Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery

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Kate Halsey MSW, LCSW
Lead Clinician

Kate received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and Masters of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to working at the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, she was a clinician at The Yale Child Study Center. There she provided home-based social services to English and Spanish speaking families for the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS) program. IICAPS delivers treatment directly in the homes of children coping with the problems and stresses associated with abuse, neglect, chronic or acute physical or mental illness, parental substance abuse, and/or homelessness.

Kate has experience in the high school system as a therapist, as well as knowledge of the auxiliary systems, including DHS, juvenile probation, and the education system as it relates to mental health issues for youth and their families.

For the past year, Kate has been the lead clinician at the Penn Center, providing trauma focused therapy to Philadelphia youth and their families. Her background in trauma has included supervision by Dr. Steven Berkowitz. She has received targeted training in the following models/interventions: TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy), CF-TSI (the child and family traumatic stress intervention), and Dr. Edna Foa’s Prolonged Exposure Therapy.

In addition to her clinical background, Kate is a licensed, certified Yoga Instructor. She completed the Yoga Teacher Training and certification program at the Kripalu Institute in Lenox, MA. She is an instructor of multiple styles and disciplines of yoga reflecting the Kripalu message of compassion. The physical and emotional releases and connections experienced through yoga postures and breath work has proven beneficial for victims of trauma and those suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD, among other adversities. Consequently, Kate had used her yoga background in the mental health field in her work with children and families. Yoga and Mindfulness practice can aid in the development of physical and mental strategies for coping with challenges presented by psychiatric illness, trauma, violence, and various economic and environmental stressors.

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