MSW, Washington University, St. Louis, 1967; ScD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1975
Faculty at three schools of social work; psychotherapist in private practice; faculty at GTIP.
Marilyn’s focus has been on groups and group processes from her early training to the present in communities, organizations, therapy groups, teaching and training. She majored in group work during her master’s program while the focus of her doctoral program was community health organizations. Marilyn received her gestalt training in 1977-78 from Erv and Miriam Polster at the Gestalt Training Institute, San Diego. Marilyn had a private clinical practice in the Washington, DC area for 35 years. After moving to Philadelphia in late 2015, she became involved in GTIP, initially as a supervisor and group facilitator, then as associate and full faculty. Marilyn integrates clinical experience with larger field processes, with a focus on racial justice work. Marilyn believes that Gestalt Therapy Theory gives us tools for life-long growth and hopes to create more resources and learning opportunities for using gestalt principles in this way. She hopes to explore the possibility of developing the above ideas at GTIP. Spare time activities include taking improv classes and creating one-of-a-kind pieces from her large collection of found fabric.