AAMFT Announces New Chief Executive Officer: Christine Michaels

After a 10-month process, with the aid of world-class Consulting and Executive Search Firm Korn Ferry, the AAMFT Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful hiring of the next AAMFT Chief Executive Officer Christine Michaels. Tracy Todd, CEO, will be retiring after 15 years of staff service with AAMFT, 10 of those years [...]

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Shifting Demographics in the Industry

In the first half of 2022, AAMFT conducted an industry workforce study to examine the shifts related to COVID-19, their short- and longer-term impacts, and what challenges and opportunities are facing the field. In each issue of Family Therap-eNews, we examine a data point from this report.   In 2012, during AAMFT’s last survey, diversity [...]

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AAMFT Foundation Awardee Spotlight

The AAMFT Foundation can improve outcomes by supporting the groundbreaking work of licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs). One of the ways we do this, is through our awards program. To support future awards, consider a charitable gift. Today, we are highlighting a past awardee: Aimee Hubbard, MS, PhD, PLMFT Foundation: Which award did you [...]

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Treating Families of Young Children with Disruptive Behavior at School: A Systemic Approach

Several years ago, before starting my journey as a marriage and family therapist (MFT), I found myself inside a preschool meeting room, seated across from a row of tense-faced women—a teacher, a psychologist, and the school director. They had a problem on their hands—an oddly precocious five-year-old boy who wouldn’t always cooperate, frequently talked back, [...]

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Systemic Perspectives on Perinatal Mental Health: Six Major Changes for Parents

Amy* was sitting slumped on a couch in my office for her initial appointment. She appeared a little nervous but was trying to hold it together. After pleasantries were exchanged, she stated she had her son four months ago, and since then, things had changed a lot around the house and with the family, especially [...]

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Wellness Series Part 1 – Don’t Sleep on it: An Urgent Call for MFTs to Attend to Sleep in Therapy

The global COVID-19 pandemic, political uncertainty, and racial tension over the last few years has undoubtedly taken a toll on our psychological, physical, and social relationships. One of the more impactful and important mechanisms through which this manifests is through sleep quality, particularly poorer sleep. Indeed, both the global/national events (e.g., Targa et al., 2021) [...]

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Embracing A Lifestyle of Wellness: Self-care for MFTs

The last couple years have been full of disruptions, chaos, and disequilibrium due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the pandemic has contributed to disorientation in almost every area of life and has “exposed every crack in our personal and professional tapestry” (Gould, 2021, p. 203). Most helping professionals, including marriage and family therapists (MFTs), [...]

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Insomnia: A Beginner’s Guide for Marriage and Family Therapists

Impacting millions of individuals every year, insomnia is a common, costly, and problematic sleep issue affecting everyone from children to senior citizens. Insomnia is considered the most common sleep disturbance in the United States (Cleveland Clinic, 2020). It is associated with several emotional, behavioral, social, and physical health complaints and elevated rates have been found [...]

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Wellness Series Part 2 – Why MFTs Should Assess and Discuss Nutrition Habits in Therapy

The foods that our clients are eating (or not) are the building blocks for all the important neurochemicals that help brains run effectively and efficiently (Arden, 2015). Unfortunately, not only can excess calories be consumed, but these may be more highly processed foods, leaving the individual with micronutrient deficiencies (Astrup & Bügel, 2019). Importantly, poor [...]

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Excessive Sugar-sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Clinical Mental Health Populations: A Review for MFTs

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are drinks that are sweetened with fruit-juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and other forms of added sugar. Common examples of SSBs can come in the form of hot or cold drinks and include soda, sweetened mineral water, sweetened coffees, sweetened energy drinks, sweetened teas, and sports drinks. These types of drinks [...]

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