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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

  • Infant and Child Led Family Therapy: Creating Hope and Healing within the Context of Addressing Family Violence

    This workshop will provide examples of how engaging through the infant and/or child within very stuck families can offer the fastest pathway to healing and overt a baseline for safety which honors the subjectivity of the infant and child, and their right to participate in work which directly affects them.

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  • Helping Couples Navigate Illness and Disability

    In this workshop, John Rolland’s Family Systems-Illness model will provide a guiding framework for participants to help couples navigate the changing landscape in the experience of illness over time.

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  • Addressing Collective Trauma and Moral Injury in Clinical and Community Settings

    This workshop will demonstrate useful clinical and community-engaged approaches based on a resilience framework. Videotapes, expressive art exercises, and case studies will be used to illustrate how this approach is widely applicable to families of various classes and cultures.

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  • The Use of Family Play Therapy in Assessment and Treatment

    This workshop will discuss how family and play therapy approaches can be easily integrated as effective assessment and treatment strategies. Specifically, play has the potential to create a shift in perspective, elicit positive interactions, and relieve stress and animosity.

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  • Alumni Lecture | Rituals: Celebrating, Healing and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships

    In this evening lecture, Evan Imber-Black will provide a ritual framework for family and community life, highlighting concepts with illustrations from both clinical and non-clinical situations involving common dilemmas and challenges.

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  • Solving the Energy Crisis One Transformation at a Time: AEDP Systematically Puts Positive Neuroplasticity in Moment-to-Moment Clinical Action

    In this workshop, Dr. Diana Fosha will introduce the Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy therapy model (AEPD). This therapy model assumes a healthy core within all people and emphasizes the importance of experiential work with attachment, emotion, and transformation.

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  • Breaking the Silence: Exploring White Racial Identity with Ourselves and Our Clients

    This workshop aims to challenge the invisibility of whiteness both in the lives of white professionals and in the therapy room with white clients. Through experiential exercises and case presentations, we will unearth internalized racial beliefs and the role of racial privilege in shaping those beliefs.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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