Topic: mental health

Trauma in a Residential Setting

Goodnight, Irene… Welcome Home! Transforming Relational Trauma in a Residential Setting

  By George Halasz, Magalí Kaplan, Rod Myer

“And so I learnt that the poet is a pulse in the rhythmic flow of generations.” – Octavio Paz, In Search of the Present (1990 Nobel Lecture, p. 22, San Diego Harvest)

Introduction

It is often said by … Continue Reading ››

Conference Presentation: End of Life

End-of-Life Issues for Holocaust Survivors

A presentation given in October 2008 at an international conference in Frankfurt for professionals working with Holocaust survivors. By Judith Hassan, OBE Those who attended the conference in Vienna in 2007 know how strongly I feel about helping survivors to maximise the time they have left in their lives … Continue Reading ››

Wartime Experiences and Late Life Coping

In Their Own Words: Survivor Wartime and Late Life Coping Styles

By Nancy Isserman, Bea Hollander-Goldfein and S. Nechama Horwitz The coping literature is quite extensive with hundreds of published articles examining coping strategies. More specifically, the field of Holocaust studies has also examined coping. Most studies have … Continue Reading ››

Aging Child Survivors

Aging of Child Holocaust Survivors

By Yoram Barak, MD, MHA

Introduction

Numerous studies focus on the influence of Holocaust experiences on child survivors more than 60 years after the Holocaust. Our own treatment and research group investigated issues as diverse as development of dementia, suicide and psychiatric services used by survivors (Ohanna, Golander, & Barak, … Continue Reading ››

Music Therapy

Music Therapy To Sever the Silence of a Childhood Holocaust Survivor

By Amy Clements-Cortes Ph.D, MusM, MTA  

Introducing Manya

Manya was a 72-year-old female widow, with one son, Peter, married to Belinda. Manya was a childhood survivor of the Holocaust who was hidden during the war and separated from her mother for several years. … Continue Reading ››

Soviet Jewish Child Survivors

Identity and Resilience After Long Silence

By Svetlana Shklarov MD, Ph.D, RSW

Russian Jews have learned to overcome their fear, know how to make their silence heard as a means of action; theirs is a courage of defiance. … Desperate, you? Your capacity for hope does not date from today. Feeble, you? … Continue Reading ››

Holocaust Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Aging Child Holocaust Survivors of Sexual Abuse

By Carla Lessing LCSW Presented at the Selfhelp Conference in New York on March 29, 2011. The goal of this presentation is that we, the mental health professionals and caretakers of the now elderly victims, will be alert to the possibility that the aging former hidden children, men, … Continue Reading ››

Social Work with Holocaust Survivors in Isolated Communities

Practical Experience from the Jewish Community of Zagreb
by Ana Hermanovic, MSW

This article presents strategic and programmatic approaches to serving a diverse survivor community where the common thread is the past experience of personal trauma under the Ustasha and Nazi regime in wartime Croatia. The author emphasizes the fact that assistance is critical for a vulnerable population of “aging citizens in a country where age is identified as one of the highest risk factors in leading to social exclusion and poverty.”