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A professional community of
collegiality, collaboration, and

Thandiwe-Dee Watts-Jones, Ph.D.
Psychologist II, Health and Hospitals Corporation
Faculty, Ackerman Institute

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A place where our field takes
shape and new ideas are born

Kaethe Weingarten, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology
Harvard Medical School

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A unique, multidisciplinary and
diverse membership with varying
perspectives within the field

Celia Falicov, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of California

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Ensuring social justice is a core
component of successful interventions

Kiran S.K. Arora, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Long Island University,

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Providing a platform where ideas
meet conscience

Harry Aponte, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
Clinical Associate Professor in Drexel University’s
Couple & Family Therapy


A FTA is a community of professionals that has provided a gathering place for the best and brightest minds in family therapy and allied fields for nearly four decades. It is a multi-disciplinary and diverse organization comprised of academics, researchers, educators, students, and mental health professionals that has served as incubator for some of the most compelling insights and transformative ideas about the family unit and the critical role it plays in creating healthy communities.

Since 1978, members of AFTA have helped tens of thousands of families, couples, and individuals in crisis. Theories about family and approaches to mental health championed by AFTA are taught in every major institution of higher learning. The work of the members of AFTA has influenced an entire generation of mental health theorists, researchers, and practitioners.

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Interest Groups

A favorite among members, an opportunity to gather and discuss different areas of interest—online and in person. Members enjoy connecting with colleagues on topics they are passionate about in their daily lives.

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For Professionals

Attend Our Conference

Our Annual Conference is open to all, a place where new ideas and contributions to the field are shared among peers. Read about our upcoming conference, May 31-June 2 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Further Learning

AFTA Publications

AFTA Publications include the AFTA Springer Briefs (in partnership with Springer Science) and The Monograph Series. Members receive complimentary downloads and discounts on paperbacks in the Members-Only Section.

AFTA Publications

AFTA Member Publications

Our membership comprises some of the most prolific and significant authors in family therapy and allied fields. Over 60% of Academy members are published authors of books, textbooks, and/or journal articles. The work of our members has been published in Family Process, JAMA, The Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, The Journal of Family Therapy, The Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, The Journal of Marriage and Family, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy Networker, and The Journal of Systemic Therapies, among others.

The Springer Briefs in Family Therapy, produced by AFTA in partnership with Springer Science, regularly features articles written by members of the Academy. Members can access free copies of the Springer Briefs by logging in and going to the Free Publications page.

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Recent Position Statements

Recent News

  • AFTA’s Organizational Restructuring

    October 11, 2016

    October 11, 2016 In light of our budgetary constraints, and after careful thought and serious consideration by the AFTA Board of Directors, a decision has been made to restructure the organization and to eliminate the position of Executive Director. The Board believes we can no longer sustain such a position. Kevin George, our Executive Director […]


  • AFTA Press Release

    August 19, 2016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Board of Directors of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Kiran Shahreen Kaur Arora, Ph.D. The Board deeply appreciates the vision and leadership Dr. Arora has shown throughout her tenure as President of the Board. In accordance with Article IV, Section 4 of the AFTA Bylaws, the […]


  • AFTA Joins Other Mental Health Organizations to Protest “Religious Freedom” Laws

    July 14, 2016


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