Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 61–67 | Cite as

Culture change: A training program for recent immigrant professionals from the former Soviet Union

  • Anita Bardin
  • Deborah Porten
Family Therapy in Israel Family Therapy Education and Training

Abstract

The article describes a training program in structural/integrative family therapy for immigrant professionals from the former Soviet Union at the Training Center of the Shiluv Institute for Family and Couple Therapy in Jerusalem. The program was instituted to meet the pressing needs of a mass immigration of half a million people that came to Israel between 1990 and 1992. This is a retrospective look at the “journey” of the initial group of psychiatrists and psychologists who changed country, culture, language, and professional orientation in just two years. The authors state their conclusions as to the most expedient way to organize therapy for families from the former Soviet Union — a population in need of help but lacking an awareness of therapy and suspicious of the outsider.

Key Words

Russian immigrants in Israel retraining Russian professionals in family therapy 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita Bardin
    • 1
  • Deborah Porten
    • 1
  1. 1.Shiluv Institute for Family and Couple TherapyJerusalemIsrael

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