Monday, November 11, 2013

Press Room VIP covers The Ackerman "Moving Families Forward" Gala

This year's Ackerman "Moving Families Forward" Gala was a brilliant success and the press continues to highlight the incredible work of the Ackerman Institute. Take a peak at Press Room VIP's coverage of the gala, the good work of the Institute, Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales and much more....  http://bit.ly/17PWVKf

Monday, November 4, 2013


Ackerman Hosts AIGLE & Instituto Chileno Trainees for First-Ever Advanced Couples Training
From October 21st through October 25th, The Ackerman Institute for the Family opened its doors and its hearts to welcome ten trainees visiting from The Fundación AIGLÉ and the Instituto Chileno de Terapia Familiar for an exciting, educative week of advanced intensive training in the latest techniques in couple therapy. 

All of the students from Latin America had been here before, but I think trainees keep coming back because Ackerman is a really exciting place to learn….and welcoming. This past year, we had another request from AIGLÉ and Instituto Chileno to add an additional advanced intensive training program. So, we created an advanced training for the first time at the Institute for our Latin American partners…,” said Catherine Lewis, Director of Community and International Training at Ackerman.

Students had glowing reviews of their experience, “Watching Peggy Papp do sculpting is one of the greatest opportunities we could have had,” said Gabriel Genise of Argentina.

Yes,” said Josefina Esnal, “Jean Malpas (@jeanmalpas), too…very interesting work. The techniques are great, the new building is fabulous, and we are having a good time.”
The one-week Advanced Intensive in Family Therapy included workshops taught by Ackerman faculty: Jean Malpas, Virginia Goldner, Marcia Sheinberg, Peggy Papp and Michele Scheinkman.  The trainees had the opportunity to observe compelling live couple sessions and were able to evaluate appropriate responses and actions in therapy sessions.  They observed various cases and talked about the different choice points they might make at given intervals.  In addition to the lectures and observations, senior faculty members Fiona True, Evan Imber-Black, and Mary Kim Brewster brought trainees into the classrooms.  Along with Ackerman students, the trainees participated in vigorous discussions and presentations relating to the Ackerman Relational Approach.   

One special evening, our visitors attended the Ackerman “Moving Families Forward” Annual Gala held at the luxurious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  The premiere event promotes the important work of The Ackerman Institute for the Family.  Through leaders of the organization, public figures and media presentations, the Gala highlighted the incredible work being done on behalf of families.  
By the end of the week, Delfina De Achaval, a clinical psychologist from Uruguay, had this to say about her experience,“ I love the variety of professionals, but even just the human part…..we really felt Ackerman as our family. I got even more than I ever expected.”

Beatriz Cadena, a psychotherapist from Guatemala, reflected on her week of training, “This is my second time at the Ackerman Institute. It’s a great experience. You get the theory, live clinical interviews, and you get to learn and work with top therapists.”

The Ackerman Institute for the Family, the Fundación AIGLÉ and the Instituto Chileno de Terapia Familiar have been working together on training initiatives for over fifteen years. The collaboration between the organizations promotes the global influence of the Ackerman Relational Approach and the sharing of ideas and techniques to develop broader clinical thinking.   This ensures the sustainability and growth of the Institute’s Community and International Training Department around the globe. For more information, visit the Community and International Training Department’s page on the Ackerman Institute’s site.
 
 

Ackerman Celebrates 7th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala
On October 21st, The Ackerman Institute for the Family celebrated its rich history, life’s most important lessons, and a stunning new space in the Flatiron District at its Annual Moving Families Forward Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.  


l-r, Martha Fling, Joseph Williams, Jeannie Ackerman Curhan,
Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales, Lois Braverman, Chris Spano, Valerie Spano
“We have much to celebrate tonight!” declared Lois Braverman, President and CEO
of the Ackerman Institute, ebulliently, “Our new, state-of-the-art facility in the
Flatiron District…it is a wonderful new home for Ackerman where we will continue
our mission to provide outstanding treatment to families, develop cutting edge
clinical research, and train the next generation of family therapists. We
celebrate our extraordinary faculty – who have been on the cutting edge of
treatment for our most troubling mental health and family issues for more than 50
years.


