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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Demystifying Subpoenas

There’s an authoritative knock on the door of your solo practice. You open it, and a uniformed Sheriff’s deputy is standing there with a clipboard piled high with papers. He hands you one of the documents from the stack—in big letters across the top of a page scattered with numerous signature boxes and quasi-legalese you [...]

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Supporting Daughters of Latin American Immigrants Navigating Higher Education

A topic seldom discussed is the challenges that daughters of Latin American immigrants face and overcome when seeking higher education. Studies have shown there has been an increase in Latin women pursuing higher education than in previous years (Mora, 2022). Despite the growing numbers, attainment of degrees often stays the same due to the incompletion [...]

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Beyond Our Struggles: Addressing Stereotypes in Latinx Families

In 2020, the U.S. Latinx population reached 62.1 million, constituting 19% of the entire American population. This positions it as the second-largest racial or ethnic group in the nation, following White Americans, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau (2021). Since 1970, when Latinx people made up 5% of the U.S. population and numbered 9.6 [...]

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From Adversity to Empowerment: Using Ancestral Stories to Guide Latinx Therapy

The Latinx community finds richness in the art of storytelling folk traditions that have shaped many Latin-American countries since the times of their independence from Spain in the 19th century (Miller, 2004). As bilingual marriage and family therapists (MFTs), supervisors, and instructors at a Hispanic-serving institution, we have witnessed the relevance and power of using [...]

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