Kaethe Weingarten

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Kaethe Weingarten
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Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School
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Cambridge Health Alliance
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Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, peace psychologist and family therapist who is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA).  At CHA she consults to the Victims of Violence Program and she is currently the liaison for international mental health projects.  She is on the Board of the Center for Local and International Partnerships based at CHA.  Since 1982, Dr. Weingarten has been a faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge where she founded and directs the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience.  She is founder and director of The Witnessing Project, a nonprofit organization that consults to individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and internationally to transform passive witnessing of violence and violation into effective action.  Dr. Weingarten has worked in Kosovo and South Africa for the last several years, addressing issues of community-wide and continuous trauma. She is a Fellow of the Divisions of Family Psychology and the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association, from whom she received the 1994 award for Psychotherapy with Women.  In 2002 she was given the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Theory and Practice by the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA).  She co-chairs AFTA’s Human Rights Committee. She has over 70 publications, including six books; is on the editorial boards of five journals; and her most recent book, Common Shock - Witnessing Violence Every Day: How We Are Harmed, How We Can Heal, won the 2004 Nautilus Award for Social Change.  Dr. Weingarten lectures widely nationally and internationally and maintains a private consultation practice of individuals, couples and families.  Her current work focuses on reasonable hope.

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