Clinician's Digest


Clinician's Digest

By Garry Cooper

September/October 2009


Long-simmering dissent about the leadership and direction of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) broke into the open last April, when the New Jersey division sent an impassioned letter to AAMFT division heads, posting it on the national organization's listserv and calling for "organizational transformation to prevent obsolescence." It gave voice to growing concerns that marriage and family therapists (MFTs) have lost their once-prominent position among policymakers, insurers, and the general public as the professionals best equipped to provide couple and family therapy. Furthermore, they claim, AAMFT leadership has become isolated from its members and resistant to open dialogue and fresh ideas. The letter called for long-time AAMFT Executive Director Michael Bowers to resign. At stake, they say, is the viability of the MFT profession.

AAMFT insists it's protecting the pro

AAMFT Family Feud

By Garry Cooper

Long-simmering dissent about the leadership and direction of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) broke into the open last April, when the New Jersey division sent an impassioned letter to AAMFT division heads, posting it on the national organization's listserv and calling for "organizational transformation to prevent obsolescence." It gave voice to growing concerns that marriage and family therapists (MFTs) have lost their once-prominent position among…

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