Anniversary celebration will honor Edna Foa, Ph.D.

PHILADELPHIA – (DATE) – The Joseph J. Peters Institute, a nonprofit that helps individuals and families dealing with the effects of trauma, marks 60 years of service on Thursday, October 22nd with a celebration at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC).

The Joseph J. Peters Institute is actively engaged in leading treatment and prevention efforts to understand the cause and effect of sexual and interpersonal violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other types of trauma. The organization is one of only a few organizations operating today that provides treatment services for both survivor and offender populations.

“We are one of the few agencies in the country that offers a comprehensive approach to trauma by addressing the entire cycle of abuse,” said Tom Haworth, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Joseph J. Peters Institute. “We recognize that survivors and offenders have varied needs, and therefore our approach and treatment is specifically designed to meet those needs – including operating separate service locations for each group.”

As part of the celebration, the Institute will honor Edna Foa, Ph.D., a professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Foa began studying post-rape trauma in the 1970s, and in 2000 began focusing specifically on combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She developed a therapy known as prolonged exposure (PE), which involves identifying thoughts and situations that trigger the most fear and then gently exposing sufferers to them.

“It is an enormous honor to be able to recognize Dr. Foa for her incredible contributions and to have her join us in celebration of our 60th anniversary,” said Haworth. “Her research and dedication to the treatment of PTSD has helped thousands and maybe hundreds of thousands recover from traumatic life events.”

JJPI’s 60th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Thursday, October 22nd from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., at the PHMC Lower Mezzanine Conference Center, 1500 Market St, Philadelphia, Pa.

JJPI is an affiliate of PHMC, a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities.

About PHMC

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that creates and sustains healthier communities. PHMC uses best practices to improve community health through direct service, partnership, innovation, policy, research, technical assistance and a prepared workforce. PHMC has served the region since 1972. For more information on PHMC, visit

About JJPI

Since 1955, the Joseph J. Peters Institute has been helping individuals and families heal by providing expert clinical care to people suffering the effects of trauma. The Institute is experienced in the prevention, treatment and research of sexual and interpersonal violence, post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of trauma. The Institute is nationally recognized for contributions in research and education, prevention and training, and evaluation and treatment through both Survivor and Offender services. The Joseph J. Peters Institute is an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation. For more information, visit