Free educational podcast from the Ackerman Institute
The Ackerman Institute for the Family is a not-for-profit in New York City which has provided family therapy, substance use treatment and training for therapists since 1960. In February, 2015, Ackerman started an educational podcast in which listeners can learn about topics like how families can deal with grief and loss, parenting children with special needs, using mindfulness practice to support your mental wellness, and many more topics. Usually, a guest who is an expert in the topic discusses the topic and how it is relevant for families.
For example, in the most recent episode, Pauline Boss, PhD, discusses “the myth of closure.” For many years, Dr. Boss has worked with families who have lost loved ones in ambiguous circumstances. In some cases her clients’ loved ones were kidnapped or mysteriously disappeared. Dr. Boss discusses how loss in general affects families, and then she explores how ambiguous losses can be even more painful.
After the September 11th tragedy in New York City, Dr. Boss was called in as an expert to work with the families of individuals who were killed in the tragedy. Dr. Boss shares some details of her work, as well as the hope and strength of the families she worked with.
In another episode, George Faller, LMFT, discusses his experience dealing with stigma in his work counseling firefighters and their families. George, a former firefighter himself, explains that this stigma is decreasing as more people seek mental health services and are open about utilizing these services.
Other episode themes include developing family resilience, parenting children with special needs, and how to use mindfulness breathing practices to develop your own resiliency.
Listen to the podcast for free: http://ackerman.podbean.com/
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