Professional Background

Joan Berman received her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a social work student, she had internships in the counseling/mental health program in a public school district and at the University of Michigan's Children's Psychiatric Hospital.

After completing her masterís program, she continued her clinical training with a post-master's internship working with children and adults at a private, non-profit mental health organization, Family Service of the Mid-Peninsula in Palo Alto.

After working there as a staff therapist for four years, she took on the position of Director of Children's Services. In that role, she continued a clinical practice in addition to supervising staff and intern trainees, and developing the children's program.

Since 1987, she has had a private practice working with adults and children. Joan helps parents and families with life transition challenges, such as parental separation and divorce, loss, moves, and adoption. With adults, her experience covers work and relationship challenges, depression, and life transitions such as separation, divorce and loss.

Among other professional roles, she has served as a consultant and social work student supervisor for Child Advocates/Silicon Valley and as School Therapy Consultant for the Early Years program at the International School of the Peninsula.

Currently, she is the Co-Coordinator of the Mid-Peninsula district of the California Society for Clinical Social Work.

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