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Jodie Kliman, PhD


Jodie Kliman, PhD

The Wright Institute Graduate School, 1979
Dr. Kliman is a social-clinical psychologist and family therapist who teaches Introduction to Family Therapy, Supervision (Clinical Seminar IV), Narrative Therapy, Clinical Seminar I, and Trauma and Resilience: Family, Community and Global Perspectives. Her clinical and training work and publications focus on: the interplay of culture, social class, race, and gender in family and therapy relationships; the use of postmodern dialogue practices in peacebuilding, culturally respectful clinical practices; social constructionist approaches to therapy, multicultural families, social networks, and familial and collective trauma. She applies systems, narrative, and collaborative approaches and peace psychology to communities affected by large-scale violence or natural disaster.

She is a former board member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), and a founding member of the Boston Institute for Culturally Accountable Practices, The Council on Contemporary Families, and the Network for Multicultural Training Professionals. Dr. Kliman has a private practice in Brookline, MA.

Jodie Kliman, PhD, core faculty of the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology, was awarded a sabbatical semester for spring, 2012. She used her sabbatical to begin an ongoing outcome study on the effectiveness of the Artsbridge Institute. Artsbridge brings Palestinian and Israeli adolescents to Boston College for intensive summer training in art techniques, leadership skills, and a form of reflective dialogue that helps them to understand and empathize with each other's experiences as members of two ethnic communities embroiled in violent multigenerational conflict with each other. Artsbridge graduates then return to their home communities, where their work in dialogue, leadership, and art continues year-round with Artsbridge's partner sites, NGO's in Israel and the West Bank, in person and online. In addition, these young people serve as youth mentors to younger children. This mixed-methods outcome research includes both culturally appropriate quantitative measures and interviews with the youth before, during, and one year after their Artsbridge training, as well as quantitative measures for a control group. The research has been carried out in close collaboration with Israeli and Palestinian psychologists, art therapists, expressive therapists, family therapists, and conflict resolution workers. One Boston-based Palestinian expressive therapist to collaborate in this research is MSPP's own Yousef Alajarma, Ph.D., director of the Master's Program in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Therapies.

Updated 5/21/14

Learn about Jodie’s collaboration on “My Story about the Earthquake in Haiti,” a therapeutic workbook for children and adolescents.
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Haiti Workbook

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