Community Training

The Ackerman Institute for the Family provides community training to professionals in social service and mental health agency settings.

Ackerman’s community training workshops are specifically designed to meet the learning needs of agency staff and can be provided as a one-time event or as a more intensive series of several full or half-day trainings. Case consultations and/or live case consultations can be included in any training series. All presentations integrate ideas from family systems theory and the Ackerman Relational Approach. Presenters highlight teaching points with video of family therapy sessions.

The following list provides a sample of possible workshop topics:

  • An Overview of Family Therapy: The Ackerman Relational Approach
  • Adolescence & Substance Abuse: Creating a Relational Frame in the Context of Addiction Treatment
  • Developing and Facilitating Multi-Family Groups
  • Engaging Challenging Parents in Treatment
  • Working with Latency Age Children: Tools for Making Therapy Fun
  • Working with Families Struggling with Substance Misuse
  • A Systemic-Relational Approach to Working with Families in Foster Care
  • Treating Children with Relational Trauma
  • Collaborative Therapeutic Conversations with Latino Immigrant Families
  • Early Child Development and Parenting Processes
  • Treating Adolescents and Their Families
  • From Cultural Competency to Cultural Curiosity: Challenging Dominant Cultural Assumptions in Therapy
  • An Introduction to Working with Couples
  • Overcoming Obstacles in Engagement: Social Location and the Self of the Therapist
  • Working with Families with Serious, Chronic and/or Life Threatening Illness
  • Working with Gender Expansive Youth
  • Tools for Helping Parents Manage Children’s Behavioral Struggles
  • Mental Illness and the Family
  • Microaggressions in the Workplace
  • Beyond the White Gaze: A Sanctuary for Therapists of Color
  • Moving Fathers Forward: Strategies for Working with Fathers in the 21st Century
  • From Crisis to Connection: Family Therapy with At-Risk Adolescents


To plan a workshop or training program tailored for your agency please contact:

Catherine Lewis, LCSW
Directory of Community Training
212-879-4900, ext 135


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