Coping in a Changing World Addressed by Christian Health Care Center

Christian Health Care Center (CHCC), Van Dyk Health Care, The Wyckoff Family YMCA, and the Wyckoff Board of Health recently presented a lecture series attended by more than 70 community members at the Wyckoff Family YMCA. Following last year’s successful caregivers lecture series and answering community demand, this was the first of a new three-part lecture series themed, “Coping in a Changing World … Coping with Loss and Change.”

The panel of experts that presented the topic provided attendees with practical 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. Panelists were 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 was Bart Mongiello, LSCW, Christian Health Care Counseling Center/Ramapo Ridge Partial Program Director/Bergen Aging and Disability Resource Connection Director.

“This was a very successful event, and we received amazing feedback from community members who attended,” said Carol Hertenstein, RN, Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital Utilization Review Director at CHCC and Wyckoff Board of Health President. “Clearly, there is a need for programs like this one that provide practical help for people who are overwhelmed and struggling to cope with a variety of challenges.”

Comments on the program evaluation forms included “Excellent panel – Thank you,” “I felt the panel was extremely informative,” “The program format was effective with minimal presentation and maximum audience participation,” and “It was good to hear many different stories of grief and how the panel suggested ideas to deal with it.”

Two additional lectures will 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). 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.

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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