Structural Family Therapy

This workshop will present and illustrate the conceptual tenets and therapeutic strategies of Structural Family Therapy (SFT), an approach developed by Dr. Salvador Minuchin. In SFT, a central role is assigned to the family, not just as the context for explaining symptomatic behaviors, but more importantly as an irreplaceable resource for the child.

Jorge Colapinto, LMFT, will teach participants how to assess family organization utilizing tracking, mapping, and the structural family therapy concepts of complementary and competence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the structural theory of family, problems, and therapeutic change
  • Assess family organization utilizing tracking, mapping, and the structural family therapy concepts of complementarity and competence
  • Implement at a fundamental level the strategy and techniques of Structural Family Therapy


Jorge Colapinto, LPsych, is an adjunct faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. He trained as a psychologist at the University of Buenos Aires and as a family therapist at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Pennsylvania and is an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. A long-time collaborator of Salvador Minuchin, Mr. Colapinto was a member of the training and consulting team gathered in the 1980s to disseminate Minuchin’s pioneering, ecosystemic approach to foster care.

Mr. Colapinto has written and lectured, both nationally and internationally on structural family therapy, training and supervision, and the application of family systems concepts to social services, and is the co-author, with Patricia and Salvador Minuchin, of the book Working with Families of the Poor. He also serves as an advisory editor in the periodicals Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Redes, and Sistemas Familiares.

Date / Time:

Friday, December 7, 2018
10 am–4 pm

Continuing Education:

5 CE Contact Hours

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Alumni of the Ackerman Externship Program and all current Ackerman trainees are eligible for discounted workshop tuition. Please contact the Training Department to register:

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