Psychology: Family Trauma

Dr. David Pelcovitz

Dr. David Pelcovitz holds the Gwendolyn and Joseph Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University. He is also special assistant to President Richard M. Joel. In addition, Dr. Pelcovitz is an instructor in pastoral counseling at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Serving for more than two decades as director of psychology at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine and clinical professor of psychology at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Pelcovitz has consulted extensively with the Jewish community in the United States, Europe and Israel on a wide range of issues facing children and adolescents. Dr. Pelcovitz, who received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to education, parenting and child mental health. Areas of research and clinical specialty include family violence, the impact of domestic violence, stress management, transmitting values to children and adolescents and coping with trauma and loss. His most recent publication was “Balanced Parenting,” a book he wrote in collaboration with his father, Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz, on parenting from a Jewish perspective. Sample Titles The funds, faith, family and friends of happy People: What does Judaism and Psychology teach us about what makes us happy Dealing with Loss: Psychological and Jewish insights on illness and loss Gratitude: What does recent psychological research teach us about the importance of gratitude- and how can we build these insights into our every day lives? Anger: Jewish and psychological perspective on anger management at home and at work Cynicism Vs. Respect: Teaching respect for parents and grandparents in an age of cynicism Helping your child deal with external influences: Television, video games, movies and the Internet How to raise your child to be a mentch: what does psychological research teach us about mentch making? How does this relate to Jewish values? Money and Your Child: How to instill the proper values about money in...


Dr. Frederick Streets

Dr. Frederick Streets is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Frederick J. “Jerry” Streets earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology in 1972 from Ottawa (Kansas) University. While an undergraduate, he conducted independent research at the Institute on Race Relations in London. He is a graduate of the Yale Divinity School, holds a master of social work degree from Yeshiva University, certificates from Harvard University’s Program on Professional Education and The Staff College of the National Institutes of Mental Health, and a doctorate in social welfare from Yeshiva University. Ottawa University has also honored him with the Doctor of Divinity degree and an outstanding achievement alumni award. Dr. Streets was a 2008 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. He conducted research on the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and families and the role of faith-based institutions in partnership with secular organizations in response to AIDS. The Reverend Doctor Streets served 17 years (1975-1992) as the Senior Pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT. He developed a number of significant programs there addressing the mission of the church in an urban context. His efforts included an AIDS Ministry, a Latch Key After School Program, and a Health and Social Service Education and Referral Service for low-income and elderly people, as well as programs to develop affordable housing, minority male mentoring, outreach to the elderly, scholarships for youth, commodities distribution for the needy, and many more. He led in 1978 and 1979 a group of African American and Jewish religious and civic leaders to Israel as a part of a larger effort and dialogue to foster a better relationship among members of the African American and Jewish communities. He has served as a psychiatric social work associate at the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center and the Child Guidance Center of Bridgeport, and as a research...

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