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


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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What if…? All the children by Joyce Maguire Pavao

What if we filed the federal and Arizona equivalent of a Massachusetts 51A on the government for abuse and neglect of those children who are piled up in warehouses for what seems like months now? What if we then did as we do when children are removed for abuse and...

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AFTA’s Position Statement on Immigration

AMERICAN FAMILY THERAPY ACADEMY POSITION STATEMENT June 2004 THE DELETERIOUS IMPACT OF U.S. IMMIGRATION POLICY ON FAMILIES We, the American Family Therapy Academy, are alarmed by the impact of United States immigration policy and enforcement. We believe that as a...

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“You can’t manipulate the snake!”

“You can’t manipulate the snake!” The student I’m speaking with after class keeps coming back to this point, as he tries to get me to understand his thoughts about nature vs. nurture. I had just given a guest lecture in a psychology class at San Quentin, the infamous...

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