ERIC Number: ED246381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
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Counseling Minorities: Hasidic and Orthodox Jews.
Shaughnessy, Michael F.
Religious minorities, as well as ethnic and racial minorities, present specific clinical and treatment concerns. Counselors of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews should be aware of the special characteristics of these populations which separate them from other subcultures and subgroups, and which may play an important part in the psychotherapeutic process. A major problem in counseling both these groups stems from the Holocaust. Conditions such as postpartum reactions, symbiotic illnesses, and masochistic behavior may be encountered alone or in combination with other symptoms. Prior to treatment several issues must be addressed, including obtaining permission from the local Rebbe. Brief and highly dramatic therapy is often effective. Follow-up assignments may be helpful in channeling guilt feelings. The therapist must be aware of his/her own feelings about the Holocaust and be prepared to deal with the anger clients feel toward others. Children of Holocaust survivors also are a vulnerable group; therapists should ignore the survivor syndrome and examine the extent of loss felt by their parents. (JAC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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