Fiona True, LCSW, is a member of the faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She directed the International and Community training program for twelve years. In this role she developed programs in Hong Kong, Chile, Argentina, and Japan. For the last 20 years she has been a member of the “Making Families Safe for Children Project”, a clinical research project that has developed a treatment program for families where intra-familial sexual abuse as the presenting problem. The project additionally developed a family based treatment model for adolescent boys who have offended. Since 2004 she has co-directed the Center for Children and Relational Trauma.
This center is translating what was learnt in the earlier work with incest to working with children and families who have experienced other forms of relational trauma such as witnessing domestic violence, the loss of a parent, or bitter and contentious custody disputes. She consults to numerous social service agencies concerning issues of sexual abuse and relational trauma. Fiona True has presented the work of the Center nationally and internationally and in 2004 was the recipient of the AFTA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy along with her colleagues Marcia Sheinberg and Peter Fraenkel. She maintains private practices in Connecticut and Manhattan.