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New Hope & Resilience After Destruction and Killings in Gaza, Israel
Date:3/20/2009

click="linkClick( this.href );" target="_blank" title="CMBM Trauma Relief in Israel">Israel, which has been shelled from Gaza for eight years, and with CMBM's Israeli faculty, before he entered Gaza on March 4th. He returned March 15th.

For the last seven years, Dr. Gordon and his CMBM team have been working intensively with the traumatized population in Gaza and Israel separately and jointly--they are the only organization doing so. During this time, they trained 300 Israeli professionals and 90 in Gaza to develop comprehensive, scientifically based programs that are effectively treating widespread posttraumatic stress disorder, major depression, anxiety, violence, and despair.

CMBM's program is a powerful force for hope for those living in Gaza. Before the recent Israeli invasion, CMBM's Gaza team, which has treated 15-20,000 children and adults, was providing up to 75 ten-week long mind-body groups every three months. In the aftermath of the devastation, the number of groups has tripled. The CMBM approach is currently also being offered to hundreds of families that lost members in the conflict and to the seriously injured, to orphaned children, abused women, mothers with 'failure to thrive' infants, and the depressed, suicidal, and violent.

CMBM's pioneering program, which recently received a research award from the US Department of Defense, combines mind-body techniques of meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and yoga with self-expression in words, drawings, and movement in a supportive small group setting.

During his eight days in Gaza, Dr. Gordon spoke with dozens of men and women who suffered loss of children and spouses, and with children disoriented and distraught from the deaths of parents, and the destruction of their homes, neighborhoo
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