Meet Our Board: Katherine Manners

NEAFAST is a professional organization with a volunteer board of directors. The Board of Directors provides guidance and vision for how NEAFAST meets its goals of supporting quality training and practice of family and systemic therapy. Our board members have a diverse set of professional and personal interests, which contributes to the development of an organization that seeks to systemically address the needs of therapists in Massachusetts. In the initial installment of our series Meet Our Board, we introduce you to Katherine Manners, LMFT.

For over 30 years, Katherine has worked in the field of victim services. She began her career as a volunteer in a domestic violence shelter, which led to many years working in the new field of victim advocacy for the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. From there she obtained her M.Ed. in MFT from UMass Boston and went to work providing traumatic bereavement therapy with family members of homicide, developing and leading several programs in Roxbury, Cambridge and Boston including hospital and community-based agencies.

In Katherine’s private practice she specializes in trauma treatment, but also in couples therapy, enjoying all the challenges, hopefulness and resilience of each concentration. Since 2000, her work has been focused on addressing secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma and resilience among direct services providers. Through her consulting business, Resilience Works, Katherine travels nationally providing training and technical assistance to trauma-exposed organizations. She serves as a consultant and subject matter expert on several projects funded by the Federal Office for Justice, Office for Victims of Crime including the State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) Resource Center; the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT); and the Collective Healing project with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Katherine has been an MAMFT and NEAFAST board member since 2017.

If you would like to learn more about the work of the NEAFAST Board of Directors, or are interested in joining the board, please email us at [email protected].

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