About Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation
The Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation is a non-profit corporation created to further the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander, eminent child and adolescent psychotherapist, trainer, and author of two books: 'Windows to Our Children', a seminal text now published in 14 languages, and 'Hidden Treasure, A Map to the Child's Inner Self', now published in 6 languages in addition to English. The Foundation brings together dedicated mental health professionals who are preserving, extending and supporting Dr. Oaklander's Gestalt-based therapeutic work with children and adolescents, as well as continuing her training work with adults.
The Birth of a Foundation
In October 2003 approximately 20 of Violet's family members and long-time colleagues met in Santa Barbara to discuss various ways of carrying on Violet's work after she retires. All of the founding members of the Foundation have been deeply touched by Violet's work and are dedicated to ensuring its longevity.
The founding members have worked with Violet to launch the VSOF website and store, develop training materials and programs, publish a quarterly electronic newsletter for Friends of the Foundation members and for the wider community of health professionals, create an archive library, network with professionals in multiple countries, and develop a scholarship program to provide training in the Oaklander method for those in need of assistance. They also created the first Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation conference, which took place in November 2011 in Malibu, California and featured a full weekend of presentations by a number of founding members regarding the application and further development of the Oaklander method.