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Ruthie Rohde LICSW, MFA is a therapist, writer, teacher, mother and outdoor leader who creatively combines her professional skills and interests to assist others as they explore the inner and outer reaches of writing and literature. Ruthie’s work has included teaching creative writing and the therapeutic uses of story to homeless veterans; teaching a creative writing workshop to teens in an alternative high school; teaching a storytelling program using outdoor excursions as inspiration to therapists exploring the uses of story in their work with clients. Through a Mass Humanities three-year grant Ruthie teaches a literature course on the experiences of war to employees at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital Medical Center in Bedford, MA. In the fall of 2017 Ruthie will be trained as a facilitator for Changing Lives through Literature - an alternative sentencing program based on the power of literature to save lives through reading and discussion groups. In 2015 Ruthie launched a conference on Writing and Trauma sponsored by Pen/New England and held on the campus of St. Regis College in Weston, MA. Ruthie is also a facilitator and case manager-in-training for Communities for Restorative Justice, a community-police partnership that offers restorative justice opportunities to those affected by crime.