Community Training


The Ackerman Institute for the Family is committed to bringing family therapy theory and skills to workers and therapists in the community who are providing services and therapy to families struggling with a broad range of needs. Currently, Ackerman provides on-going training to many agencies throughout the metropolitan area who are serving families, including the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA), The Child Center, Spence Chapin, Green Chimney’s Children’s Services, New Alternatives for Children, North Central Bronx Hospital, and Mt. Sinai.

Trainings are specifically designed to meet the learning needs of staff, and can be provided as a one-time event, or as a more intensive series of several full or half-day trainings. Case consultations and/or live case consultations can be included in any training series. All of the presentations integrate ideas from family systems theory and the Ackerman Relational Approach. Additionally, presenting faculty members show relevant video of family therapy sessions, highlighting teaching points. The following list provides a sample of possible workshop topics:

1)      An Overview of Family Therapy: The Ackerman Relational Approach

2)      Developing and Facilitating Multi-Family Groups

3)      Engaging Challenging Parents in Treatment

4)      Secondary Trauma and Self-Care

5)    Working with Latency Age Children-  Tools for Making Therapy Fun

6)     A Relational Approach to Healing from Sexual Abuse

7)     Children, Adolescents and Complex Trauma

8)     A Systemic Approach to Working with Families in Foster Care

9)     Treating Children with Relational Trauma

10)   Early Child Development and Parenting Processes

11)   Family Therapy with Children Under Five

12)   Treating Adolescents and Their Families

13)   Working with Couples

14)   Working with Families with Serious, Chronic and/or Life Threatening Illness

15)   Working with Gender Non-Conforming Youth

16)   Working with Families and Sexual Abuse

17)   Tools for Helping Parents Manage Children’s Behavioral Struggles

18)   From Cultural Competency to Cultural Curiosity

19)   Mental Illness and the Family

20)   Working with Families Struggling with Substance Abuse

21)   Connection and Independence: The Relational Dance of Adolescents

To plan a workshop  or training program tailored for your agency please contact:
Catherine Lewis, LCSW
212-879-4900, ext 135