Core Curriculum

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

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Registration opens March 2019.

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Ackerman Core Courses

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.

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.

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.

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

Summer Clinical Practicum

This one-month program offers an opportunity to develop specific skills in family therapy through lecture, discussion, case studies, and live family interviews. Trainees work as co-therapists conducting therapy interviews while also working as part of a clinical consultation team. The program focuses on learning relational interviewing skills and systemic approaches to change.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tax returns must be submitted with the application. The deadline to apply is TBA.

Continuing Education:

•  The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

•  The Ackerman Institute for the Family has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

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