American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is a professional association in the field of marriage and family therapy representing more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.
Founded in 1942 as the American Association of Marriage Counselors, the AAMFT has been involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of couples and family relationships. A central premise of AAMFT is that marriage and family therapists should treat relationships within families rather than the symptoms of individuals based on a view that individuals are part of relationship systems.
The association focuses on increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy.
Goals of AAMFT are to:
- facilitate research, theory development and education,
- establish and implement standards for programs that serve as the basis for accreditation,
- establish implement standards for clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy.
- serve as a recognized accreditor in North America for the accreditation of MFT academic programs in the United States and Canada.
The AAMFT conducts an annual national conference in the United States each fall as well as a week-long series of continuing education institutes in the summer and winter.
Accreditation of Academic Programs
AAMFT's "is the nationally recognized accrediting agency that accredits Master's degree, doctoral degree, and post-graduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy throughout the United States and Canada."
Licensing of Marriage and Family Therapists
Marriage and Family Therapy Journals
- Contemporary Family Therapy
- Family Process
- Family Relations
- Journal of Child and Family Studies, ISSN: 1062-1024 (Print) 1573-2843 (Online), Springer
- Journal of Family Psychology
- Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Official website
- TherapistLocator.net - a website of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy with a listing of over 15,000 marriage and family therapists