AFTA's blog on progressive views on family centered, couple, and family therapy practices and policies.


The Migrant Caravan

“no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark” Home, Warsan Shire (read full text here, and hear Shire read her poem here) Over this last year, AFTA as an organization attempting to honor its mission and vision, has been required to post an unprecedented...

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Avoiding The Hopelessness Trap In A Time Of Widespread Despair

Given the social, economic, and political times in which we live, we are repeatedly confronted with the issues of hope and hopelessness – whether our own or that of family, friends, co-workers, those we serve as professional caregivers, neighbors, the general public,...

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Tribute to Douglas H. Sprenkle

Doug Sprenkle, a cherished friend, colleague, and mentor to many in family therapy passed away on August 16th, 2018 after fighting pancreatic cancer. His remarkable kindness and warmth is celebrated by many in our community whose lives he touched. His contributions to...

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Witnessing in Laredo

The post below is a reflection from Deliana Garcia who visited a Federal Court where people charged with illegal entry were processed. Ms. Garcia was one of our AFTA Conference 2018 Sunday Workshop presenters in Austin, TX. She is the Director of International...

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Caging Children: US Policy Traumatizes the Most Vulnerable

“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...

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Letter from Outgoing AFTA President Jane Bardavid

Dear AFTA Members: As my term as president comes to an end, I want to thank all of you for your support and commitment to the work of AFTA. I feel honored and privileged to have served. Over the past several years, AFTA has faced enormous challenges - both internally...

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