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Join us for our 40th Annual
Meeting and Open Conference
in Austin, TX
June 21-24, 2018

Hosted at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center

Relational Activism: Supporting Just Relationships in Family Therapy

About the Conference

Clinicians, professors, researchers, and students in family therapy and related fields from the U.S. and around the globe, will join together to share their work and ideas through dialogues and presentations that illustrate a wide reach of individual, couple, and family therapy and family therapy research in a variety of contexts and applications.

Specifically, the 40th Annual Meeting and Open Conference will invite reflection on what activism in family therapy means and provide the opportunity to explore this concept from new perspectives. How we advocate for, support and sustain relationships in the contemporary era will be the central theme woven throughout the meeting. It is our hope that attendees leave the meeting inspired by the possibilities that new versions and visions of activism might bring to their lives, both professional and personal.

The conference will officially open on Thursday, June 21st, with an inspiring keynote address from Ana Louise Keating whose work draws on traditions of radical U.S. women-of-color feminist/womanist thought and queer studies. Grounded in these traditions, Keating invites us to transform how we think about identity, difference, social justice and social change, reading, and teaching.

The meeting will end on Saturday, June 23rd, with the annual AFTA Awards Ceremony Dinner and 40th Anniversary Celebration. There will be a workshop open to the public on Sunday, June 24th from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, which will highlight the work of local mental health and social work agencies working on the ground to support social justice activities. The Annual Meeting and Open Conference supports Continuing Education Credits with full registration.

For more information about the 40th Annual Meeting and Open Conference, contact us.

2018 Plenaries

Our plenaries begin Friday, June 22, with a focus on Contemporary Issues with Ruben Parra-Cardona addressing immigration and advocacy in family therapy and Jean Malpas speaking to trans-identities.  The plenary on Saturday will emphasize the conference theme, Relational Activism, with Marcela Polanco talking about family therapy activism from Latin American decolonial perspectives and Kameelah Rashad presenting an installation focusing on Muslim families.  Both plenaries will be participatory performances, inviting you to be involved.  Discussants include: CharlesEtta Sutton, Jill Freedman, and Amy Tuttle with others still to be announced.

The Friday lunch features the increasingly popular Pearls of Wisdom, sponsored by the Early Career Members and supported by the Family Process Institute.  Friday late afternoon will have the Coming Together Conversations in the spirit of our Relational Activism theme.  Later that evening will be the AFTA Social Hour with hors d’oeuvres and entertainment followed by a night on the town. Saturday evening will feature the traditional Awards Banquet with a special acknowledgement of our Charter members on this 40th Anniversary.

AFTA Award Slate 2018

Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research

Andrew Cherlin, PhD

Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory & Practice

Jaakko Seikkula, PhD and Tom Erik Arnkil

Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy

Michele Scheinkman, LCSW  

Lifetime Achievement

Paulette Hines, PhD

Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT (Director) and Ben Davis (Deputy Director) – Ackerman Institute for the Family Gender and Family Project

Early Career Award

Laurel Salmon, LMFT