Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Dept. of Educational Psychology and Counseling
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265
Diane Gehart is Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Northridge, Faculty Member at the Marburg Institute, and has practiced psychotherapy for over 15 years. She co-authored Theory-Based Treatment Planning for Marriage and Family Therapists with Amy Tuttle (Brooks-Cole; 2003), co-edited Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference with Harlene Anderson (Brunner-Routledge; 2006), and has published numerous articles in the area of family therapy. She is an internationally sought-after speaker, having presented on numerous topic including:
* collaborative and postmodern therapy practices,
* applications of mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy in therapy,
* qualitative research methods,
* collaborative play and family therapy,
* couple and gender issues in therapy, and
* client perspectives and experiences in therapy.
She is an active leader in the field of marriage and family therapy, having served on numerous state and national boards in family therapy. She was also appointed to the Sexual Misconduct Review Board for the Catholic Diocese of Fresno as a consultant on sexual abuse issues. She has studied Buddhism for over 20 years, having read original texts in Classical Chinese and Tibetan. Her current research and writing focuses on integrating mindfulness into therapist training to enhance therapeutic presence as well as exploring points of connection between postmodern therapies and Buddhist psychology.