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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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  • 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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  • 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. Course begins September 2018.

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  • September 12–November 7, 2018

    The Ackerman Relational Approach in Practice

    In this short course, Marcia Sheinberg will offer the opportunity to learn from and explore the treatment of a couple over time using the Ackerman Relational Approach. Each week participants will look closely at a session with the opportunity to discuss choice points and to connect how the therapist both conceptualizes and conducts the session.

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  • September 14, 2018

    Transforming Life Narratives: Genograms, Context, Connection, Legacies and Having a Sense of Home

    This workshop will be about the key dimensions for assessing human problems and evolving healing solutions. Genograms are the core mapping tool of this work and a map of who you belong to. Dr. Monica McGoldrick will focus on viewing each person in the context of their cultural background, social class, gender and sexual orientation, family history, life cycle trajectory, and multiple identities.

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  • September 17–November 12, 2018

    From Impasse to Intimacy: An Advanced Course/Consultation Group for Couple Therapists

    In this intimate advanced course/consultation group presented by Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, participants will learn to use the Vulnerability Cycle (VC) as a major tool in their clinical work. The course will use integrative framework, multi-cultural conceptualization of intimacy, and video clips to help couples articulate, define and prioritize their unique expectations and dentify and overcome intimacy blocks.

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  • September 21, 2018

    Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship

    In this workshop, Martha B. Straus, PhD, will describe Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of adolescent trauma treatment. Through lecture, discussion, exercises, and video clips, you will learn and practice mindful, empathic strategies that can help even the most challenging and distressed teens feel more secure, connected, present, and regulated.

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  • October 10, 2018–May 8, 2019

    Bringing Voices of Color to the World: Writing for Publication

    This course is for family therapists of color who want to bring to print their perspectives, experiences, and work in family therapy training and practice in peer-reviewed journals, popular media, or on professional websites. Writing focused on cultural sensitivity and healing from social injustice is particularly encouraged. Presented by thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones, PhD.

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  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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