Topic: mental health

8 Transcending Victimization through Empowerment

By Myra Giberovitch

The core experiences of psychological trauma are disempowerment and disconnection from others.

J.L. Herman (1992)


Long-term victimization under a systematic and comprehensive program of genocide adversely affected the mental and emotional well-being of many survivors. ‘People who have endured … Continue Reading ››

Person-Centered Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy with Holocaust Survivors and their Family Caregivers

Alyssa Reiner, MSW, LSW, RYT200

More than seventy years after the Holocaust, the complete impact of pervasive trauma on Survivors continues to be under investigation. An increased sense of fragility results in a mind-body relationship characterized by pain, misunderstanding, and lack of control. A childhood signified by extreme malnutrition, … Continue Reading ››

Holocaust Survivors As Participant Educators: Giving Space To Lived Experience Of Social Trauma in Collective Memory

By Irit Felsen, Ph.D. and Elizabeth Edelstein

This paper describes the Educators program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. This program reflects the unique emphasis of the Museum on the lived experience of eyewitnesses to the events of the Holocaust … Continue Reading ››

Collection of Poetry from Betyna Bock

By Betyna Bock

Nora at the Fruit Shop

In Theresienstadt
you worked in the vegetable garden
and stole fruit and vegetables.
You defied death
by disregarding the rules
and hiding them in your lumber jacket
while the Czech police weren’t looking.

Now sixty years later
in your smart red blazer
and pleated floral skirt
you breeze past the sign
You give the purple plums
a … Continue Reading ››

Art Therapy With Holocaust Survivors: A Case Study

By Tatiana Kastner, MSW, RSW

“Art is a powerful tool of communication,” as C.A. Malchiodi says in her Handbook of Art Therapy (2003, p. 3). Its therapeutic benefits for the person's emotional well being have been reported for diverse populations (Canadian Art Therapy Association, 2017). The multi-faceted approach of Expressive Therapies can be very appropriate … Continue Reading ››

Teaching About Trauma: Models for Training Service Providers in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care

By Michael Andrew Eisinger, M.A., and Barbara Joyce Bedney, Ph.D., M.S.W.

The Jewish Federations of North America Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care

December 29, 2017

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2014), “individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an … Continue Reading ››