Media Releases

View media releases from the AFT below.

For all media enquiries please contact Suzanne O'Connor, Executive Officer ( : Tel 01925 444414)

11 June 2016 - Birthday Honours for Family Therapy

AFT launches 'big conversation'

13 October 2013

New AFT chair invites members to join our ‘big conversation’

Award-Winning Journalist is AFT Ambassador

16 September 2013

AFT is delighted to announce that award winning journalist Patrick Cockburn and his wife Jan are to become its Ambassadors, to promote understanding and public conversation about mental ill health and support for families.

Inspiring conference for hard times

09 August 2013

Senior UK family therapists are meeting with international colleagues in London next month to consider the impact of austerity on Britain’s families, to discuss latest research and to celebrate the strengths and resiliences of parents, families and those working with them through hard times

AFT supports calls for 'paradigm shift' in mental health

19 May 2013

AFT, the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, has released a statement of concern at how issues of mental health are understood and treated. The statement follows AFT’s endorsement of an open letter from the Coalition for DSM-5 Reform, an international collection of mental health organisations concerned at diagnostic categories presented in the latest issue of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA)

AFT on Troubled Families

28 September 2012

AFT writes to Louise Casey, Director of the Troubled Families programme

Social media savvy family therapy

04 August 2012

AFT's 2012 conference in Bristol explores the positive potential of social media in therapeutic work with young people and families

Families inspire AFT films

24 June 2012

A new series of short animated films showing clients’ experiences of Family Therapy is now available to view and download for free.

Job titles may mislead

07 May 2012

Some practitioners with foundation training are describing themselves as Family Therapists. AFT is concerned clients may be given the false impression they are working with a professional fully qualified in systemic family psychotherapy

Child abuse inquiry overdue

01 March 2012

AFT supports calls for urgent public inquiry into abuse of children and vulnerable adults in the care of religious organisations.

AFT statement on ‘reparative therapy’ of members of sexual minorities

27 January 2012

The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice fully supports the recent statement by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) on 'reparative' therapy.

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