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


Save the Date: Support AFTA on GivingTuesday!

AFTA Celebrates GivingTuesday, joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement!  GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their...

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Four Metaphors for Couple Therapy

Over many years working integratively with couples (Nielsen, 2016), I’ve discovered some metaphors that make my comments to clients more memorable and that explain and normalize the experience of couple distress and couple therapy. In this short essay, written for...

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Cultural Competent Therapists for Black Women

I work in a homeless shelter that serves 21 families and currently 90% of those families identify as African American, single family homes with the mother as the primary support. With each day they are living in our shelter, a new challenge is presented to these...

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The Migrant Caravan

“no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark” Home Over this last year, AFTA as an organization attempting to honor its mission and vision, has been required to post an unprecedented number of statements opposing, denouncing, insisting, decrying, grieving,...

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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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