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 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.

Core Curriculum: Applications are Open!

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…

Trainees take both Foundations of Family Therapy & Live Clinical Supervision the same year. Learn more…

Community Training



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.

Join us for special events hosted by the Ackerman Training Department. Events are free and open to the public.

  • From Shared Pasts to Shared Futures: Black-Jewish Relations in Context
    • January 19, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This online talk by Tema Smith, a diversity advocate, writer, and Jewish community builder is presented by Ackerman Training in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This talk was selected to shed a historical light on Black/Jewish relations and what the future may hold with rising anti-Semitism and anti-Black sentiment. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • You Can Go Home Again: A Genogram Journey Toward Transforming Life Narratives: Context, Connection and Appreciating Our Legacies
    • January 28, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This presentation will discuss an orientation to systemic family history that views our lives in the context of what came before and what lies ahead.

  • Ackerman Open House
    • February 9, 2022
      6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join us at the Ackerman Institute's 2022 Open House. Our open house is an exciting introduction to Ackerman’s couple and family therapy training program. The live, online event features presentations from Ackerman faculty members and an interactive Q&A with Dean of Students, Walter Vega. Join us and learn what you need apply to our core curriculum in family therapy.

Supporting Diversity in Family Therapy

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.