Monday, November 11, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
“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.
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.”
|l-r, Martha Fling, Joseph Williams, Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, |
Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales, Lois Braverman, Chris Spano, Valerie Spano
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
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|
|Alice Netter & Martha Fling, co-chairs|
|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
|Martha Fling & Colin Farrell|
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."
|Alice Netter & Chris Spano|
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.
|Jeannie Ackerman Curhan|
"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.”