Katharine Wenocur is a graduate of the MSW program at the School of Social Policy and Practice. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in gender and sexuality studies from Bryn Mawr College. Katharine’s social work career has focused on supporting survivors of family and community violence; she has worked as a protective services investigator, a domestic violence counselor, and in-house shelter therapist. She currently works in private practice, providing individual and family therapy to children and young adults. Katharine is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and holds national certifications in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). She has published on the subject of implementing evidence-based practices in a shelter setting.
Along with her approved play therapy dogs – Winston and Tallulah, Katharine is a Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist(TM). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) at SP2, and her dissertation research is focused on exploring the attachment and developmental implications of involving therapy dogs in clinical work. Broadly, Katharine’s practice and research interests include animal assisted therapy, the human-animal bond, “link violence” against humans and animals, and working with children who harm animals. A former competitive gymnast, Katharine also is the founder and head coach of Philadelphia’s Special Olympics Gymnastics program; she was recently selected as the Team Pennsylvania coach for USA Games in 2018.