"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
enough.”

“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.”

Position Statements

AFTA Holds On to Our Humanity

We mourned the tragedy that occurred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania six months ago (October 27, 2018), when 11 cherished relatives were killed while Shabbat morning services were being held at the Tree of Life Synagogue. We spoke to the heartbreak of learning that two...

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AFTA Joins the People of New Zealand in Mourning

AFTA joins the people of New Zealand in mourning the senseless loss of life and heinous injuries suffered by the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand.  We acknowledge that this terrible slaughter was committed and justified in the name of racist,...

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AFTA Opposes the Proposed “Public Charge” Rule

The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) urges the Department of Homeland Security to immediately withdraw the proposed "public charge" rule. This harmful policy will harm millions of immigrants and their families by undermining their access to essential health,...

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The Migrant Caravan

“no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark” Home Over this last year, AFTA as an organization attempting to honor its mission and vision, has been required to post an unprecedented number of statements opposing, denouncing, insisting, decrying, grieving,...

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Gun Violence

The deepest sympathies of the AFTA community go out to all those affected by the shooting that resulted in the deaths of 13 people on Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, CA. We recognize that our thoughts and prayers are not enough. In a previously posted position on gun...

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AFTA meets Hate with Hope

AFTA mourns with the families of the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27, 2018: Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon,...

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AFTA Joins #WontBeErased

A memo was leaked earlier this week revealing the intention of the current administration to erase the existence of transgender and non-binary Americans by legally defining gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.”   AFTA...

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Position Statement: AFTA Grieves AFTA Persists

Gregory Bateson (1979) relates a quasi-scientific fable: If you take a frog and drop it into boiling water, it will jump out.  However, if you put a frog in room-temperature water and slowly heat the water, the frog will accommodate the temperature increases, not jump...

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AFTA’s Position on Gun Violence

In December, 2012, a young man armed with an assault rifle walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and fatally shot 20 young children, six adults, and himself. In June of 2015, 9 African Americans were shot to death by a white supremacist...

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