Peter Ernest Haiman Ph.D.

Phone: (510) 525-1718


Testimonials FROM PARENTS

"March 17, 2022
Hi Dr. Haiman,
How are you? I hope you are doing well. I want to apologize for going silent for so long. I'm very sorry. Thank you so much for your time, effort and caring for the situation with my daughter this time last year. You helped us very much and I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

I have been wanting to write and update you since the court decision last July. It has taken this long for me to finally be able to talk about it. The outcome was not what I hoped and _____ began seeing her dad for overnights and spending 72 hours with him a week. It was a very difficult adjustment for her but I can thankfully say that she has now managed to adjust and is doing well. 

Your support and caring meant/means an infinite amount to me.

Thank you again,"

"December 28, 2021

Thank you for your guidance, time, support, grace, consideration, listening, encouragement and words of wisdom. I have learned so much from your knowledge, patience, trust and gentleness. I am forever grateful. “Thank you” only scratches the surface.

From a mother in Arizona."

"August 27, 2020
Dear Dr. Haiman,                                                                                                                     

I can't thank you enough for your tireless dedication to helping me and _____ through such a difficult time in both of our lives.  I am eternally grateful to you and the work you have dedicated your life to.  I honestly believe without your guidance and advice _____ would have suffered much greater harm than he did.  I want you to know that each time we spoke on the phone, I kept notes of the advice and key points that you discussed with me and I still use it to help ______ to this day.

I have never met you face-to-face, however, I feel like I have come to know you very well through our many wonderful discussions. Dr. Haiman you are a true hero to me and to _____. I would very much like to stay in touch with you and I invite you to call me or email me any time.

Sincerely, _______"

"May 17, 2018
Hello Dr. Haiman,

I cannot thank you enough for talking to me this evening, as it was immeasurably appreciated along with your kindness. I will be implementing as many strategies from our discussion that I can to continue to promote a healthy emotional lifestyle and environment for my daughter.

I could never describe my love and devotion for her, it is deeply felt; every cell just burning. I feel very strongly about your research and that path it strongly advocates.

I would like to speak with you again, as I get closer to my court proceeding date. Your wisdom and understanding to my individual case brought me a great sense relief/ peace. I feel more securely that I am on the right path with respecting and promoting a healthy emotional development for my daughter and considering all factors.

The Family Court System must change and I will continue to be the small town "big voice". My purpose is my daughter and my legacy is the relationship and commitment that will protect and nurture her lifelong; so she will nurture her children and they will nurture theirs just the same.

In general, I do not know how to take a seat when it comes to my daughter! I greatly look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely, A mother in Ontario, Canada"

"April 22, 2014

Hi Dr Haiman,

I just called to say thank you so much for your testimony today. It definitely swung things in my son's favor to eventually, hopefully, get to no overnights. And maybe the Dad will increase daytime parenting. In the meantime obviously the Guardian ad Litem was really peeved that you poked holes in her Google research. She is most likely going to dig her heels in and come up with more things that support her argument. My attorney says that right now we are in the lead for what we hope to accomplish. We are going to have to do some of those evaluations to determine who our son feels he is primarily attached to. Then we are probably going to have to reschedule a hearing for June. I didn’t get to testify today. We only got about half way through so I will be in contact with you to hire you again to get you to give your testimony again when we have our next hearing to refute the expert that they are going to have. Again I greatly appreciate everything that you have done. We all have learned so much. This has been a real eye opener for the commissioner who is in charge of the case as well. Thank you very much. God bless."

The following PDF file Contains letters received from parents and clients:

Dr. Haiman's Parent Testimonials

Testimonials From Professionals

“Peter Haiman's article on homeschooling comes out of an academic perspective. To my mind, truly understanding the theoretical underpinnings of alternative education or homeschooling is as essential in coming to full awareness of our job as are our personal experiences of "doing" it. "We learn to do by doing," said John Dewey. But thinking, formulating, analyzing, reflecting, extrapolating, synthesizing -- all of those cognitive-perceptual functions we should do -- if we are not to fall prey to the danger of the mindlessness, of just doing but not thinking adverbially, not taking account of the where, why, how, whether, and whither of the doing. Peter's article offers good advice for homeschooling parents who need or are looking for this kind of backup for their work with their kids. Peter brings out a point about alternative people which really needs to be addressed by all of us within alternative education: the importance of objective assessment of the issue of competence.  His suggestions should prove helpful in this endeavor.“

Mary M. Leue, Editor of SKOLE,
The Journal of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools

"Dr. Haiman has, over many many years, served as a consultant and trainer to many projects serving children and families - including Head Start and U.S. Coast Guard programs. He has trained trainers for these projects as well.

He is one of the true pioneers in contributing to innovative and effective ways to design programs to serve low-income, low-education families and their very young children. He developed a unique programmatic format (which later became a prototype for inner city programs for infant development and family life education) at the Hough Parent and Child Center in Cleveland, Ohio.This Center became prominent as an example of what can be accomplished in a successful Parent and Child Center program. Dr. Haiman's physical energy, kindliness, cheerful, considerate personality and considerable professional skills contributed significantly to the success of this pioneer effort.

The work that Dr. Haiman has accomplished in empowering low socioeconomic families, and enhancing the lives of parents and young children in special model projects … make it clear that he has already made several significant contributions on a nation-wide basis to the field of psychology."

Alice S. Honig, Ph.D. Professor of Child Development
Child, Family & Community Studies
University of Syracuse

"…we observed Dr. Haiman's  genuine  ability to interact  with  parents of all levels of ability and background, with members of the staff  from various professional disciplines,  with  visiting  University  Professors  who came to  the Center, as well as with the infants and children whose development was the focal point of the demonstration project. He had the capacity to recognize problems in their early stages and to work toward solving those problems in a timely and effective fashion. He was always a team player concerned about the ideas of others and their participation in decision making.

His  groundbreaking  work on the national standards for the Head Start program cannot be minimized.  As I became a National Consultant for  Head Start and Parent and Child Centers in 1970, I was able to see the wide-ranging effects of Dr. Haiman's thinking and creative ideas in the many programs that I dealt with over the years in all areas of the United States.

Others who were concerned with children and their parents recognized Dr. Haiman's expertise. Because of his work, he was chosen to be a member of President Clinton's People to People Ambassador program to Cuba in February 2001.

Peter Haiman is a man of great intellect, an empowering teacher, an effective communicator,  a  wonderful and warm human being."

Robert J. Meresko
Clinical Psychologist, 
Berea, Ohio 

The following PDF files are letters from professionals:


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