In his introduction to a special issue of Contemporary Family Therapy on the state of family therapy in Israel, the editor, William C. Nichols wrote:
Israel represents one of the more interesting places in the world in which to examine the development and current status of family therapy theory practice, and research. The emergence of Israel as a new state occurred only a few years before the advent of family therapy in the United States of America as a revolutionary approach to dealing with human problems. Today, Israel provides a setting in which not only the “hot issues” of culture and ethnicity are part of the everyday scene, but also one in which immigration and continuing rapid change are abundantly evident. (Nichols, 1995, p. 351)
Indeed, one cannot fully grasp the development of family therapy in this country without being aware of its unique characteristics. Therefore, this chapter begins with a brief overview of Israeli society The rest of the chapter provides a description of the development and current status of family therapy in Israel and a discussion of some specific issues for family therapists in this country.
Israel is a small country in the Middle East (slightly smaller than New Jersey), flanked by the Mediterranean Sea on the west, Jordan and Syria on the