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Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

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Upcoming Workshops, Short Courses & Webinars

  • Strategies and Interventions for Working with Families and Children with Special Needs: Professional and Parent Perspectives

    This workshop will focus on therapeutic interventions that promote meaningful outcomes for families who have children with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD, learning disabilities). A new feature this year is a discussion by parents about their emotional journey from sorrow to self-transformation and how professionals can support this process.

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  • The Residual Effects of Slavery: Clinical Implications for Training and Practice

    This workshop will conceptualize the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, as a historical trauma, and explore its clinical implications.

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  • Adolescents and Substance Use: Multiple Relational Modalities for Change

    In this workshop, Molly Bobek, LCSW and Jared Morgenstern, LCSW, will provide participants with a meaningful understanding of the relationship between adolescence and substance use in addition to demonstrating a variety of effective treatment approaches, including specific techniques with adolescent clients and their families.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Latino Youth and Family Immigration Project: Dimelo en Español Read More

    Directors: Silvia B. Espinal and Genoveva Garcia

    The Latino Youth and Family Immigration Project (LYIP): Dímelo en Español provides a specialized framework of family therapy to First and Second generation Latino youth and their families. This project is led by family therapists Silvia B. Espinal, LCSW, and Genoveva Garcia, LCSW.

    El Proyecto Juventud y la Familia Latina Inmigrante: Dímelo en Español.

  • The JUSTICE Project Read More

    Directors: Sarah Berland, LCSW and Courtney Zazzali, LCSW

    Nearly seven million Americans are under some form of correctional supervision (incarceration, parole, probation). The JUSTICE Project provides therapeutic support to families involved with or impacted by the criminal justice system.

  • The Gender and Family Project Read More

    Director: Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT

    The Gender and Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP promotes gender inclusivity as a form of social justice in all the systems involved in the life of the family. GFP is directed by Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, who has trained and published nationally and internationally on issues of gender and sexuality.

  • Bright Beginnings Read More

    Director: Martha Edwards, PhD

    Bright Beginnings is a theoretically based intervention for families making the transition to parenthood, consisting of group discussions and parent-child activities. Developed by Dr. Martha Edwards, it is designed to help parents promote their children’s social and emotional development and school readiness through a curriculum that includes a prenatal component for expectant mothers, a group component for parents with their infant or toddler, a video review component, and a home visiting component.

  • Foster Care and Adoption Project Read More

    Directors: Catherine Lewis, LCSW and Andrea Blumenthal, LCSW

    The Foster Care and Adoption Project (FCAP) integrates ideas from family therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and trauma studies to develop a model of working with families and agency workers who are impacted by or who interact with families involved with foster care and adoption.

  • Competent Kids, Caring Communities Read More

    Director: Dr. Zina Rutkin

    Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC) is an exciting program that helps schools build a strong social and emotional support system for student learning. The program provides schools with two essential ingredients for academic success: tools to teach social emotional competencies and strategies to involve parents directly in their children’s learning.

  • Ackerman News Read More

    For Immediate Release: New York (NY) – Gisselle Acevedo has been named as the new President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

    Ms. Acevedo is the former President and CEO of Para Los Niños, an educational and social service organization which provides services to children and families from some of Los Angeles’s most challenged communities.

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