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 classes for each total
* Please note, Foundations and Live Clinical cannot be taken at the same day and time. 

Foundations sections:  
Mondays, beginning September TBA, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or  5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Live Clinical sections:   
Mondays, beginning September TBA, 2018, 1  p.m. – 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesdays, beginning September TBA, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. or  5 p.m. – 9 p.m
Saturdays, beginning September TBA, 2018, time to be determined

Tuition: $7,400. Full tuition payment or a tuition deposit of $3,700 is required to reserve a space in the course. Payment is due no later than July 17. The full balance is due by August 1st.

Continuing Education Credits: 210

The Ackerman Institute is approved by NASW, CT

To provide your application, first click here to provide the application fee, $50.

Submit your application via email, mail or fax. Download an application belowDual Program Application

DEADLINE FOR COURSE APPLICATION: Operates on a rolling admissions basis

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

Application for Financial Aid

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