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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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  • Foundations of Family Therapy

    This 30-week introductory course prepares mental health professionals with the foundation for more advanced training in couple and family therapy. This course is part of the Ackerman Core Curriculum.

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  • Ackerman Core Curriculum in Family Therapy

    Our most comprehensive family therapy training program. Ackerman’s Core Curriculum 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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  • When the Music Stops: Understanding the Unique Contributions of Therapy, Mediation and Collaborative Divorce When Marriage Comes To an End

    In this workshop, participants will learn to use their capacities to come alongside conflict and hold multiple perspectives to help couples at this complex juncture.

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  • Working with Traumatized Teens: Weathering your own Triggers

    In this workshop, Dr. Straus will describe Developmental-Relational Therapy (DRT), an attachment-based model of adolescent trauma treatment.

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  • Working with Reactivity in Couples and Families: A Buddhist Psychological Approach to Strong Emotion

    Through the use of presentation, experiential exercises and videotape, this training will explore ways to work skillfully with aroused emotional states, decreasing harmful affective responses and cultivating more balanced, generative responses.

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  • The Money Factor and Couple Therapy

    This workshop will provide participants with tools to pursue financial discussions with couples and an understanding of their personal relationship to money.

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  • Adult Sibling Relationships: Affectionate, Ambivalent, & Ambiguous

    Based on survey data and in-depth case studies of more than 260 siblings over the age of 40 (as described in Dr. Greif’s book, Adult Sibling Relationships, Columbia University Press), this workshop offers vital direction for transversing the emotional terrain of adult sibling relations.

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Research

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

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