Live Clinical Supervisor

Start Date: September 2019 through mid-May for a total of 30 weeks

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:

Live Clinical Supervisor

Position Description:

  • Supervises up to 6 students.
  • Meets weekly with supervision group from September through May for a total of 30 weeks
  • Supervises live cases of each supervisee
  • Provides an oral and written evaluation for each traineeMakes recommendations of the trainees for continuation in the training program
  • 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
  • Building upon Foundations the supervisor will 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 supervisor will have clarity in conveying which aspects of the earlier schools have been adapted into the Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA). Has working knowledge of putting into practice the ARA and can work with basic interviewing methods: relational questions, bringing forth organizing questions around the presenting problem, interviewing for multiple perspectives, and learning to formulate a relational hypotheses.


  • Lead Foundations Instructor for two years and/or has taught either in community training or the Summer Practicum.
  • Has a video tape of recent work to show their thinking about working clinically and or supervision.

The following are valued but not required:

  • Presented clinical work/supervisory work at faculty meetings.
  • Created a body of work which has been presented at Ackerman’s Friday workshop series.
  • Has created a body of clinical work that 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, with the subject line: “Live Clinical Supervisor”. Be prepared to present at the interview recent material which represents your supervision or clinical work utilizing a video of your own work clinically.


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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