With almost 300 guests, the evening was an astounding success.  Among our guests were members of our board of directors, our colleagues, their families and their friends. The brilliant night was hosted by Natalie Morales, news anchor of NBC News’ TODAY for the third year in a row. C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, presided over our live auction, while the John Pizzarelli Quartet set the mood with its creative, hip signature jazz sound.
C. Hugh Hildesley


Each year, we dedicate an evening to benefit, celebrate and highlight the vital services and ongoing programs the Ackerman Institute offers to countless children and families. This year marked a very important milestone for us—a move from our traditional brownstone home on the Upper East Side to a modern, state-of-the-art facility in the Flatiron District designed by exceptional architect and board member, Arnold Syrop.

 
Alice Netter and Martha Fling served as the evening’s co-chairs for the second year and stamped the evening with their special imprint.
 
Alice Netter & Martha Fling, co-chairs
 
 
Several members of the press, celebrities, and major media outlets took an outstanding interest in our event this year: Above, l-r, Tamsen Fadal, Emmy-winning News Anchor for WPIX 11, photojournalist, Javier Gomez, and Project Runway model, entrepreneur, and activist Camilla Barungi.  Others included, Lori Sokol of the Huffington Post, Lois Zenkel (photographer), CBS News, NY Social Diary, GQ, Getty Images, and NY Social Status.  
 
Tamsen Fadal, Javier Gomez, Camilla Barungi

Board Chair, John R. O’Neill, presented the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award to Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, longtime board member and daughter of founder, Dr. Nathan W. Ackerman, for her steadfast, tireless and distinguished support of the Institute.  Read more about the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award….
 
Jeannie Ackerman Curhan & John O'Neill



Alice Netter, a committed board member for the past 27 years and honorary co-chair,
presented the Ackerman Corporate Partners Award  to Christopher J. Spano. As the President of CJS Builders, Chris played a pivotal role in the development of the state-of-the-art Ackerman space.  Read more about the Ackerman Corporate Partners Award….


Alice Netter & Chris Spano

Martha Fling presented The inaugural Moving Families Forward Award to actor Colin Farrell, for his efforts shining a light on what it means to be the parent of a child with special needs. The Ackerman Institute also named a one-year scholarship for family therapy to a family with a special needs child in Colin’s name. Read more about the inaugural Moving Families Forward Award...

  
Martha Fling & Colin Farrell
 
We are so grateful to our family of friends and supporters for coming together to celebrate the work of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Our 2013 Moving Families Forward Gala was an enormous amount of fun and an outstanding success! We look forward to seeing everyone next year! 

 
 

Gala (continued) Honoree: Colin Farrell



Martha Fling & Colin Farrell
Board member Martha Fling presented the inaugural Moving Families Forward Award to actor Colin Farrell for his efforts shining a light on what it means to be the parent of a child with special needs. The Ackerman Institute also named a one-year scholarship for family therapy to a family with a special needs child in Colin’s name.

In Colin’s words:  "I understand how helpful it is to have all kinds of resources available – for your child and for your family – the kind of resources Ackerman is making available to so many families in need each year.  I am thrilled to be here tonight and honored that through my involvement, a family with a special needs child will get the support they need."

Gala (continued) Honoree: Chris Spano



Alice Netter, a committed board member for the past 27 years and honorary co-chair, presented the Ackerman Corporate Partners Award to Christopher J. Spano.

Alice Netter & Chris Spano
                                          -----   “Ackerman is blessed with a fabulous board – among them is Arnold Syrop, the talented architect who designed our new space," said Alice Netter as she introduced Mr. Spano.  "Chris and his company took Arnold’s beautiful design and vision and made it our new reality.”

As the President of CJS Builders, Chris played a pivotal role in the development of the state-of-the-art Ackerman space hand in hand with Arnold Syrop.  
 
This project became personal once I realized the impact that my company would have in helping countless families to heal," said Chris Spano. "I am inspired by the work of Ackerman because I believe in the power of the family unit.”

Gala (continued), Honoree: Jeannie Ackerman Curhan


Jeannie Ackerman Curhan
John O'Neill
Board Chair, John R. O’Neill, presented the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award to fellow board member, Jeannie Ackerman Curhan. Ms. Ackerman Curhan, the daughter of founder Dr. Nathan W. Ackerman, was honored for her steadfast, tireless and distinguished support of the Institute. 

"As Nathan Ackerman’s daughter, I am a link with the past and the founding of the Institute.  As a Board member, I am part of the future of the Ackerman Institute.  And, with our recent move to a larger state-of-the-art facility, Ackerman’s future has never looked brighter, more exciting or more innovative. My Father’s dreams and vision have been able to grow and become today’s Ackerman Institute for the Family. I know my Father would be so grateful and so terribly proud.”