Dual Program

Students may apply to take both Foundations in Family Therapy and Live Clinical in the same year. These two courses taken concurrently are the Dual Program.

Foundations in Family Therapy:

Family therapy has developed many effective and innovative ways to work with families, couples and individuals. The Ackerman Relational Approach incorporates exciting new ideas and practices. Trainees will also learn the history of the field of family therapy, as critiqued through a postmodern lens, with an emphasis on contemporary practice. Course participants learn about the development of systemic thinking, and how it informs interviewing, hypothesizing, and clinical interventions. There is a focus throughout the course on the interplay between the interior life of individual family members; the relational interactions of the family; and the influences of the larger social context. Recently, there has been a commitment to emphasize the impact of race, racism, gender identity and sexual orientation on families and family therapy.

The course includes didactic presentations, discussions of reading materials, case presentations, experiential exercises as well as observation and discussion of videotaped therapy sessions conducted by experienced family therapists. Trainees learn theory and clinical concepts. They will also work on expanding their own identity development in respect to social contexts of power and privilege and integrate these elements into their current clinical work.

Live Clinical Supervision:

Using the knowledge of family systems gained from the Foundations in Family Therapy course, trainees have the opportunity to participate actively on a treatment team and, at times, work with families in front of a one-way mirror with live supervision. In addition, group members explore their own family’s culture of origin and its effect on practice. Review of videotapes is included to increase clinical skills and to address relevant personal issues.

Date & Time: 30 sessions

Foundations sections:  
Mondays, beginning September 12, 2016, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 2016, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Live Clinical sections:   
Mondays, beginning September 12, 2016, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  or   5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesdays, beginning September 13, 2016, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 2016, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. or  5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuition: $7,150. Deposit of $3,575 payable upon acceptance into the program. Balance is due by August 1.

Continuing Education Credits: 210

The Ackerman Institute is approved by NASW, CT

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If you would like to mail or fax in your application, download a printable application hereDual Program Application

If you would like to apply for financial aid, download a printable application below.
Financial Aid Application

For more information, contact:
Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111