For much of its history, the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) has been a volunteer-managed organization, which has made it reliant upon the work of committees to manage the daily operations of the organization. The rich tradition of committee involvement continues in order to source the expertise of an accomplished membership, encourage their participation in the decision-making process, and foster a culture of collaboration within the organization.
AFTA Standing Committees
The Awards Committee is responsible for the recognition of outstanding contributions of members and/or non-members to the field of family therapy. The categories of awards are determined by the Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Click Here.
Chair: Laurel Salmon, LMFT
This Committee plans and implements the Annual Meeting and Open Conference, which takes place once a year every May/June.
2020 Co-Chairs: Blanca Lugo, MFT & Bryan Doster
The Executive Committee consists of the President (acting as Chair), Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Immediate Past President/President-Elect. The Executive Committee provides for or directly carries out the mission of the organization between meetings of the entire Board.
Chair: Amy Tuttle, Ph.D., LMFT
The Finance Committee, whose Chair is the Treasurer, recommends to the Board financial standards, fiscal policies and procedures, and annual budgets of the organization, in keeping with sound fiduciary responsibility and current laws and regulation. In addition, the Committee establishes the means for protecting and investing the assets of AFTA.
Chair: Chris Hoff, Ph.D., LMFT
The Parliamentarian advises the President on parliamentary procedure.
Parliamentarian: Brent Taylor, Ph.D.
The Bylaws Committee recommends Board policies and processes to provide for the effective and efficient governance of AFTA. The committee is charged with recommending Board composition and developing Board recruitment and orientation plans. It facilitates an annual self-evaluation of the Board, including self-assessments of individual Directors. It is responsible for the evaluation of the capacity and effectiveness of all committees with business before them and will make recommendations to the Board regarding its findings.
Chair: Amy Tuttle, Ph.D., LMFT
This Committee is primarily tasked with (1) attracting and retaining members, and (2) approving prospective member applications. The Chair of the Student Membership Committee sits on the Membership Committee in order to represent the interests of Student Members. The committee makes recommendations to the Board as to guidelines for membership, and develops and/or evaluates member benefits, special member offers, and member recruitment plans.
Chair: Charlee Sutton, MSW, LCSW
This Committee is responsible for the creation, review, and promotion of all professional and scholarly publications of AFTA, including the Springer Brief Series, books, journals, white papers, and policy statements (subject to Board approval). It oversees general editorial policy, engages in strategic planning and development of the AFTA’s current and future professional publications, recommends and works with partner entities where appropriate, and initiates the creation of publication-focused task forces and subcommittees as deemed necessary by the Committee.
Chair: Dayanne Carter, Ph.D.
Cultural and Economic Diversity Committee
The function of the Cultural and Economic Diversity Committee, in alignment with AFTA’s mission, is to ensure AFTA’s accountability in maintaining economic and cultural diversity and in upholding its commitment to social justice. The committee’s responsibilities include (1) inviting colleagues from diverse backgrounds to participate in AFTA-sponsored events and join the professional community; (2) offering a forum addressing social justice issues at the annual conference; and (3) providing a space for witnessing and listening at the annual conference. For more information about this committee, Click Here.
Chair: Lana Kim, Ph.D., LMFT
Early Career Membership (ECM) Committee
This Committee seeks to support the development of emerging leaders in the field of family therapy. The committee hopes to foster their continued involvement in the advancement of theory and therapy and the promotion of research by facilitating their contribution to AFTA’s annual conference and encouraging their participation within our professional community throughout the year. The committee provides a gateway for ECMs to transition into full members of the Academy and works to help Student Members transition to ECM status. For more information about this committee, Click Here.
Chair: Elsie Lobo, Ph.D.
Family Policy & Human Rights Committee
This Committee maintains AFTA’s core commitment to equality, social responsibility and justice with particular attention to marginalized and underserved groups. The Committee works to ensure that AFTA’s organizational behavior is socially responsible and shall explore ways to lend organizational support to members involved in social action and bring recommendations to the Board. This committee is highly involved in creating timely and relevant position statements and disseminating them to the membership.
Chair: Sarah Berland, LCSW
Communications and Engagement Committee
This Committee is charged with the task of crafting AFTA's marketing message as well as the marketing messages of AFTA programs and events. It shapes and informs AFTA’s social media presence.
Chair: Shawn Giammattei, Ph.D.
This Committee nominates Academy members to run for election to Board Officer and/or Director positions as specified in the Bylaws.
Chair: Lisa Bibuld, PsyD
Professional Training and Programs Committee (PTPC)
The PTPC oversees a standard of excellence in professional trainings and events and creates, improves, and facilitates the evaluation process for all AFTA-sponsored educational events. It provides gatekeeping responsibilities for all additions or revisions to the training curriculum and additions or revisions to all educational programs and materials.
Not Currently Active
Student Membership Committee
This Committee represents and supports the interests of Student Members of the Academy. It develops and promotes activities that support student life and professional development within the organization, as well as collaborative engagement opportunities with students from other member-based organizations.
Chair: Amanda Ayala
The purpose and on-going focus of the Research Committee is 1) to build and support ongoing collaboration among family therapy researchers and research organizations, 2) to advance social justice perspectives in quantitative and qualitative family therapy research, 3) to promote research focused presentations, plenaries and ongoing dialogue about research findings at annual AFTA conferences, and 4) to uphold a robust appreciation for family therapy research and the ways such research supports our clinical and social justice community based work.