Established in 2019

Hosted by Danna Carter, Ph.D., LMFT

The AFTA Podcast

About the Podcast

The AFTA Publications Committee was created in 2019 in efforts to facilitate dialogue and conversations about current therapy practices and research-oriented approaches.

Danna Carter, Ph.D., LMFT is the chair of the Publications' committee and is interested in collaborating with the community to create a space for diversity of thought and action in the field of family therapy. Currently, with the recent Covid-19 crisis and Black Lives Matter movement, we envision the Podcast may provide the avenue to channel AFTA’s efforts in responding to the complex context to support social change and activism.

Since the creation of the AFTA podcast, the Publications Committee will further the collaboration with AFTA’s committee members to identify priorities as well as to create content that can help further the commitment to the values that guide AFTA’s initiatives.

Potential topics for future guests include: 

  • Exploring how research practitioners are involved in social change during the C-19 and BLM movement.
  • Interview early career members about their hopes and aspirations in the family therapy field.
  • Interview student members about their interests and preparations involved throughout their studies.
  • Interview AFTA members who are in the academic field to discuss the importance of mentoring.


The AFTA Podcast Committee

Jerry is the Program Director of the Family Therapy Doctoral Program at the University of Georgia. He has been an AFTA member since the mid-90’s and received the AFTA 2006 Outstanding Research Award. With Roxana Llerena-Quinn he co-chaired the 2014 AFTA annual conference in Athens, Georgia. He has over 80 publications and has authored/co-edited three books. He is presently co-Pi on a 5-year, 8-million-dollar grant, The integration of marriage and relationship education into family and children services: A Campus-Community partnership.   He is involved in extending systems practices through projects implementing relational financial therapy and relational meditation, and he is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary ASPIRE Clinic. Attending to social justice and addressing social determinants of health is of primary importance to Jerry.  He gave an invited presentation When the right answer is wrong: Addressing multiculturalism and diversity for financial therapists at the seventh annual Financial Therapy Conference.  He has presented on incorporating relational meditation into social justice work at AFTA and in a webinar for the Taos Institute.

Cintia A. Fior is a clinical psychologist by training, with vast experience working with multicultural families and minorities groups in New York, San Pablo and, Buenos Aires from where she is originally from. Her areas of expertise are social justice, advocacy, capacity building and community-based interventions with disenfranchised populations. Cintia has a MA in peace and justice from the Kroc Institute of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. At present, she is working as a graduate teaching assistant in the course of Global Mental Health at University of Loma Linda, where she is a doctoral candidate in Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D.

Navid is a lecturer at San Diego State University. He teach in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program, the Master’s of Education (Counseling) program, the undergraduate Counseling minor program, the Honors college, and the Certificate for Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-informed Care program. He is an active member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, and the chair of the Men’s Advocacy subcommittee of the DV Council. Additionally, he engages in developing service-learning opportunities for students to be able to engage with and support their communities, particularly those that are in high need and can have difficulty accessing support services. He provide clinical supervision for trainees located at License to Freedom in El Cajon.

Past Guests

In this episode, I interviewed Dr. Peter Fraenkel, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at The City College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Fraenkel is currently co-chair of AFTA’s Research Committee, co-chair of the Task for on Climate Crisis and Families, and member of the Cultural and Economic Diversity Committee. He lectures nationally and internationally and has been widely featured on the topic of couples and families in the popular press, including television, cable, radio, magazines, and newspapers.

As events globally unfold with the COVID-19 crisis, we come together to discuss how we as a community can integrate and create wisdom we learned from experience and research throughout the years as well as encouraging others to be in perspective about our past, present, and future.

In this episode, I interviewed Dr. Kaethe Weingarten, who is a leading voice on a range of issues, including compassionate witnessing, radical listening, responding to political violence, hope as action, intimacy, illness, feminism, parenting, and mothering.

She is founder and director of The Witnessing Project, a nonprofit organization that consults to individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally, and internationally to transform toxic witnessing of violence and violation to active compassionate witnessing with others.

As we continue to experience the effects of the COVID-19 in our lives and communities, we honor the stories that shaped our desire to help others in reverence and respect to liminal spaces in our lives. We called ourselves back from old times and old places to examine how possibilities of creative action in life have the power to invite hope in times of uncertainty.

In episode 05, we start 2021 with a new series of interviews that will bring to center the theme of 'WHO IS AFTA?" We are highlighting the people who are essential to AFTA and listening to their stories and wisdom when it comes supporting the organization.

Nikia Coley and Kate Wotanowicz are the administrative team form that help with all the operations of AFTA. In this interview, they share their experience and wisdom as they navigate AFTA's leadership restructuring and much more. Enjoy the podcast.

On Episode 5 of the AFTA Podcast, our guests Dr. Jackie Williams-Reade and Dr. Max Zubatsky discuss their latest work from the Medical and Family Therapy book released in 2020 from the AFTA Springer Briefs.
Jackie is an Associate Professor at the Department of Counseling & Family Sciences, Loma Linda University. She is also the Founding Chair of the AAMFT Family Therapists in Healthcare Interest Network which provides resources and networking to clinicians who work in medical settings.
Max is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Medical Family Therapy Program in Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University.
Together they wrote a book about the Self of the Therapist in MedFT.
In this episode, they discuss the central themes around medical and family therapy training and practice as well as its implications during this COVID-19 pandemic and healthcare crisis.

Upcoming Guests

Director of the Narrative Initiatives San Diego

Date: TBD

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