Jennifer Murayama

Jenn Murayama, LCSW is a member of the teaching faculty at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work and Ackerman’s externship program,  Jenn has over 16 years of direct practice experience working with children and families within community-based agencies and schools in NYC. 

Jenn has held a range of supervisory and management roles at Brooklyn Community Services, which operates child abuse prevention programs in some of the neighborhoods of NYC with the highest rates of  poverty and child maltreatment. The bulk of her career has focused on training and supporting novice clinicians to go against the grain- to apply a family-centered and systemic lens to their work in a range of service contexts that treat problems individually- child welfare, education, mental health, etc. Jenn is very passionate about creating learning and working spaces that foster a sense of community, generosity, and authenticity, and nurture and support self-care and a spirit of grace. 

Jenn has had extensive post-graduate training in Structural Family Therapy through The Minuchin Center for the Family. She is constantly inspired by SFT’s robust power to facilitate healing within families and challenge systems and helpers to get out of the way of families, so they can harness their own strengths and reclaim their sense of agency.

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