Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Women’s Project, The

  • Elisabeth BennettEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_623

Name of Organization

The Women’s Project


Four bright, energetic, and humorous women, Betty Carter, Peggy Papp, Olga Silverstein, and Marianne Walters, joined together with a common vision and mission regarding the de-pathologizing of women in therapy specifically, but all humans in therapy ultimately, to form the Women’s Project in Family Therapy. They aimed to move the focus of the profession of family therapy from a deficit model to a strengths and resources view of women most pointedly and all parties involved ultimately (Simon 1997).


The first workshop facilitated by the women who would come to comprise the Women’s Project was titled “Women as Family Therapists” and was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Afterward, the Women’s Project was headquartered at the Family Therapy Practice Center in Washington, D.C. Workshops, discussions, and interviews addressing the focus of The Women’s Project in Family Therapy were held around the globe with titles such as...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Gonzaga UniversitySpokaneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
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  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA