“Honor to have attended some of Joan E. Childs’ presentations” Review by Eileen J. Cohen, LMFT, CAP

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Eileen J. Cohen, LMFT, CAP
National Clinical Outreach Director
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shares “Honor to have attended some of Joan E. Childs’ presentations.”

 

As a clinical professional in the mental health field, I have had the great pleasure and honor to have attended some of Joan E. Childs’ presentations. She is a successful mental health professional, author, and lecturer who, through personal tragedy and challenges of her own, has become a remarkable role model and inspiration to others who have experienced similar situations. I have had contact with some of the attendees of her presentations who have shared how profoundly moved they were by her. Ms. Childs’ broad knowledge and passion for the subjects on which she presents is vast, and her beauty, grace, and humor contribute to an entertaining yet informative and powerful experience.

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Eileen J. Cohen, LMFT, CAP
National Clinical Outreach Director
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“Her audience interactions are concise, empathetic and heartfelt.” Review by Avram M Cooperman MD Co- Director the Pancreas and Biliary Center of New York Prof Surgery Mt. Sinai Hospital

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Avram Cooperman, Co-director of the Pancreas and Biliary Center of New York Prof. Surgery Mt. Sinai Hospital provides glowing keynote review

 

I have heard Joan E. Childs, LCSW and Keynote Inspirational Speaker, lecture at professional meetings, to students and to community groups for 5 years. She is clear, inspirational, in touch with her audience and on point. Her large and long clinical experience, personal events and clinical research have honed her views and message on a variety of personal and family issues. Her audience interactions are concise, empathetic and heartfelt.

Avram M Cooperman MD Co- Director the Pancreas and Biliary Center of New York Prof Surgery Mt. Sinai Hospital 

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Dr. Avram Cooperman is a surgeon in New York, New York and is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 69 doctors at Beth Israel Medical Center who specialize in Surgery.

 

Joan E. Childs, LCSW, Keynote Inspirational Speaker – “outstanding therapist” Review by Stan Cohen, Executive Vice Dean of the Health Professions Division, Nova Southeastern University

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Dr. Stan Cohen provides outstanding review!

 

I have known Joan Childs for more than thirty years as an outstanding therapist, and I am very familiar with her work.  Not only has she been an inspiration to our family, but she has touched the hearts of hundreds of our students and faculty at Nova Southeastern University with her inspirational talks. She really cares about people and her verbal statements are precious. She is indeed a “rare bird”.

Stan Cohen

Executive Vice Dean of the Health Professions Division

Nova Southeastern University

 

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Stanley R. Cohen Ed.D., professor of humanities at NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, recently served as program chairman for the national convention of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME) held in Newport, Rhode Island.

Cohen, who also serves as executive vice dean for educational support at NSU’s Health Professions Division, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his devoted service working to improve the lives of students.

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Established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1964 as a small college with some revolutionary ideas, NSU was originally named Nova University of Advanced Technology and chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. We have approximately 26,000 students, 170,000 alumni, a sprawling, 314-acre Fort Lauderdale-Davie campus and a presence throughout Florida, the U.S. and nine countries around the world. Through five decades of explosive growth, our reputation for academic excellence and innovation continues to flourish.

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Keynote Inspirational Speaker – Colleague Review by Elahe Mehrel EcCT

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“It has been a pleasure and an honor to get to know Joan Childs ” Elahe Mehrel ECCT

 

It  has been a pleasure and an honor to get to know Joan  Childs as a colleague. Being exposed to her lectures,  I have  benefited from the fountain of wisdom that she  so generously shares . 

Life has taught her well and she has been able to put the lessons to excellent use and share them in her unique way . She never ceases to amaze me.  Her teachings can and have changed lives for the better. May she continue to bring her light to more places.
Elahe Mehrel 
ECCT 
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Keynote Inspirational Speaker – “Compelling Story” Review by Kathy Kaether

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“Joan grabs her audience with her compelling story of a great family struck in the heart by her daughters’ suicide” Kathy Kaether

 

Joan grabs her audience with her compelling story of a great family struck in the heart by her daughters’ suicide. Joan’s passion for helping families to understand mental illness really shows. We learned that no matter what we do, the risk of losing a child with mental illness is an ever-present danger.

