Israeli psychotrauma team en route to Pittsburgh to aid terror victims

The team will assist the families of those who were killed and injured in the shooting attack as well as providing psychological and emotional stabilization and treatment to anybody in the community.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
October 28, 2018 10:35
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In the wake of Saturday's deadly mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a team of volunteers from the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit of United Hatzalah of Israel will arrive in the cityon Sunday to provide aid to the community and the victims.

The United Hatzahal team is working in cooperation with the Diaspora Ministry and the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh to provide psychological assistance to those affected by the mass shooting, which claimed eleven lives.

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"We are heading to Pittsburgh in order to treat those who witnessed the attack and anyone else from the community who feels the need for our assistance," said Miriam Ballin, director of United Hatzalah's Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit, who is leading the team. "We will be utilizing techniques and tools that we have developed here in Israel and have proven to be highly successful in assisting those who have suffered from similar incidents here."

The team will assist the families of those who were killed and injured in the shooting attack as well as providing psychological and emotional stabilization and treatment to anybody in the community who is in need.

"We hope that our work will give the community a sense of solidarity on behalf of the people of Israel," Ballin added.

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