The "Koach" project for treatment of combat-related PTSD: Rationale, aims, and methodology

Zahava Solomon*, Avi Bleich, Shlomo Shoham, Chen Nardi, Moshe Kotler

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The Koach project was designed and implemented by the Mental Health Department of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Medical Corps as a treatment program for chronic PTSD veterans, aimed at reducing the prevalence and severity of PTSD and accompanying psychiatric symptomatology and improving functioning in the military, the family, and the community. It was comprised of a 1-month residential phase on an army base, followed by mutual self-help groups in the veterans' communities. The project combined behavioral, cognitive, and group approaches into an integrated therapeutic program. This article presents the rationale behind the project and describes the treatment approaches that were utilized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-193
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992


  • behavioral-cognitive therapy
  • chronic post-traumatic stress disorder
  • combat veterans
  • milieu therapy
  • residential treatment
  • self-help groups


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