Stephen DiDonato, PhD, LPC, NCC
Program Director | Assistant Professor, Community and Trauma Counseling
Co-director, Jefferson Trauma Education Network (J-TEN)
Co-chair ISTSS Complex Trauma SIG
Associate Editor International Psychology Bulletin

Cooper University Health Care

“It is so important to recognize the trauma in ourselves and in our patients. Before we can heal others, we must heal ourselves, and thus be prepared to empathize and understand our patients and their families. The Trauma-Informed Care education provided by Hopeworks was a wonderful, down-to-earth, and hands-on approach to this concept, taught by a local community organization. The faculty, residents, and students at Cooper are now better equipped to recognize and assess Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on themselves, their patients, and on the organization.”

-Nicole Leopardi MD FAAP

Teach For America

“We love working with Hopeworks! The training we received was engaging and thoughtfully facilitated. Our participants who span K-12 and work in all different schools across the state were all able to take something meaningful away.”

Speak Up!

“The entire customer experience was exceptional –from the initial call to understand our needs and customize the training accordingly through the follow-up call to see how we were doing implementing what we learned.  With Kate Daugherty’s leadership and our trainers’ honest and professional delivery, the training exceeded our expectations.  Their willingness to share their wisdom and problem-solve with another nonprofit was inspiring!

Vetri Community Partnership

“We’ve had our whole staff participate in all three levels of HopeWorks’ Trauma Informed Care sessions.  Our team has learned so much about creating connections with our students and working with communities that have experienced trauma.  We now consistently reference ACEs research, safety plans, status checks and de-escalation in our organization and in our programming.  The Youth Healing Team interns that lead the sessions are so confident in their presentation – so much so that we asked Charlene and Ed to present to our Board of Directors about some of the training sessions our team has completed.  We’re so excited to continue to work closely with HopeWorks!”