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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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  • Narrative Therapy with Couples: Working with Power and Privilege

    In this workshop, Dr. Dickerson will use videos and role plays to demonstrate how a narrative therapist can work with a couple to “unmask” the influences that create the problem, and then identify desirable ways of being a loving partner.

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  • Infidelity and Its Discontents: The Sex Esteem Model in Clinical Practice with Individuals and Couples

    This workshop will offer critical areas of inquiry couple therapists should have in their toolkit whether working with individuals or couples at various stages of infidelity.

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  • Treating Trauma and Attachment Issues with Children and Parents Using Theraplay

    This workshop will present the Theraplay model as an effective treatment for trauma and attachment issues with children and parents.

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  • Multi-Cultural Considerations in Play Therapy

    In this workshop, participants will discuss how to identify and respond to ethnic themes in the playroom, and how to initiate conversations about ethnic differences when the situation presents itself — examples of how transference and counter-transference from a personal perspective will be shared.

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  • Healing Intergenerational Wounds: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Transform Family Relationships

    In this workshop, Dr. Fishbane will explore ways to facilitate healing and dialogue in distressed relationships between adults and their families of origin, especially parents.

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  • Working With Multiracial Couples: What Does Race Gotta Do With It?

    As therapists committed to socially just practices, it is imperative to identify how racially charged dynamics show themselves and impact the day to day life of an interracial couple and build capacity to facilitate healing conversations. The presenters will use a video recording of a couple therapy session to demonstrate these ideas.

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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 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.

  • 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.

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