From October 21st through October 25th, The Ackerman Institute for the Family opened its doors and its hearts to welcome ten trainees visiting from The Fundación AIGLÉ and the Instituto Chileno de Terapia Familiar for an exciting, educative week of advanced intensive training in the latest techniques in couple therapy.
“All of the students from Latin America had been here before, but I think trainees keep coming back because Ackerman is a really exciting place to learn….and welcoming. This past year, we had another request from AIGLÉ and Instituto Chileno to add an additional advanced intensive training program. So, we created an advanced training for the first time at the Institute for our Latin American partners…,” said Catherine Lewis, Director of Community and International Training at Ackerman.
Students had glowing reviews of their experience, “Watching Peggy Papp do sculpting is one of the greatest opportunities we could have had,” said Gabriel Genise of Argentina.
The one-week Advanced Intensive in Family Therapy included workshops taught by Ackerman faculty: Jean Malpas, Virginia Goldner, Marcia Sheinberg, Peggy Pappand Michele Scheinkman. The trainees had the opportunity to observe compelling live couple sessions and were able to evaluate appropriate responses and actions in therapy sessions. They observed various cases and talked about the different choice points they might make at given intervals. In addition to the lectures and observations, senior faculty members Fiona True, Evan Imber-Black, and Mary Kim Brewster brought trainees into the classrooms. Along with Ackerman students, the trainees participated in vigorous discussions and presentations relating to the Ackerman Relational Approach.
By the end of the week, Delfina De Achaval, a clinical psychologist from Uruguay, had this to say about her experience,“ I love the variety of professionals, but even just the human part…..we really felt Ackerman as our family. I got even more than I ever expected.”
Beatriz Cadena, a psychotherapist from Guatemala, reflected on her week of training, “This is my second time at the Ackerman Institute. It’s a great experience. You get the theory, live clinical interviews, and you get to learn and work with top therapists.”