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Sanity and SanctityMental Health Work Among the Ultra-Orthodox in Jerusalem$
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David Greenberg and Eliezer Witztum

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300071917

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300071917.001.0001

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Broken Souls Are Not Easily Mended

Broken Souls Are Not Easily Mended

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27 Broken Souls Are Not Easily Mended
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Sanity and Sanctity
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David Greenberg

Eliezer Witztum

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300071917.003.0027

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the authors. The present work demonstrates the issues that arise when patient and therapist come from different cultures. In this situation, the therapist may make basic errors in evaluation and be unable to utilize the full arsenal available to the psychotherapist, particularly in dynamic psychotherapy. This difficulty is especially poignant in communities like the ultra-orthodox because the setting and content of the therapeutic encounter may be experienced by the patient not only as meaningless but also as offensive. A culture-sensitive approach to evaluation and management has been proposed that demonstrates that these barriers to compliance and relevance can be overcome. These principles can be generalizable to work with other minority communities.

Keywords:   ultra-orthodox Jews, patients, therapists, minorities, cultural sensitivity

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