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Hope, Healing and Moving On

Harvesting Hope for 2021

Hope is a natural complement to the practice of MFT—a discipline that prioritizes systemic strength and health, as opposed to more individual therapy modalities that are focused on psychopathology and dysfunction. Many MFT classic models have traditionally had a hopeful focus, attempting to highlight positive aspects of relationships.
Eli Karam, PhD

Therapeutic Activism

Family therapists have long used anomalies in therapy as the sparkling moments to generate workable goals and lasting change. For systemic thinkers, the anomalies of 2020 can catalyze our collective change, away from political neutrality and into sincere and compassionate political activism.
Lorien S. Jordan, PhD

Research shows physical, psychological, and relational health deteriorate quickly when we don’t have hope. Now more than ever, this is a time when we need to look to each other, our families and communities for mutual support, understanding, and a sense of hope.

Time is (Way) Out of Joint: On Systems, Politics, and Truth

It’s getting more difficult to set aside the notion of truth when untruth is such a powerful political weapon. Today, misinformation campaigns are targeting the nation’s confidence in many bedrock principles, such as the safety of vaccines and the trustworthiness of public health officials.
Aaron S. Cohn, PhD

Hope from a Systemic Perspective

We have been looking forward to the New Year with renewed hope and expectations that our society can move past the pandemic and work together toward healing. Systemic therapists bring a unique perspective to offer hope and healing because we understand the impact of trauma and change on family systems.
Jennifer Weniger, PhD

Suffering in Silence: Postpartum Anxiety in the Wake of COVID-19

While postpartum mood disorders have challenged mothers and their families throughout history, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has only amplified the experience of mothers who wrestle with anxiety and depression.
Evdoxia Mpras, MFA and Ashley Landers, PhD

Impacts of the Pandemic and Systemic Racism on Foster Youth

Foster youth live in the eye of the storm and are at risk for the most significant consequences to both their short- and long-term well-being, as the child welfare system reflects, maintains, and perpetuates racism in the U.S.
Deanna Linville, PhD, Saralyn Ruff, PhD and Felicia Gutierrez, BS

Recent Issues

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Getting to Know Your AAMFT Governance

The AAMFT Board of Directors presents insights on the inner workings of AAMFT’s governance and encourages members to participate in leadership roles.
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Boomers Today

Topics including myths about aging, living apart together, and splitting up later in life.
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MFT and the Struggle against Racism

Topics including the emotional labor of black MFTs, dismantling systemic racism, and historically black colleges and universities.