Dual Program

Dual Program

You may enroll in both Foundations of Family Therapy and Live Clinical Supervision in the same year. These two courses taken concurrently are the Dual Program.

Applications are now closed for 2021-2022 academic year.

Foundations of Family Therapy:

This 30-week introductory course prepares mental health professionals with the foundation for more advanced training in couple and family therapy.

Family therapy has developed many effective and innovative ways to work with families, couples and individuals. The Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA) incorporates exciting new ideas and practices. In Foundations of Family Therapy, Trainees will learn the:

  • History of the field of family therapy, as critiqued through a postmodern lens, with an emphasis on contemporary practice
  • Development of systemic thinking, and how it informs interviewing, hypothesizing, and clinical interventions
  • Interplay between the interior life of individual family members; the relational interactions of the family; and the influences of the larger social context
  • Impact of race, racism, gender identity and sexual orientation on families and family therapy

The course includes didactic presentations, discussions of reading materials, case presentations, experiential exercises as well as observation and discussion of videotaped therapy sessions conducted by experienced family therapists. Trainees learn theory and clinical concepts. They will also work on expanding their own identity development in respect to social contexts of power and privilege and integrate these elements into their current clinical work.

Live Clinical Supervision:

Using the knowledge of family systems gained from the Foundations of Family Therapy course, trainees in Live Clinical Supervision will participate on a family therapy treatment team and work with families with live supervision. In our online model, treatment teams use a virtual teletherapy platform to observe and work with family cases. In our hybrid model, pending the Institute’s reopening due to COVID-19, treatment teams work with families in front of a one-way mirror. See our COVID-19 statement below.

Trainees will also explore their own family’s culture of origin and its effect on practice. This course includes review of video-recorded sessions to increase clinical skills and address relevant personal issues.

* Foundations and Live Clinical sections cannot be scheduled for the same day and time.

Our response to COVID-19:

All Ackerman courses will be held online for the remainder of 2021. Pending the Institute’s reopening due to COVID-19, this program 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.

Course Dates

Dual Program:

60 classes, beginning September 20th, 2021.
All sections meet in Eastern Time (ET).

Foundations Sections:

Mondays | 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Mondays | 5:00 pm–8:00 pm
Saturdays | 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Live Clinical Sections:

Mondays | 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Mondays | 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Tuesdays | 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Wednesdays | 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thursdays | 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Saturdays | 9:30 am–1:30 pm

The deadline to apply has been extended to June 4th, 2021.

Tuition / CEUs

Dual Program:

Tuition: $9,100

CE Contact Hours: 90
Clinical Hours: Up to 10

Continuing education contact hours / CEUs are available for social work practitioners who hold LCSW, LMSW or LMFT licensure in the state of New York; or LCSW/LMSW licensure in the state of Connecticut.

About Tuition Fees:

The Ackerman Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on donors and earned revenue to work toward our mission. The full expense of training an Ackerman therapist is subsidized by the generosity of our donors. Your tuition fees cover only a small portion of this expense. We thank you for investing in your professional future and for supporting the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Tuition rates are for the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change annually.

View our Refund Policy.


Dual Program:

Applicants must hold a master’s degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, or other mental health profession. Recent graduates with pending degrees may submit transcripts as proof of completion.

A license is required for trainees requesting CE Contact Hours.

Applicants are required to complete a phone interview with Dean of Admissions to discuss professional background and interest in pursuing family therapy training.

What you Need to Apply:

✓ Completed Online Application Form

✓ Copy of Master’s Degree

✓ Resume

✓ $100 Application Fee

✓ Statement of purpose: In 250 words, answer the following prompt: Why do you wish to pursue family therapy training? What do you hope to gain from Live Clinical Supervision?

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