Supervisory Fellow, Social Work & Diversity Program
Helen Park, LCSW, MFA is the Supervisory Fellow for the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Social Work & Diversity Program. Helen is a graduate of Ackerman’s Clinical Externship Program and proud alum of the Social Work & Diversity Program. She is also a Clinic Therapist and Associate with Ackerman’s Foster Care and Adoption Project.
As a clinical social worker and therapist, Helen draws upon her experiences in the arts, contemplative practice, and social justice activism to create a way of working with clients that is integrative, holistic, healing-centered, and anti-oppressive. Helen received her MSW from New York University, MFA from University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a Fulbright Fellow alumna (Republic of Korea).
Prior to becoming a therapist, Helen was an arts educator and program facilitator in New York City public schools. In this field, she created innovative learning programs and curricula for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and neurodiverse students. As a media artist, Helen created community-based projects that fostered critical dialogue and collective healing. Helen is also the former director of the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Community and International Training Department, and provided leadership for the expansion of the Institute’s national and global partnerships.
Helen is currently pursuing clinical training in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy, and works as Artist Social Worker for Recess, an abolitionist-centered creative community and arts organization. She sits on the Board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, teaches meditation, and maintains a private practice on Lenape Territory, colonially known as New York City.