Foundations of Family Therapy

Foundations of Family Therapy

NOTE: Registration is now closed for Foundations of Family Therapy 2019-2020.

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.

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 9, 2019

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

Registration is now closed for Foundations of Family Therapy 2019-2020.

Tuition / CEUs

Foundations of Family Therapy:

Tuition: $3400
CE Contact Hours: 90

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

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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 any other mental health profession.

A license is only required for trainees requesting CE Contact Hours.

How to Apply

Admissions are now closed for the 2019-2020 Core Curriculum. Applications for 2020-2021 will be available in Spring 2020. Subscribe to our mailing list

What you Need to Apply:

✓ Completed Application Form

✓ Copy of Master’s Degree

✓ Resume

✓ Application Fee

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