Violence in the Family & Society


School Shootings and Family Therapy: Where Do We Go From Here?

And here we are again. Ten years ago, Connecticut witnessed an unspeakable, violent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 26 children and teachers were murdered with an AR-15 rifle. Since then, families in Newtown and across Connecticut have grappled with the aftermath of that trauma.
Kathleen C. Laundy, PsyD, Anne Rambo, PhD, and Alexandra Alfaro, MSMFT

The Perils of Homelessness

On a daily basis, individuals who are homeless across the United States experience threats to their emotional, physical, and psychological well-being. Homelessness is a serious problem in mostly all metropolitan areas, including Las Vegas, Nevada, which is where I reside. On my daily route to and from work, I encounter scores of homeless individuals camped out on sidewalks; individuals spilling into the streets due to the lack of space on the over-crowded sidewalks.
Sheldon A. Jacobs, PsyD

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Women

Many people have asked me, “What is intimate partner violence (IPV) and why is it important to me if I don’t specialize in treating it?” IPV is a social ill that includes, but is not limited to, physical violence, emotional violence, psychological violence, and sexual violence. It is very likely that we have all known someone personally, or may have been involved in an IPV relationship ourselves, so it is important we know what IPV is and how prevalent it is—whether we assess for it or not!
Lorin Kelly, PhD

Effects of IPV on Immigrant Latinas

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is defined as domestic violence perpetuated by someone onto another person in an intimate relationship. IPV can take different forms, such as physical, verbal, sexual, or psychological abuse. It is so common in the United States that one in four women has experienced IPV at a point in their life (Alvarez & Fedock, 2018).
Jacqueline Florian, MA

Can Suicide Protocols Empower Clients? From Assessment to Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has skyrocketed the demand for mental health services in many locations, city and rural areas alike (Richtel, 2022). Experiences such as loss of loved ones, disappearance of jobs, derailing of social activities, isolation, depression, alienation, etc., have contributed to an increase in people thinking of the unthinkable: ending their lives.
M. N. Beaudoin, PhD

Intra-familial Homicide: Definitions and Descriptions

Americans may be at a greater risk of murder in their personal homes than in public places like parks or strolling down the streets in their cities. This is because family members have turned on each other with great lethality throughout history. Typically referred to as intra-familial homicide, this occurs when a person kills one or more of their family members.
Jerrod Brown, PhD


Why Your Interracial/Multinational Couples Might be Dropping Out: A Self-of-the-Therapist Exploration of Critical Factors

In this article, we describe two types of interracial experiences: what it may be like to be in an interracial relationship, generally, and being in an interracial relationship while navigating the immigration system, specifically. We then offer suggestions for clinical practice with interracial and inter-ethnic couples based on a self-of-the-therapist approach.

Rachael A. Dansby Olufowote, PhD, Gita Seshadri, PhD, and Sarah K. Samman, PhD


Special to This Issue

Meet the 2022 AAMFT Foundation and AAMFT Award Winners

The 2022 Awards Committee received many thoughtful and inspiring nominations that highlight the important work being done by AAMFT members to advance the profession of marriage and family therapy.

Systemic World

From Mumbai and Virginia Tech to Houston & Haryana: A Global Journey in Family Therapy Education, Training and Practice

I (MP) was born and raised in the small town of Odisha, and was first introduced to family therapy in a post graduate diploma course in Counseling Psychology in Mumbai, a metropolitan city of India.
Manjushree Palit, PhD and Laurie L. Charlés, PhD

Special to This Issue

AAMFT Releases Research Data from Over 65 Study

As AAMFT members know all too well, licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) and licensed mental health counselors (LHMCs) currently make up approximately 40% of mental health service providers in the country.

Special to This Issue

CEO Tracy Todd, PhD, Announces Upcoming Retirement

The end of the line…Riding into the sunset…One chapter is closing, but another is beginning….Yeah, those cliches. After 10 years as CEO and 35 years of involvement with AAMFT, my race will be finished on January 31, 2023.


Performance-Based Family Therapy: Is anybody better off?

I was a young psychiatry resident at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School;  after two years, I could be seen fleeing from the many different models and innovators, including Professor Aaron Beck, founder of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).
H. Charles Fishman, MD


Contextual Family Therapy with Incarcerated Families

Ten million children have experienced parental incarceration (National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated, 2009). Incarceration can disrupt entire family systems, affecting psychological, physical, emotional, and financial well-being (Kitzmiller, Cavanagh, Frick, Steinberg, & Cauffman, 2020; Tadros, Fye, & Ray, 2020).
Eman Tadros, PhD and Antonia Guajardo


STUDENT CORNER: Just Another Reason to be Grateful for my Mask

Every clinical hour I’ve obtained so far as a student marriage and family therapist has been through masks or computer screens. I have been accruing hours since September of 2021, and I had my first in-person session at the end of November.
Andrea Kaplan


FTM is a connector to and from diverse family therapy practice, policy, supervision, and research leaders.

—Angela Lamson, PhD, LMFT

With cutting-edge and relevant articles, the FTM is the place I find practical systemic information.

—DeAnna Harris-McKoy, PhD

The magazine is great because it shows what other remarkable things my fellow colleagues are doing in the field.

—Sheldon Jacobs, PsyD, LMFT