Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
No. 23-2, Lane 60, Tai-Soon St .
Taipei , Taiwan
Shi-Jiuan received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University in 1993. She is fluent in Mandarin, Hakka and English. Shi-Jiuan is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Clinical member, and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been on the faculty at Saint Joseph ’s College, University of Massachusetts in Boston , University of Connecticut , Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and East Carolina University in the United States . She has been a Director of Family Connections Program in Home for Little Wanderers in Boston , Massachusetts and Vice President of Outpatient Program in Village for Families and Children in Hartford , Connecticut . She is currently a consultant for Couple & Family Clinic in Harvard teaching medical school, Cambridge Hospital in Boston . Shi-Jiuan is a consultant for the Taiwan Institute of Psychotherapy in Taipei , Taiwan and the PsyInc Organization in Peijin , China . She has edited a number of books from English to Chinese that focus on collaborative dialect.
In the summer of 2005, Shi-Jiuan moved back to her home country of Taiwan after living in the United States for 20 years. Currently, her primary work focuses on introducing a different way of thinking and working in mental health, social work, education and in the court system in both Taiwan and China . Since most work in the mental health field in Taiwan and China still focuses more on problems, diagnoses, and a hierarchical/expert type of work, Shi-Jiuan recognizes the need to create more spaces for all voices to be honored and heard. She is currently doing many trainings, consultation and supervision and uses her experiences of collaborative practices to present alternative approaches to working with clients, families, and systems in many parts of Taiwan and China . To live, work and travel in the United States , Taiwan , and China has expanded her horizons in appreciating how context and culture influence stories and conversations.
She currently resides with her husband in Taipei and lives within an 8-minute walk of her father. She likes to be with her aging father, the children of her siblings, her brother and two sisters, as well as speaking multiple dialects/languages every day. She also makes time on a regular basis for yoga, walking, dancing, hot spring, eating slowly, drinking diverse teas and meditation.