Clinical Practicum

Clinical Practicum Program

The Clinical Practicum Program allows for individuals in their final year in an accredited Master’s degree program to apply to the Family Therapy Training Program in order to complete the first of the two year training program. 

The heart of the two year program is helping to establish mutual relationships in families. We believe that the ultimate, if unacknowledged, goal of all family therapies is an increase in the level of mutuality between family members. As family health improves family members are more able interact in a reciprocally, co-creational manner. Family dysfunction expresses a deep fear that such relationships could be dangerous to family survival. Family therapies strive to promote such relationships and alter these fears.

The Family Institute provides clinical experience with individual, group and live supervision as well as an educational component that meets the requirements of, and will be recognized towards accreditation by, The Israel Association for Couples and Family Therapy.

The Family Institute is recognized by the Israeli Association for Couples and Family Therapy as a category A institution. 

What does the program include?

The educational component of the training program is an intensive immersion in the theoretical and practical applications of working with families. The first year of the program provides you with a carefully structured educational and training experience including classes on family law, personal growth, family therapy techniques, couple’s counseling and more. 

Group supervision is an integrative experience combining understanding your own family of origin with the impact it has on your work as a clinician. These groups will utilize case presentations, live supervision and peer support with facilitation from an experienced clinical supervisor.

Real-world experience is essential to your clinical skill development as a therapist. Your hands-on training will begin early and build throughout the program. You will learn to practice under the guidance of experienced clinical supervisors utilizing process recordings and intensive live and video-supported supervision.  

The Family Institute provides you with the opportunity to work with diverse populations – adults, couple’s, individuals and families from various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds giving you the opportunity to gain a breadth of clinical experiences within a professional setting.

You will be given access to a variety of clinical resources including a well-stocked library and staff room. You will have use of our beautifully appointed consultation rooms including large rooms designated for families, child-friendly rooms, supply closet and a designated sandtray room. In addition, you will be able to utilize our state of the art technology to access courses online, record your sessions, generate receipts and more.

One of the most crucial aspects in the development of our trainees is the continued and frequent opportunities for trainees to meet and exchange ideas with each other, with advanced therapists and with the clinical staff. With a student-faculty ratio of 5:1, you will be able to build relationships with, and learn from, the supervisory team contributing to the development of a more mature and well-rounded professional self.  

Admission Requirements:

Trainees must have the following in order to be considered for admission to The Family Institute:

What is the time commitment per week?

Individual Supervision*
0 -6
Client Contact
Group Supervision

Please note that additional hours may be needed per requirements of a particular university. The Family Institute is committed to working with our practicum students to fulfill the requirements necessary.

Completion of Practicum requirements

Ability to continue to the second year of the Family Therapy Training Program

Price is dependent upon university requirements. Please be in touch with Clinical Director, Deena Mendlowitz, M.S.W. for more information.

The Clinical Practicum Program is a 1 year program.

*Minimum of 34 hours of individual supervision per year.