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An Adapation Group for Middle-Aged Clients from the Former Soviet Union

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Publication Date: June 1996

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Adele Nikolsky

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service 72-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)
Social conditions (Psychology)

Keywords: Social Services; Mental Health; Immigration

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Emigres from the former Soviet Union are able to participate in group therapy if the group process is not initiated by the leader but is a spontaneous byproduct of some more emotionally neutral process, such as lectures or group activities. The goal of the group described in this article was to help its middle-aged members break out of their isolation and adapt to their new country. To reach this goal, several modalities were applied in turn and together—lectures, regular group process, cultural activities, and finally transition to a self-help group.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.72 no.4, Summer 1996.