Adjunct Instructor of Foundations of Family Therapy

Job Title:Adjunct Instructor of Foundations of Family Therapy
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:

Applicants of the Foundations of Family Therapy must have a deep knowledge of the history of ideas and practices of family therapy in the context in which they developed. It further requires the ability to critique these schools of family therapy from a current postmodern perspective, most notably social justice. Furthermore, the instructor will have clarity in conveying which aspects of the earlier schools have been adapted into the Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA).

On the practice level of the ARA, the instructor is expected to introduce basic interviewing methods: relational questions, bringing forth organizing questions around the presenting problem, interviewing for multiple perspectives, and learning to formulate relational hypotheses. The ARA will be provided to all candidates who are given an interview. The instructor will also teach the importance of Self of the Therapist. The significance of inequities in its many representations will be made explicit in theory and addressed when it occurs in the Foundations class. To this and, the instructor will be skillful in utilizing group dynamics to create a generative learning environment. This course will be held online in Eastern Standard Time (ET).

Essential Job Functions:

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Prepare a syllabus.
  • Advising and evaluating students.
  • Teaching a weekly 3-hour course across 30 weeks.
  • Attending faculty meetings.
  • Participating in program and admissions activities.
  • 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.
  • Can-do positive attitude and team orientation, with ability to interact with diverse people at all levels.
  • 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 $12,000.00 for a 10-month contract that will be from September 1, 2021 to June 30, 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 to Human Resources at:, Subject: “Foundations of Family Therapy.” Only those candidates for an interview will be contacted.

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