Second Year Clinical Seminar Instructor

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:

Second Year Clinical Seminar Instructor

Position Description:

The position requires the faculty member to augment the second year of the externship with in depth discussions about the conceptual underpinnings of the Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA) as well as supplemental readings from specific topic areas. The Instructor will actively describe and demonstrate the translation of these ideas into clinical practice. In addition, the ARA model will integrate social justice concepts and practices such as critical consciousness and intersectionality, the latter reflected in the clinical interface of social locations between the therapist and the family.

The seminar Instructor will facilitate the growth of the trainees by utilizing training tapes, discussion and role plays. They will be in a regular dialogue with the second year supervisors to integrate the seminar and supervision. They will be help students prepare for their final presentation.

The seminar meets weekly from September through May for a total of 30 weeks


  • Has successfully completed supervising for two years in the live clinical program or has supervised in the externship program.
  • Has a thorough understanding and ability to teach the ARA in a larger group setting.
  • Is prepared to manage group process.

Application Requirement and Process:

Please send CV and cover letter to Gisselle Acevedo, President and CEO at, with the subject line: “Second Year Clinical Seminar”. Be prepared to present at the interview an example of teaching from your own clinical work for from an archival video tape. The presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes.


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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