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The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and was chartered in 1989. IAMFC embraces a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of the families we serve.

Our membership includes counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family counselors and therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. Elements common to members include professional training in counseling or a closely related area, additional training in marriage and family counseling and therapy, and an interest and involvement in working directly or tangentially with couple and family systems. IAMFC is an organization that promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by:
  • creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products
  • providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues
  • involving a diverse group of dedicated professionals in our activities
  • and emphasizing collaborative efforts.
IAMFC has established the most rigorous training standards in marriage and family counseling (including 60 hours of coursework and extensive clinical supervision with couples and families); a national/international family counseling & therapy certification through the National Credentialing Academy (NCA); an international journal in family counseling, The Family Journal; a professional set of ethical standards, professional videos, and print resources. IAMFC is a modern, non political organization that respects cultural differences, diversity, and sister professional associations. IAMFC encourages counselors to think systemically and to advocate for the worth and dignity of all families.

IAMFC Newsletter - Summer 2015
IAMFC Newsletter - Summer 2015 The IAMFC Summer 2015 Newsletter is now available! . . . More
IAMFC World Conference Registration
IAMFC World Conference Registration Registration is now open for the IAMFC World Conference! The conference will be held in historic New Orleans, LA. This conference will feature some of the giants in marriage and family counseling and a special addictions and families track. . . . More
Emerging Leaders
Emerging Leaders IAMFC wishes to recruit Emerging Leaders to encourage students and recent graduates to participate in the life and leadership of our division. Emerging leaders work with officers and major committee chairs and attend the executive board meeting to share in the annual reports. . . . More
Requests for Webinar Topics
Doris Coy, Media Chair - August 06, 2013
IAMFC is preparing for another exciting year and would like for each of you to particpate. We are developing a list of topics to be offered as webinars for the... . . . More
For immediate release…
Stefani Schomaker, PhD IAMFC Membership Chairperson - August 05, 2013
Recently a joint press release was issued from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). This is an important message we wanted to share with you. . . . More
Blended Families
Stephanie Alvarez - Student, NNU Graduate School Counseling Program
Blended Families Utilizing the family systems theory within the original family dynamics, the application of the family system has just been compounded in regard to stepfamilies. Stepfamilies interject new family system variables into the interpersonal dynamics involved, which create many imbalances and cause old normative behaviors to need to be recalibrated. In a sense . . . More

Alice Doesn't Live Here: Myths and Realities of the Modern Stepfamily
Ann M. Ordway, JD, MA, EdS
Alice Doesn't Live Here: Myths and Realities of the Modern Stepfamily Television's "The Brady Bunch" represented the prototype for the modern stepfamily. However, what appeared so simple on television really isn't. The myths associated with . . . More

Alphabetical Hints On Avoiding Liability
Richard S. Leslie, J.D.
Alphabetical Hints On Avoiding Liability I thought I might have a bit of fun going back to my ABCs and that you might find some of these brief items helpful. Perhaps you can think of others. The thought here is to remind you of some of the basics that may help you avoid or minimize liability. This is not an exhaustive list. Check out the Avoiding Liability Bulletin on the CPH and Associates' website for more! . . . More

Improving Couples' Attachment Security, Intimacy, Stability and Satisfaction
Dr. Barry Ginsberg
Improving Couples' Attachment Security, Intimacy, Stability and Satisfaction With couples work, you can witness how quickly one person's response is cued by the other. Before the couple knows it, they launch into defensiveness and negativity almost as if you weren't there. When you try to mediate, it either makes it worse or they both become angry with you. It quickly escalates. . . . More

Child-Centered Filial Family Therapy
Child-Centered Filial Family Therapy This is a video lecture of a special session on Filial Play Therapy sponsored by IAMFC at the ACA Conference in San Francisco on March 23, 2013. Lecture is co-presented by Dr. Barry Ginsberg and Dr. Tina Paone. . . . More

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