Christian Health Center Professionals to Present at Lecture Series “Coping in a Changing World … Coping with Loss and Change”

CONTACT: Melanie Anthony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PHONE: (201) 848-5921 December 30, 2014

        These days, life is more complicated for us than it was for our forefathers. We all need coping skills to navigate the labyrinth of  relationships and stressors that characterize our demanding world, including job loss, grief and bereavement, divorce, financial difficulties, digital distractions, sandwich-generation caregiving, and work demands, just to name a few. If you are feeling overwhelmed, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), Van Dyk Health Care, The Wyckoff Family YMCA, and the Wyckoff Board of Health invite you to attend the first in a another lecture series. “Coping in a Changing World … Coping with Loss and Change” is being held from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (Weather date is Tuesday, January 20, 2015), at the Wyckoff YMCA, Lower Level, 691 Wyckoff Ave., in Wyckoff. Panelists are Monica Dhingra, MD, Psychiatrist, Christian Health Care Counseling Center; Rev. James Knol, LCSW, Director, CHCC Pastoral Care Department; and Rev. Louis Kilgore, Pastor, High Mountain Presbyterian Church, Franklin Lakes. The Moderator is Bart Mongiello, LSCW, Christian Health Care Counseling Center/Ramapo Ridge Partial Program Director/Bergen ADRC Director. The panel of experts will address coping skills and resilience centering on issues such as bereavement and grief, job loss, divorce, empty nest, and unexpected life changes.

        “Last year, the first lecture series was very well attended and we received wonderful feedback from participants,” said Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, CHCC President and CEO. “We always seek ways to fulfill a community need, and I think this new series of community speaker presentations will also be very well received and provide relief to those in need.”

        Monica Dhingra, MD, is board-certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Dhingra was the Assistant Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training program at Bergen Regional Medical Center and also was an attending psychiatrist in its outpatient program.

        Rev. James Knol , LCSW, serves as the director of the Pastoral Care Department at the Christian Health Care Center.  He is the primary chaplain for Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital and the Partial Program, and is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

        Rev. Louis Kilgore has served several churches throughout New Jersey during his more than 25 years in ministry. He has served as Moderator of the Presbytery of New Brunswick and was Chair and Founder of Casa De Esperanza, an immigrant support ministry.

        Bart Mongiello is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years in the field of mental health, providing direct care to a variety of different age groups and diagnosis. Mr. Mongiello has been employed as a director at CHCC for 15 years, supervising staff, developing programming, and overseeing treatment.  

        Pre-registration is required.

        Register at  or call Cindy at (201) 891-7000, ext. 304. Please provide specific questions or topics at the time of registration to assure that the panel addresses the topics most pertinent to our audience. Our format will devote most of our time together to question and answer sessions.

            Two addition lecture series are going to be held in March and May. “Helping Your Teens Cope in a Changing World” will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (Inclement weather date: Thursday, March 12, 2015), and “From Toddlers to ‘Tweens: Helping Your Child Cope in a Changing World” will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (Inclement weather date: Thursday, May 14, 2015).

CHCC provides a broad continuum of high-quality, compassionate care, offering superior senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health services. As a non-profit organization, we deliver care to our community based upon the Christian principles on which we were founded more than a century ago.

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