Hi, I'm Jennifer Cutilletta
Jennifer Cutilletta, LCSW
I'm a clinical social worker with over 16 years' experience working with children and families in Chicago including 14 years at JPA. After earning my MA from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago in 2001, I provided individual and group counseling at Chicago elementary schools in Woodlawn, Kenwood, and Englewood. I focused on childhood trauma, family reintegration, and depression. I've been a contributing therapist to JPA’s award-winning Building Bridges to North Lawndale (BBNL) program since its establishment in 2005.
I created a large-scale intern training program for JPA and an annual Staff Wellness Retreat, now in its 12th year. In 2012, I expanded my role to include consulting with direct-service staff at a JPA partner agency. I help them think clinically about their work with some of the most vulnerable, medically complex children in the city. I've also developed and offered workshops for mothers who are survivors of sexual abuse, professionals working with traumatized children in schools, and clinicians providing trauma-informed care and managing vicarious trauma. I view supervising staff and interns as a powerful tool to connect children to resources at the individual and systems levels.
My approach to clinical work is psychodynamic and relationship-oriented. I work with clients in several ways: talk and dynamic play therapy, systemic family treatment, and expressive interventions (writing, drawing, visitation/ relaxation) reflecting what works for each client and what emerges within the therapeutic space. I believe strongly in the positive, lasting change that comes from a mutually respectful and collaborative relationship.