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


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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Help AFTA Get The Word Out: Serbia Needs Your Help

From: Sanja Rolovic Dear Friends please help AFTA get the word out: Serbia has undergone Katrina like disasters endangering lives and well being of over 200 thousand families and their communities. This short video...

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Flash Boys into the Great Divide

In thinking about how I’ve come to look at Masculinity, I recognize one important location in myself. Looking back over nearly seven decades, I reflect on what it’s been like to be a boy who became a man. This essential perspective has been encouraged by spending half...

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A Tale of Two Epistemologies: Part 2

Thinking, Living and Practicing in Two Worldviews Relational Epistemology informs Justice oriented Clinical Practice As may be evident from the reflections in part 1, we think, live, and practice in two worldviews or epistemologies, the “scientific” “objective...

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