Dr. Dan Booth Cohen is a Constellation facilitator based in Boston.
He has had a diverse career as a business owner, corporate executive, author, peace activist and counselor over the past 30 years.
In 1980, he co-founded Pequod Associates, Inc., which grew to be the United States’
leading provider of energy and water conservation engineering services.
The company was acquired by a Fortune 1000 integrated energy company in 1996.
Dan was a founding member of the City of Cambridge Peace Commission and
co-Director of the Boston Children of War Program.
He organized peace walks, led international teenage exchanges,
and produced events on behalf of organizations such as The House of Hope International Peace Center,
Open House of Ramle, Israel, The New England Peace Pagoda, and One-by-One.
His work has been featured on television, newspapers, and in Fortune magazine.
During the Carter administration, Dan was a strategic planning consultant to Dr. Donald M. Kerr, the Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this capacity, he received security clearance to write one of the first Congressional white papers that envisioned the Star Wars satellite weapons program. Another project included drafting a scenario for the U.S. to capture strategic Persian Gulf oil fields by the year 2000. Having written his Bachelor's thesis on the history of nuclear science from Hermes Trismegistus to Robert Oppenheimer, Dan understood these initiatives in their historic context. This perspective continues to inform his work and writing.
Dan has been involved in Constellation work since 2000. He is certified as a facilitator and trainer by the German Association for Systemic Constellations (DGfS). He received training in the Constellation approach directly from Bert Hellinger and other senior European trainers through the Hellinger Institute, USA in 2002. He was the liaison between Hellinger and Elias Jabbour's House of Hope International Peace Center in Israel and also produced Hellinger's historic 2004 talk at Fordham University.
He has published numerous articles and book chapters about Constellations. Among these are Family Constellations: An Innovative Systemic Phenomenological Group Process From Germany (2006), in The Family Journal and Guilt, Responsibility and Forgiveness: Lessons from Lifers in Prison (2009), in A. Kalayjian & R. Paloutzian (Eds.), Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building. His recent by I Carry Your Heart in My Heart: Family Constellations in Prison was published by Carl Auer International.
In 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco.
He holds a B.A. from Connecticut College and an MBA from Boston University, which included studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His C.V. can be viewed here.
Dan, his wife KK, and their daughters, Anna and Rosalie, live in Needham, Massachusetts.
Thanks to the family, teachers and friends who helped me along the way.
Click here for an essay on my personal history.
By Franz Kalab
They swim at the shores
of Nethanya and Gaza
Benin and Fire land
Vancouver and Luzon...
They stand in the sea
Under sky, all embracing
from whence came
from where still comes...
Dad, do you know what is
On the other side?
A daughter and her father
Asking who, and waving...
They swim the fields
Of humanity and people
Faith, family and self
Where they reside