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Call to Action!

The Health Reform Law poses challenges and opportunities for MFTs. Also, please support Medicare Coverage for MFTs.

Joining Forces: Taking Action to Serve America's Military Families

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is teaming up with the White House and other national healthcare associations to support the Joining Forces initiative.

AAMFT Coalitions and Partnerships

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is a firm believer in the power of collaboration. By partnering with counterpart organizations and consumer groups sharing an interest in effective mental health/whole-health services, we work to further the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), while also promoting the interests of those for whom we practice.

Federal Legislative Update

The latest information about the ongoing VA MFT implementation process.


The AAMFT PAC helps in establishing Congressional allies, and member contributions assist with advancing the profession of marriage and family therapy in the United States. The following are PAC contributors from January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012.

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AAMFT Annual Conference

AAMFT Annual Conference The 2015 AAMFT Annual Conference will be held September 3 -6 in Austin, Texas.

Continuing Education

Online Continuing EducationThe AAMFT is pleased to offer Continuing Education credits in the comfort of your home or office. Our Online CE Testing Center is an easy-to-navigate Web site offering over 80 credits via various online formats.



AAMFT Online Store

AAMFT Online StoreThe AAMFT Online Store offers valuable resources for you, your family and your practice! In the store you will find books, DVDs, souvenir items, brochures and more--all to help you strengthen the work that you do.



AAMFT is involved in many federal initiative including Medicare, VA, DoD and K-12 among many others. Learn more about these initiatives.


AAMFT and its Divisions are involved in advocating for the interests of MFTs at the state level. AAMFT’s Divisions advocate for recognition of MFTs by state-licensed insurance companies and state Medicaid plans. Divisions also work to add MFTs as eligible providers in state employee health plans and in the public schools.

Joining Forces

Launched in 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, Joining Forces is a national initiative in the United States to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members, veterans, and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. AAMFT has created this webpage to highlight all of the information, training, and resources available to providers who are working to meet the behavioral health needs to service members, veterans, and their families. MFTs are encouraged to review these resources and take advantage of training opportunities that are available.

Practice Protection Fund

AAMFT has made great strides in claming a place for marriage and family therapists in the behavioral healthcare market.  Those gains, however, are being challenged.  For this reason, AAMFT has created the Practice Protection Fund.  This fund will be used to help pay for items related to serious threats to the profession; for major initiatives, particularly concerning threats to the MFT scope of practice; and for opportunities to advance the practice and scope of practice.

Private Payer

AAMFT and its Divisions work to increase the recognition of MFTs as eligible providers with private health insurance plans and other private payers. This effort to increase MFT access to private health plans involves both advocating for laws requiring plans to recognize MFTs and advocating directly for MFT recognition with these payers.

Family TEAM

Sign up now to get the latest news on AAMFT’s federal advocacy! The Family TEAM (Family Therapist Education & Advocacy Movement) is AAMFT’s grassroots initiative to 1) provide interested members with the latest developments in our federal advocacy efforts, and 2) organize members to take action with their Congresspeople when our issues reach a critical point in the federal legislative process. Sign up

Family Therapy Magazine Advocacy Columns--Last 12 months

Read about AAMFT’s recent federal, state and private-payer advocacy efforts on behalf of the MFT profession.

Act on Federal MFT issues--Contact Congress Now!

You can quickly contact your Members of Congress on federal issues.


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