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Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Name of Organization

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Introduction

Founded in 1942, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the oldest and largest professional association promoting the common professional interests of marriage and family therapists and the field of marriage and family therapy as a whole (Nichols 1992; AAMFT 2017). Multiple pathways exist for membership in AAMFT with variant categories of membership and related benefits. Membership is open to those licensed or pursuing licensure as a marriage and family therapist as well as students enrolled in a graduate marriage and family therapy program. In addition, AAMFT extends membership to professionals holding or pursuing professional licenses in related mental health fields authorized to provide services to individuals, couples, or families and to students enrolled in acceptable alternative graduate mental health programs. Membership is also available to those professionals in fie ...

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