FAMILY CRISIS INTERVENTION BY PHONE: INTERVENTION WITH FAMILIES DURING THE GULF WAR

Authors


  • Michal Shamai, PhD, is the Director of the Regional Center for Family Therapy Training and Intervention, W.L.I., Haifa, Israel.

  • I would like to express my appreciation to the staff of the Center for Family Therapy for their dedicated work during the Gulf War, which made it possible to help a large population in a particularly difficult time. In addition, I would like to thank D. Sprenkle, who encouraged me to document the material collected during that period, and Z. Eizikovitz, for his helpful comments and assistance.

Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to describe the ways in which a family therapy agency adjusted to emerging needs of families in Israel during the Gulf War. The therapeutic interventions were done by phone and followed a crisis intervention model. The impact of the special context arising from the war is described first, followed by a description of the problems related and the intervention provided. Finally, implications for family therapy are discussed.

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