Asian Journal of Counselling

Clinical Supervision for Family Therapy: The Ackerman Approach

2004.第11卷第1及2期(Vol. 11 Nos. 1 & 2).pp. 79–99

Clinical Supervision for Family Therapy: The Ackerman Approach


Susan SO, Sania YAU, & Eva LEUNG(蘇淑賢、游秀慧、梁綺華)


As Hong Kong teaching faculties of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, the authors share their experience and reflection on the Ackerman Approach of clinical supervision. The aims of this article are to inform those who are interested in systematic and intensive family therapy training an approach that is available in Hong Kong, and to invite exchange among different family therapy approaches on their training models.

The Ackerman Approach developed four guiding principles of practice: both-and, relational, transparency, and collaboration. Under these principles, a unique model of clinical supervision — transparent, collaborative, gender, power, and culture-sensitive — was developed. The model actively develops a trainee’s ability to understand and intervene at multiple levels of the family’s experience and the personhood of the therapist.