Discover Areas of Support

Everything we do is in support of families. Learn about our core initiatives and how you can help move families forward.

Areas of Support

Everything we do is in support of families. Learn about our core initiatives and how you can help move families forward.

How Your Support Helps Families:

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Where it's Needed Most: Our Annual Fund

Ackerman's Annual Fund provides vital support to everything we do to help children and families. This fund makes it possible to operate our clinic and support groups, therapist training programs, and research initiatives. Your donation brings support to where it is needed most.

Family and Couple Therapy

Treat Families in Need

Each year, we treat hundreds of families no matter their ability to pay. In fact, we cover nearly 50% of all costs for families seeking treatment. Support to our clinic provides financial aid for critical mental health services, helps us to hire more clinicians, and makes family therapy possible for families in need.

Clinical Externship

Train Leaders in Family Therapy

Support for our training programs creates scholarships for family therapists-in-training; helps increase the number of therapists of color through our Social Work & Diversity Program, and funds our public lecture series that makes family therapy learning available to everyone.

Research projects

Make Advances with Research

Ackerman leads the field of family therapy through the research initiatives of our projects and centers. Our therapists who provide specialized treatment to families forge the way to solve today’s most complex mental health challenges. Supporting our research helps find new ways to heal families.

“We are facing an ongoing mental health crisis in the country like we have never seen. Access to care has never been more important.”
Marlene F. Watson, PhD
Director of Training

Our Annual Impact:

Delivered 5,928 therapy sessions.

Trained 2,281 mental health professionals in workshops and short courses.


Provided sliding scale or no-cost treatment to 25% of families seeking help.

Responded to 2,643 phone calls from families looking for treatment.

Partnered with 21 community agencies and international schools to provide training in innovative family therapy practices.

Taught 33 online workshops attended by people from 32 countries from around the world.

Increased the participation of therapists of color to 31% in our post-graduate training program.

Launched COVID-19 Grief Group for people of color who lost a loved one during this crisis focusing on cultural traditions for the healing of grief and pain.

Launched a lecture series for the public: The Ackerman Distinguished Family Therapy Lecture Series. Sign up on our website to participate.

Created new online resources for parents and caregivers.

How You Can Help:

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