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Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. This year we celebrate the first Black and South Asian woman to become Vice President of the United States. The election of Vice President Kamala Harris means that girls and women of all ages and races can see that they have the possibility to reach the upmost levels of leadership …

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Announcing Ackerman’s 60th Anniversary Conference: Play & Creativity in Family Therapy

We are pleased to announce the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s 60th Anniversary Conference: Play & Creativity in Family Therapy. This full day professional symposium features innovative workshops, a special retrospective by Dr. Evan Imber-Black, and a keynote presentation by leading play therapist, lecturer, and writer, Dr. Eliana Gil. Join us on April 9, 2021.

In Memory of Arthur Maslow

Dear Ackerman Community, It is with great sorrow that I share the peaceful passing of our distinguished member of the Board of Directors, Arthur Maslow, on February 13, 2021, at his home in New York City. Arthur Maslow was a pillar the Ackerman Institute for the Family for more than 40 years. After completing the program as a …

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Black Family: Representation, Identity & Diversity | Black History Month 2021

The Ackerman Institute for the Family celebrates Black History Month. This year’s theme is Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. We commit to keeping the beauty in the wide-ranging diversity of Black family life at the center of our work as well as helping trainees and professionals understand and address racial issues in therapy with Black families. The …

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Dr. Marlene F. Watson Named Ackerman Institute Director of Training

(NEW YORK, NEW YORK) – Marlene F. Watson, PhD, LMFT, has been hired as Director of Training of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, effective June 1st, 2021. Dr. Watson is a leading educator, therapist, and writer. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at Drexel University, and former …

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In Memory of Henry van Ameringen

The Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Gender & Family Project are mourning the loss of Henry van Ameringen, an incredible person, leader and ally. As Henry learned about GFP’s work with trans youth and families, he accepted an invitation to visit the Ackerman Institute in 2014. After a warm and informal meeting with a few GFP families, …

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Free Clinical Training Opportunity with the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project

The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project (GFP), The NYC Unity Project, and the Administration for Children Services (ACS) have joined forces to increase NYC’s capacity for family engagement and acceptance for TGNC youth. GFP is recruiting up to 6 NYC-based clinicians for the Family Engagement and Acceptance Training; a FREE year-long didactic and clinical …

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