Elizabeth Spellman, MSW, LSW

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Elizabeth Spellman, MSW, LSW, is a bereavement and palliative care social worker with the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Background

Elizabeth Spellman, LSW is a member of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  With over 15 years of social work experience working with at-risk and disenfranchised populations, Elizabeth has found special interest working with individuals and couples struggling with grief and loss, and trauma.

At CHOP, Elizabeth provides in-home psychotherapy to bereaved parents, adult siblings of the bereaved, and parents with children who have complex medical needs who are in need of additional psychosocial support.

She received her undergraduate degree and certificate of Social Work at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and her Master of Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.  Elizabeth also completed a Grief Support Specialist Certificate Program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

“Our society often struggles with acknowledging grief and loss, not only in our own lives, but in those within our community.  As friends, sisters, neighbors, classmates, we may not always have the right words to say to our grieving friend, but our silent presence and open heart can be just as important.  As a provider, I want to not only be present to those families struggling with feeling understood but act as a guide for our community in how we can better show up for our loved ones.  I hope that little by little we can make small changes to how people perceive grief and feel more comfortable supporting one another in that journey.” 

Education and Training

Board Certification

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Arts & Sciences - The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Graduate Degree

MSW - The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX

Titles and Academic Titles

Bereavement and Palliative Care Social Worker

Departments and Services