Jenny Crawford joined the Columbia School of Social Work in July 2011 after serving as the Director of Social Work with Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project. Since joining the School of Social Work she has dedicated her time to supporting students in field practicums, with a focus on interdisciplinary practice within social work and the law. She teaches both Contemporary Social Issues, a social policy course, and developed the first Forensic Social Work class offered at CUSSW, which she continues to teach. Additionally, Jenny teaches supervision and field instruction to MSW graduates, and has co-created a curriculum for practitioners and organizations on recognizing and managing vicarious trauma.
Before becoming the Director of Social Work with the Mental Health Project, Jenny dedicated her social work expertise to the Bronx community at The Bronx Defenders, a public defender office in the South Bronx that provides criminal, family and civil defense to indigent clients arrested and charged with crimes in the Bronx. Starting in 2002, as one of the original few social workers in the office, she helped develop the role of social work within an interdisciplinary model of advocacy and in 2005 became their first Director of Social Work. Jenny was part of an interdisciplinary planning team that developed the family defense practice, which represents parents charged with abuse and neglect in Bronx County. In 2009, Jenny received The New York City Chapter for National Association of Social Workers Social Work Image Award for her outstanding contributions in social work administration.
Additionally, Jenny has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University where she co-taught a seminar entitled Interdisciplinary Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect to law and social work graduate students. She currently has a private mitigation practice working on both state and federal cases.