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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, and Working With Refugees.  Her clinical and training work and publications focus on: the interplay of culture, social class, race, and gender in family and therapeutic relationships; culturally respectful clinical practices; social constructionist approaches to therapy, multicultural families, social networks, and familial and collective trauma. Recently, she has begun to apply systems 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.  She is on the editorial boards of  The AFTA Monograph Series and the Journal of Systemic Therapies.  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 will use her sabbatical to begin a several year 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 outcome research will involve both culturally appropriate quantitative measures and interviews with the youth before, during, and after their Artsbridge training, as well as interviews of staff and of Artsbridge parents. The research will be 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., who is on the faculty of the Master's Program in Counseling and Forensic Psychology, and is Jodie's colleague on the planning committee for MSPP's future Master's and CAGS Program in Global Mental Health.

Updated 8/26/13

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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