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Monterey County Chapter 

Integrating Social Justice Work into Clinical Practice

  • 15 May 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online


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Integrating Social Justice Work

into Clinical Practice

with Kaethe Weingarten, PhD

May 15, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

9:30-10:00 Welcome and Announcements

10:00-12:00 Speaker Presentation


The Witness to Witness Program (W2W), based on Weingarten’s witnessing model, began in July 2018 and originally was established to support health care workers and attorneys who were experiencing empathic distress working with people involved in various stages of the immigration detention process.  In this workshop, we will describe how W2W evolved to respond to the needs of the communities we served both before and after the coronavirus pandemic.   The form and content of our programming needed to meet the criteria that they be both clinically sound and socially just.  We wanted people to leave our sessions – whether individual, group or webinar – feeling more aware and empowered.  The presenter will discuss programming for people working in the immigration sector and community health workers based in the 50 Mexican Consulates in the US.  W2W creates virtual communities of support as a way of strengthening individual and organizational resilience and as a way of doing reasonable hope together.

Specific learning objectives include the following:

    • Describe the four positions of Weingarten’s witnessing model

    • Discuss how to connect social justice values to direct service applications

    •  Identify a concrete action they can take now to enact social justice in their practice

    • Analyze where their community falls on the disaster trajectory

    About Dr. Weingarten:

    Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D.,directs the Witness to Witness (W2W) Program for MCN. The goal of W2W is to help the helpers, primarily serving health care workers, attorneys and journalists working with vulnerable populations.  She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1974. She has taught at Wellesley College (1975-1979), Harvard Medical School (1981-2017), where she was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston and then Cambridge Health Alliance, and at the Family Institute of Cambridge (1982-2009). She founded and directed the Program in Families, Trauma and Resilience at the Family Institute of Cambridge.  Internationally, she has taught in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand, where she was a Fulbright Specialist.  

    She has given over 300 presentations and been a keynote speaker at numerous local, national and international conferences.  She serves on the editorial boards of five journals.  In 2002, she was awarded the highest honor of the American Family Therapy Academy: the award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Theory and Practice. 

    She has written about her work in six books (which she has authored or edited) and over 100 articles, chapters and essays. 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’s work focuses on the development and dissemination of a witnessing model.  One prong of the work is about the effects of witnessing violence and trauma in the context of domestic, inter-ethnic, racial, political and other forms of conflict. The other prong of the witnessing work is in the context of healthcare, illness and disability.   Her work on reasonable hope has been widely cited.

    In 2013, Dr. Weingarten and her husband moved to Berkeley, CA to be near their children and five grandchildren.  There she resumed a dance and choreography practice she had let lapse for fifty years.  Since moving to Berkeley, she and her dance collaborator have been awarded five grants for their choreography with elder dancers applying a witnessing model in public spaces.  In 2018 they performed at the Oakland Museum of California. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, baking and crocheting afghans.

    2 CEs are included in the registration cost for this presentation

    (For Psychologists and nurses, the CE cost is $25 in addition to the price of registration. Please purchase CEs here AND make sure that you also register for the workshop.)


    Licensed MC-CAMFT Members:  $25

    Pre-licensed:  $15

    Licensed Non-Members and Guests:  $40

    Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


    Please contact Olivia Fae Stadler at


    Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

    MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

    Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

    • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
    • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
    • SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes.
    • SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196)

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