Kathy Kaether

 

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“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”

–Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

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“Joan E. Childs offers support for bereaved parents”- Review by Anna Hollingsworth

Review Key Means Revaluate Or Reassess Joan E. Childs, LCSW was a recent guest speaker at our local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a self-help support group for bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings.  Joan, herself a bereaved parent, was warm, caring, compassionate and very well received by our group.  Joan openly shared the story of her daughter’s mental illness and eventual suicide as well as listening to all our stories.  An excellent speaker, Joan offered hope to bereaved parents in all stages of their grief as well as raising awareness about mental illness.

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The Compassionate Friends:

Providing Grief Support After the Death of a Child

“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”

–Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

Find Support

When you suffer a loss, it’s important to understand the psychological, emotional and physical effects involved. The extremes that you’re dealing with are understandable and manageable, and there are steps you can take to begin working through the grief.

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Keynote Inspirational Speaker – Review by Christine Williams

Review Key Means Revaluate Or ReassessAs a member of Compassionate Friends of Boca Raton, a bereaved parents support group, I was pleased to meet Joan Childs at our last meeting.

She spoke to our group about the tragic loss of her daughter and what she went through. She was very cordial and composed but I could feel her compassion for us, also, as bereaved parents.

Ms. Child’s was very professional in her answers regarding prolonged grief and treatment recommendations. She was very thorough in her explanations of the grief process and offered hope in spite of our deep feelings of loss and grief.

I am looking forward to reading her book, “Why did She Jump”.

I will also recommend her to other compassionate friends groups, as she was very helpful in validating many of my erratic emotions during my grieving process.

Christine Williams

Keynote Inspirational Speaker – “Enlightening talk” REVIEW By President, Edna Einhorn NAMI Broward, Inc

Review Key Means Revaluate Or ReassessI am writing thank you for your enlightening talk on Mental Health and the issues that caused the greatest tragedy in your life, the death by suicide of your daughter  Pam.   Our members and friends  learned about Pam and her struggle with Bi-Polar disorder and how suddenly your life was changed. We saw the emotion and still constant pain that you are living with even today. We also learned about the signs  of a potential suicide and steps to take to help to prevent it.

Thank you very much for teaching us about suicide and bi-polar disorder.  I recommend that everyone should hear this story or read the book, “Why did She Jump”, to learn more about

these very important topics.

 

Sincerely,

Edna Einhorn

President, NAMI Broward, Inc

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A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

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Why Did She Jump? Audible and Kindle Edition

 

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There is one day in Joan Childs’ life that she wishes she could do over: the day her daughter, Pam, a brilliant psychotherapist, plunged from a 15-story building to her death. In this vivid memoir, Childs (herself a psychotherapist) explains how her daughter’s life was taken by the most unforgiving of executioners: bipolar disorder. It was the delusions, not her daughter, who made the final decision to end her life. Read more

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Why Did She Jump_Book coverSix million people in America suffer from bipolar disorder. Joan Child’s daughter, Pamela, suffered from the disorder, bouncing from doctor to doctor in search of treatment. Yet the demons became louder, and on a summer day in July 1998, the same day that the Oprah Winfrey Show aired a segment on bipolar disorder, Joan Childs’ 34-year-old-daughter leaped to her death from the window of her father’s 15-story apartment. Why Did She Jump? is her mother Joan’s haunting story of grief and guilt, yet it is a beautiful story of love and the courage to find peace and purpose once again.

With brutal honesty and vivid detail, Joan recalls how the entire family became entangled with Pam’s illness as they watched her dive deeper into the darkness where no one could reach her. Ironically, Pam and Joan were both psychotherapists yet, with all their credentials and medical knowledge, Pam still could not be saved.  Why Did She Jump? is her mother Joan’s haunting story of grief and guilt, yet it is a beautiful story of love and the courage to find peace and purpose once again.

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Glowing review of Why Did She Jump? My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder(from Netgalley)

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Joan’s daughter, Pam committed suicide. She, succumbed to her mental illness. One that had plagued her, nearly her entire life. Pam was bipolar and no amount of medical intervention could help her. The very system that should have saved her life, failed her time and time again.

Joan and her daughter, Pam were both trained psychotherapists and despite having in-depth knowledge of  her mental illness, neither of them could save her life.

Fuel by grief and guilt, Joan has written this book, to mend her broken heart. She gives an honesty and open account on what it’s like to live with someone who has a mental illness. She re accounts the days leading up to the death of her daughter and then the aftermath.

This is an emotional and heart wrenching read.

“The disease became her executioner. It had a life force of its, own controlling her will, her actions, and causing her death.” – Joan E. Childs, Why Did She Jump? My Daughter’s Battle with Bipolar Disorder.


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