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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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  • Healing Intergenerational Wounds: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Transform Family Relationships

    Dr. Fishbane will explore ways to facilitate healing & dialogue in distressed relationships between adults and their families of origin, especially parents. Utilizing a resilience-based view & a relational intergenerational approach, topics to be addressed include family legacies & loyalties, resentment and blame, cutoffs, differentiation, boundaries, power, guilt, repair, and forgiveness.

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  • Talking Race/Racism – Moving the Conversation Forward

    Dialogue is an alternative to alienation and conflict – It is a tool that helping professionals can use to understand ourselves, our clients, our society — it promotes a process that makes visible that which is unseen and puts words to what is unsaid. This course introduces clinicians to the language and foundations for the conversation about race and racism with a cross racial faculty team who will share experiences and strategies for engaging in difficult cross racial dialogue

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  • Sex and Shame: A Workshop for Therapists and other Helping Professionals

    Sexuality is a vital, defining part of our identity. We are at our most vulnerable when we experience sexual feelings — and therefore we’re the most prone to feeling shame.

     In this workshop, we will offer tools you can use to help clients talk about, explore and heal the sexual shame that can arise at any stage in the life cycle — and help them towards a life-affirming sexuality.

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  • An Intensive in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Harnessing Attachment and Emotion to Effect Change

    Often therapists experience a divide between EFT and meaning based treatments, including Ackerman’s Relational Therapy. While each approach has different conceptual underpinnings, this course will explore and suggest ways to include EFT practices in your familiar ways of working.

    Making extensive use of videotapes and experiential exercises, participants will both see and practice the skills of EFT. 

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  • Working with Families with Young Children: A clinical and reflective approach to intervention

    Clinical interventions with families with young children is often challenging. The Ackerman Institute’s Center for the Developing Child and Family has a two generational approach to working with young families that attends to the relationship between the child and caregiver; while also addressing the emotional well-being of the family.

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  • Rekindling Intimacy: A Clinical Framework for Couples Therapists

    When couples come to therapy their yearnings for intimacy are often buried underneath a cascade of complaints, resentments and power struggles. Taking into account that intimacy is socially constructed, informed by contextual, cultural and personal meanings, we will consider a multicultural framework that considers diverse and nuanced meanings of intimacy.

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  • Learning to Listen to Men’s Sexual Narrative in Treatment

    General therapists will learn how to listen for and identify the multi-cultural myths, taboos and challenges relating to themes of power, entitlement, and inadequacy when working with men, sexuality and couples.  Sari will help participants recognize possible blind spots therapists may have when it comes to male sexuality

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  • Family-Centered Treatment: A Clinical Model for Working with Parents and Children with Special Needs

    Parents who have children with special needs experience cumulative stress and an urgency to help their child function optimally in school and at home. They often feel depleted or inadequate as they attempt to sustain healthy family relationships and family routines. This workshop will highlight the bi-directional impact of a child’s disability on parent and family well-being.

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