Dual Program

Trainees may apply to take both Foundations of Family Therapy and Live Clinical in the same year. These two courses taken concurrently are the Dual Program.

Foundations of Family Therapy:

Family therapy has developed many effective and innovative ways to work with families, couples and individuals. The Ackerman Relational Approach incorporates exciting new ideas and practices. Trainees will also learn the history of the field of family therapy, as critiqued through a postmodern lens, with an emphasis on contemporary practice. Course participants will learn about the development of systemic thinking, and how it informs interviewing, hypothesizing, and clinical interventions. There is a focus throughout the course on the interplay between the interior life of individual family members; the relational interactions of the family; and the influences of the larger social context. The impact of race, racism, gender identity and sexual orientation on families, family therapy, and self of the therapist is examined.

The course includes didactic presentations, discussions of reading materials, case presentations, experiential exercises as well as observation and discussion of videotaped therapy sessions conducted by experienced family therapists. Trainees will learn theory and clinical concepts. They will also work on expanding their own identity development in respect to social contexts of power and privilege and integrate these elements into their current clinical work.

Live Clinical Supervision:

Using the knowledge of family systems gained from the Foundations of Family Therapy course, trainees have the opportunity to participate on a treatment team and work with families in front of a one-way mirror with live supervision. In addition, trainees will explore their own family’s culture of origin and its effect on practice. Review of videotapes is included to increase clinical skills and to address relevant personal issues.

* Please note, Foundations and Live Clinical cannot be taken at the same day and time. 

Foundations Sections – 30 classes:  
Mondays, beginning September 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or  5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Live Clinical Sections – 30 classes:   
Mondays, beginning September 17, 2018, 1  p.m. – 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesdays, beginning September 12, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. or  5 p.m. – 9 p.m

Tuition: $7,500. Full tuition payment or a tuition deposit of $3,750 is required to reserve a space in the course. Half is due by May 15th. Balance is due by June 15th.

CE Contact Hours: 210

The Ackerman Institute is approved by NASW, CT

Please save, complete and submit the application with a non-refundable application fee
of $60 and a copy of your degree:

Click here to pay the $60 application fee and apply to the Dual Program.

Submit your application: 

Email: training@ackerman.org with the subject, Application.

Mail:   Ackerman Institute for the Family
             Attn: Training Department
             936 Broadway, 2nd Floor
             New York, NY 10010  


For more information, contact:
Ackerman Training Department
212 879-4900, ext 111