On behalf of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s Board of Directors, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the recent Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings and to the Muslim community worldwide. We know that a horrific act like this affects many in our families and communities of care, not only where the event occurs.
The building blocks of healthy societies are relationships; they are fundamental to the health and well-being of individuals, couples, families, and communities. We uphold the belief that society is better off when communities can support the qualities of stable, emotionally enriching relationships—values which are threatened by hateful rhetoric and intolerance.
Marriage and family therapists are available to provide services and treatment to those suffering, knowing that many are impacted by the systemic effect of society around us. The resources below have been created by MFTs or compiled by AAMFT to help support the grieving and healing process.
- Tips for Parenting During Times of Crisis
- Spinning Fear
- Fear and the Family
- The Neuroscience of Fear
- Put the Oxygen Mask on Yourself First- Self Care when Working with the Traumatized
AAMFT President Timothy F. Dwyer, PhD