Rewriting stories of distress: Culture-sensitive strategic therapy with Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel

Eliezer Witztum, Yehuda Goodman

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Abstract

Culture-Sensitive Strategic Therapy represents an integration of the narrative paradigm and the notion of idioms of distress. The influence of religious symbols on Ultra-Orthodox Jewish clients' narrative constructions of distress is reviewed. Therapy aims to integrate the patients' symbolic idioms into more personal and concrete forms and utilizes techniques specific to the client's culture and their role in it. Clients assume active roles in finding new solutions. Two case studies with Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men in Israel who experience distress connected to their past history, personal vulnerabilities, and external stresses, illustrate this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulturally Responsive Interventions
Subtitle of host publicationInnovative Approaches to Working with Diverse Populations
PublisherBrunner-Routledge
Pages134-164
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)0203486161, 9780203486160
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Dec 2003

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