Israelis, Palestinians learn healing for trauma victims from US specialist

An American specialist who has treated trauma victims in Kosovo is bringing his expertise to Palestinians and Israelis. Dr. James Gordon taught techniques like deep breathing, guided imagery and meditation in Jerusalem Thursday to therapists with patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. He said people living in Israel and the Palestinian areas show higher levels of stress. Dr. Gordon says his team has trained more than 400 Israeli and Palestinian mental health professionals in the last four years. Danny Brom, director of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma, said many mental health workers find Gordon's methods helpful. He said the approach offered "new coping tools for people living under stress."