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 been the “Founding Mother” of a writing project for Mental Health America in 2003 that still that continues annually.  


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. Sharon serves on the Institutional Ethics Committee of Northshore University HealthSystem and the Interhospital Education Subcommittee. She also is an active member of the Steering Committee of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, she serves as a consultant and advisor to a wide variety of organizations, including the Agency Oversight Committee of New Trier Township, and Erika’s Lighthouse. She enjoys being a member of Rotary International and she particularly values her role on the Professional Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Camp Kesem, a national program for children who are impacted by a parent’s cancer.  


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


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