Author Archive | Joni Mantell

Young Adults Leaving Home

As seen on NYSCCC.org “There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children: One is roots – The other is wings”  Hodding Carter, Sr. Leaving home is a challenging period in nearly everyone’s life, fraught with conflicting feelings and needs: the earnest desire for independence and autonomy, alongside the fear of failure, and […]

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Upcoming Events for Professionals

CURRENT EVENTS: 2016 IAC Center Speaking at CEU Events for Professionals Joni Mantell, LCSW is presenting a training on ‘The Challenges of the Agency-Client Relationship in Adoption’ on January 8, 2016 sponsored by AACNJ, the Adoption Agency Council of New Jersey. Contact Cathy McNee atcathleen@alovingchoice.org for more information. Joni Mantell, LCSW is presenting as part […]

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Healthy Holiday Tip Sheet

    Third Thursday of the Month Group in 2014 SEASONS GREETINGS, Tis the season for heightened emotions. Whether you’re in the process of building your family or already parenting, I hope this Healthy Holidays Tip Sheet arrives in the nick of time. Pictured here are members of what was the Third Thursday of the Month Pre-adoption group at […]

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Joni Mantell speaks at New York University

Upcoming Event:   Joni Mantell, LCSW is presenting as part of a panel on Infertility and Adoption at the NYU at the Silver School of Social Work 2016 Professional Seminar Series This event is a part of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning’s Spring 2016 Seminar Series. February 12, 2016 9:00 am – 12:00 pm […]

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Workshop Series: Adoption and the College Admissions Process

Workshop Adoption and the College Admissions Process Time: 1:00pm- 3:00pm Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016 (new date because of snow last week) Location: IAC Center, 2 Tree Farm Pennington NJ 08534 This workshop is designed for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their families. The college admissions process can be a stressful experience for students […]

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Knowing When to Stop Trying

  Written By: Janet Jaffe, Ph.D./ Center for Reproductive Psychology /www.ReproductivePsych.org / www.UnsungLullabies.com One of the most profound decisions you must make when dealing with infertility – as important as the decision to try to conceive in the first place – is the decision to stop trying. How do you know when enough is enough? How can […]

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Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During Infertility

Written by Janet Jaffe, Ph.D./ Center for Reproductive Psychology / www.ReproductivePsych.org / www.UnsungLullabies.com Adapted from: Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility (St. Martin’s Press, 2005)   Infertility is not just an individual trauma. The stress on your relationship can leave you feeling that you’re alone in this, not facing this crisis together as partners, as a team. The […]

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Adoption or Donor – Making the decision

Written By: Judith Kottick, LCSW Montclair, New Jersey/ judykottick@comcast.net/ (973) 746-7370   For many couples and individuals yearning for a child, it is unwelcome news to hear that the time has come to transition from the dream of parenting a child of your genes to an alternative family building method. While accepting the concept of non-genetic parenting […]

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Therapeutic Writing for Teen Adoptees

  Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Date : Saturday, February 28, 2015 Location: 94 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042 When you’re an adoptee as well as a teenager, grappling with issues of identity and belonging can be especially tough to wrap your head and heart around. Putting words to complex and amorphous thoughts and feelings—like […]

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