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AFT’s committees report to its Board of Directors and Trustees. They are vital to AFT’s work, assisting the Board in developing policies and spearheading initiatives. If you are an AFT member and interested in joining a committee please contact us.

Academic and Research Committee (ARC)

The Academic and Research Committee is not currently functioning.  We are planning to establish a new group, the Research Advisory Group.   If you are interested in getting involved, please make contact with the AFT Office. 

Branches Committee

AFT has a network of branches across the UK. The Committee consists of a representative from each branch and a chair elected by the representatives. The branches committee was formed to assist the branches with questions they may have in terms of running workshops and constitutional arrangements. The reps can share their experiences and advice in order to provide good quality local professional development for members.

CRED Committee

The CRED committee provides a framework for accrediting courses in family and systemic psychotherapy and in systemic practice (from Foundation to Supervision level). AFT has a long history of promoting high standards of training. Its accreditation framework for qualifying level and supervision courses are designed to allow for flexibility within clear guidelines.

Ethics Committee

The aim of the Ethics Committee is to raise standards of ethical practice throughout the Association and to deal with complaints of professional misconduct regarding members of the Association. The Ethics Committee has a series of responsibilities for disciplinary matters within AFT, as set out in the Code of Ethics and Practice (PDF), and the Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure (PDF). It is happy to deal with enquiries from the membership about ethical issues.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The DEI committee assists the Board in ensuring that AFT develops a sound Diversity, Equal Opportunities and Inclusion policy and that the AFT Executive and Board understand its responsibilities in relation to Government policies in these matters. The committee has run a number of focus groups to develop awareness and thinking around diversity issues in order to embed an ethos of inclusivity within all the work of the association. The DEI committee also hopes to encourage members to reflect on this within their practice.

Professional Affairs Committee

The Professional Affairs Committee (PAC) has worked with members around issues of employment over many years. It has developed job descriptions and terms and conditions which have been used by many employers. It also provides a panel of National Assessors who advise employers in relation to jobs and sit on appointment committees as professional advisors. Within the limits of its charitable status, anything AFT does has ultimately to benefit the public and it cannot therefore become involved with individual disputes (that is the role of the trade union). However there is clearly much that needs to be done to promote the availability of good family and systemic psychotherapy services within the NHS, Voluntary and Independent Sectors and the PAC is striving to support these areas with the help of ASPENS (a sub-committee specifically for those working in the non-statutory sector).


Aspens is a network of AFT members who share an interest in and who want to promote family and systemic psychotherapies in the non-statutory (independent and voluntary) sectors. It is a sub-committee of the PAC (AFT’s Professional Affairs Committee).

Aspens draws together and supports those AFT members working in the non-statutory sectors and helps to raise their profile. Our overall aim is to make a wide range of systemic help more accessible to a diverse range of client groups.

The group’s name is short for “AFT Family and Systemic Psychotherapies in Non Statutory Sectors”. Its active members join an email list. An informal Steering Group coordinates activities. Regular updated information can be found on the Aspens Noticeboard in Context, in the AFT members’ e-mail newsletters, and on the Aspens page in the members’ section of this website. This contains further resources, links and advice on all kinds of topics relevant to work in the non-statutory sectors.

Publishing Committee

This committee is responsible, together with the General Editor, for the publication of AFT’s Context magazine. Context is issued six times a year, in February, April, June, August, October and December. AFT Publishing also look at producing other relevant and interesting publications.

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee manages the applications for the UKCP register of psychotherapists and for the AFT register of supervisors. This includes development of policies relating to registration, ensuring that all entrants to the register meet requirements and that those registered fulfil requirements for CPD and maintain safe levels of practice. We aim to do this in as “user friendly” fashion as possible.

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