"As a community of clinicians, researchers,
and educators, we reaffirm our commitment
to actively seeking out opportunities to expose
and disrupt the machinations of white
supremacist ideology in all its forms;
structural, institutional and interpersonal.
AFTA holds the unequivocal truth that Black
lives matter."

“The American Family Therapy Academy applauds the landmark decision recently made by our Supreme Court to affirm the civil rights of gay and transgender people. In doing so, the highest Court responded to the courage, resilience and tenacity of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ activists and advocates, their allies and families, and queer and trans affirming organizations that have been working to protect the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community from the ongoing assaults of transphobia, heteronormativity, and the vicious contempt of the current administration. This ruling marks an important advent. And it is not enough.”

“The Supreme Court denied the White House’s request
to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) program, protecting the renewable permits that
enable Dreamers to remain, study and work in the
country in which they have long been building their lives.
In this decision, the Supreme Court moved to recognize
the dignity and humanity of Dreamers, their families and
communities that have been enduring and combating the
seemingly boundless brutality of our Executive Branch.
This ruling marks an important advent. And it is not

“The rise of expressed anti-Semitism in the United States must be condemned, rather than fomented, by those holding positions of political, economic and social power. As individuals, as an organization, and as a nation we must speak up in solidarity with Jews in the U.S. to challenge injustice. We must harness hope and engage respect for one group with the knowledge that to do so will foster support of others targeted by hate.”

“We believe that the climate emergency calls
for bold peaceful actions that are in tune with
our social justice mission and the
strengthening of communities that sustain
healthy families. The climate crisis impacts
individuals, families, and communities, in
ways that worsen inequity. Our commitment
to an ecosystemic practice is historically at
the core of AFTA values.”

Janessa Dominguez, Ph.D., BCBA, LMFT, QBA, LMHC
AFTA's Leadership Team

Carmen Knudson-Martin, Ph.D., LMFT
AFTA's Leadership Team

CharlesEtta T. Sutton, MSW, LCSW
AFTA's Leadership Team


A FTA is a community of professionals that has provided a gathering place for the best and brightest minds in family therapy and allied fields for nearly four decades. It is a multi-disciplinary and diverse organization comprised of academics, researchers, educators, students, and mental health professionals that has served as incubator for some of the most compelling insights and transformative ideas about the family unit and the critical role it plays in creating healthy communities.

Since 1978, members of AFTA have helped tens of thousands of families, couples, and individuals in crisis. Theories about family and approaches to mental health championed by AFTA are taught in every major institution of higher learning. The work of the members of AFTA has influenced an entire generation of mental health theorists, researchers, and practitioners.

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Interest Groups

A favorite among members, an opportunity to gather and discuss different areas of interest—online and in person. Members enjoy connecting with colleagues on topics they are passionate about in their daily lives.

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For Professionals

Attend Our Conference

Our Annual Conference is open to all, a place where new ideas and contributions to the field are shared among peers. Read about our upcoming conference, June 23 - 25, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Further Learning

AFTA Publications

AFTA Publications include the AFTA Springer Briefs (in partnership with Springer Science) and The Monograph Series. Members receive complimentary downloads and discounts on paperbacks in the Members-Only Section.

AFTA Publications

AFTA Member Publications

Our membership comprises some of the most prolific and significant authors in family therapy and allied fields. Over 60% of Academy members are published authors of books, textbooks, and/or journal articles. The work of our members has been published in Family Process, JAMA, The Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, The Journal of Family Therapy, The Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, The Journal of Marriage and Family, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy Networker, and The Journal of Systemic Therapies, among others.

The Springer Briefs in Family Therapy, produced by AFTA in partnership with Springer Science, regularly features articles written by members of the Academy. Members can access free copies of the Springer Briefs by logging in and going to the Free Publications page.

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Recent Blogs

  • Save the Date: Support AFTA on GivingTuesday!

    November 26, 2019

    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 world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 3rd, and throughout the year.   AFTA has registered […]


  • Four Metaphors for Couple Therapy

    September 20, 2019

    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 clinicians, I describe four of them. By comparing events in therapy to others that are […]


  • Cultural Competent Therapists for Black Women

    April 5, 2019


Recent News

  • Tribute to Douglas H. Sprenkle

    August 30, 2018

    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 our field were honored by NCFR, AAMFT and AFTA. In 2010, AFTA awarded […]


  • Welcome Letter from AFTA President Victoria Dickerson

    July 12, 2017

    Welcome Everyone, I am pleased to begin my Presidency.  I hope to be of service to everyone in this organization.   It is my fondest wish to realize the vision I articulated shortly after I was elected: I want us to move forward as a strong and well-governed organization, one that is inclusive, open, and respectful […]


  • Statement on Transgender Students

    March 16, 2017

    March 14, 2017 The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) stands in opposition to the recent executive order rescinding the protection of transgender students using bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their affirmed gender identity. Rescinding these protections puts transgender and gender non-conforming (TG/NC) children at risk for further harassment and discrimination. Seventy-five percent of […]


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