Kaj Kayij-Wint, PhD-ABD is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), she is also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is Fellow and Supervisor Candidate.
Ms. Kayij-Wint specializes in Social Justice, Trauma, Children/Couples/Marriage, Military/Veteran populations. She is an experienced and credentialed counselor and clinical supervisor, who is oriented toward a focus on counseling-specific social justice advocacy evaluation strategies and cultural biases.
Currently Ms. Kayij-Wint is conducting research that explores the experiences of a new generation of combat veterans, that of female soldiers. The US has never before sent female soldiers directly into combat, and the VA is currently setting policies to effectively meet the mental health needs of female veterans. The purpose of this timely research is to provide published data to aid the VA in their policy setting and to add to the extant understanding of this understudied population of female soldiers and returning veterans.
Ms. Kayij-Wint teaches with a social justice orientation. She believes that in treatment, even in the case of psychopathology (DSM-5), the goal is to “be with” a client and not “do to” a client. She is fundamentally wedded to the concept that all clients are to be accorded the kind of justice that she, herself, seeks and promotes as a woman of color.