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. View a list of the trainings we offer below.

Our Community Training Workshops:

  • An Overview of Family Therapy: The Ackerman Relational Approach
  • Adolescence & Substance Abuse: Creating a Relational Frame in the Context of Addiction Treatment
  • Beyond the White Gaze: A Sanctuary for Therapists of Color
  • Collaborative Therapeutic Conversations with Latino Immigrant Families
  • Celebrating Gender Diversity in Clinical Practice
  • Connection and Independence: The Relational Dance of Adolescents
  • Developing and Facilitating Multi-Family Groups
  • Dímelo en Español: Collaborative Therapeutic Conversations with Latino Immigrant Families
  • Early Child Development and Parenting Processes
  • Engaging Challenging Parents in Treatment
  • From Crisis to Connection: Family Therapy with Challenging Adolescents
  • From Cultural Competency to Cultural Curiosity: Challenging Dominant Cultural Assumptions in Therapy
  • Grief and Loss: Accompanying Families through Mourning and Meaning Making
  • Healing Intergenerational Wounds: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach
  • An Introduction to Working with Couples
  • Mental Illness and the Family
  • Microaggressions in the Workplace
  • Moving Fathers Forward: Strategies for Working with Fathers in the 21st Century
  • Narrative Therapy with Children
  • Overcoming Obstacles in Engagement: Social Location and the Self of the Therapist
  • Practices for Restoring the Self and Spirit During a Pandemic
  • A Systemic-Relational Approach to Working with Families in Foster Care
  • Tools for Helping Parents Manage Children’s Behavioral Struggles
  • Treating Adolescents and Their Families
  • Treating Children with Relational Trauma
  • Working with Families Struggling with Substance Misuse
  • Working with Families Struggling with Substance Misuse Skills Building & Consultation Session for Mental Health Providers
  • Working with Families with Serious, Chronic and/or Life Threatening Illness
  • Working with Gender Expansive Youth
  • Working with Latency Age Children: Tools for Making Therapy Fun


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

Helen Park
Directory of Community & International Training

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