Ackerman partnered with the Child and Family Guidance Center on November 1st to co-present an all-day conference at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport Connecticut. Entitled Strengthening Relationships, Strengthening Communities: A Socially Just Approach to Working with Families, the full day of learning immersed mental health professionals in a collaborative, socially just approach to working with families.
Over 375 guests and supporters attended the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s 13th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala on October 21st, 2019 at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City. The event benefitted the Ackerman Institute’s family therapy programs and services, and focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Today on Indigenous People’s Day, we honor and celebrate the achievements and incalculable contributions of Native Americans as well as their ancestral ties in the United States. Their cultures enrich the world.
The Ackerman Institute for the Family also calls attention to the grievous history of their treatment by colonizers in the United States and its’ implications on their psychological and relational health. We affirm our commitment to advancing the rights of Native American families, and supporting their struggles for justice and well-being.
Image: Photograph of Darkfeather Ancheta, Eckos Chartraw-Ancheta, and Bibiana Ancheta, Tulalip, Washington. By Matika Wilbur, from Project 562. Matika Wilbur is a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington.
A new docuseries brings the expertise of Ackerman faculty to a national audience. Faculty members Lois Braverman, Keren Ludwig, Jean Malpas, Fiona True, and Faculty Emeritus, Virginia Goldner consulted on the production of Showtime’s Couples Therapy, which brings viewers into the experience of authentic couples therapy sessions.
The Ackerman Institute for the Family celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of those who have a connection to Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Spain.
We honor the contributions these communities have made towards social justice throughout the United States and the world over.
The Institute values the tireless contributions the Latinx family therapy community continues to make in the current sociopolitical climate of anti-immigration. Our communities are stronger because of their strength, commitment to our communities and a shared vision of justice.
Image: Detail of “Mis madres”
Print by Ester Hernandez, 1986.
Library of Congress
Ackerman’s upcoming Moving Families Forward gala is featured on Broadway World. The piece highlights the vast accomplishments our 2019 honorees and presenters, and the gala’s theme of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new faculty members and teaching fellows for the 2019-2020 Academic Year:
The Ackerman Institute for the Family is heartbroken over the mass shootings that took place in El Paso Texas, Dayton Ohio, and Gilroy California over the past several days. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and all those impacted by these senseless acts of bigotry. We condemn in the strongest terms white supremacist ideology, xenophobia, and gun violence.
Committed to social justice, we stand in solidarity with the Latinx community, and with immigrant communities at the Institute and the world over. As therapists, we are ready to offer care and support to those in grief and distress over this tragedy.