Expert therapists lead family and couple therapy
workshops on a wide range of topics.
CE Contact Hours available.
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Core Courses

Ackerman offers post-graduate
courses in family systems theory
and technique.
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Short Courses

Brief intensives on specialized
family therapy topics.
CE Contact Hours available.
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Community Training

We are committed to bringing family
therapy theory and skills to workers
and therapists in the community.
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Social Work & Diversity Program

Ackerman’s internship
program for graduate social work
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International Training

The International Training Program
provides expert training in family
therapy to partners in several countries.
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Online tutorials, led by family therapy
professionals in partnership with FPI.
CE Contact Hours available
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For more information, contact:
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Upcoming Workshops, Webinars, and Short Courses

  • Wednesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11, 2018

    Family-Centered Treatment: Working with Parents and Children with Special Needs

    Parents who have children with developmental, learning and behavioral challenges experience cumulative stress and an urgency to help their child function optimally at home and in school. They often feel depleted or inadequate as they attempt to sustain healthy family relationships and family routines. This course will explore the bi-directional impact of a child’s disability on parent and family well-being.

    In this short course, the Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project team led by Director Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR, along with project faculty Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW; Sara Goldsmith, NCSP; Elissa Kirtzman, LCSW; and Tracy Ross, LCSW will use case presentations to illustrate the structure, process and therapeutic goals of family work.

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  • Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Social Justice and Therapist Power in Family Therapy

    The field of family therapy encourages commitment to diversity and social justice, but offers different ideas about how to consider these issues. In an effort to encourage “activism,” the varying models are divergent regarding how this might look. This webinar presented by Carmen Knudson-Martin, PhD, LMFT and Justine D’Arrigo-Patrick, PhD offers a version called “relational activism,” which focuses on conversation, collaboration, and an understanding of commonalities across differences. This process can open a door toward a working together that shines a light on how “activism” might look in a “just” family therapy approach. Through dialogue with numerous examples of work with families, and an understanding of therapist and societal power, the presenters will describe how they manage potential tensions between countering injustice and maintaining collaboration in their socially equitable approach.

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  • Friday, March 16, 2018

    A Sociocultural Approach for the Understanding and Treatment of Young Latinas Experiencing Self-Harming Behavior

    In the search for answers to the disproportionate rates of attempted suicide among young Latinas, research has identified family conflict, racial and ethnic discrimination, and immigration-related traumas as factors in the sociocultural environment that play a role in their decisions to attempt suicide. This workshop, led by Gloria Lopez-Henriquez, DSW, LCSW, will further and complicate the conversations about these research findings by bringing a diversity of perspectives including young Latinas’ voices found online. By bringing young Latinas’ digital presence to the discussion, the connection between the brutality of their environment and their self-inflicted violence becomes real and concrete.

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  • Friday, March 23, 2018

    Deepening Sexuality & Gender Expression:
    Couple Therapy in the 21st Century
    Ackerman’s Seventh Annual Spring Conference

    Please join us at the Ackerman Institute’s Seventh Annual Conference, “Deepening Sexuality & Gender Expression: Couple Therapy in the 21st Century.” This year’s innovative and bold conference will present a full day of learning to integrate fresh ideas of sexuality and gender expression into your Couple Therapy practice.
    The morning will feature a keynote by Shannon Sennett, AASECT certified sex therapist, educator, and LGBTQ Family Therapist. The afternoon will feature original workshops by the distinguished Ackerman faculty and valued colleagues. Conference participants will select from concurrent workshops designed to expand theory and practice in Couple and Sex Therapy.

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  • Friday, April 6, 2018

    Ambiguous Loss and the Myth of Closure

    Ambiguous loss is loss without closure, and thus its grief also has no closure. When loved ones cannot be found or healed from an illness, when families are uprooted and separated by forced migrations, or when loss makes no sense (suicide, homicide), the lens of ambiguous loss helps therapists as they work with families when there is no clear solution. While lingering grief from ambiguous loss is akin to that of complicated grief, it is a normal reaction to an abnormal type of loss. Traditional grief and PTSD therapies are thus insufficient.
    Using case analysis and self-of-the-therapist reflection, Pauline Boss, PhD, will discuss relational and contextual assessments and interventions, as well as cultural differences regarding the need for closure.

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  • Friday, April 13, 2018

    Narrative Therapy with Children and Adolescents

    This workshop will focus on work with children and adolescents, using externalizing as a practice while noticing how the culture influences both children and their parents. The “problem” is seen as an “effect” of ways of thinking. What children are experiencing is constructed as problematic, rather than being seen as something that makes sense in their lives. Victoria C. Dickerson, PhD, will use videos to assist the participants in how they might work with their own young clients.

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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Mindful Parenting

    Professionals working in close contact with parents and children have a unique role in helping parents manage their feelings and deciding what action to take when caring for their child. When the child behavior or the caregiver’s response is extreme or seemingly incomprehensible we often lose our freedom of response and resort to a rigid reaction and at the same time we lose our connection with self and other. Mindful parenting is a specific state of mind and set of activities that enables caregivers to respond, instead, from a thoughtful and intentional mind state, rather than a mind state of distress and reactivity.

    In this full day workshop presented by Sabina Fila, LCSW, participants will explore how their own reactions as professionals are informed by their cultural and family beliefs, their early experiences, and their desires and fears for parents and children.

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  • Friday, April 20, 2018

    The Sexually Well-Informed Clinician: Beyond Masters &amp Johnson

    Sex is a topic that is invariably on your clients’ minds, but to what extent does it enter the clinical conversation? Most of us haven’t been trained in helping couples freely explore their sexual needs, fears, fantasies, and desires. Nor do we know about the latest advances in treating common sexual problems. All this is unfortunate, as the current field of sex therapy has a body of practices that integrate very well with individual psychotherapy and couple therapy. In an effort to bridge this gap, this workshop led by Ian Kerner PhD, LMFT, will discuss the exponentially expanding science of sexuality, current tools for assessment and treatment of common sexual issues through a biopsychosocial inter-relational lens, dealing with the therapist’s anxiety and counter-transference about sex, and understanding the unique issues in working with LGBTQ couples

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  • Friday, April 27, 2018

    Talking Race and Racism

    Conversations about race and racism in this country end too often when there is a chance to begin such dialogue, especially in cross-racial settings. At the same time, the dynamics of race and racism impact us in every facet of our lives. Aquilla Frederick, MBA, LCSW, and Frank Wells, LCSW, will support participants in developing stronger clinical skills in cross-racial dialogues with colleagues and clients alike. Specifically, as a cross-racial faculty team, they will introduce participants to the language and foundations of the conversation about race and racism by sharing their experiences and strategies for engaging in difficult cross-racial dialogue.

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  • Saturday, April 28, 2018

    Beyond The White Gaze: A Sanctuary for Therapists of Color

    This workshop will share ideas and findings generated by the Therapists of Color Consultation Project at the Ackerman Institute. The training will address the impact of internalized racism on therapists of color, including the themes of learned voicelessness, “covering” (Yoshino, K. 2007), and shame. The project team will describe how this exploration creates a within-group sanctuary that allows for more generative conversations about race and racism, greater safety in sharing vulnerability, and the de-centering of whiteness. This sanctuary empowers therapists of color to facilitate conversations on race and racism in clinical practice with families.

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