Introduction to Family Therapy

This workshop is for participants who are new to family therapy. It covers some of the foundational concepts and practice of psychotherapy from a family systems perspective and explores the clinical implications of shifting from an individual to a family-relational framework.

Participants will learn:

  • The evolution of family therapy and the family lifecycle
  • The “jump” from intrapsychic to systems thinking the contextualization of the presenting problem (intergenerational, social, cultural, and political)
  • Tracking cycle of interactions and asking relational questions
  • Forming systemic hypothesis and the use of decision dialogues
  • Family premises, beliefs, and meanings and the collaborative stance of the family therapist.

The workshop’s interactive format will provide opportunities for active participation. Content will be explored through case presentation with videos, small and large group discussions, and exercises to practice the application of family therapy concepts and techniques.

Julia Chan, LCSW is a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She teaches the 30-week Foundations to Family Therapy course. She also teaches at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5

Price Qty
Tuition $140.00 (USD)  


To register by phone or mail please click here

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org