Family Therapy 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?

What does the educational component include?

This is a basic theory course. Systems are appreciated through the lens of Bowen differentiation theory. Other theories learned are structural, strategic, narrative and paradoxical. The theoretical approach emphasizes the importance of dyadic co-creation among family members and adjusting therapeutic expectations and technique to family level of differentiation.

In this introductory course trainees learn about the dynamics of creating and sustaining couples’ relationships. A detailed account of the theories of John Gottman serves as the anchor for clinical approaches to difficulties among couples.

This is a use-of-self course that takes trainees through the basic challenges of the therapeutic situation and the role of therapist with couples, families and individuals. The course involves man simulations and dynamic exercises. Men and women are taught separately.

The course addresses the personal changes and challenges faced by trainees in the process of becoming family therapists. Trainees respond to the kinds of materials clients bring through individual journaling and class discussions. The course stresses the technique of self-growth that makes family therapy dynamic, exciting and personal for the therapist.

A systematic look at “family time” is provided. Each stage of family transaction is analyzed through the lens of various developmental theories of childhood, adolescent, young adulthood, coupling through old age.

This more advanced course addresses the clinical challenges of couples in distress. Techniques for conflict resolution go through maintaining the couple and helping the couple to separate if necessary. Emotional aspects of physical intimacy are explored. Managing divorce conflict and custodial disputes are defined.

This introductory technique course involves detailed analysis of recordings of an ongoing family therapy performed by a seasoned practitioner.

The course teaches psychopathology from the extra vantage point of interactional pathology. The relationship between individual and systemic pathology are explored. Diagnoses are taught with an eye to the effect of the individual pathology on transactional processes in the family.

Parallel to the psychopathology course, here we look at the family therapy techniques that have proven helpful with families with low and very low levels of differentiation. Emphasis is given to strategic therapies for symptomatic pathology and paradoxical interventions with families resistant to change.

The course will focus on a detailed understanding of sexual physiology and its emotional components. Sexual dysfunctions in each partner and in the couple transaction and therapeutic approaches will be explored. Men and women are taught separately.

Trainees integrate the theories and techniques they have learned. The focus is on assisting each trainee in defining his or her own therapeutic identity, choosing areas of pathology and forms of treatment that most suit him or her and learning to refer difficulties that are better suited to other trainees.

Alternating years teach child protection law and divorce and child custody law. The material is presented as relevant to family therapy practitioners.

Ethical dilemmas and challenges facing family therapists are presented and discussed. Trainees are encouraged to define their practice from the point of views of the client and the therapist.

Admission Requirements:

Trainees must have the following in order to be considered for admission to The Family Institute’s Family Therapy Training Program:

What is the time commitment per week?

Individual Supervision*
0 -6
Client Contact
Group Supervision

Certificate in Family Therapy from The Family Institute.

Completion of all academic requirements recognized by The Israeli Association for Couples and Family Therapy.

The Family Therapy Training Program is 20,000 NIS per year. 

The Family Therapy Training Program can be completed in 2 years. 

*Minimum of 34 hours of individual supervision per year.