The journey toward becoming a trauma informed organization requires that programs be thoughtful, creative and intentional about how to fully integrate trauma-informed principles and practices into their culture. Since 2006, the Multiplying Connections Initiative in Philadelphia has been developing and delivering professional development workshops, consultation, technical assistance and coaching to organizations to help them design and implement individualized trauma informed organizational change plans
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Our Training Team
The Health Federation Training Team collectively have decades of experience in the worlds of public health, social services, and education. Their backgrounds providing direct services in these areas, as well as supervising people and programs, ground them in the realities faced by organizations in these fields.
Shandra Banutu-Gomez, MPH, MEd, is an organizational and individual performance consultant, instructional designer, trainer, and educator who has worked in the field for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Master of Public Health, and a Master of Education. She holds a New Jersey teaching certificate and also has certifications as an English Language Test Examiner and in Articulate Storyline. Her varied knowledge base has given her the opportunity to consult, coach, and train hundreds of employees both nationally and internationally. She developed and co-founded a college in The Gambia, West Africa, which has graduated hundreds of students since 2007. As a public health professional, she has provided health education and trauma informed services to thousands of consumers including those from immigrant and refugee populations. She has worked as a lecturer at numerous colleges including University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, St. Joseph’s University-ETS and Camden County College, where she has taught all levels of English language, as well as a various health, wellness, and stress Management courses.
Monica Sullivan, MEd, has a diverse background serving the needs of children and families as an educator, an advocate, and a program manager in inner cities, like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in rural areas, like Window Rock, Arizona in the Navajo Nation. Internationally, she has worked with teachers in Uganda to raise the standard of education practice and to make education work for all students. Since 2007, she has worked with the Multiplying Connections Initiative as a trainer. She is dedicated to advocating for the integration of brain science and the principles of trauma-informed care into service provision. A trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitator and certified yoga teacher, she also seeks to integrate these reflective practices into all service systems to support the health and wellness of staff as they provide trauma-sensitive services.
Marcy Witherspoon, MSW, LSW, Has been a pillar in the Philadelphia social work community for almost forty years, having worked extensively in schools, hospitals and communitybased organizations in the areas of child protection, foster care, intimate partner violence, parenting education and trauma-sensitive practice. As a committed advocate for children, youth and families, Marcy has provided training and consultation to professionals representing myriad disciplines both locally and nationally and is especially interested in disseminating information about how toxic stress and its concomitant sequelae affect our social, emotional, and cognitive development. Marcy functions as the Family Violence Specialist for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and spends considerable time training and consulting with health care professionals on issues related to health, well-being and relational violence. She is particularly concerned with how we can prevent the intergenerational transmission of violence in families through the provision of positive parenting strategies. Marcy has taught both at Penn State’s Brandywine Campus and Community College of Philadelphia in these same content areas in an effort to assist young people learn and apply the skills necessary to integrate trauma sensitive services into whatever career path they choose.
Leslie Lieberman, MSW has more than 25 years of experience developing and leading award winning health and human services programs for vulnerable children and families. In her current position at the Health Federation of Philadelphia, as Director of the Multiplying Connections initiative and Senior Director of Special Initiatives and Consulting, Ms. Lieberman provides leadership to a cross system initiative aimed at linking research on the devastating impact of trauma on early childhood development with better practice through professional education and policy change. In this position, as in other roles Leslie has held, she is particularly effective at bringing together diverse groups of people who unite to influence system and organizational changes that improve quality of care for children and families.