AAMFT Participates in Launch of New Organization: The Systemic Family Therapy Association-Kenya (SFTA-K)

February 8, 2024 was a historic day for the field of marriage and family therapy in Kenya. The Systemic Family Therapy Association-Kenya (SFTA-K) was successfully launched. Official sponsors, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, were not only present via teleconferencing, but played a significant role in supporting this launch. This launch marked the [...]

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Updates from Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

We are celebrating 50 years of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)! Throughout the coming year, be on the lookout for fun facts and highlights featuring JMFT’s rich history. Lenore M. McWey, PhD, Professor and Program Director of the MFT program at Florida State University, has officially begun her tenure as editor of [...]

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How EMDR Therapy Helps Families and Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities are more likely to experience traumatic experiences than individuals without a disability (i.e., Rumball, 2020; Hulbert-Williams et al., 2014; Soylu et al., 2013). For instance, approximately 45% of individuals with autism report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Rumball, 2020). Adults with intellectual disability are more likely to [...]

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Systemic Family Therapy and Disabilities

Family Systems Illness Model and neurodevelopmental disabilities John Rolland’s Family Systems Illness (FSI) model provides a systemic framework for us to conceptualize both disabilities and family functioning as well as their intersection and reciprocal influences (Rolland, 2018). Foundational to the field of marriage and family therapy is systems theory, conceptualizing health issues within their relational [...]

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When “Miracles” Aren’t Possible: Careful Considerations When Working with a Client or Family with a Disability

I stopped seeing my therapist because she kept stating that my Autism was a ‘problem’ or asking me what life would be like without it. It started to make me feel bad about myself. Much like working with any diverse population, when working with clients with a physical, developmental, or intellectual disability, our language needs [...]

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Greetings AAMFT Members! Hola Miembros de AAMFT!

This issue of FTM is quite personal for me as both a Latinx female and the child of immigrants. The articles written for and selected for this issue reflect how first, second, third and beyond generations of children, adolescents, and young adults have evolved through the process of acculturation—a quest for belongingness in a new [...]

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A Fond Farewell to JMFT Editor Dr. Steven M. Harris

Any agent of change in our field and beyond must be able to provide others with both a) nurturing support, encouragement, and reassurance; and b) challenge—inviting, even “requiring” a higher level of functioning. Reflecting on Steve’s time as the JMFT editor, it is easy to note examples of both characteristics in his leadership and professional [...]

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Mothers’ Lived Experiences with an Incarcerated Son: A Research Brief

Impacts of incarceration on the family system With an estimated 2.2 million people incarcerated, the United States (U.S.) continues to have the highest incarceration rate in the world (Beckett et al., 2018). Stress, trauma, and stigma are common negative effects of incarceration on the well-being of the individual and their loved ones (Turney & Goodsell, [...]

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Guiding Couples to Repair When Trust Has Been Broken: Setting Expectations with Digital Use

Many couples struggle to form agreements for cellphone and computer use after an affair. Providing guidance to establish expectations around digital use is a valuable service provided by therapists in the field of marriage and family therapy. Setting shared expectations with digital use can be hard to accomplish in any relationship, and post affair, the [...]

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Revisiting Records: Guidance and Consideration on Best Practices

Record contents State Boards are often sparse on language defining what is required of clinicians for their clients’ records. They may not offer much in the way of guidance beyond the bare minimum of dates and types of service, and that’s because many of the record content requirements are often associated with the standard of [...]

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