Practice Manager & Certified Trauma Professional
In her past experience, María José has worked with communities that experienced trauma, grief, loss, ambiguous loss, uncertainties with the legal system, detention, and incarceration. She enjoyed working with clients from all walks of life and backgrounds. She often helped connect them to resources in the community. In her role at the Phoenix Trauma Center, María José’s approach is to always respect the dignity of each person, and honor each story in a non-judgmental way. She will support and connect you with resources to fit your particular needs.
Maria José comes to us with a wealth of experience in racial equity and inclusion, organizational leadership, management, supervision, statewide coalition building, training, and facilitation. In her previous role as Deputy Director at the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), a statewide immigrant rights advocacy organization, María José learned important skills that will contribute to the growth of our practice and our operational management.
Maria José earned her B.A in Psychology and Minor in Communications from Neumann University. She is a third-year clinical graduate student earning her Masters in Social Services (equivalent to Social Work) with a clinical concentration from Bryn Mawr College. She is a native Spanish speaker, Certified Trauma Professional (CTP), and fellow with the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing (CFWB) at Bryn Mawr College. Last year she completed an internship with Uplift Center for Grieving Children where she is co-led (English & Spanish) grief support groups for children/adolescents and caregivers who have experienced a significant death. She is now a clinical intern at Einstein Medical Center in the Behavioral and Psychiatry department, providing individual therapy to clients. At the Phoenix Center, María José utilizes her clinical skills leading a monthly support group for immigrant and refugee adults called Visionaries.
María José has multiple years of experience serving on non-profit boards including Centro de Apoyo in Upper Darby (support center for Latinx women) and is the former board president of La Puerta Abierta (“The Open Door”) in Philadelphia which is the only counseling center providing pro bono psychotherapy for undocumented families and cultural trauma-informed trainings to professionals working with immigrant and recent immigrant communities. María José is a visual artist and storyteller, a “sanctuary poet” and regularly employs the creative arts and role-playing methods in her educational workshops for community members, organizers, educators, and other professionals
María José specializes in working with community activists, youth, immigrants and refugees, and issues of education justice.
She integrates trauma-informed practices, storytelling, art, and policy in her training, workshops, and consulting with K-12 and higher education institutions. She often provides training and consultation to social workers, educators, students and parents.
Maria José is available for consultations and trainings on:
- How to support immigrant families in schools and organizations,
- access to college for undocumented students, and
- support groups for immigrants, undocumented students, and young adults. More information about Visionaries Peer Support Group for Immigrant and Refugee communities.
María José is our designated staff for Continued Education Units (CEU’s) and referrals. Do not hesitate to contact her about CEU events and referrals.
Contact María José at firstname.lastname@example.org or main line 484-440-9416