Erin Vanden Brook, LCSW

Therapist; Director, 9th Gear

Erin Vanden Brook is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been with JPA since 2014. At JPA, Erin works as a staff therapist at KIPP Ascend Primary, a charter school on the west side of Chicago. At KIPP, Erin expertly provides individual, small group and classroom group therapy for elementary students in addition to providing consultation support to KIPP’s teachers and administration. Erin is also the Director of JPA’s mentorship program, 9th Gear, which focuses on supporting 8th grade students as they transition into high school.

Erin studied at the University of Seville in Spain during her junior undergraduate year at UW-Madison, and returned to Spain for a year after undergrad to work as an assistant English teacher in a high school. Prior to joining the clinical team at JPA, Erin worked as a bilingual child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist at Pilsen Wellness Center. Erin provides empathic, compassionate and client-centered services.


  • BA, Women’s Studies and Spanish, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MSW, Loyola University Chicago

Areas of Specialty:

  • Bilingual (Spanish speaking) therapy
  • Trauma
  • Adolescent concerns
  • Parenting and Family Concerns
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Play therapy with children ages 5-12
  • Women’s issues

Professional Memberships:

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Juvenile Protective Association
1707 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

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