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Victoria C. Dickerson, Ph.D.
AFTA President

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

Lascelles Black, MSW, LMFT
Vice President

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

Amy R. Tuttle Guererro, Ph.D., LMFT
President-Elect (7/18-6/19)

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Advocating for sensible policies
that support the welfare of
families and children

Ramón Rojano, MD, PhD

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Providing a platform where ideas
meet conscience

Linda Longo-Lockspeiser ACSW, LCSW


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, June 21 - 24, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

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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 Blogs

  • Witnessing in Laredo

    July 18, 2018

    I am sitting here after returning from Laredo, TX and one of the saddest experiences in recent memory. I went with a group organized by Congregation Agudas Achem here in Austin. There were many lovely encounters but the trip also included attendance at Federal Court where 200 (TWO HUNDRED) individuals were ‘processed’ in 1.5 hours […]


  • Caging Children: US Policy Traumatizes the Most Vulnerable

    July 4, 2018

    “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This inscription on the Statue of Liberty has been a beacon to the world. Lately, it has become conditional, with an addendum like, “Offer may vary” or “Huddled masses from Norway preferred.” Fifty-three percent of Republicans support the President’s “zero tolerance” policy […]


  • Family therapy in the age of global mental health: Long live Shoufi-Mafi!

    July 16, 2015

    While family therapists may have skills that enhance the capacity to contextualize the suffering of the clients, supervisees, or trainees we work with, in global mental health one must be able to do this in relation to the broader political and economic factors in the country.


Recent News

  • Welcome Letter from AFTA President Victoria Dickerson

    July 12, 2017

    Welcome Everyone, I am pleased to begin my Presidency.  I hope to be of service to everyone in this organization.   It is my fondest wish to realize the vision I articulated shortly after I was elected: I want us to move forward as a strong and well-governed organization, one that is inclusive, open, and respectful […]


  • Statement on Transgender Students

    March 16, 2017

    March 14, 2017 The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) stands in opposition to the recent executive order rescinding the protection of transgender students using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their affirmed gender identity. Rescinding these protections puts transgender and gender non-conforming (TG/NC) children at risk for further harassment and discrimination. Seventy-five percent of […]


  • AFTA Statement on ICE Raids

    February 14, 2017

    February 14, 2017 The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) stands in absolute opposition to the recent raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over this past weekend. These raids, in Atlanta, New York City, Los Angeles, and in the states of Texas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, and Virginia, took place in homes and […]


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