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JFS of Greater New Haven appoints 2 new staff

Alissa Wurtzel, LCSW,  and Elanit Kayne Linder, LMSW, have been appointed to the staff of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, it was announced recently by a spokesperson for the agency.


Wurtzel will serve as the JFS of Greater New Haven clinical mental health director for both the Child and Adult Outpatient Clinics.  Having served the mental health and behavioral needs of Connecticut residents for the past 20 years, she brings with her experience working in individual, family, and group therapy, with clients ages four to 107.  She describes her strength as teaching people about the impact that stressors and stimuli have on human beings, and she encourages individuals and groups to use their intuition and uniqueness to identify solutions. 

Before joining JFS, Wurtzel worked in trauma informed care, EMDR, medical social work, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), and co-occurring disorders, and with hospice patients and their families, in community health clinics, the Connecticut Army National Guard. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Connecticut. 


Linder has been appointed the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven aging adult and community outreach coordinator. 

“I’m invigorated to be joining JFS at a time when the geriatric program is expanding as are the geriatric needs of our community. I look forward to rolling out the JFS Care Navigators Care Management Program,” said Linder, who will lead a comprehensive JFS program that provides needs and psychosocial assessments, care planning, advocacy, linkage to community resources, weekly check–in calls and collaboration with family members. 

Linder, who earned her bachelors degree at TISCH School of the Arts at New York University and her masters at Columbia University School of Social Work,  has extensive experience working with older adults, including experience as an assisted living memory care director, director of recreation, and clinical community liaison in various facilities.

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