Training Overview



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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Frequently asked questions
about tuition, financial aid, refunds,
and more.

For More Information, Contact:
Ackerman Institute Training Department
936 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York NY 10010
212 879-4900, ext 111


Upcoming Workshops, Webinars, and Short Courses

  • Begins September 2018

    Core Curriculum in Family Therapy

    Become an Ackerman trained family therapist. Our most comprehensive program is the Core Curriculum sequence, involving a progression from the Foundations of Family Therapy course to the Live Clinical Supervision course to the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy program. Course begins September 2018.

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  • September 12–November 7, 2018

    The Ackerman Relational Approach in Practice

    In this short course, Marcia Sheinberg will offer the opportunity to learn from and explore the treatment of a couple over time using the Ackerman Relational Approach. Each week participants will look closely at a session with the opportunity to discuss choice points and to connect how the therapist both conceptualizes and conducts the session.

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  • September 14, 2018

    Transforming Life Narratives: Genograms, Context, Connection, Legacies and Having a Sense of Home

    This workshop will be about the key dimensions for assessing human problems and evolving healing solutions. Genograms are the core mapping tool of this work and a map of who you belong to. Dr. Monica McGoldrick will focus on viewing each person in the context of their cultural background, social class, gender and sexual orientation, family history, life cycle trajectory, and multiple identities.

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  • September 17–November 12, 2018

    From Impasse to Intimacy: An Advanced Course/Consultation Group for Couple Therapists

    In this intimate advanced course/consultation group presented by Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, participants will learn to use the Vulnerability Cycle (VC) as a major tool in their clinical work. The course will use integrative framework, multi-cultural conceptualization of intimacy, and video clips to help couples articulate, define and prioritize their unique expectations and dentify and overcome intimacy blocks.

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  • September 21, 2018

    Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship

    In this workshop, Martha B. Straus, PhD, will describe Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of adolescent trauma treatment. Through lecture, discussion, exercises, and video clips, you will learn and practice mindful, empathic strategies that can help even the most challenging and distressed teens feel more secure, connected, present, and regulated.

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  • October 10, 2018–May 8, 2019

    Bringing Voices of Color to the World: Writing for Publication

    This course is for family therapists of color who want to bring to print their perspectives, experiences, and work in family therapy training and practice in peer-reviewed journals, popular media, or on professional websites. Writing focused on cultural sensitivity and healing from social injustice is particularly encouraged. Presented by thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones, PhD.

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