Foundations of Family Therapy

Foundations of Family Therapy

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

Foundations of Family Therapy will be held online for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Course Description:

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

Foundations of Family Therapy 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.

Did you Know? You can accelerate your learning by enrolling in both Foundations of Family therapy and Live Clinical Supervision at the same time. This is our Dual Program. Learn More.

Course Dates

Foundations of Family Therapy:

30 classes, beginning September 2021

Schedule Options:

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

Monday sections begin 9/20/21. Saturday sections begin 9/25/21

Tuition / CEUs

Foundations of Family Therapy:

Tuition: $4,400
CE Contact Hours:

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

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Foundations of Family Therapy:

Applicants for Foundations of Family Therapy 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.


Foundations of Family Therapy FAQs:

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How to Apply

Foundations of Family Therapy:

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

What you Need to Apply:

✓ Completed Online Application Form

✓ Copy of Master’s Degree or transcript as proof of degree pending.

✓ Resume

✓ Personal Statement

✓ $100 Application Fee

✓ Personal Statement – Answer the Following:

  • Q1: Please tell us about your interest in the Foundations of Family Therapy course and/or family therapy training. (250 words)
  • Q2: In your opinion, what is the role of social justice in family therapy? (250 words)
  • Q3: How do you plan on using what you have learned in this course/training after you have completed it? (250 words)

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