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Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

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  • June 15, 2018

    Working with Muslim Individuals and Families: Culturally Competent Care

    In this workshop, Rupa M. Khetarpal, MA, MSW, LCSW will provide an experiential overview of some of the characteristics that contribute towards the Muslim identity including geography, migration, historical roots, religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural identity issues, leading to the current experience of Muslim families as they live within a highly politicized environment, exposed to consistent and indiscriminate negative attitudes and emotions directed at themselves and to Islam.

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  • June 22, 2018

    Breathwork and Meditation for Therapists: Integrate Stress-Reduction Techniques into Your Practice

    Psychotherapists can benefit greatly from mind-body practices rooted in yoga, Qigong, and Buddhist meditation. Coherent Breathing with gentle movements and Open Focus Attention Training are highly effective self-regulation techniques that help relieve anxiety and insomnia, improve mental focus, increase feelings of well-being, activate social engagement systems, and enhance capacities for bonding, closeness, and empathy. With practice, it can be done during daily activities to enhance and optimize brain, heart and lung function, while stimulating the nervous system’s relaxation response. Through the experience of repeated rounds of breathwork and meditation presented by Richard P. Brown.

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  • June 18–21, 2018

    Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

    Through a combination of lecture, videotape, observation of live interviews and exercises presented by Sue Johnson, EdD and George Faller LMFT, participants will learn to identify the basic stages and steps of Emotionally Focused Therapy and to help couples recognize and de-escalate problematic cycles of interaction. Participants will also learn to help couples create or restore the emotional bond between them once the negative cycle, and the attachment needs that drive it has been understood.

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  • July 16–18, 2018

    Personal Best Summer Intensive: Adult Development and Sensitive Parenting for At-Risk Families with Young Children

    This intensive short course prepares participants to implement Personal Best, a 16 session group curriculum and Home Visiting Guide for individual sessions. The training will focus on adult development as well as parent-child and family relationships.

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  • July 23–26, 2018

    Bright Beginnings Summer Intensive:Early Child Development and Parenting Processes

    This intensive short course prepares participants to implement Bright Beginnings, a parenting curriculum that consists of group sessions and individualized video review for parents and their infant or toddler. This manualized intervention helps parents support their children’s social, emotional and cognitive development and develop school readiness.

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  • Begins September 2018

    Core Curriculum in Family Therapy

    Become an Ackerman trained family therapist. Our most comprehensive program is the Core Curriculum sequence, involving a progression from the Foundations of Family Therapy course to the Live Clinical Supervision course to the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy program. Trainees move sequentially through this curriculum. However, some trainees may wish to take the Foundations and/or Live Clinical Supervision courses only

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  • Foster Care and Adoption Project Read More

    Directors: Catherine Lewis, LCSW and Andrea Blumenthal, LCSW

    The Foster Care and Adoption Project (FCAP) integrates ideas from family therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma studies to develop a model of working with families and agency workers who are impacted by or who interact with families involved with foster care and adoption.

  • The Gender and Family Project Read More

    Director: Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT

    The Gender and Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family. GFP is directed by Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, who has trained and published nationally and internationally on issues of gender and sexuality.

  • Bright Beginnings Read More

    Director: Martha Edwards, PhD

    Bright Beginnings is a theoretically based intervention for families making the transition to parenthood, consisting of group discussions and parent-child activities. Developed by Dr. Martha Edwards, it is designed to help parents promote their children’s social and emotional development and school readiness through a curriculum that includes a prenatal component for expectant mothers, a group component for parents with their infant or toddler, a video review component, and a home visiting component.

  • Competent Kids, Caring Communities Read More

    Director: Dr. Zina Rutkin

    Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC) is an exciting program that helps schools build a strong social and emotional support system for student learning. The program provides schools with two essential ingredients for academic success: tools to teach social emotional competencies and strategies to involve parents directly in their children’s learning.

  • The JUSTICE Project Read More

    Directors: Sarah Berland, LCSW and Courtney Zazzali, LCSW

    Nearly seven million Americans are under some form of correctional supervision (incarceration, parole, probation). The JUSTICE Project provides therapeutic support to families involved with or impacted by the criminal justice system.

  • The Latino Youth and Family Immigration Project: Dimelo en Español Read More

    Directors: Silvia B. Espinal and Genoveva Garcia

    The Latino Youth and Family Immigration Project (LYIP): Dímelo en Español provides a specialized framework of family therapy to First and Second generation Latino youth and their families. This project is led by family therapists Silvia B. Espinal, LCSW, and Genoveva Garcia, LCSW.

    El Proyecto Juventud y la Familia Latina Inmigrante: Dímelo en Español.

  • Ackerman News Read More

    For Immediate Release: New York (NY) – Gisselle Acevedo has been named as the new President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

    Ms. Acevedo is the former President and CEO of Para Los Niños, an educational and social service organization which provides services to children and families from some of Los Angeles’s most challenged communities.

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