"As a community of clinicians, researchers,
and educators, we reaffirm our commitment
to actively seeking out opportunities to expose
and disrupt the machinations of white
supremacist ideology in all its forms;
structural, institutional and interpersonal.
AFTA holds the unequivocal truth that Black
“The American Family Therapy Academy applauds the landmark decision recently made by our Supreme Court to affirm the civil rights of gay and transgender people. In doing so, the highest Court responded to the courage, resilience and tenacity of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ activists and advocates, their allies and families, and queer and trans affirming organizations that have been working to protect the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community from the ongoing assaults of transphobia, heteronormativity, and the vicious contempt of the current administration. This ruling marks an important advent. And it is not enough.”
“The Supreme Court denied the White House’s request
to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) program, protecting the renewable permits that
enable Dreamers to remain, study and work in the
country in which they have long been building their lives.
In this decision, the Supreme Court moved to recognize
the dignity and humanity of Dreamers, their families and
communities that have been enduring and combating the
seemingly boundless brutality of our Executive Branch.
This ruling marks an important advent. And it is not
“The rise of expressed anti-Semitism in the United States must be condemned, rather than fomented, by those holding positions of political, economic and social power. As individuals, as an organization, and as a nation we must speak up in solidarity with Jews in the U.S. to challenge injustice. We must harness hope and engage respect for one group with the knowledge that to do so will foster support of others targeted by hate.”
“We believe that the climate emergency calls
for bold peaceful actions that are in tune with
our social justice mission and the
strengthening of communities that sustain
healthy families. The climate crisis impacts
individuals, families, and communities, in
ways that worsen inequity. Our commitment
to an ecosystemic practice is historically at
the core of AFTA values.”
A unique, multidisciplinary and
diverse membership with varying
perspectives within the field
Justine D'Arrigo Patrick, Ph.D.
Advocating for sensible policies
that support the welfare of
families and children
Chris Hoff, Ph.D., LMFT
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.
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.More Info
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.