Mission and Core Purpose

Recognizing that relationships are fundamental to the health and well-being of individuals, couples, families, and communities, AAMFT exists to advance the profession and the practice of marriage and family therapy.

Who We Are

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 72,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. 

Since our founding in 1942, AAMFT has been involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of couples and family relationships. The association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the public's needs are met by trained practitioners. AAMFT provides individuals with the tools and resources they need to succeed as marriage and family therapists.

Our members adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards in marriage and family therapy. We provide various membership options tailored to different stages of your career. AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor designations signify the completion of extensive education, training, and supervision experience in MFT. Click here to learn more.

What We Do

Our association facilitates research, theory development and education. We develop standards for graduate education and training, clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy. AAMFT offers opportunities to earn continuing education hours through the annual conference, advanced clinical training institute, and online courses. We publish the scholarly research journal, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, articles about the field in Family Therapy Magazine, and a variety of brochures and pamphlets that inform the public about the field of marriage and family therapy. Also, we offer a range of professional and practice development products, including recordings, books and brochures.

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Contact Us

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
277 S. Washington Street
Suite 210
Alexandria Virginia 22314

Customer Service: (703) 838-9808 or central@aamft.org

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