Moving Families Forward

Leaders for over 60 years in family therapy treatment and training.

Helping Families Thrive

Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for couple and family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

Our programming and services continue to operate while the Ackerman offices are closed. Our therapy services have transitioned to teletherapy, and our training programs are now held online. Read Ackerman’s COVID-19 Action Plan.

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This 30-week introductory course is for those who wish to learn about family systems theory and technique. This course provides the foundation for more advanced training in family therapy. Learn more…

This 30-week course offers the opportunity for hands-on supervision. Trainees participate as part of a consultation team that evaluates and plans treatment. Learn more…



Ackerman’s online workshops are interactive, easy to attend, and provide top-tier training from innovative and diverse leaders in the field of family and couple therapy.

Short Coures

Short Courses

Ackerman Short Courses are multi-day intensive trainings that explore a variety of topics in the field of couple and family therapy.

  • Family Therapy as a Complex Cultural and Sociopolitical Encounter
    • January 19, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This lecture will present an ecological and postmodern framework that facilitates the systematic and yet non-stereotyped incorporation of cultural diversity and socially and racially just therapeutic practices.

  • Loss and Resilience Through Turbulent Times: Meaning Making, Hope, and Transformation
    • February 9, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Families and therapists are all experiencing a rollercoaster course of changing conditions, as the “new normal” ahead is elusive. This presentation will focus on the power of core beliefs and practices to facilitate resilience—both for clients and helping professionals.

  • The Myriad Ways of “Back Talk”
    • March 23, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This Ackerman talk will highlight some of the ways the presenter made a career as a psychologist and family therapist of “back talk” in response to white supremacy and other systems of oppression, as well as resources that have sustained her in this pursuit.

Created in 1992, Ackerman Institute’s Social Work & Diversity Program has trained more than 100 therapists of color. The program is partnered with with the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Columbia School of Social Work.

Graduates of the program are working locally and nationally in community agencies, hospitals and academic institutions.