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Voices In The Family

Celebrating 20 Years

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Zip across the radio dial in almost any city and you're likely to find self-help programs that claim to solve listeners' problems. But few offer the straightforward, authoritative advice on family health issues available on Voices In The Family, a weekly public radio program hosted by Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. In 2006, Voices in the Family is celebrating 20 years of thoughtful discussion on what it means to be human in today's fast-paced world.


Each week, Gottlieb and guest experts, joined by thoughtful callers, discuss issues that affect individuals and society. The show covers the emotional and psychological implications of everything from children and religion to sexual abuse and the law, sibling relationships, hate groups and the impact of natural disasters. Voices admits listeners to unseen worlds, presenting an author's first hand description of schizophrenia, for instance.


Voices offers a mix of solid information -- beginning with Gottlieb's thorough interview of his guests, followed by intelligent, sympathetic responses to audience inquiries. He guides callers through a series of questions that clarify both their own experience and its broad implications. Sprinkled throughout are bits of humor that come with listeners' acknowledgment of our common foibles.


Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D.

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As a 33-year-old psychologist, gaining respect from his peers and raising two young daughters, life seemed perfect for Dan Gottlieb, until…


…1979, when a near fatal automobile accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike left him paralyzed from the chest down.


Over the ensuing years, he faced depression, divorce and the death of his sister and parents. Throughout, he continued his career, his humanity and his compassion. He maintains a successful family counseling practice; teaches; writes books and a newspaper column. He does it all by observing life from his unique vantage point, and gaining unusual insight into what it means to be human.


Daniel Gottlieb began his practice as a psychologist and family therapist in 1969, first as a staff psychologist and later specializing in drug and alcohol treatment before going into private practice in 1983.

Since 1985, Daniel Gottlieb has been the host of Voices in the Family. Voices is an award-winning mental health call-in radio show, produced by and broadcast on WHYY 91FM, the greater Philadelphia region’s leading public radio station.


For more than 10 years, Dr. Dan, as he is affectionately known, has written Inside Out, a bi-monthly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also published three books: Voices in the Family (Penguin); Voices of Conflict, Voices of Healin g (iUniverse), a compilation of his favorite Inquirer columns; and his latest, Letters to Sam: A Grandfathers Lessons on Love, Loss and the Gifts of Life (Sterling), written to his autistic grandson, which will be released in the spring of 2006. In addition to his writing and radio show, he lectures locally and nationally on a variety of topics affecting the well being of people, families and the larger community.


Despite all of his successes and accomplishments, Dr. Dan considers himself "simply a psychotherapist." He is the proud father of two daughters and a grandfather.


Because of his experience, he has unique understanding into both the solitude and growth that accompany suffering. What he is truly about is expressed most clearly on his business card, which says: Dan Gottlieb -- human.