Training Overview



Expert therapists lead family therapy
workshops on a wide range of topics.
CE Contact Hours available.
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Core Courses

Ackerman offers post-graduate
courses in family systems theory
and technique.
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Short Courses

Brief intensives on specialized
family therapy topics.
CE Contact Hours available.
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Community Training

We are committed to bringing family
therapy theory and skills to workers
and therapists in the community.
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Social Work & Diversity Program

Ackerman’s internship
program for graduate social work
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International Training

The International Training Program
provides expert training in family
therapy to partners in several countries.
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Online trainings led by family therapy
professionals in partnership with FPI.
CE Contact Hours available
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Frequently asked questions
about tuition, financial aid, refunds,
and more.

For More Information, Contact:
Ackerman Institute Training Department
936 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York NY 10010
212 879-4900, ext 111


Upcoming Workshops, Webinars, and Short Courses

  • The Fivefold Path: Integrating Eastern Mindfulness Practices With Western Clinical Models for Couple Therapists

    In this workshop, Lair Torrent, LMFT will offer participants a treatment model that blends Eastern mindfulness-based techniques with Western Clinical models.

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  • Deconstructing the Gender Binary with Sexual and Gender Minority Clients

    In this workshop, participants will explore and unpack an underlying cause of sexual and gender minority stress—the gender binary.

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  • Youth Suicide Risk Management: Risk Assessment, Safety Planning, and Family Engagement

    In this workshop, Dr. Guy Diamond and Dr. Suzanne Levy will review procedures and assessment tools for conducting suicide risk assessments. Participants will learn how to generate a safety plan and how and when to involve parents/caregivers in the process.

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  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Youth and Young Adults Struggling with Depression and Suicide

    ABFT provides structure and a roadmap to guide families through this reparative process in 12 to 16 weeks. The model unfolds through five treatment tasks: relational reframing, alliance building with the adolescent, alliance building with the parent(s), repairing attachment, and promoting autonomy.

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  • Annual Open House

    This annual event offers an exciting introduction to Ackerman’s couple and family therapy training program. You will have an opportunity to meet Ackerman faculty and current trainees, and will be provided with information about applying to our core curriculum in family therapy. RSVP to attend.

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  • Integrating the Spiritual Dimension in Clinical Practice: Suffering, Healing, and Resilience

    Dr. Walsh will present a useful systemic framework and multi-faith perspectives to integrate spirituality in clinical work with individuals, couples, and families. Practice guidelines, cautions, and case illustrations will be discussed.

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  • Ambiguous Loss and the Myth of Closure

    In this workshop, Pauline Boss, PhD, will discuss relational and contextual assessments and interventions, plus cultural differences regarding the need for closure and its certainty. Boss’ six therapeutic guidelines: increase the resiliency to tolerate and even embrace ambiguity, focus on meaning, mastery, identity, ambivalence, attachment, and new hope will be discussed.

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  • Please Don’t Ask Me to Forgive You! A Radical Approach to Healing Infidelity and Other Interpersonal Wounds

    In this workshop, Dr. Spring will propose a radical, life-affirming alternative that helps hurt parties overcome the corrosive effects of hate and get on with their lives —without forgiving an unrepentant offender.

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