. This has led her into a deeper study of HIV/AIDs both in how it has impacted today’s medical treatments as well as its current implications for the LGBTQ+ community.

Enjoy lunch with Jeff Ingber, Owner of Kosher Catch, who will talk about staying healthy, eating healthy. Jeff will do a gravlax demo along with us. Check back for the recipe list!

Beth S. Taubes, RN, CHC, CYT, is the owner of Wellness Motivations LLC she motivates clients of all backgrounds, ages, and health conditions to engage in improved self-care through nutritional counseling, personal fitness training, yoga practice, tai chi, and stress reduction techniques .

Jeff Ingber’s Gravlax Recipe

1 lb Salmon fillet: skin on

1/2 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar

1/2 cup table salt

1  tbsp black pepper

1 tbsp Ground coriander

1 oz Citrus vodka or tequila blanco

1 each: lemon, lime or orange (or a few slices of all 3)

1/4 cup  roughly chopped dill

1 beet: optional



April 18, 2021
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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