May / June 2024 Volume 23, No. 3

The Assisi Manifesto

PREAMBLE In July 2023, over a thousand psychotherapists from over 50 countries and of every orientation gathered in Assisi (Italy) for three days to celebrate family therapy, its impact and potential, and to exchange ideas. The conference was entitled Family Therapy: The Road that Connects Individual and Social Resources. It was initiated by the Accademia [...]

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March / April 2024 Volume 23, No. 2

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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September / October 2023 Volume 22, No. 5

On the Horizons: Barriers and Trends in the Development of Systemic Family Therapy in Africa

Systemic family therapists (SFTs), usually called marriage and family therapists (MFTs) in North America, are trained to conceptualize individual, couple, and family distress within the broader relational and diverse intersectional contexts in which people live. Although the SFT movement originated in Western European contexts, it has since expanded across the globe (Roberts et al., 2014; [...]

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May / June 2023 Volume 22, No. 3

An Unstoppable Teenage Life Force: Face to Face with a Class of Syrian 7th Graders

Several years ago, while I was working on a project in Lebanon, I came face to face with a class of Syrian 7th graders. The 7th graders had been displaced to Lebanon by the war taking place across the border. I had been brought to the school, and the nearby refugee camp where the Syrian [...]

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May / June 2023 Volume 22, No. 3

Trauma-informed Family Therapy: Systemic Treatment of Trauma of Child Refugees

Did you know ... 41 percent of all forcibly displaced people are children? Although children account for just 30% of the world’s population, they account for 41% percent of all those who have been forcibly displaced (United Nations Children's Fund; UNICEF, 2022). In a number that is difficult to fathom, nearly 34.15 million children were [...]

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March / April 2023 Volume 22, No. 2

When the World Ceased to Exist, As We Know It: A Russian Therapist’s Experience Working with Ukrainian Refugees

You — My country, hope and sorrow —     Homeland. I'm going home, Let them shout it's ugly, But we like it all the same —DDT (Russian rock group proclaimed illegal in Russian Federation in 2022) Ukrainian refugees The Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the prolonged escalation of the international armed [...]

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September / October 2022 Volume 21, No. 5

An Iranian Therapist’s Reflection: A Revolution has Begun, Inspired by Decades of Oppression, Led with Courage and Determination by the Women of Iran

I was born in Iran, and at the age of 10, my family and I absconded from multi-systemic injustices and immigrated to the US in hopes of extended opportunities and freedom. I was about three years old when the Islamic Republic overthrew the Shah of Iran and the Iran-Iraq War started. As the war grew [...]

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July / August 2022 Volume 21, No. 4

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

Inviting Families into Systemic Therapeutic Spaces in India: Strengthening Access to Family Therapy in Low and Middle Income Countries This article is offered free by AAMFT. If you are interested in accessing members-only content, join today! I (MP) was born and raised in the small town of Odisha, and was first introduced to family therapy [...]

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May / June 2022 Volume 21, No. 3

The Role of Family Therapists and the Social Determinants of Health: A Systemic Investment in our Global Future

A note from the authors: Before the ink had dried on our team’s previous piece in the March/April issue of Family Therapy Magazine (Family Evacuation after the Collapse of Afghanistan: 100,000+ Stories Yet to be Told; Charlés & Lewis, 2022), Russian forces had invaded the sovereign nation of Ukraine. When we first proposed this series, [...]

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March / April 2022 Volume 21, No. 2

Family Evacuation After the Collapse of Afghanistan: 100,000+ Stories Yet to be Told

Migration of People Across the Globe: An Ancient and Contemporary Circle Every family therapist is engaged, in one way or another, with the constant and ubiquitous migration of humans across the globe. It is the nature of families, of history, and of hope, to mobilize one’s resources and one’s people, and travel in search of [...]

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