American Family Therapy Academy

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AFTA's Vision

AFTA envisions a just world by transforming social contexts that promote health, safety, and well-being of all families and communities.

AFTA's Mission Statement

Founded in 1977, the American Family Therapy Academy is a non-profit organization of leading family therapy teachers, clinicians, program directors, policy makers, researchers, and social scientists dedicated to advancing systemic thinking and practices for families in their social context.

AFTA's mission is developing, researching, teaching, and disseminating progressive, just family therapy, and family centered practices and policies.*

*To learn more about AFTA and its approach to social justice, please see the social justice page.



  • To advance theories, therapies, research and professional education that regard the family as a unit in a social context.
  • To promote research and professional education in family therapy and allied fields.
  • To make information about family therapy available to practitioners in other fields of knowledge and to the public.
  • To foster the collaboration among the medical, psychological, social, legal and other professions that serve families and the science and practice of family therapy.




September 17, 2015

The Board of Directors of the American Family Therapy Academy has reluctantly accepted the resignation of AFTA President, Volker Thomas, Ph.D., for reasons of health. Dr. Thomas has offered tremendous leadership to AFTA during a time of transition, and while his presence will be missed, his health and wellbeing must come first. We respect the courage and leadership he has shown in thinking of the needs of AFTA, even in the midst of a difficult personal journey. The Board praises Dr. Thomas' service to AFTA and honors his request for privacy at this time.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 4 of the AFTA Bylaws, the Board announces the succession of Kiran Shahreen Kaur Arora, Ph.D., to the position of Board President. Dr. Arora is Associate Professor of Counseling Programs at Long Island University, Brooklyn, where she co-chairs the department and directs the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Dr. Arora has previously served as AFTA Conference Co-Chair and as a member of the Board of Directors.

The Board enthusiastically welcomes Dr. Arora. Her leadership experience and demonstrated commitment to AFTA’s growth will ensure a seamless transition.


June 29, 2015

The American Family Therapy Academy celebrates the Supreme Court ruling of July 26, 2015, which requires that all states grant same-sex couples the right to marry, affording them "equal dignity in the eyes of the law." AFTA has officially supported marriage equality for same-sex couples since 2004.


May 1, 2015

American Family Therapy Welcomes Our New Executive Director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin George as the new Executive Director of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). We are excited about the new energy, ideas, and skills he brings to the position.

Kevin has over 12 years of leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. A seasoned strategist and fund development expert, Kevin has built a career on delivering next-level growth to organizations and companies. Kevin’s nonprofit career began with Imago Relationships International (IRI), where he worked for almost seven years in partnership with the Board, members, and other constituents. Serving first as the Director, Membership and Operations and later as Interim Executive Director, Kevin forged strategic alliances with academic institutions and mental health organizations worldwide. While at IRI, Kevin established and funded partnerships with community-based agencies to improve public access to low-cost mental health services. He was instrumental in developing an online professional training curriculum and in establishing and supporting over a dozen local chapters and international affiliates—expanding IRI’s footprint from 25 to 32 countries. For the past year, Kevin has been a strategic and fundraising consultant for an international arts and educational organization focused on the needs of children in underserved communities.

He is very pleased to be joining the leadership team at AFTA as the organization evolves and continues to strengthen families and communities. He is honored to be a part of such a rich, professional community that has long served as an incubator for some of the most compelling insights and transformative theories about the family unit and the critical role it plays in creating healthy communities.


June 1, 2013

The Central Office of the American Family Therapy Academy is moving to a new location: 150 Summer Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. New Phone Number: (978) 914-6374. New Fax Number: (978) 914-7033.

Febuary 3, 2013

The Board of Directors of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) announces the  publication of AFTA’s Immigration Position Statement addressing the impact of US immigration policy on families and children.  This statement, which examines contextual factors that can impinge on family life and optimal child development, exemplifies AFTA’s commitment to Social Justice; it brings the resources of an organization of clinicians, teachers and researchers to the political arena. In the tradition of AFTA’s previous position statements, it extends the context of healing and prevention beyond the consultation room to political awareness and action.  AFTA acknowledges the contribution of the Family Policy/Human Rights Committee and of other AFTA members in the initiation and creation of the Immigration Position Statement. For further information about AFTA’s integration of Social Justice into various aspects of our organization, please consult the relevant AFTA website links to social justice, human rights, and family policy.


January 1, 2013

AFTA proudly announces the appointment of Kim Cox as Managing Director. Kim assumes this position after more than 10 years of successful affiliation with AFTA. Her work with members on numerous projects has been highly regarded. Kim is familiar with AFTA’s history, understands the importance of our clinical/relational focus and shares our commitment to social justice. She will provide stability, continuity and able responsible leadership to the administration of AFTA. Congratulations and welcome Kim on assuming the position of Managing Director; AFTA is very fortunate to have her at the helm!



Access information about AFTA Interest Groups and Committees, Complimentary AFTA Springer Briefs and the Contemporary Family Therapy journal, as well as pdfs of all AFTA Updates and other Membership Benefits can be found on the For Members page.