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Issue 24   | May 1, 2019

IHEART Program at Derech Emunah Delves Into How Our Minds Work and Where Thoughts and Feelings Come From

By Alysson Thomas, School Counselor


Resilience. Noun. The power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. Ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy.


Derech Emunah just entered the third week of teaching a school-wide program on mental health and resiliency called IHEART (


Richard Berger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, went for a week to complete training in the IHEART Program in London, England. Recently he started teaching it to Derech Emunah students and staff on Mondays for an hour each week.


Richard summarizes this program as “... a 10-week psychology course about how the mind works and where thoughts and feelings come from. IHEART stands for Innate Health Education and Resiliency Training. In short, the IHEART Principles course is based on a well-crafted curriculum focused on our innate health (our natural psychological wellness), rediscovering our inner resilience, and providing a concrete understanding of how thoughts and feelings work.”


The IHEART series of interactive lessons take students on a 10-week journey towards understanding how to access their innate resilience and wellbeing from the inside-out. Sessions consist of a mix of discussions, activities, self-reflection, animations, videos and group exercises.


Students and teachers are starting to learn about how thoughts inform feelings, and how external situations and our thoughts about them don’t have to make our day feel like it is an emotional rollercoaster.


The first 5 weeks of the program examine how our minds work, while the final 5 weeks address daily challenges we all face, such as stress, self-image, social media, and conflict.


For further information on the IHEART program, please look at the website or contact Richard Berger at


Upcoming Dates and Events



May 9 
Yom Ha'Atzmaut 


May 3
Mr. Randy Kessler from Stand With Us will speak about Anti-Semitism and legitimate criticism of Israel


May 23  
Lag BaOmer

May 27  
Memorial Day - No School

June 7-10
Shavuot Break - No School

June 18

Last Day of School



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