|Richard Johnson at the Spring Open House|
The Open House began with a few words from the Institute’s Director of Training, Marcia Sheinberg, who spoke about the variety of unique learning opportunities available through Ackerman. She was followed by faculty member Richard Johnson, who introduced the Foundation classes, a 30-week course which provides the foundation of family systems theory and technique through presentations, reading, and videotapes of sessions.
Connie Scharf, part of the faculty and Dean of Students, described the Live Clinical Supervision course, where students treat families from behind a one-way mirror under the supervision of a faculty member. Faculty Fiona True then rounded out the discussion with an explanation of the Clinical Externship, a two to three year program in which trainees receive a broad range of clinical and supervisory experience in family therapy. Fiona’s presentation included a short excerpt of a taped therapy session exemplifying the type of work done at Ackerman Institute.
Finally, Ackerman student Julia Chan spoke about her experience of training at the Institute. Her enthusiastic account of her years spent at Ackerman highlighted the life altering nature of training at the Institute.