People

Headshot of Ashley Sonson

Ashley Sonson, MSW

  • Field Liaison, MSW Program

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

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.

SP2 News

Michael Nutter and Lisa Nutter

Faculty & Research

Michael and Lisa Nutter to Launch Economic Mobility Initiative at SP2

In the United States, economic inequality is among the most pressing social issues of recent decades. The country’s wealth gap, which...

SaraKay Smullens

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alumna Receives Society for Social Work Leadership’s 2021 Kermit B. Nash Award

SaraKay Smullens, a 1965 alumna of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy &...

Loran Grishow-Schade

Alumni Stories

SP2 Alum Honored for Ongoing Gender Identity Research, Work

For years, Loran Grishow-Schade, MSW ’20, MSSP ’21, has proven to be a prolific leader and fully-immersed pioneer in work...

MSW Student Alisa Branch

Student Life

“Always Something New to Know”: MSW Student Alisa Branch on Being a Non-Traditional Learner

Even after a three-decade career in the human services field, Alisa Branch still felt that she had more to learn,...

Discover More