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

  • Adult Sibling Relationships: Affectionate, Ambivalent, & Ambiguous

    Based on survey data and in-depth case studies of more than 260 siblings over the age of 40 (as described in Dr. Greif’s book, Adult Sibling Relationships, Columbia University Press), this workshop offers vital direction for transversing the emotional terrain of adult sibling relations.

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  • Writing for Publication in Couple and Family Therapy

    This course will teach participants how to write for publication in couple and family therapy. The aim over seven months will be to have a fully realized manuscript for either a scholarly journal or the popular press. Participants are expected to write in between class meetings and to share their work with class colleagues.

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  • Dímelo en Español: A Social Justice Framework in Strengthening Latinx Immigrant Families

    In this workshop, Silvia Espinal and Genoveva Garcia will examine a specialized family therapy framework that at its core adopts and attends to cultural sensitivity, intersectionality and the stance of the therapist.

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  • Clinical Interventions Working with Families and Children with Special Needs: The Family Narrative

    This workshop will focus on therapeutic interventions that promote meaningful outcomes for families who have children with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD, learning disabilities).

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  • Identifying and Addressing Racial Trauma in Couple Therapy

    Specific attention will be devoted to the ways in which daily experiences with sociocultural trauma of racism generate destructive relational and communication patterns that block healthy emotional and relational support as well as connection between Black men and women.

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  • Revisiting Systemic Thinking: A Mindful Approach

    The workshop will be informed by the word “liminal” which refers to that space, at the very moment of transition when there is an energy looking for a difference that will make a difference.

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  • The Secret Life of Families

    In this workshop, therapists will examine secrets in a multi-systemic context of culture, media, institutions, family-of-origin, household and individual selves, learn effective interviewing techniques when secrets pertain, and clarify their own ethical positions as therapists regarding secrets connected to birth, illness, incest, adultery, substance abuse, suicide, money and death.

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