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2014 Janine L. Blackwell Humanitarian Award


We're proud to announce that Jefferson's partner for our Master's Program in Couple & Family Therapy, the Council for Relationships, received the Janine L. Blackwell Humanitarian Award for work with homeless families at the Families Forward Philadelphia shelter.

Dorothy Thomas and two of our graduating Jefferson interns, Brianna Bilkins and Emmalee Bierly, who have been providing care at the shelter for the past 18 months, attended a dinner and were presented with the award.

Dorothy accepted the award and spoke about the value of therapy after the trauma of losing one’s home and tolerating the demands of children in a difficult setting all the while trying to adhere to the rules and requirements of the shelter.

Jefferson continues to work with the Council for Relationships to provide services at Families Forward with our Jefferson interns including:

  • A parents' support group each Monday
  • A children's therapeutic play group that coincides with the parents' meeting

There is dedicated therapy space in the shelter building on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays for our 2nd year interns to meet with troubled families.