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Georgia Weston
2019

Georgia Weston

The David Chow Humanitarian 2019 Award

Georgia Weston is the Founder and Executive Director of the Teen Pain Help Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable corporation created to help children and adolescents with chronic pain by raising funds for treatment, research, education, and increased public awareness of pediatric chronic pain. She also co-founded and was the Director of Programming for Art Rx, strengthening the partnership between the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Keck School of Medicine, specifically to better understand how art impacts pain. Georgia has experience creating and leading programs for organizations that provide therapeutic services for struggling individuals and families. She also has clinical social work experience, both as an out-patient therapist and residential therapist, for youth dealing with complex cognitive, behavioral, and social needs.

She is the author of two books, Vienna’s Waiting and PAIN: An Owner’s Manual, where she provides insight into the mysterious world of chronic pain through her own story and the story of others.

Georgia is a therapist at a boys’ probation facility where she provides mental health services to adolescents who are currently in the juvenile justice system and their families. Georgia has experience creating and leading art workshops for organizations that provide therapeutic services for individuals with complex cognitive, behavioral health, and social needs.

Currently, Georgia is serving as the Executive Director for Creative Healing for Youth in Pain (CHYP), a nonprofit that promotes education and social support through creative healing experiences for adolescents with chronic pain and their parents. She is also working on the pediatric pain research team at the University of California, Los Angeles to develop and investigate new methods for alleviating chronic pain in youth.

Georgia has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, with a minor in art, from St. Edward’s University. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families, as well as a specialization in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Georgia is dedicated to empowering youth with chronic pain and their families through creative healing techniques and social support.