HVIP and tMHFA Coordinator

Grief does not unfold for us in orderly fashion. Therefore, as neighbors, family members, friends or professionals, one of the most important things that we can do for anyone is to normalize their grieving process.

As a professional and a peer in grief support, being able to aid anyone coping with the changes and emotions associated with grief is my life’s work.  On a community level, this work is also a beautiful and unique opportunity to join together and lay a foundation for sustainable and systemic outcomes for those who live, work, and learn in Chester. 

Shakyra Morales is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Coordinator of Chester’s Hospital-linked Violence Intervention (HVIP).  She is also a certified teen Mental Health First Aid Instructor, coordinating implementation of the program in the City of Chester.  

Previously, she worked within the University of Pennsylvania Health System as a Neurology Social Worker and Clinical Research Assistant Project Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and a Masters in Social Work with a Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, from the University of Texas.

Shakyra has served in various settings dedicated to mental health including: juvenile reentry, transitional living for homeless youth, acute psychiatric care, and women’s trauma. Her passion lies in supporting youth exposed to community violence, eliminating the stigma of behavioral and mental health treatment, and promoting balance between mental and physical health.