Marcy Witherspoon, MSW, LSW

Senior Training Specialist

Storyteller. Teacher. Advocate.

Marcy has been a pillar of the Philadelphia social work community for almost forty years.

She recently joined the staff at HFP after working for the organization as a consultant for over a decade. She provides training and technical assistance for child and family service providers, with a focus on trauma-informed practices.

Marcy provides individualized attention to her clients in her training and consultation sessions, often incorporating storytelling to connect with others. Marcy has worked locally and nationally in schools, hospitals, and community-based organizations and also serves as the family violence specialist for the Ambulatory Health Services Division of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She entered the field of social work to improve the health, safety, and well-being of individuals, families, and communities and is particularly interested in addressing how early childhood experiences shape the individuals we become.

This has led to her focus on addressing and intervening with family violence through positive parenting strategies and disseminating information about the traumatic effects that toxic stress can have on long-term social, emotional and cognitive development.  She is interested in providing support and developing integrated practices to reduce and eventually eliminate inequities in health care.

Fun Fact:

Marcy has taught at Penn State Brandywine and the Community College of Philadelphia. She plays an instrumental role in planting the necessary seeds that university students need in order to start seeing the world, and their eventual careers, using a trauma lens.

Training Expertise:

Reflective Practice
Motivational Interviewing
Trauma-Informed Care/Practice
Toxic Stress & Childhood Adversity
Building Resiliency & Healing
Family Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
Parenting Education
Child Protection

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