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.

Please learn more by viewing the video below: 

Please click here to view the Foundations Curriculum

Who should apply: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Date & Time: 30 sessions

Mondays, beginning September 12, 2016   5 p.m. – 8 p.m.     or
Wednesdays, beginning September 14, 2016   12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuition: $3,250. Deposit of $1,625 payable upon acceptance into the program. Balance is due by August 1.

Contact Hours: 90

Ackerman Institute for the Family is an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State.

Applications opening soon…

If you would like to mail or fax in your application, download a printable application belowFoundations in Family Therapy Application

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Operates on a rolling admissions basis

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