FIW’s Mission and the FIW Model of Family Therapy

For 45 years Family Institute of Westchester (FIW) has devoted itself to the training of new generations of family therapists, tailoring that training to the individual needs of clinicians. There are opportunities for professionals at various levels of development to expand their clinical skills.

The Family Institute of Westchester is well-known for its high level of therapy supervision and its challenging didactic seminars. We believe that the family is the most accessible and most responsive unit of therapeutic care. While the FIW model supports the premise that psychological problems are developed and maintained in the social environment of the family, the FIW Multi-Contextual Model also places great emphasis upon the larger social influences of class, culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender.

A pioneering institution in the development of feminist family therapy, FIW has long supported the view that the family is a reflection not only of its own three-generational experience but also deeply influenced by the larger world in which it lives.

To this end we have supported special programs in cross-cultural therapy, working with LGBTQ families, Orthodox Jewish families, and families struggling with life-threatening illness.

If you are interested in our program and have earned a post graduate degree in an area of clinical care, please review “Who Can Train” at FIW.

International & Agency Hosting

Upon request, FIW offers specialized short-term clinical training and supervision for individuals and groups from abroad as well as for staffs of local agencies. These programs are specifically tailored to meet these groups’ needs and gives them an opportunity to spend time with Institute faculty and trainees.

Interested in our Training Programs?

There are many opportunities for training at the Family Institute of Westchester.

Workshops & Special Events

  • “State of the Art” Medical Management of Mental Health Treatment
    w/ Jeremy Barowsky , MD, FASAM
    • Date: January 20, 2023
    • Time:
      9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Location: Online

    From anxiety disorders, present in nearly 30% of the country’s population, to more severe mood and psychotic disorders, psychopharmacological interventions (otherwise known as medication management) have been a mainstay of mental health treatment. 

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