November / December 2023 Volume 22, No.6

Making Social Justice “Stick”

Social justice is a term that is frequently heard in marriage and family therapy (MFT) training programs. However, there is evidence that suggests that even when social justice is taught and discussed in the learning environment, it doesn’t end up in practice later (Bell, 2007; Almeida et al., 2008; Nixon et al., 2010) How can [...]

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November / December 2023 Volume 22, No.6

Increasing Belongingness for the Future of MFT Programs, the Field, and Our Association

Social, environmental, and contextual stressors can lower students’ academic pursuit for post-secondary education and professionals’ engagement with the field and AAMFT, and often create barriers to success. I [NI] believe within the field of marriage and family therapy, the question of “why it matters who the services come from?” needs to be addressed in depth [...]

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November / December 2023 Volume 22, No.6

Indigenizing the Workforce and Workplace

When I was a newly licensed therapist, nearly 20 years ago, it was even rarer to have access to an Indigenous mental health provider. As a marriage and family therapist, I often heard comments like: “It is so easy to talk to you,” “You understand me,” and “You are not judging me.” These comments were [...]

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November / December 2023 Volume 22, No.6

Growing Diversity in the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy

Marc Fernandez, an internship coordinator for Iona University's Marriage and Family Therapy Program, as well as an adjunct professor, and Christiana Awosan, associate professor, recently sat down for a discussion about growing diversity in the profession and, in general, ways in which they have seen an increase in the diversity of their student populations. A [...]

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September / October 2023 Volume 22, No. 5

Smile Through the Pain: The Complexities of Narratives about Mental Health in the Black Community

The perception of mental health in the Black community is multifaceted. There are systemic challenges related to mental health that continue to stand as a barrier to receiving mental health services. Some of these barriers include accessibility of culturally competent providers, cost and/or lack of insurance to see a provider, and historical and present discriminatory [...]

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September / October 2023 Volume 22, No. 5

Culturally Informed Emotionally Focused Therapy with African American Couples

Approximately one-third of African American couples in the United States are married. However, research indicates this population tends to experience higher rate of divorce, martial dissatisfaction, and single-parent households, when compared to other racial groups (St. Vil et al., 2019). One may ask, what patterns are we seeing with African American couples that lead to [...]

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September / October 2023 Volume 22, No. 5

Helping Black Women Heal Through a Womanist Mental Health and Healing Framework

Helping to heal What does mental well-being and healing look like for black women? How do we as clinicians support the mental health and healing of strong black women? I posture that a Womanist Mental Health and Healing Framework (Melton, 2022) can uniquely address these critical questions. Clinical psychologist Carmen B. Williams (2005) argues that [...]

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July / August 2023 Volume 22, No. 4

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Evolution of Family Therapy in Schools

Yesterday Since we began to achieve licensure in the US over 30 years ago, the profession of marriage and family therapy has grown in several areas. Five years ago, AAMFT created several topical interest groups to stimulate and track the growth of marriage and family practice in traditional mental health as well as new domains. [...]

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July / August 2023 Volume 22, No. 4

Every Student Succeeds with MFTs

Historically, marriage and family therapists (MFTs) have not been contracted or hired by school districts to provide therapeutic services to children (Cooper-Haber & Haber, 2015). However, in 2018, approximately 3.5 million adolescents received mental health services in education settings (U.S. Department of Education, 2021). Of those 3.5 million receiving services, adolescents from low-income households, public [...]

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May / June 2023 Volume 22, No. 3

Essential Considerations: Medical Family Therapists’ Approach with Native Americans

It is a privilege to work as a medical family therapist (MedFT) at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. “Medical family therapy is a form of professional practice that uses the biopsychosocial model and systemic family therapy principles in the collaborative treatment of individuals and families dealing with medical problems” (McDaniel, 2014, p. 9). Additionally, research [...]

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