Friday, July 12, 2013

Gender and Family Project Collaborates on Performance

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, the Gender and Family Project took part in a very special artistic event called Summer’s Different. Jean Malpas, the Director of the Gender and Family Project, worked closely with director and choreographer Tamar Rogoff on the hour-long dance piece Summer’s Different, which played for several weeks at the LaMama Theater in the East Village.

Summer’s Different is about a nuclear family where the father begins to question his gender identity and to express gender nonconformity. The piece is not only about gender, but also about how every family is different, with each member struggling to find his or her own place in the family.

Q & A with Tamar Rogoff,
Jean Malpas and cast
After the performance, there was a Q & A with Ackerman faculty Jean Malpas, the choreographer Tamar Rogoff, and the cast. The public dialogue addressed the subject of gender identity and its impact on family.

The Gender and Family Project provides outpatient clinical services to families with gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. The therapists involved in the Project provide family therapy, multi-family groups, and support in the community and the environment where the child interacts.

 Learn more about the Gender and Family Project…

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Spotlight on 936 Broadway

A few more weeks, then it’s farewell to East 78th Street and hello to Broadway! In celebration of Ackerman’s big move, here are a few insider tips on the new building, plus some perks of the downtown location.

About the Building
936 Broadway
The new building at 936 Broadway contains five floors, and Ackerman Institute will occupy the 2nd floor and part of the 3rd floor of the building. Both floors were gutted and rebuilt to specifically meet the needs of the Institute. This project was led by architect and board member, Arnold Syrop, whose knowledge of the Institute allowed him to design a space customized to Ackerman. The 2nd floor will be devoted to therapy offices and studios, while the 3rd floor will contain classrooms and more offices.

New Kind of Therapy Space
Space under construction
In addition to having more therapy offices, the new space will also have new furniture and technology. The interior has been designed with the aim of creating a warm and therapeutic environment. Every office will have a window overlooking either Broadway or 22nd street. The walls are built with extra soundproofing material to prevent audio leaking into nearby offices or hallways.

State of the Art Studios
The 2nd floor contains four studio spaces outfitted with advanced recording technology for capturing sessions and classroom discussions. There are two cameras in the therapy room, and one in the observation room for classes to record their conversations. Each room will contain top-quality microphones to record audio. In the observation room, there will be a wall-mounted TV for students to watch their sessions with supervisory groups. All sessions will be digitally recorded onto external hard drives. In addition, the lighting, wall color, and camera placements were carefully chosen in order to create the most professional recordings. 

Classrooms for the Future
The 3rd floor contains two classrooms separated by a dividing wall that can be opened to create a larger space accommodating up to 100 people. This will allow for larger and less cramped workshops. Each classroom is equipped with cutting edge presentation technology, including two large projectors and screens for participants to easily watch videos and view presentations, along with overhead speakers throughout the room to improve sound quality.

Location, Location, Location
Parking and Public Transportation
6 train running slow? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other options to travel to 936 Broadway. The new building is conveniently located near several subway lines, including the 6, N, R, F, and M. It is also one block from the historic Flatiron building. Madison Square Park is nearby, where one can enjoy lunch at the popular Shake Shack. Other tempting eateries close by include Le Pain Quotidian, Eric Kayser, Gramercy Tavern, Craft, Almond, Greensquare Tavern, ABC Kitchen, and Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop, to name a few.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Celebration to Say Goodbye to 149 E 78th Street

Board members, faculty, staff, and friends of the Ackerman Institute gathered on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, to celebrate and say goodbye to the historic Ackerman building at 149 East 78th Street. The building that currently houses Ackerman Institute for the Family was bought in 1960. The purchase of the building was made possible through the contributions of former clients of Dr. Nathan Ackerman, a pioneer in family therapy. Since then, thousands of families and couples have received help in the building, and many trainees have spent years studying therapy under its roof.

The event celebrated the innovation and success that we have achieved over the years, making Ackerman one of the few stand alone institutions specializing in family therapy. Ackerman Board members, faculty, friends and donors, mingled and shared stories and said goodbye to the site. Arthur and Carol Maslow generously hosted this wonderful event.

Arthur and Carol have a long relationship with the Ackerman Institute, as they both entered as trainees in the early 70’s. Arthur joined the faculty, and then eventually he joined the board of directors, where he continues his dedicated service to the work of the Institute. He addressed the crowd and shared wonderful anecdotes about the Institute, from its humble beginnings to its current respected reputation and flourishing practice. 

Many faculty members shared their own memories of the building and its idiosyncrasies, such as the spiral staircase and library. Many more recalled those that had passed, innovators in family therapy such as Olga Silverstein, Peggy Penn, Ruth Mohr and Marcia Stern, whose spirit they hope to carry with them into the new building.

Ackerman Institute for the Family will be closed from August 2-4, and will reopen on Monday, August 5th, at its new location on 936 Broadway. The new building will have an increased number of offices and studios, along with larger training spaces and state of the art technology.