Training Overview



Expert therapists lead family 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 trainings 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

  • Digging Deeper: Working with Unfinished Business in Individuals, Couples, and Families

    This workshop will use concepts from Object Relations to show how and when to help clients connect the dots between the present and the past. Through video and case examples, the workshop will demonstrate ways to re-work troublesome issues and traumas that have been retained as ‘unfinished business,’ and help clients see themselves and others in a new light.

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  • From Reactivity to Intimacy: An Advanced Workshop for Couple Therapists

    In this workshop, Michele Scheinkman, LCSW will describe how she utilizes the vulnerability cycle as the gateway for promoting intimacy in couple relationships.

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  • Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice in Couple Therapy

    Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, will provide expansive models of sexual response, how to conduct a therapeutic sexual history, and co-creating expansive therapeutic frames that include new approaches to standard sex therapy techniques.

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  • On the Eve of Destruction: Last Chance Couple Therapy

    In this workshop, participants will explore how to engage reluctant partners in therapy without making them feel trapped in an unhappy future. The workshop will use videotape/audiotape demonstrations, experiential exercises, and case presentations that will include heterosexual, gay, and biracial couples.

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  • An Ecological and Culturally Relevant Framework for Preventive and Clinical Interventions with Latinxs: One Size Does Not Fit All

    In this workshop, Dr. Parra-Cardona will present a theoretical framework useful to inform preventive and clinical interventions with Latinxs.

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  • Youth Suicide Risk Management: Risk Assessment, Safety Planning, and Family Engagement

    In this workshop, Dr. Guy Diamond and Dr. Suzanne Levy will review procedures and assessment tools for conducting suicide risk assessments. Participants will learn how to generate a safety plan and how and when to involve parents/caregivers in the process.

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  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Youth and Young Adults Struggling with Depression and Suicide

    ABFT provides structure and a roadmap to guide families through this reparative process in 12 to 16 weeks. The model unfolds through five treatment tasks: relational reframing, alliance building with the adolescent, alliance building with the parent(s), repairing attachment, and promoting autonomy.

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  • Integrating the Spiritual Dimension in Clinical Practice: Suffering, Healing, and Resilience

    Dr. Walsh will present a useful systemic framework and multi-faith perspectives to integrate spirituality in clinical work with individuals, couples, and families. Practice guidelines, cautions, and case illustrations will be discussed.

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  • Ambiguous Loss and the Myth of Closure

    In this workshop, Pauline Boss, PhD, will discuss relational and contextual assessments and interventions, plus cultural differences regarding the need for closure and its certainty. Boss’ six therapeutic guidelines: increase the resiliency to tolerate and even embrace ambiguity, focus on meaning, mastery, identity, ambivalence, attachment, and new hope will be discussed.

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