As an association that represents a profession built upon honoring and valuing lived experiences, we have great concern with the potential implications of the executive order combatting race and sex stereotyping in government agencies and federal contracting.
Marriage and family therapists are by their very training and nature, specialists in understanding the long-term impacts of trauma caused by racial and systemic inequality and injustice. We recognize the immeasurable impact of courageous conversations regarding inequality.
Diversity and inclusivity are tenets deeply valued by AAMFT and our commitment is upheld by our Diversity and Inclusivity Policy. We believe that intentionality placed around these efforts, as well as cultural competency and understanding of privilege and bias, is vital and serves to bring together our society in growth and development.
AAMFT will monitor the implementation of this order and its impacts on federally funded programs such as AAMFT’s Minority Fellowship Program as well as marriage and family therapists offering services to our federal workers and military and veteran communities.
For members interested in advocacy, we encourage you to join AAMFT’s Family TEAM.