Dear AAFT member,

The Committee of management have expanded the membership categories to be more inclusive of all those who have an interest in and work with families, not only practitioners who are or wish to become family therapists.

AAFT Inc. has expanded its membership levels. For 2019, two new membership levels, General Membership and Professional Membership, replace the existing Associate Membership.  The Clinical Membership category remains.  All former Associate Members are now Professional Members or will need to indicate they better qualify as a General member. All members now have voting rights in AAFT.

The AAFT membership category descriptions are as follows:

  1. Clinical Family Therapist Member

Clinical Family Therapist Membership shall be open to any applicant who is a practising family therapist, who has demonstrated competence in the practice of family therapy, and has satisfied the committee of their qualifications for membership in accordance with the criteria for Clinical Membership determined by the Committee of Management.
The practice of a Clinical Family Therapist Member must accord with the AAFT Code of Ethics. 
Only a Clinical Family Therapist Member can identify themselves as a “Clinical Family Therapist (AAFT)” or “Family Therapist AAFT.”  

  1. Professional Member

Professional Membership is open to any applicant who is a practising therapist or counsellor and who holds a degree in Health Science, Social Science, Education or equivalent. They must be eligible to be registered with AHPRA or PACFA and/or be eligible for membership of a Professional association (eg. APS, AASW, OTAus, PACFA College). The applicant will satisfy the committee that they meet the criteria for Professional Membership determined by the Committee of Management.
A Professional Member is encouraged to align their practice with the AAFT Code of Ethics, however their practice is ultimately bound and adjudged by their own professional Code of Ethics.
Professional Membership does not entitle a member to identify themselves as a “Clinical Family Therapist (AAFT)” or “Family Therapist AAFT”.  

  1. General Membership

General Membership is open to any applicant who does not meet the requirements for Clinical Family Therapist or Professional Membership, but has some relevant training in the practice of family focused work. Applicants must satisfy the committee that they meet the criteria to be a General Member as determined by the Committee of Management.
This Membership category is open to students, retired, non-practicing practitioners or those who have an interest and/or training in the practice of family focused work.
A General Member is encouraged to align their practice with the AAFT Code of Ethics; however their practice is ultimately bound and adjudged by their own professional Code of Ethics or employer.
A General Member is not entitled to identify themselves as a “Clinical Family Therapist (AAFT)” or “Family Therapist AAFT”.   

All forms associated with AAFT membership can be located on the AAFT website:
https://www.aaft.asn.au/aaft/aaft-forms/

To make a payment please go to: https://www.aaft.asn.au/aaft/make-a-payment/

If you are a current member of AAFT and would like to change your details or receive other services from AAFT such as a hard copy of the ANZJFT or get listed on referral services, please download the contact details update form and return to the AAFT administration:https://www.aaft.asn.au/aaft/aaft-forms/contact_details_update_2019/

Regards,

Margaret Hodge
President, AAFT