Core Curriculum

Apply to Ackerman's core curriculum in couple and family therapy. Professional development for mental health professionals.

Our most comprehensive family therapy training program is the Core Curriculum sequence, involving a progression from the Foundations of Family Therapy course to the Live Clinical Supervision, to the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy. Trainees move sequentially through this curriculum. However, some trainees may wish to take the Foundations and/or Live Clinical Supervision courses only.

When you train at Ackerman, you gain hands-on family therapy experience at our state-of-the-art facility in NYC’s Flatiron District. Our core curriculum training program provides top-tier clinical experience and classroom learning to give you the skills you need to succeed as a couple and family therapist today.

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Ackerman Core Courses

Foundations of Family Therapy

This 30-week introductory course is for those who wish to learn about family systems theory and technique. This course provides the foundation for more advanced training in family therapy.

Live Clinical Supervision

This 30-week course offers the opportunity for hands-on supervision. Trainees participate in treating families from behind a one-way mirror with simultaneous supervision. In addition, trainees participate as part of a consultation team that evaluates and plans treatment.

The Dual Program

(Foundations of Family Therapy & Live Clinical Supervision)
Trainees may apply to take both Foundations of Family Therapy and Live Clinical the same year.

Clinical Externship in Family Therapy

A rigorous clinical and supervisory experience for trainees interested in attaining broad-based expertise in relational family therapy as it applies to couples and families. We offer a Day Program and an Evening Program.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Family Therapy and Live Clinical Supervision

Financial Aid:

Need-based financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for Foundations of Family Therapy, Live Clinical Supervision, the Dual Program, and the Clinical Externship. Send your completed financial aid application to: with “Financial Aid Application” in the subject line.

The deadline to apply is June 30th, 2019.

Download the 2019-2020 Financial Aid Application.

Continuing Education:

Continuing education contact hours / CEUs are available for mental health practitioners who hold LCSW, LMSW, or LMFT licensure in New York State. 

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