Jeanne E. Cleary, MA
Jeanne Cleary has been facilitating difficult and transformative conversations for over 25 years in numerous settings. In her private practice in Watertown, MA Jeanne provides relational and couple counseling, mediation, and consultation in conflict strategies for families, and corporate, religious, non-profit and educational organizations.
As a core trainer with Community Dispute Settlement Center of Cambridge MA for 20 years, Jeanne has offered basic and advanced mediation training. She served for fifteen years as a court appointed guardian ad litem, working with families, children and social service agencies facing various challenges and conflicts. She has designed trainings in conflict resolution and retreats for numerous clients including Digital, Mass Dept. of Education, Probate and Family Courts, Central Boston Elder Services, Boston University College of Communication, and Mass School of Pharmacology, in addition to high schools and religious organizations.
Jeanne has lectured in conflict resolution courses at Boston University, School of Public Health, International Department and currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts Boston, McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies, Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution.
Jeanne has presented on conflict resolution topics at conferences including the Massachusetts Psychological Association, Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Boston Bar Association, Flaschner Judicial Institute, Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem and the Massachusetts Association of Mediation Programs and Practitioners. She is a past president of the board of directors of MAMPP, and served on the board of The Adoption Center, Newton MA and The Watertown Children’s Theatre.
Jeanne Cleary received her BA in theology and psychology from Bates College 1977, her MA in clinical psychology from Lesley University 1987, and advanced clinical training from Theravision Institute in Boston 1990. Jeanne is a long time practitioner of meditation and incorporates a spirit of deep respect and a passion for growth throughout her work.
Commissions and Boards
Served on a commission headed by Judge Mary C. Fitzpatrick, Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court, MA developing a domestic violence visitation assessment protocol (1994).
President, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Association of Mediation Programs and Practitioners (MAMPP), (1996-1998).
Board of Directors, The Adoption Center, Newton, MA (1995-1997).
Served on a commission headed by Judge Arline Rotman to develop statewide guidelines for Judges and Courts regarding child access in cases involving domestic violence (1998).
Board of Trustees, The Watertown Children’s Theatre, Watertown, MA (2006 – 2008).
Presentations and Seminars
Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem annual conference on “Supervised Visitation with Cases Involving Sexual Abuse Allegations” (11/93), presentation.
Flaschner Judicial Institute Child Welfare Conference on supervised visitation (6/95) presentation.
Boston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee on “Boundaries between Mediation and Psychotherapy” (7/95), presentation.
Massachusetts Psychological Association conference on “Boundaries between Mediation and Psychotherapy” (11/95) presentation.
Boston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee on “Anger in Mediation” (4/96), panel member.
Massachusetts Association of Mediation Programs and Practitioners conferences on advanced topics in mediation (10/95, 4/96), workshops.
Boston University, Sociology of Marriage class, guest lecturer on “Conflict and Marriage” (11/97).
Boston University School of Public Health, International Department, developed and offered Conflict Management for Health Care in Developing Countries (Fall semester, 1998; Spring, summer and fall semesters 1999).
Women Waging Peace, a global initiative of the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government “Conflict Transformation through Mediation” (11/01), workshop.
Association of Family Court and Community Professionals Conference “Giving Voice to Children in the Court” on “Supervised Visitation Risk Assessment for Judges.” (3/3/02), presentation.
Wilmington United Methodist Church, seminar series, with her father Ken Cleary: “Effective Listening” (11/00); “Heart-Centered Conflict Resolution” (4/01); “What’s Love got to do with it? Conflict Evolution and Love” (1/04).
New England Association of Conflict Resolution (NEACR) annual conference, presentation “Mediator as Maestro: Inspiring the harmonic interplay of many parts” (6/17/11).
Presentation and workshop to Delegation from Nigeria on mediation (11/15/11).
Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) annual conference, presentation “Mediator as Maestro: Inspiring the harmonic interplay of many parts” (12/9/11).
Community Dispute Settlement Center, “Culture, Community and Self: Reflections on my work as a mediator” (5/17/12), workshop.