Ashley Sonson is a Licensed Social Worker who currently serves as the Program Leader for Healing Hurt People (HHP), a hospital-based violence intervention program, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia. In this capacity, she leads a team of community intervention specialists, provides direct clinical services to those impacted by community violence, and negotiates the integration and replication of the program at a new hospital site.
She has a background providing trauma-informed clinical services, community education and training, and consultation in the area of interpersonal violence (domestic, intimate partner, and community violence) in her former roles at Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia. She actively participated in this agency’s successful certification and implementation of the Sanctuary Model, a model of creating and maintaining a trauma-informed organizational culture. Her interests include integrating her training in yoga philosophy and practice, trauma-informed care, and clinical social work to create communities that promote safety, growth, healing, and sustainability. Ashley received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice.