Dr. Joan E. Winter is the current director of the Family Institute of Virginia which she founded in 1977. She is a nationally known therapist who has worked and trained with internationally recognized authorities such as Milton Erickson, Murray Bowen, Virginia Satir and Carl Whitaker. Noteworthy accomplishments and assignments include: Director, Family Therapy Research Project, Virginia Division of Justice and Crime Prevention; Distinguished contribution Award, Virginia Department of Corrections; and director of programs for delinquents within the Department of Corrections. She lectures on the subjects of marital therapy, family therapy, and incest. Her writings include extensive discourse on the practice and evaluation of family therapy.
Additionally, Dr. Winter is on the Clinical faculty of the VCU Medical College of Virginia Department of Psychiatry where she supervises residents in family therapy. She also serves as a consultant to many organizations, both in the non-profit and private sectors. Her credentials include licenses in social work and Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Approved Supervisor Status for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.