Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Externship in Family Therapy (Evening Program)

Job Title:Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Externship in Family Therapy (Evening Program)
Reports to:Director of Training
FLSA Status:Exempt

Organization Overview:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family was founded in 1960, and is one of the premier institutions for family therapy treatment, and one of the most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves a diverse population of families at all stages of family life by offering a variety of programs that address a broad range of issues and concerns. The faculty at the Institute have achieved national prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative approaches to family therapy and professional training.

Position Summary:

The Foundations of Family Therapy and Live Clinical Supervision courses are both prerequisites to the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy program. The Clinical Externship in Family Therapy is offered as both a day and evening program for maximum flexibility in consideration of trainees’ schedules. The Clinical Externship in Family Therapy program is intensive and designed for experienced clinicians seeking rigorous clinical training in the practice of couple and family therapy. A major emphasis of the course is on creating a systemic relational understanding and practice that connects the presenting problem to families’ current relationships and their relationships over time. Additionally, it emphasizes attentiveness to social locations and social identities and the impact of larger systems on families. Different models of couple and family therapy and theoretical perspectives will be considered and employed based on congruence with each family.

As an evening program, the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy can be completed within three years. Classes are scheduled from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET) one day a week. An additions three (3) hours per week of clinical work are expected during evenings or Saturdays. It should be noted that the didactic seminar course within the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy program must be completed during the first two years. This course will be held online in Eastern Standard Time (ET).

Essential Job Functions:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Preparing a syllabus.
  • Provide evaluations.
  • Participating in faculty meetings and program and admissions activities.
  • Provide supervision.
  • Ensuring appropriate and timely recordkeeping.
  • Overseeing trainees’ weekly contact hours.
  • Supervise 4-6 trainees, 1 day a week, conducting 4-hour sessions.
  • Assist in preparation of externs’ final presentations.
  • Executing other duties as assigned by the Director of Training.


  • Master’s degree in social work, couple and family therapy, psychology or other mental/ behavioral health discipline.
  • Proper licensure including LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT.
  • Verification of licensure for continuing education (CE) credits.
  • Graduate education/training and Supervisory experience in Family Therapy.
  • Highly organized with strong attention to details.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to Ackerman Institute’s values of inclusion, collaboration, and transparency.  
  • Proficient in LMS systems.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and Zoom.
  • Experience and proficiency in online teaching and/or webinars

Work Environment:

This position is currently remote due to Covid-19. When the Institute re-opens (TBD), this position will be based out of The Ackerman Institute’s New York, NY location.


This position will be offered a salary of $17,000.00 for an 11- OR 12-month contract (depending on which year is being taught) that will be from September 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022 OR August 31, 2022.

Welcoming Diversity:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate based on any status protected by law. This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and clinical care related activities or in any other aspect of the Institute’s operation. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; trans, non-binary, and intersex people, especially transwomen; those from poor and working-class backgrounds, immigrants, people with disabilities; as well as people at the intersections of these experiences are highly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by to Human Resources at:, Subject: “Live Clinical.” Only those candidates for an interview will be contacted.

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