The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Connecting with Community presents Workshop for Health – “Our
Wise and Intelligent Bodies,” with Federation social worker Francine Licata.
Says Licata: “The body is often left out of traditional psychotherapy modalities. However, more body-oriented therapies propose that our postures, gestures, movements and actions are physical habits which we have ‘procedurally learned’ from our past experiences. These chronic physical patterns influence how we perceive our present experiences as well as our current thoughts, memories, emotions, self-perception and identity. “In this workshop we will begin to explore how the body is an essential source for improved and ‘embodied’ physical and mental health.”
Licata, a Queens, NY native, has been a social worker since 1997, obtaining her degree from the Silberman
School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. She has worked primarily with senior clients since moving to the Berkshires in 2006, first at Fairview Commons and, since March 2016, with the Federation.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series and will be followed by a kosher hot lunch. Lunch is a $2 suggested donation for adults over 60 years of age or $7 for all others. Advance reservations are required for lunch and can be made by calling (413) 442-2200 before 9 a.m. on the day of the program.