Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum training program provides top-tier clinical experience and classroom learning to give you the skills you need to succeed as a couple and family therapist today.

Core Curriculum Enrollment Opens Spring 2022.

Our most comprehensive family therapy training program is the Core Curriculum sequence, involving a progression from the Foundations of Family Therapy course to the Live Clinical Supervision, to the Clinical Externship in Family Therapy. Trainees move sequentially through this curriculum. However, some trainees may wish to take the Foundations and/or Live Clinical Supervision courses only. Our Core Curriculum will be held online for the remainder of 2021.

When you train at Ackerman, you gain hands-on family therapy experience online and at our state-of-the-art facility in NYC’s Flatiron District. Our core curriculum training program provides top-tier clinical experience and classroom learning to give you the skills you need to succeed as a couple and family therapist today.

Questions? Contact us: admissions@ackerman.org

Ackerman Core Courses

Foundations of Family Therapy

Foundations of Family Therapy

This 30-week introductory course is for those who wish to learn about family systems theory and technique. This course provides the foundation for more advanced training in family therapy.

Dual Program

The Dual Program

(Foundations of Family Therapy + Live Clinical Supervision) Trainees may apply to take both Foundations of Family Therapy and Live Clinical the same year.

Live Clinical Supervision

Live Clinical Supervision

This 30-week course offers the opportunity for hands-on supervision. Trainees participate in treating families from behind a one-way mirror with simultaneous supervision. In addition, trainees participate as part of a consultation team that evaluates and plans treatment. Prerequisite: Foundations of Family Therapy

Clinical Externship

Clinical Externship in Family Therapy

A rigorous clinical and supervisory experience for trainees interested in attaining broad-based expertise in relational family therapy as it applies to couples and families. We offer a day program and an evening program. Prerequisite: Foundations of Family Therapy and Live Clinical Supervision

FAQs: Core Curriculum Training Program

Core Curriculum applications open in Spring 2022.

Ackerman core curriculum courses will be held online for the remainder of 2021.

Pending the Institute’s reopening due to COVID-19, our programs may be offered as a hybrid learning model with both online and in-person classes. Applicants will indicate their preferred learning model: online-only, or hybrid, at the time of application.

Our hybrid learning model will become available when the Institute can safely reopen under the guidance of the New York State Department of Health. While the Institute is eager to return to in-person training, applicants understand that their course may remain online indefinitely. Our standard refund policy applies.

A limited amount of need-based financial aid is available for Foundations of Family Therapy, Live Clinical Supervision, the Dual Program, and the Clinical Externship. Applicants must submit financial documentation and a personal essay. The deadline to apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 training year was May 1, 2021.

You will receive a confirmation email after submitting the online application with fee and supporting documents. Check your spam folder for this message. To ensure prompt delivery, add admissions@ackerman.org to your email contacts.

Core Curriculum applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email in June 2021. Check your spam folder for this message. To ensure delivery, add admissions@ackerman.org to your email contacts.

We understand that some of our applicants will be completing their master’s program during Ackerman’s admissions season. We will consider applications with proof of a pending master’s degree.

If you have not yet received your master’s degree and would like to apply to our Core Curriculum, you may upload one of the following to the Core Curriculum online application:

  1. A copy of your official transcript
    OR
  2. A certificate of graduation letter from your master’s program.

A copy of your master’s degree is required to enroll in the Core Curriculum program. When your master’s degree becomes available, email a copy to: admissions@ackerman.org with the subject line “Applicant Master’s Degree”

Yes, Ackerman’s Live Clinical Supervision program offers up to 10 contact hours toward licensure. Trainees who complete Live Clinical Supervision are eligible to apply for our Clinical Externship in Family Therapy, which provides 250 hours toward licensure.

The Ackerman Institute offers Core Curriculum trainees a nine-month interest-free payment plan. There is an annual $100.00 non-refundable fee to enroll. Your total tuition will be divided equally into nine monthly installments. An automatic charge will be place on your credit card on the first of every month, beginning August 2021, and ending April 2022. The deadline to enroll in a monthly payment plan is July 25, 2021.

Due to COVID-19 safety, all Core Curriculum courses will held online for the remainder of 2021. Foundations of Family Therapy will be held online for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Pending the Institute’s reopening, our programs may be offered as a hybrid learning model with both online and in-person classes.

Our hybrid learning model will become available when the Institute can safely reopen under the guidance of the New York State Department of Health. While the Institute is eager to return to in-person training, applicants understand that their course may remain online indefinitely.

The Ackerman Institute for the Family is located in the Flatiron District, New York City.

Ackerman Institute for the Family
936 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010
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Each Core Curriculum instructor sets individual policies for class attendance. Typically, trainees have between two and four absences during the academic year. The Ackerman Institute is closed in observance of several federal holidays. View our academic calendar for dates.

Trainees are responsible for course work missed due to absence, and must speak with their course instructor or supervisor regarding class material. The Ackerman Institute does not offer make up classes and does not provide refunds for absences.

Financial Aid:

Need-based financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for Foundations of Family Therapy, Live Clinical Supervision, the Dual Program, and the Clinical Externship. Financial aid applications are closed.

Continuing Education:

Continuing education contact hours / CEUs are available with some courses for mental health practitioners who hold LCSW, LMSW, or LMFT licensure in New York State.

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