Lead Foundations Instructor

Reports to: Director of Training
Start Date: September 2019

Position Description:

The position of Lead Foundations Instructor requires 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 feminism and social justice. Furthermore, the lead teacher will have clarity in conveying which aspects of the earlier schools have been adapted into the ARA.

On the practice level of the ARA, the lead instructor is expected to introduce basic interviewing methods: relational questions, bringing forth organizing questions around the presenting problem, interviewing for multiple perspectives, learning to formulate a relational hypotheses.

The lead instructor will also teach the importance of the role of one’s own lived experience plays in the assumptions the therapist brings to the clinical encounter. The significance of racism in its many insidious representations will be made explicit and addressed when it occurs in the Foundations class. To this end, the lead instructor will be skillful in utilizing group dynamics to create a generative learning environment.

This is a 30-week course running from September 2019 to mid-May 2020.


  • Has successfully completed 2 years as Teaching Fellow or has taught Clinical Seminar, Live Clinical or the Externship at Ackerman; or has taught an equivalent family therapy course outside of Ackerman for at least 2 years.
  • Has video of their recent work to show their thinking about working clinically.
  • One letter of recommendation from an Ackerman Foundations Instructor or outside equivalent faculty.

Application Requirements and Process:

  • Please send CV and cover letter to Lisa Lavelle, LCSW, Director of Training at llavelle@ackerman.org, with the subject line: “Foundations Instructor”.
  • Present at the interview recent material that represents your clinical work utilizing a video of your own work or an archival video recording to discuss the Ackerman Relational Approach or family/couple therapy concepts.

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 social justice and is an equal opportunity employer.


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