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About Karita Hummer





Karita Hummer,  LCSW

LCSW #13502


475 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Office: (408) 993-8188.      Home: (408) 971-0940      Fax: 408-294-5244.



Professional Experience

Private Practice
.  Psychotherapy and Consultation.  January 1994 - Present.

Owner/Therapist.  Specializing in working with clients experiencing parent loss, high conflict divorce and parental alienation, psychological trauma, refugee mental illness and political torture victimization.

Clinical Consultant. Family Reunification Project, ACT for Mental Health. July 1998 – July 1999.


FACTR (Family Alliance for counseling tools and resolution)  A Multi-cultural, Multi-lingual Service, Research and Training Center for the benefit of refugee and immigrant families through programs of psycho-education and clinical services, the goals of which are to help such families overcome trauma, displacement and loss and post-immigration adversities and obstacles.   January 2007 - Present

               Clinical Director and President


Eastern European Service Agency (EESA).  A community-based organization, providing mental health, social services, cultural programming and ESL instruction for refugees and immigrants from Former Yugoslavia and Russia.  September 2005 – January 2008

Clinical Director.

Mentor. African Community Health Institute, an agency partner.

Project Director. New Beginnings, a First 5 collaborative project of EESA and ACHI.

Collaborator. Vulnerable Immigrant Alcohol and Drug Coalition, NCADD, ACHI and EESA.

Member. Steering Committee on Unserved and Under-served Populations, Mental Health Association of California.

Founding Member. Cooperative Alliance for Refugee Empowerment, a network of refugee mental health providers.


Act for Mental Health.  A downtown counseling center and group self-help and socialization center for severely mentally ill, specialized clinical programs for children and families of prisoners and children and families reuniting after foster care.  October 2001 - December 2005.

                Clinical Director/Program Coordinator.

                Supervising Clinician.


Bosnian-Herzegovinian USA Cultural Association.   A mutual assistance agency providing mental health support and career building services.  September 2000 - January 2004.

                Consultant. Mental Health Support Services.

                Collaborative Project Coordinator. Culture Therapy Projects.


Eastern European Service Agency (EESA).  A mental health and human service agency.  July 2001 - April 2002.

Clinical Director. Mental health program for Southeastern European Refugee Community Counseling Services (SERCCS) for refugees from Former Yugoslavia.


Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI).  A health and human service agency. August 1999 - July 2001.

Program Supervisor. Southeastern European Refugee Community Counseling Services (SERCCS) Community Outreach and Collaborative Project.

Project Director. Office of Refugee Resettlement Project, Research and Training, a collaborative project with Eastern European Service Agency to build mental health capacity for refugees from Former Yugoslavia.

Children’s Psychological Trauma Center.  A psychiatric service, training and research center for the benefit of severely traumatized children.  March 1996 - July 1999.

Executive Director. San Francisco and San Jose regional centers, spearheading major alliances for use of the Cornerstone Therapeutic Nursery Model, a pre-school clinical intervention program, in San Mateo County Office of Education, Salvation Army Transitional Living Program and the San Francisco Unified School District.

Project Director. Seminar series in forensic child psychiatry and development of programs for the Personal Life History Book Model for foster care children, foster care parents and grandparents, and other groups.

Clinician.  Forensic child psychiatry services.


Cleo Eulau Center for Children and Adolescents.  A service and study institute in childhood trauma.  February 1994 - February 1996.

Co-founder and Executive Director.  Developed programs high-conflict divorce groups for children and parents, children of incarcerated parents, and teenagers at Friends Outside; first-time offender treatment program for children and adolescents; and clinical program for traumatized adolescents in the Alternative School System of San Mateo County.


Family Service Mid-Peninsula.  November 1987 - February 1994.

Director of Child, Adolescent & Hotline Services.

Director of Children's Services.

Director of Training.


California Institute for Clinical Social Work, Wright Institute. A School of Psychology.  1993.

                Field Supervisor.


Parent and Children Transition (PACT).  A guardianship placement service for children who were orphaned by AIDS and other illnesses.  March 1996 - January 1997.

                Consultant and Clinical Social Worker.


Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Child Psychiatry.  December 1985 - October 1987.

                Chief Social Worker.


Pathways School and Treatment Center.  A center serving children ages 5-14.  November 1984 - December 1985.

                Clinical Director.


Southern School, Therapeutic Day School.  A day school serving children ages 4 – 21.  June 1984 - November 1984.

                Clinical Director.


Riley Children’s Hospital.  August 1982 - June 1984.

                Diabetes Social Worker.


St. Mary’s Child Center.  January 1982 - August 1982.

                Staff Social Worker (volunteer).




San Jose State University, School of Social Work, 2005-2006.

University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, 1988-93.

Smith College, School of Social Work, 1988-93.

University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work, 1973-75 and 1985-87.

University of Pittsburgh, 1971-1973.




Educational Alliance, a settlement house.   New York.    Group work student. 1962-1963.

Home for Crippled Children, a residential treatment for physically handicapped. Pittsburgh.

Group work student. 1963-1964.




San Jose State University and Non-Profit Development Center, 1994. 

                Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program.


Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 1973-79.

                Child Therapy Certification.


University of Pittsburgh, 1963-64.



Fordham School of Social Work, 1962-63.


Duquesne University, 1960-62. 

                Bachelor of Arts


Seton Hill College, 1958-60.





Footprints Guild. A micro-enterprise, macro-mental health project for refugee and vulnerable immigrant artisans and vendors, now merged with Cardea Center for Women. 

               Founder.  The first behavioral health professional in the nation to utilize business enterprise development successfully as a                          behavioral health therapy.



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