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

  • Couples in Confinement: A Road Map from Implosion to Resilience [Online]

    In this workshop Michele Scheinkman will highlight a myriad of stresses couples are facing due to being in ‘shelter in place’ and the pandemic.

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  • Wounded Parenting: The Intersection of Complex and Racial Trauma in Parents of Color [Online]

    In this workshop, by focusing on the intersection of complex and racial traumas, we examine how they are key factors in the parental response with parents of color.

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  • Social Justice and Person-of-the-Therapist: Showing up Personally and Professionally in Times of Joy and Sorrow [Online]

    This online co-created workshop will acknowledge strengths, stressors and opportunities to grow across contexts, while exploring how to move from reactive strategies to responsive practices.

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  • New Perspectives on Porn: Its Uses and Misuses, its Problems and Pleasures [Online]

    True or false: porn is addictive? Or, true or false: porn use is a normal, healthy expression of human sexuality?

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  • How Healthy Masculinity Heals Us All [Online]

    This online workshop is designed to deconstruct the male identity and help us all develop a better understanding of how men see themselves in the world. Clinicians will leave this workshop with new skills to support clients in developing healthier forms of manhood that lead to systemic change.

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  • Parenting Beliefs and Practices: Raising a Child with Special Needs [Online]

    This online workshop will focus on the relationship between parenting beliefs and behavior when raising a child with developmental disabilities such as autism, ADHD, learning and intellectual disabilities.

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  • 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 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.

  • 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.

Ackerman News

  • How We Are Responding to COVID-19 

    While the Ackerman Institute offices are closed, our programming and services continue to operate. We are working and learning from home and actively building virtual community. Our therapy services have transitioned to teletherapy.

    Read our action plan.

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