What We Do

Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.


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Upcoming Workshops

  • Healing Shame: A Workshop for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals

    Shame is often an underlying issue for many presenting problems, such as depression, perfectionism, eating disorders and relationship difficulties. It is both a primary emotion and a freeze state, which has a profound effect on personal development and relationship success. It binds with and hides behind other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that it is often hard to detect. 

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  • Implementing Parent Discussion Groups with Families Who Have Children with Special Needs

    Ackerman Institute’s Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project team has designed an 8 session Parent Discussion Group based on our understanding of the persistent challenges parents face raising a child with developmental disabilities. Typically, support groups and parent workshops are child-focused, whereas Ackerman’s approach addresses family relationships, family life and the social-emotional needs of parents.

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  • Therapeutic Artistry: Finding Your Creative Edge with Difficult Couples and Families

    At times in our professional careers, all of us have been faced with clinical situations in which we were intimidated by or experienced therapeutic paralysis in reaction to particular clients’ perplexing presenting problems and extensive treatment histories, families with multiple members carrying serious DSM diagnoses, and couples and families that seem to thrive on crises. 

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  • Secrets in Families and Family Therapy

    Secrets have existed throughout time. In every culture, beliefs about secrecy, privacy and openness contribute to a crucial decision – should I keep a secret? Should I open a secret? As therapists, we are witnesses to the complexity of our clients’ secrets. Whether shaped in the interior of a family fifty years ago or yesterday, secrets carry powerful new meanings in today’s culture. In this workshop, participants will learn a multi-systemic model for working effectively with secrets.

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  • Breathwork and Meditation for Therapists: Integrate Stress-Reduction Techniques into Your Practice

    Psychotherapists looking to compliment their practices can benefit greatly from mind-body practices rooted in yoga, qigong and Buddhist meditation. Coherent Breathing and Open Focus Meditation are two highly effective self-regulation techniques that help relieve anxiety, improve focus and increase one’s feeling of well-being.

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  • Two Approaches to Healing Ruptured Bonds: Ackerman Relational Trauma Therapy and Attachment Focused Family Therapy

    This two day workshop offers an opportunity for participants to experience two different, but complimentary approaches to working with children and family members to resolve conflicts and traumatic experiences.

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  • Family-Based Treatment for Adolescent Eating Disorders: An Introduction to the Principles and Practice of the “Maudsley Method”

    Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are pernicious eating disorders that typically onset in adolescence and are associated with disruptions in physical and psychological development. Revised diagnostic criteria in DSM-5 are more developmentally sensitive and will improve case identification, which in turn will increase the demand for effective interventions.

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  • Rekindling Intimacy: A Clinical Framework for Couples Therapists

    When couples come to therapy their yearnings for intimacy are often buried behind encrusted resentments, disappointments and power struggles. This workshop offers a valuable clinical framework to help couples get beneath their defensiveness and rekindle emotional and sexual intimacy in their relationships.

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