What We Do

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.

Families Thrive

Diversity in Family Therapy

Short Conversations Series

Upcoming Workshops & Short Courses

  • Microaggressions in Psychotherapy: How Implicit Bias May Hinder Cultural Responsiveness [Online]

    This online workshop will help participants identify ways in which therapeutic spaces perpetuate racial microaggressions, both within the general practice of therapy and within the clinician-client relationship.

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  • Couples Therapy with Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) Survivors and Their Partners [Online]

    This online workshop will present a clinical practice that is founded on the assumption that establishing the witnessing lacking during the traumatic event in childhood can break the traumatic reenactments in adulthood, and spur recovery.

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  • Narrative Therapy with Children and Adolescents [Online]

    This online workshop will focus on work with children and adolescents, using externalizing as a practice while noticing how the culture influences both children and their parents.

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  • Strengthening Relational Resilience: Healing and Positive Growth from Adversity [Online]

    In this online workshop, Froma Walsh, the leading expert on family resilience, applies her research-informed framework to strengthen resilience in couples and families struggling with a range of adverse situations.

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  • The Couple’s Toolbox: Key Communication and Problem-Solving Skills and Pleasure Enhancing Practices [Online]

    In this online workshop, participants will learn how to help couples communicate and solve problems effectively, identify expectations and hidden themes, soothe deeper, longstanding hurts, modulate powerful emotions through mindfulness practices, and rebuild friendship, fun and sensuality.

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Research

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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