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Sharon Weingarten is a teacher and licensed social worker. When her children were in high school, she went back to school also, earning her MSW summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago. She has worked in both public and private schools, as well as in the Therapeutic Day School of the Department of Adolescent Psychiatry of NorthShore University HealthSystem. Sharon has also had the unique experience of working in the South Pacific. She has conducted classes for teachers, parents and students in both schools and hospitals on the islands of Samoa, Tinian and Saipan. She is especially proud to have created a writing project for Mental Health America in 2003 that continues annually. and now gives the Sharon Weingarten Founder's Award to a deserving student each year. 


She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the National Association of Social Work, the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Illinois Society for Clinical Social Work. Currently, Sharon serves on the Institutional Ethics Committee of Northshore University HealthSystem and the Interhospital Education Subcommittee. She also sits on the Agency Oversight Committee of New Trier Township. In addition, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and sits on the Professional Advisory Boards of Erika's Lighthouse, Mental Health America Northshore and 

Northwestern University’s Camp Kesem, a national program for children who are impacted by a parent’s cancer.  


Sharon's passion is intergenerational communication. She created the book and website 

What I Wish You Knew Conversations®  www.WhatIWishYouKnewCONVERSATIONS  to encourage dialogue in families, schools, therapeutic settings and everywhere communication is important.. She can be reached at

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