Externship Supervisor

Start Date: September 2019 through July 2020

Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family (AIF) is one of the premier institutions for family therapy in the United States. The Institute serves diverse families at all stages of family life by offering a wide variety of programs that address a broad array of issues and concerns. Ackerman is also one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists.

Position Title:

Externship Supervisor

Position Description:

  • Supervises up to 6 students carrying anywhere from 4-5 cases each.
  • Meets weekly with supervision group.
  • Supervises live cases of each supervisee who brings in a case at least once a month from their caseload.
  • Supervision will include integrating the Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA) with social justice concepts and practices of critical consciousness and intersectionality, the latter reflected in the clinical interface of social locations between the therapist and family.Provides an oral and written evaluation for each extern.
  • Attendance at faculty meetings during the year (2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 9:30am to 11:30am). Faculty meetings run from September through July.
  • Collaborate with the Clinic Team (Front Desk, Intake, Administration) to support supervisees in managing client care: case assignment, physical space, timely clinical documentation, safety planning, crisis support, any and all other needs as they arise
  • Externship supervision groups meet from September through July of each year.
  • Attends graduation extern presentations.


  • Supervised in Live Clinical for at least 2 years.
  • Presented clinical work/supervisory work at faculty meetings.
  • Created a body of work which has been presented at Ackerman’s Friday workshop series.

The following are valued but not required:

  • Created a body of work which has been presented at national/international conferences.
  • Has published professionally.

Application Requirement and Process:

Please send CV and cover letter to Gisselle Acevedo, President and CEO at gacevedo@ackerman.org, with the subject line: “Externship Supervisor”. Be prepared to present at the interview recent material which represents your clinical work utilizing video taped material.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. The Ackerman Institute for the Family is committed to build more diversity in the field of family therapy and is an equal opportunity employer.


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